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Fatal Car Accidents

Cappetta Law Offices is committed to assisting families who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents and other collisions caused by negligence. Call personal injury lawyer Daniel J. Cappetta at any time for a free consultation. You pay no attorney’s fees unless he recovers compensation for you. Cappetta Law Offices works hard to provide the highest standard of service at no cost to you. Let us help you get back on your feet.

Car Crashes Resulting in Death

Fatal car accidents are accepted as a fact of life in Massachusetts and other states. They take an average of 35,000 lives each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 16,000 people have died in car collisions in the first half of 2012 alone. This represents a 9 percent increase from the 14,950 deaths recorded in the first half of 2011. Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for one-third of all fatalities, making midnight to 3 a.m. on weekends the “deadliest” time to drive. Young adults between 25 and 34 years of age are involved in one-fourth of all fatalities caused by alcohol-impaired driving.

Modern Convenience and Moving Coffin

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. This is not surprising given our dependence on cars and the longer distances we travel on interstate highways. We often have a daily 2-hour commute between work and home. Drivers gamble with their lives and the safety of others any time they lose focus. One second of inattention could mean devastating injuries or even death. Even at slow speeds, vehicle collisions may be fatal when they involve:

  • Rollovers, jackknife
  • Ejection from vehicle
  • Mutilation, severed limb
  • Weight of car crushing body
  • Car caught underneath truck
  • Collision with stationary object
  • Driving off cliff, mountain road
  • Prolonged bleeding, hypothermia
  • Electrocution, fire, or severe burns

Some accident victims die upon impact and never make it to the hospital. Those that receive emergency care do not always survive the operation. The trauma of sustaining skeletal damage, organ dysfunction, severe burns, and excessive blood loss often proves too much for the body.

Fatal Accidents Caused by Negligence

Most fatal accidents are preventable. Whether the crash involves one or more vehicles, there is usually at least one driver at fault. Any at-fault drivers are liable for injuries and damages caused by their negligence. Fatal accidents caused by negligence often involve:

  • Intoxication
  • Speeding, racing
  • Distracted driving
  • Sudden lane changes
  • Passing car at crosswalk
  • Inadequate braking distance
  • Oncoming traffic at left turns
  • Entering intersection against light

Personal injury law holds drivers accountable for fatal accidents caused by negligence. In collisions involving intoxication or gross negligence, the state may bring criminal charges of vehicular homicide or manslaughter. Surviving family members may also recover monetary damages by bringing a civil action for wrongful death. The family is entitled to damages for medical and funeral expenses, lost income, and future earnings. In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, the family is also entitled to damages associated with the loss of relationship with the deceased such as lost companionship, guidance, and support.

Call a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer to Recover Compensation for Your Loss

If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, contact Massachusetts personal injury lawyer Daniel J. Cappetta for help. Attorney Cappetta promptly responds to all inquiries and personally handles your case. All consultations are absolutely free and kept in strict confidence. Cappetta Law Offices understands that your loss is devastating and will pursue your claim with dignity and respect. We are too familiar with the emotional and financial drain that can tear families apart. That is why we are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. In fact, you pay no legal fees unless we win your case. We do not get paid unless you do. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.