Motor Vehicle Accidents

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

Motor vehicle accidents are an accepted fact of life in Middlesex County and other areas of Massachusetts. In fact, they are the number one cause of injury and death in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 6 million auto crashes each year. Nearly 33,000 people die in collisions involving pedestrians, bikes, motorcycles, and trucks. Due to the frequency of accidents, most states require drivers to carry auto insurance covering liability in the event of a crash. Sadly, one out of every seven motorists drives uninsured. Car accidents cost an average of $32 billion in damages each year.

BODILY INJURY IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Even at low speeds, single or multi-car collisions can cause serious injury. The human skeleton cannot withstand the impact of hundreds of tons of steel, especially at high speed. The nervous system may mask the initial signs of injury until days or weeks after a crash. The most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Bruises, lacerations, and scars
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Permanent disfigurement and disability
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury

In addition to expensive repairs, a “minor crash” can result in unexpected financial losses and emotional trauma for victims. As the injured party, you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, including emergency and hospital bills; lost income from missed work; and pain and suffering.

CAUSES OF PREVENTABLE MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

In most car accidents, at least one party is at fault. Under personal injury law, fault is not based on “intent” to cause damage, but rather careless conduct that nevertheless endangers others. Motorists have a legal duty to safely operate their vehicles. They are “negligent” when their reckless driving causes an accident, resulting in bodily injury. Negligent driving may involve:

  • Inexperience or intoxication
  • Talking, texting, and other distractions
  • Speeding, racing, or changing lanes
  • Product defect (brakes, gears, or other car parts)
  • Intentional or aggressive driving behavior
  • A failure to adapt driving to road conditions
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

In a motor vehicle accident, your safety comes first. Pull over and distance yourself from oncoming traffic if possible. Do a mental check of your body to assess your condition. If you feel any pain whatsoever, do not move. If you are physically able to do so, call the police and seek medical attention. In accidents involving property damage, ask for the other driver’s information, including license number and insurance policy. You can take pictures with your phone or talk to any witnesses nearby. No matter what happened, you never have to admit fault or give a recorded statement. Never sign a waiver of liability without consulting an attorney.

CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, the knowledgeable Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at Cappetta Law Offices can help. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Cappetta is familiar with aggressive litigation and knows how to spot the strengths of your case. He is a dedicated advocate that will fight for your rights and make sure you obtain compensation for your harm. Cappetta Law Offices has successfully represented numerous victims and families throughout Massachusetts who have been injured by the negligence of others. We are devoted to providing you with the highest quality representation and helping you get back on your feet. Call (508) 969-9505 anytime for a free consultation or contact us online .

Contact Us
Free Consultation
Contact Us