Boston Highway Accident Attorney

Highway accidents in Massachusetts are responsible for some of the most severe injuries and damages. Because vehicles are traveling at such high speeds, injuries sustained in an accident often range from severe to fatal. In 2012, there were over 108,000 car crashes in Massachusetts, 4,384 of which resulted in severe injuries. The ever-increasing congestion and traffic in the state has led to more crashes every year. Unfortunately, severe highway crashes are now a daily occurrence in Massachusetts. If one of these incidents has befallen you, secure the representation you need to guarantee you are taken care of.

Personal Injury Suits and Highway Accidents

Most highway crashes are caused because one of the drivers involved was driving in a negligent manner, though this is not always true. Inclement weather or flying debris can cause even the most careful driver to have an accident. However, many highway crashes occur because a driver is distracted, under the influence, speeding, fatigued, or any other situation which leads to irresponsible driving.

If you’ve been seriously injured in a highway accident, you should seek effective representation as soon as possible. Personal injury attorneys help their clients recover the expenses of injuries and other damages. Personal injury suits can be complex and long-lasting, so work with an experienced attorney who knows how to present your case and achieve the best outcome for you.

Negligence and Compensation in Boston, MA

In a personal injury suit, the plaintiff must first prove negligence to receive compensation. Massachusetts follows the comparative negligence model in determining fault after an accident. This means that if you are found to be less than 50% negligent in the case, you will be able to recover compensation for damages.

This is where an attorney comes in. He or she will represent you and prove that the other driver is, without a doubt, more than 50% at fault in the accident. To do this, an attorney needs extensive documentation after the accident and throughout medical treatment. If you are receiving treatment after an accident, keep a record of all medical expenses, appointments, and other costs. In Massachusetts, you are eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses. Any costs incurred during treatment after the accident. This can include hospital bills, ambulance fees, physical and mental health therapy, medications, etc.
  • Lost wages. Wages lost because of the accident, either while receiving treatment or because of an inability to work from an injury. Lost wages can also include wages in the future you will not make because of a long-lasting injury.
  • Pain and suffering. Emotional suffering after the accident. Insurers use a formula to calculate this amount, based on a multiplier between 1.5-5%
  • Loss of companionship. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, or your loved one was permanently altered to the point of affecting your relationship, you may be able to seek damages.
  • Punitive damages. An amount that is meant to financially punish the defendant for grossly negligent behavior. This is not a common situation.

Boston, MA Personal Injury Attorneys Specializing in Highway Accidents

If you’ve been in a highway accident and are considering a personal injury suit, contact the offices of Sweeney Merrigan Law today. We are based out of Boston and serve clients throughout the entirety of Massachusetts.

The attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law are experienced in several specialties of personal injury law, including severe highway accidents. We represent each and every one of our clients effectively and consistently achieve excellent results. After a highway accident, don’t go without the compensation you need to get your life back on track, contact the offices of Sweeney Merrigan Law today. We will get you the most compensation possible for your case.