Have you been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in Boston, MA? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Distracted driving is a growing problem – across the nation and right here in Boston.
Our Boston personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you secure financial justice if you or a loved one has been injured because someone else simply couldn’t be bothered to pay attention behind the wheel.
At Sweeney Merrigan, LLP, our attorneys have over 100 collective years devoted to the practice of personal injury law in trial and appellate courts.
We know how important financial compensation can be to injury victims on their way to recovery. We fight hard for the compensation our clients deserve.
After hiring our legal team, here’s what you can expect:
If you’ve been injured because of a distracted driver, our Boston car accident attorneys are here to help. Contact our law office today to get started working with us on your case.
Data from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation shows that from 2017 to 2020, the overall rate of distracted driving accidents across Massachusetts declined. Of course, one goal of the MA Safe Driving Law, passed in 2010 was to reduce the rate.
Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2014-2018 showed:
In an attempt to improve these numbers, in February 2020, Massachusetts passed even more strict limitations for drivers with the Hands-Free Law.
The value of a personal injury claim varies based on the facts of the case and the injury involved. Other factors unrelated to the circumstances of the injury can also influence the value of a claim.
More severe injuries are likely to lead to higher settlement values because of the pain and suffering involved. Injuries like broken bones and spinal cord injuries are considered to be more painful than soft-tissue injuries like whiplash.
Permanent injuries, like brain trauma, are considered more severe than those from which a person can fully recover.
Injuries that cause significant disruptions in a person’s daily life will likely produce a larger personal injury settlement.
If a person can no longer perform everyday activities, like bathing, or unable to play sports or work certain jobs, they are more likely to receive a larger settlement. The more disruptive the injury, the more likely the injured person will get a higher settlement.
The type of treatment required and the length of the recovery can impact the total settlement value. When a doctor or surgeon is needed for treatment, the settlement is probably going to be higher than when a physician’s assistant, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner can handle it. Longer periods of recovery, as well as the number of medical appointments and medications prescribed, can influence a larger settlement.
The value of distracted driving accidents can also be influenced by outside forces, too. Especially for controversial issues like distracted driving, media coverage matters. If a quick settlement will minimize bad press, an insurance company may offer more for injuries.
Insurance companies will also consider the certainty of liability and potential litigation costs. When an insurance company knows they will be on the hook for compensation and a trial will be costly, they may offer higher settlement amounts as a way to minimize financial loss.
After an accident, an injured victim can be compensated for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include:
These are damages that can be easily calculated from documents. Non-economic damages are more difficult to value.
They include compensation for:
Although these damages are more difficult to quantify, they are no less valuable than economic damages.
Rest assured, our Boston car accident lawyers will work hard to ensure that all of your damages are (a) identified and (b) valued properly. We’ll enlist the help of experts, when necessary, as we investigate, build, and value your car accident injury case. By taking the time and investing the appropriate resources, we can be confident that we can maximize your recovery.
If you are getting blamed by the other driver, another party, or an insurance company for the accident, you may still be able to recover compensation.
Massachusetts law follows a “modified comparative negligence” system, which allows compensation if a party is less than 51% at fault for the accident.
You cannot recover compensation from the other at-fault parties if you were more than 51% at fault.
Our lawyers will help you fight to defend yourself if and when you’re blamed. In our investigation, we’ll search for evidence to establish that someone else – not you – caused the crash. If your own negligence was a contributing factor, we will do our best to minimize how much fault is ultimately apportioned to you.
The less fault you share, the more money you can ultimately recover when your case is resolved.
When you have been injured by a distracted driver, you need a personal injury attorney who will fight for compensation for all of your injuries.
Some common injuries sustained in distracted driving accidents include:
The severity of injuries after a distracted driving accident ranges from mild to debilitating. Our dedicated distracted driving lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, will do everything possible to get full compensation for your injuries.
What things distract drivers from the road? Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving can be the cause of a distracted driving accident.
Some common causes include:
Massachusetts’ hands-free law prohibits the use of any hand-held electronic devices while driving, but unfortunately, these behaviors still occur.
In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is three years. This means that an injured victim has up to three years from the date of the accident or injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Of course, after most car accidents, the process begins with an insurance claim shortly after the injury. However, the time to investigate, negotiate, and, if necessary, file a lawsuit, means that an injured victim should try to establish an attorney-client relationship as soon as possible after their accident.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident in Boston, Massachusetts, it is recommended that you reach out to an attorney promptly after your injury. When choosing a personal injury attorney to represent you in your distracted driving claim, it is important to choose an established firm with experienced attorneys, like Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP.
Reach out to our passionate personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.