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.

Why Choose Our Boston Highway Accident Attorney?

  • We focus on the relationships we foster with clients. Our plaintiff’s attorneys chose this profession because they truly care about injured accident victims. We go the extra mile to get to know the clients we represent.
  • We are trial attorneys who do not fear going to court. If the defendant in your highway accident case in Boston refuses to settle for a reasonable amount, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. We have secured outstanding awards for past clients.
  • We accept clients in Boston on a contingency fee basis. Our Boston highway accident attorneys do not charge upfront for their services. You will only pay us if we win your case, and only then from a settlement or judgment won.

Highway Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

 Highway accidents are common in Massachusetts. They cause hundreds of serious injuries and deaths in the state each year. In 2019, the Commonwealth recorded a total of 139,960 traffic accidents. Of these, 32,736 caused serious injuries and 316 were fatal. Many of these traffic accidents occurred on highways. 

 Highway accidents can range from minor to major. They include property-damage only accidents, such as low-speed rear-end collisions in heavy traffic, as well as catastrophic crashes at high speeds. You are not alone as the victim of a highway accident in Massachusetts. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we understand how often these accidents happen in Boston – as well as what usually causes them.

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 Boston personal injury attorney who knows how to present your case and achieve the best outcome for you.

What Are Common Causes in Highway Accidents?

 Drivers cause most highway accidents. A driver could cause a highway accident by failing to pay attention to the road or breaking roadway laws. All drivers have a duty to reasonably prevent collisions. They must do so by obeying traffic rules, watching the road and driving prudently. If a driver breaches any of these duties, he or she could cause an accident while driving on a busy highway in Massachusetts. Many driver errors lead to highway accidents.

  • Distracted driving
  • Alcohol or drug impairment
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Tailgating 
  • Nighttime driving
  • Lost cargo loads
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Bad weather conditions

 If you suspect another driver of causing your highway accident in Boston, speak to our attorneys about a possible fault-based lawsuit. Although Massachusetts is a no-fault insurance state, you will have grounds to bring a claim against a negligent driver if your injuries are serious. Serious injuries, such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries, give victims the right to file fault claims outside of the insurance system. We can help you fight for maximum compensation for your injuries from an at-fault party.

What Are Common Injuries?

 At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we accept clients with all types of personal injuries during highway accident claims in Boston. We have the experience and resources to assist a client in bringing a strong claim to damages regardless of the type of injury.

  • Head and brain trauma. Skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and permanent brain damage can occur in catastrophic highway accidents.
  • Spinal cord injuries. Damage to the neck, back, and spine are common in car accidents. A back injury could include a slipped disk, disk herniation, or serious injuries such as paralysis.
  • Soft-tissue injuries. Injuries to the skin, tendons, and muscles can occur in highway accidents. Examples include lacerations, pulled muscles, burns, road rash, and strains.
  • Internal injuries. The internal organs, including the lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines could get injured in a serious car accident. Internal injuries can cause permanent losses of bodily functions.
  • Wrongful death. Many highway accidents cause fatal injuries. If a loved one did not survive his or her injuries from a highway accident, your family may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

 These are a few of the serious injuries that could happen in a highway or interstate accident in Massachusetts. If your injuries meet the state’s serious injury threshold, we can help you file a lawsuit against one or more parties in pursuit of compensation. Otherwise, we can help you file a first-party insurance claim for your more minor injuries.

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 a vehicle 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.

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