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Essex County Car Accident Lawyer

When driving on Massachusetts roads, you trust those around you to drive responsibly to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. Unfortunately, many people often break this trust and cause accidents and injuries. In Massachusetts, 109,756 car accidents occurred in 2022. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you deserve high-quality representation that will give you the time you need to recover. 

Our dedicated lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers provide innovative legal services every step of the way, so you can have a stress-free legal experience. During your free consultation, we can listen to your story, review important details, and determine if you have a case, so we can start working on our customized plan for you. Give us a call at (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form to schedule your consultation and learn more about our team and services. 

Why Should You Contact an Essex County Car Accident Lawyer?

After a car accident, you may find it challenging to determine what to do next. While you can handle the legal process on your own, you have a better chance of achieving a successful outcome with the help of our experienced Essex County car accident attorneys. Our legal team can help you understand your rights and develop a customized plan for your unique needs.

With over 45 years of experience in the industry, we may support you throughout the entire claim process, including the following aspects:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident
  • Gathering evidence like camera footage, police reports, and medical records
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Utilizing resources like traffic analysts and accident reconstructionists
  • Answering all your legal questions
  • Filing your claim on time
  • Identifying a liable party
  • Calculating your case’s worth
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Taking your case to trial if necessary

Massachusetts law gives car accident victims three years to file their claims, so contacting an Essex County car accident lawyer right away ensures you do not miss your opportunity to fight for your rights and receive compensation for your losses.

What Are the Elements of a Massachusetts Car Accident Claim?

Even the most straightforward car accidents can be complicated. Before you file your claim, you must identify a liable party and determine how much your claim is worth, which is difficult without the help of a car accident attorney. With our talented lawyers’ help, we can build the strongest possible claim so that you can achieve a fair settlement.

Proving Fault

While you may assume the other driver was at fault for the accident, this is not always the case. Depending on the specific details of your situation, the following parties may be liable:

  • Another driver: Another driver may be responsible for the accident if they failed to follow traffic laws, drove recklessly, or were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Pedestrian or bicyclist: If a pedestrian or bicyclist crossed the middle of the street, did not follow traffic signals, or caused another driver to swerve, they could be liable.
  • A property owner or government agency: Property owners are responsible for maintaining their roads and keeping them safe, so they could be liable if poor road conditions caused the accident.
  • Manufacturer: If a defective car part caused the accident, the manufacturer could be held responsible for your injuries.

When proving fault, you must show a direct correlation between the negligent party’s actions and your injuries. You can do this by taking photos and videos of the scene and keeping a journal of your experiences with injuries. We may also help you gather evidence like medical records and police reports to build the strongest case.

Recovering Damages

The evidence that helps prove fault in your claim can also help calculate the compensation you deserve. Your medical bills and pay stubs can contribute to your economic damages, and the journal of your experience can help determine non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. Based on the severity of your injuries and other circumstances, you may recover the following damages:

  • Emotional distress
  • Hospital bills
  • Prescribed medications
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Punitive damages

Because car accidents are often complex, you may share a portion of the fault. If this is the case, you may still recover damages thanks to Massachusetts’s comparative negligence system. This means each party involved receives a fault percentage for the accident, and that percentage gets deducted from their damages. For example, if you are 15% at fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 15%. Our professional lawyers can negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you do not receive an unfair percentage, so you can receive a fair settlement.

Contact a Reliable Essex County Car Accident Lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming. You should prioritize your recovery, but that can be difficult if you attempt to handle your claim on your own. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and knowledge to handle any car accident claim, regardless of size and scope. 

National Trial Lawyers named our co-managing partners, J. Tucker Merrigan and Peter M. Merrigan, Top 40 Under 40 trial attorneys, so you can trust us to provide top-notch services. Our personalized plans and effective legal strategies have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for car accident victims in the Essex County area. To schedule a free consultation with an Essex County car accident attorney, fill out our contact form or call (617) 391-9001.

Meet the Personal Injury Attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP