Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident in Massachusetts?
Contact an experienced and knowledgeable Massachusetts truck accident lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP to discuss your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages.
We have recovered millions for truck accident victims and can help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.
You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, when you call our Massachusetts personal injury law firm. We will review your case at no cost to you. If we represent you in your claim, you will owe nothing unless we recover money for you.
Trucking accidents are often catastrophic, causing serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, or even death.
Some Massachusetts residents have even advocated that Massachusetts should ban commercial trucks from local streets except for pickup and delivery.
Having an experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer anytime you are injured in an accident involving a large truck is critical.
Whenever an accident occurs, Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP, will:
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we work with some of the best trucking industry and trucking regulation consultants in the country to establish negligence, liability, and damages. You can benefit from having our accomplished and respected team in your corner.
In 2017, nationwide, there were 4,761 deaths due to accidents involving large trucks. In Massachusetts in 2017, there were 473 total vehicles involved in fatal crashes. Of these 473 vehicles, 5.9%, or 28 vehicles, were large trucks. This accounted for 0.6% of fatal crashes involving large trucks in the country.
Massachusetts roads tend to be congested with many narrow, winding corners (many of which are one-way).
In Boston, for example, trucks are encouraged to use specific posted truck routes, which include:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a large truck as a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. A “heavy large truck” has a GVWR greater than 26,000 lbs. Large trucks may be referred to as big-rigs, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers.
Commercial vehicle operators, such as trucking companies, are subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations which require them to have higher insurance limits, which means that more money is available for insurance claims.
However, increased insurance available also means increased efforts by trucking companies and their legal counsel to defend insurance claims.
The major transportation logistics companies like Amazon, UPS, FedEx, Swift, Old Dominion Freight, and J.B. Hunt all claim that safety is a top priority. This is, in part, because they know that accidents can cost millions. They also have systems in place to shield their liability and get you to accept as little as possible for your injuries.
In your free consultation, a lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP will review your case, and give you an experienced-based opinion of how much your claim may be worth.
Depending on what caused the accident, numerous parties may be responsible. You may be entitled to economic damages and non-economic damages for your accident claim.
Having a lawyer who understands the unique dynamics of trucking accident litigation can ensure all rights are protected, and no potential compensation is overlooked. Once you hire a Massachusetts truck accident attorney, they can handle all communications with an insurance company on your behalf. This allows you to focus on your healing and recovery while your lawyer advocates for your rights.
It is still possible to recover compensation if you are injured in a Massachusetts truck accident and you are partially at fault. That’s because Massachusetts has modified comparative fault rules with a 51% bar to recovery.
In very simple terms, it means that you can recover compensation for your injuries if you share some or even half of the blame for an accident. You just can’t share most of the blame.
Once your liability equals or exceeds 51%, you will be prohibited from securing damages from other parties.
It is also possible that your lawyer can defend you against attempts to blame you for your injuries. If necessary, an independent investigation can be arranged to determine the cause of an accident.
When you report an accident to an insurance company, you may be asked to provide a recorded statement to verify information or speed up the claims process. If you are unsure or inaccurate about details, this could be later used against you. Providing a recorded statement is not required and people are well-advised to speak with a lawyer before providing any written or recorded statement.
Because of the size of large trucks, accidents involving them may be fatal. People who do survive may be left with serious or permanent injuries. Some of the injuries we see from Massachusetts semi-truck accidents include:
Although no amount of money can undo the pain of a catastrophic injury, or bring back a loved one who’s life was tragically cut short, the money you recover in a personal injury or wrongful death claim is critical for your future.
A Massachusetts personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accidents can help you maximize the compensation you are entitled to and ensure you do not make any mistakes in your claim. Before you accept an insurance company offer for a truck accident claim, talk to a Massachusetts truck crash lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP.
Negligence is the basis of most personal injury or wrongful death claims.
In Massachusetts, negligence consists of four elements:
In some cases, negligence is obvious. For example, if a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel or is obviously intoxicated. In many situations, negligence is less obvious, which can lead to disputes and claim denials.
It is also possible that someone could be partly at fault for a truck accident or car accident.
For example, if a pedestrian ignores a “Do Not Walk” sign, they may contribute to a pedestrian accident.
A knowledgeable Massachusetts truck accident lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can help you establish negligence, and defend against claims to blame you for contributing to your own injuries.
Every state has an official deadline, called a statute of limitations, to file a claim for money damages. For most Massachusetts truck accidents, as well as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a claim for damages.
This law can be found in Title 5, Ch. 260, Secs. 2A. Once the deadline passes, any lawsuit filed will likely be dismissed.
Individuals involved in Massachusetts truck accidents are well-advised to contact a Massachusetts truck accident lawyer promptly after an accident. Your lawsuit may not be filed immediately, as time may be needed to observe how injuries heal, and what medical care will be needed going forward.
Contacting a lawyer right away can ensure evidence is preserved. Trucking companies may have a damaged semi-truck towed hundreds of miles away within hours of an accident, to be quickly repaired or destroyed.
Once you have an attorney, they can issue a spoliation letter to ensure evidence is not destroyed and can be independently inspected. If a spoliation letter has been issued and evidence is destroyed, a lawyer may have the authority to impose sanctions.
If you suffered injuries in a collision with a large truck, or if someone you loved died in an accident involving a truck, contact the Massachusetts truck accident attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP. We will review your potential case, answer your questions, and explain your options to pursue compensation against the trucking company and any other liable parties.
Give our Massachusetts personal injury law firm a call to schedule your free case evaluation. You only have a limited period of time to pursue your claim, so do not delay in reaching out.