According to statistics from the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Security, over 100,000 traffic accidents occur in the state every year. In 2003, traffic collisions resulted in 306 deaths and over 4,000 injuries in the state of Massachusetts. Those statistics make it clear that car accidents are responsible for many unnecessary deaths and injuries in the Bay State.
Drunken or Impaired driving is a top three leading cause of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. and Massachusetts. There are so many reasons impaired drivers are dangerous and cause devastating crashes and often deadly accidents. Drunken or drugged drivers have impaired vision, lack hand-eye-coordination and take risks sobers drivers would never take. A person who gets behind after drinking, taking drugs or getting high is negligent if they cause an accident and should be held accountable for their actions.
Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is a growing problem in Massachusetts and the U.S. overall. In Massachusetts, it is a traffic violation to write, send, or read a text while driving. It is also unlawful to browse the internet while driving. Any driver who causes an accident because they were texting is liable for an injuries or deaths they cause.
Speed also contributes to a large number of fatal and injurious crashes. Drivers are often overconfident, so they don’t think they need to obey speed limits. Ignoring a posted speed limit can have deadly consequences especially under the wrong circumstances such as wet or icy roads.
No-fault Car Accident Rules in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has no-fault auto insurance laws in regards to personal injury cases arising out of a car crash. The law requires all auto accident victims to file a claim a claim with their insurer to recover accident compensation as long as their injuries are not serious. A serious injury is one that can cause permanent scarring, leaves a victim maimed or caused permanent disability. If you have suffered a serious injury, you can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver and recover a larger settlement that reflects the severity of your injuries.
A serious injury can include:
Broken ribs and other bones
Traumatic brain injury
Neck or spinal injuries
Below are some medical facilities that specialize in some of the injuries are listed above:
Massachusetts General Hospital Sumner Redstone Burn Center’s Burn, Acute, and Critical Care Program
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Visit the website for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts to find local resources for brain injury victims.
Brain and Spinal Injury:
Massachusetts Center for Rehabilitation
One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 638-8000
What’s next for my car accident claim?
If you are in a traffic accident and you want to file a personal injury claim, let USAttorneys connect you with a skilled car crash attorney in Massachusetts to assist you with your claim. We have devoted and skilled lawyers throughout the state who will help you recover an optimal settlement amount for your accident.