Massachusetts Auto Accidents

Auto accidents can be devastating. If you've been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, you may feel a range of emotions - anger, sadness and anxiety about medical bills and what seems like an endless recovery process.

Personal injuries from car accidents can sometimes be debilitating in addition to being emotionally distressing. If you've been injured in a car accident, one of the first things to consider is whether or not the other party involved was at fault. If they were at fault, it's important that they take responsibility for their actions by paying for your damages and injuries.

Below, you will find helpful information should you ever be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. Even if you or someone you know has already been in an accident, this information can help you avoid costly mistakes. In this article, we outline what you should do immediately following an accident, tips for taking photographs and documenting the accident, guidance on treatment of your injuries, determining who is at fault, the steps you can take to help your case, and the types of compensation which may be available depending on your circumstances.

What to do Immediately After you’ve Been in an Auto Accident

  • Check for injuries and immediately call 911 to report injuries and the accident.

  • Exchange information with other drivers. It is important to obtain the following information from all drivers involved in the collision:  

    • Their name

    • Their address

    • Their Phone Number

    • Their Insurance Carrier

  • Gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. Information to collect includes:  

    • What the weather is like

    • The time of day

    • Road conditions

  • Get checked out by a medical provider if you were injured, even if it seems minor. A lot of times people assume that their aches and pains will subside in a few days, but in reality they can get worse over time. This is especially true in auto accidents because of the extreme forces on your body when involved in a crash.   

  • Take photographs of the accident scene and any damage to cars or people

  • Get names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened

  • Get names and contact information of any police officers who were at the scene (including a copy of their report)

Tips for Taking Photographs After an Auto Accident

  • Photograph the scene. Take pictures of everything that happened in the accident, including any skid marks or debris. It’s also helpful to take a picture of yourself and your car before you leave so you have an idea of how much damage was done.

  • Photograph the vehicles involved. If possible, get close-up shots of both cars—especially their license plates and front ends—to show how they were positioned during impact. You should also take photos of any visible damage to each vehicle, such as scratches or dents in the exterior panels or broken windows (this is especially important if it appears that one driver deliberately caused another driver's car to crash).

  • Photograph injuries sustained by passengers in either vehicle if this is possible (i.e., don't put yourself at risk).

  • Photograph any visible damage done after impact occurred between two vehicles; for example: broken headlights/taillights/side mirrors on either vehicle involved with collision, chipped paint on door handles from rubbing against each other during collision, etcetera

How to Choose a Good Doctor Following an Auto Accident

When choosing a doctor, it's important to find one who is an expert in the type of injury you have. For instance, if you've been in an auto accident and have neck injuries, you'll want to see a specialist known for treating neck injuries. You also want to make sure that your doctor has experience working with people who have suffered through similar accidents as yourself. A good doctor will be able to relate to the situation and understand where you're coming from.

They should also be willing to work with you so that together, they can get your body back into shape as soon as possible after an accident like this happens. This means giving clear instructions about what exercises need done at home (if any), what medications should be taken regularly or when necessary (if any), etcetera...

What should I ask my doctor about my injuries?

You should ask your doctor about:

  • The severity of your injuries, recovery time and prognosis.

  • The possibility of surgery and what can be done to help with the recovery process.

  • Any restrictions on your activities, including physical therapy and driving.

  • Medications that may be required for pain management or other issues related to your injuries (medication side effects).

  • Follow-up appointments for any ongoing treatment needs following an automobile accident or other traumatic injury.

 

Who is at Fault for Your Accident?

The first step to determining fault for an auto accident is to speak with the police. If a police officer responded to your accident, they will be able to tell you who was at fault and why. The police officer will also be able to verify or disprove any claims made by either party involved in the crash.

After speaking with the police, ask the other party involved in your accident who was driving and whether or not they had insurance coverage on their vehicle at the time of impact. You should also ask witnesses who may have seen what happened before or after the collision occurred. A witness’s testimony can help determine if one driver disobeyed traffic laws leading up to an accident like running red lights and stop signs, speeding excessively fast, following too closely behind another vehicle instead of maintaining proper distance between vehicles while driving on highways/interstates/freeways, etc., all of which could result in liability being placed upon another individual.

Finally—and most importantly—you should seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury attorney before making any decisions regarding liability because they may know something about state law that could benefit you later down this road when it comes time for filing suit against someone else’s insurance company.

Driver A and Driver B collide in Massachusetts. How much fault does each driver have?

In Massachusetts, both drivers can be at fault for the accident. Driver A can be partially at fault and Driver B can be only partially at fault. Driver A was driving in an unsafe manner by following too closely, which contributed to the accident. Meanwhile, Driver B was driving below the speed limit and did not use his/her signals when turning left into traffic—this contributed to the accident as well.

If this sounds confusing or difficult to understand, that's because it is! That's why you should always contact a personal injury lawyer if you've been injured in any type of car accident—they'll help guide you through what happened so that you can recover damages from your injuries (and those caused by others).

After a Car Accident, it is Important That You Take the Right Steps to Help your Case. These Include:

  • Call your insurance carrier/agent and report the accident

  • Do Not Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

  • Keep all receipts for any expenses you incur as a result of the collision (i.e., rental car, hotel stay, gas going to doctor appointments). 

  • Do Not Sign any Release or Waiver of your Rights

  • Do Not Accept a Cash Settlement Offer from an Insurance Agent or Adjustor Without Consulting an Attorney

 

What Kind of Compensation can You Receive After an Auto Accident?

You may have been in a car accident, or you might be someone who has been injured in an accident. Regardless of your situation, you know how difficult it can be to navigate the legal system and make sure that you are treated fairly by those who are responsible for your injuries. When this happens, the last thing on your mind is how much time and energy goes into getting the compensation that you deserve from an insurance company or other party involved in the accident.

Our law office handles many different types of auto accident claims with a wide range of injuries. From minor fender benders to fatalities, our attorneys have years of experience handling everything from minor soft tissue injuries to more serious injuries such as head trauma and paralysis.

You May be Able to Recover Compensation for a Number of Damages. These Include:

  • Pain and suffering. This includes the physical, mental, and emotional pain that you have been suffering from since the accident occurred.

  • Lost wages. You may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages if you had been working at the time of your accident and cannot work as a result of it.

  • Loss of consortium. This is an injury to your spouse or partner who has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence, leading them to suffer emotional distress because they can no longer have sex with their spouse or partner without discomfort or pain. They might also be unable to do household chores like taking out trash cans because they are still recovering from their injuries sustained an accident.

We understand the difficulty involved in trying to determine the value of your claim without speaking with someone who has knowledge about the subject matter. For this reason, we offer free initial consultations so you can come in and discuss your case with our experienced attorney in person without any obligation whatsoever (we won't even ask for money).

Conclusion

Car accidents are often devastating. There are times when the insurance companies and the other party's attorney make it very difficult to settle. When that happens, you need a strong, experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer on your side.

At Regan Law, we understand that after being involved in an auto accident, many people do not have time to worry about getting every detail right with their personal injury claim. That is why we offer our clients experienced representation when seeking compensation for their loss due to negligence or misconduct of another. In Massachusetts and throughout the country, there are many laws that protect those who have been involved in auto accidents.

You can be sure we will fight for your rights and get you the best possible settlement. We know how difficult it is to deal with an auto accident, but we also know how rewarding it is when we are able to make a difference in someone’s life.

At the Law Office of Patrick J. Regan, we are committed to fighting for our clients' rights and providing them with the best possible settlement. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from an accident and want to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident in Massachusetts, call us today at (978) 74-1220 or fill out the form on our contact page now so we can look into your claim immediately!