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Fatal car accident lawsuits in Boston are often very complex and best handled by an experienced personal injury lawyer who has a track record of success in deadly crash litigation. While fault may seem a fairly straightforward issue, there are also matters of causation and comparative negligence and damages that have to be sorted out. Many of these cases require hundreds of hours of research and analysis and usually necessitate expert witness testimony.

Boston car accidentsAccording to a recent article from News 7 Boston, one person was killed in a three-car accident in Medfield, Massachusetts.  Medfield is located to the south and east of the city of Boston. Authorities have said the fatal crash, which occurred on Route 109, occurred at around 2 p.m. and involved the driver of a Jeep who was allegedly speeding prior to the accident that involved a collision with two other vehicles and one where the jeep completed flipped over and came to a stop resting on its roof.

Aside from the man declared dead at the scene, another victim was rushed to Tufts Medical Center, a level-one trauma center located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. A third person was also injured, but his injuries were not as severe as the other two.  This person was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.

As our Boston car accident lawyers can explain, the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) will send in an investigation and accident reconstruction team to work with local police in conducting a full investigation into the cause of the crash.  This does not mean there will necessarily be any criminal charges filed, as the state police investigate all fatal car accidents.

It should be noted that the conclusions of law enforcement are not necessarily final when it comes to the question of fault. Although those findings can be used in your civil lawsuit, those facts were gathered for the purpose of investigating traffic infractions and criminal charges – the outcome of which will be totally separate from any civil litigation. That’s why contacting an attorney as soon as possible is smart, so we can immediately begin our own gathering of evidence and analysis.  Continue reading

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Most Boston car accident cases will settle prior to even being filed in the Suffolk Superior Court.  In some cases, when a settlement offer by the at-fault driver’s insurance company is insufficient, the case will be filed in court, and then often settled prior to trial.  A small number of claims will end up going to trial.  In these situations, there may be the need for expert witnesses to be consulted and even to testify at trial.

Boston Car Accident Lawyer The need for an expert witnesses is determined by the subject matter of the evidence being offered.  Many things presented as evidence in the form of witness testimony or exhibits is considered to within the purview of the layperson on the jury.  Anyone who is not an exert in a certain field relevant to the evidence is a layperson under the law.  Continue reading

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A car accident often results in serious personal injury.  The worst Boston car accidents result in one of more fatalities. These fatal Boston car crashes will obviously be emotionally devastating for friends and family, but they can be financially upending as well.  They decedent will no longer be there to work and provide money for his or her family and there will also be all of the costs associated with the burial.  These are all types of damages that can be claimed in a car accident wrongful death action filed under the legal theory of negligence.

Boston car accidentsAccording to a report from the Mayor’s Office for the City of Boston, as part of the Vision Zero program, the city estimates 25 people are killed annually – and nearly half of them are pedestrians.  The name Vision Zero comes from the vision of the program to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities down to zero.

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In many Boston car accidents, there is often no question as to fault.  These are called clear liability cases by attorneys and insurance company claims adjusters.  For example, if a car is stopped at a red light and the driver behind that person is not paying attention and slams into the back of the plaintiff’s car, there is a presumption of liability.  Some accidents such as ones that occur in an intersection may require more investigation to learn who had the right of way to enter the intersection.  In some cases, it may seem like it was simply an accident that was not either driver’s fault, yet this may not always be a correct assumption and one of the drivers will have a valid personal injury claim.

Boston car accident lawyer Under the law in Massachusetts, a tort is defined as civil wrong for which the law provides a remedy.  There are essentially two types of tortiuous conduct including negligent conduct and intentional conduct. Continue reading

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While many more teen driving accidents occurred during the roughly 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day ( the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers), the winter also posses a significant risk for teen drivers who are not accustomed to driving in winter weather conditions.  Teens tend to take unnecessary risks with snow and ice and that makes matters worse.  The result is often a serious or even deadly rollover accident.

Rollover Crash Characteristics

car accident BostonThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps detailed statistics on rollover crashes across the U.S. including the number of fatal rollover crashes.  This data is separated into various “characteristics” of rollover crashes.  The following are some significant findings from the study: Continue reading

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Boston car accidents in which pedestrians are hit often result in serious personal injury or death. These cases often involve substantial pain and suffering and other types of legal damages so the plaintiff’s pedestrian accident lawyer will often have to look to all possible sources of potential recovery when fighting for a full and appropriate settlement or jury verdict should the case go to trial. To make matters worse, these incidents are on the rise.

Boston car accident lawsuitsAccording to federal data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in one year alone, there nearly 5,400 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents across the nation, and this amounts to one pedestrian being killed every 1.6 hours on average.  As discussed in one article from WBUR News, these numbers seem to be increasing year over year all across the country, and we are seeing such an increase in Massachusetts as well.

Causes of Increased Pedestrian Deaths in Boston

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Boston traffic accidents that result in burn injuries are among those that result in the highest damage awards. That’s because the injuries sustained are often severe, if not fatal.  A car is powered highly flammable gasoline and there are also various other fluids flammable and possibly combustible.  Even antifreeze, which is designed to cool the engine will ignite if exposed to a sufficient heat source since it mostly made from alcohol. The car is also filled with upholstery that can burn and melt following a serious Boston car accident.

crash in Boston accident There are various causes of burns such as electricity, but in car accidents, we are typically dealing with thermal burns. Chemical burns are also possible. According to a study compiled by Richard R. Edlich, PhD, FACS, FACEP, and published by Medscape, more than 2 million people suffer from burn injuries each year in the United States. Continue reading

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In Boston, a troubling number of car accidents involve an at-fault driver flees the scene. Some of these are fatal crashes.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) keeps statistics by states on the number of fatal crashes by year.  According to their findings, in 2015, there were 291 fatal crashes resulting in 306 deaths.  The number of traffic fatalities is lower than the number of deaths because some fatal Massachusetts car crashes result in more than a single fatality.

Boston car accident lawsuits When a driver flees the scene of a crash, it can cause difficulties for those who are trying to obtain compensation for injuries. The good news is there are options (in particular, uninsured motorist coverage). As for the reason these drivers flee, it often comes down to either intoxication and a fear of being charged with serious crimes (such as vehicular homicide) by prosecutors. In other cases, it’s because the fleeing driver did not have a license or the mandated car insurance coverage.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news report from CBS, two people were injured in an accident involving a car and dump truck in Dracut, Massachusetts. Authorities have said the collision, which occurred on Route 110, involved a woman who allegedly lost control of her vehicle and cross the double yellow line and then hit the dump truck head-on.

Boston truck accidentsThe collision was so violent that the dump truck rolled over and ended up on its side. When first responders arrived at the scene of the Boston area truck crash, they found the driver of the Toyota Camry to have suffered a serious personal injury. She was extracted from the vehicle and rushed to a local level one trauma center where she was listed as being in critical condition. The extent of the driver’s injuries have not been disclosed.  The driver of the dump truck was also injured, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening at the time of the accident.   There have been no charges filed as of this time and there have been no formal accusations of negligence on behalf of either driver. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, firefighters had to cut a woman free from a mangled car in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Authorities have said the vehicle was carrying a 31-year-old mother, her husband, and their eight-month-old daughter at the time of the serious Boston area car crash.

highway accidents BostonWhile the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, initial findings indicate the driver of the vehicle lost control and spun out before entering the woods.  When the vehicle entered the woods, it was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed and crashed into a tree.  Continue reading