Newton Car Accident Lawyer for Crashes and Injuries
Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle collisions every week, caused by negligent drivers and others who are at fault. Tragically, some people die from their injuries; others are badly hurt.
As Newton car accident lawyers, we understand the horrific toll that car and vehicle crashes take on those injured and their families. While we can’t undo a car wreck, we can work to hold accountable all those responsible. We serve clients in Newton, Boston, Cambridge, Wellesley, and throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Why It’s Critical to Retain an Experienced Car Collision Law Firm as Soon as Possible
If you or a family member has been injured in a car crash, you will greatly benefit by retaining an experienced car accident law firm as soon as possible. We will want to investigate the accident scene before conditions change – while skid marks can still be seen, and while other evidence of the crash is still fresh. This will help us in proving liability.
It’s important to understand that in major collisions, insurance companies typically have totaled cars and vehicles destroyed as soon as possible. These vehicles are often important pieces of evidence, so we will often want to seek a court order to preserve vehicles from destruction so that we can examine them before they are destroyed.
Newer vehicles may contain event recorders, which are similar to “black boxes” in planes. These event recorders can also provide vital information about a wreck, such as speed, braking, and other information. In a serious crash, we will also want to preserve this evidence before it too is destroyed.
We often with work various expert witnesses to help prove liability.
Settlements & Verdicts
At trial, a $95,000 verdict for woman who was rear-ended and suffered a nerve injury to her elbow, requiring surgery.
A moped rider who was “doored” and injured by a commercial vehicle.
A car crash that caused the victim’s miscarriage of her pregnancy.
A pedestrian who was struck by a snowplow.
Represented the parents of a college student killed by commuter rail train in an area near Boston University that was a frequent “hot spot” for students to gather.
Seeking Full Compensation for Car Crash Victims
In a vehicle crash, if the other driver is insured, their insurance company will be managing the litigation on their behalf. Even if the other driver has the same insurance company as you, the insurance company for the other driver will be working solely on behalf of the other driver.
In cases involving serious injury and damage, you should assume that the other insurance company will take all actions that they can in order to minimize liability and save money for themselves.
What Tactics Do Insurance Companies Take?
Common insurance tactics include:
- Denying Liability.
Even if the other driver ran a red light, they will claim that this cannot be proven (unless video or sufficient witnesses exist). They will claim that running the red light (or whatever other matter may be in question) is simply a disputed issue. As a result of their assertion that the issue is in dispute, they will claim that an settlement must be “discounted” by this “fact” – this is how they negotiate.
- Blaming the Victim or Others.
- Similar to denying liability, insurance companies often blame the victims or others to minimize their own liability. Their reasoning is that if they can allege that the victim is 50% at fault, then they should only have to pay 50% of the damages. Like the example above, they will concoct all sorts of theories as to why the victim (or someone else) is at fault. We oppose these theories, and make clear that if the other driver is solely at fault, the other driver is responsible for 100% of the damages.
- Delaying Legitimate Settlement Negotiations, Especially if Crash Victims Cannot Work.
If you are so injured that you can’t work, the insurance companies will know that you likely will be under great financial pressure to settle your lawsuit. So what do they do? They delay legitimate settlement discussions as long as possible. They know that over time, there will be greater financial pressure to settle, so that they will likely be able to get away with paying a lower settlement. We work diligently on behalf of our clients in opposing delay tactics.
We build strong cases based on an investigation, the impact of the injuries on the life of the victim (pain and suffering), the medical expenses involved in recovering from the collision, and any lost wages from missing work.
Common Causes of Car Collisions
Common causes of crashes include:
- Changing lanes
- Air bag failure
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failure to stop at signal or sign
- Failure to yield
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Other erratic drivers
- Traveling too fast for the conditions
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Road debris
- Distracted driving
- Not paying attention
In Addition to the Other Driver, Who Else May Be at Fault for Your Car Crash?
Municipalities, cities, or county governments may be liable for car and vehicle crashes if:
- They failed to maintain roadways, highways, and bridges
- They failed to fix or repair road signs or traffic signals
Vehicle and product manufacturers may also be held liable if a design or manufacturing defect led to or helped cause the collision. For example, manufacturers of defective tires may be responsible for tire blowouts that lead to injury or death. Similarly, defective air bag manufacturers may be liable for defective air bags that do not deploy in a crash, or those that inadvertently deploy when they are not supposed to (resulting in injury or death).
“Matt Fogelman represented me in a case that took several years to play out and eventually resulted in a favorable settlement for me. I found him to combine two qualities rarely seen in the same lawyer. He was unfailingly friendly toward me and hard-nosed toward the other side. He was extremely sharp, retentive of details, and tireless. Mine never promised to be a big money case, but he stuck by me for years as we had our slow motion fight with the other side. He seemed to finesse very well the relationship with the other lawyer: first very tough, finally cooperative. It worked out: The figure we got at the end was larger than what I imagined getting at the beginning. He’s good at zeroing in on the pressure points and bottom line. He was also excellent at balancing confidently making his moves with consulting me. Matt is an excellent partner to have for the long slog that is a civil-court lawsuit.”
Google 5 Star Review – C.G.
Call Us To Learn How We Can Help
There is no cost or fee to talk to us about your matter, or to learn about your rights. We offer contingency fee representation to personal injury clients, so you will not owe us a fee for our time unless and until we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.