When involved in a car accident, the sooner you get legal help, the simpler the legal process becomes. Boston car accident lawyers have the chance to investigate the accident scene, preserve evidence, identify responsible parties, and work toward getting you the compensation entitled by law. Boston car accident attorney John J. Sheehan has been handling auto accident cases since 1993.
For the average person, a car accident is complicated, especially when you are injured. Knowing what to say or not to say to insurance adjusters, figuring out how to cover medical bills, and even just getting your car fixed can be a hassle. An experienced Boston auto accident attorney has the legal know-how to help you deal with all these issues and guide you through the claims process.
Comparative negligence law in Massachusetts
A car accident case is based on the negligence of the driver who is most at fault for the accident. Negligence implies that one party owes another a duty of care, that the duty was neglected, and as a result the other party was harmed. To determine negligence in Massachusetts, the fault of one party is compared to the fault of the other party.
For example, if a driver was drunk and speeding when he or she ran a red light, that party’s fault for the accident would probably be 100 percent. However, if one driver was distracted while talking on a cell phone and the other driver was speeding, both may bear some responsibility in a collision. To recover damages in Massachusetts, your lawyer must prove that the other party was more than 50 percent at fault.
Motor Vehicle Insurance
Massachusetts is a no-fault insurance state, and motorists are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. PIP benefits cover up to $2,000 in medical bills. If you have no health insurance, PIP benefits may cover up to $8,000 in medical bills. You are not allowed to sue another negligent party unless damages exceed a certain monetary amount or your injuries meet a certain threshold, such as loss of a limb, blindness, permanent disfigurement, and death.
Motorcycle riders are not covered by PIP coverage, but they may be able to seek medical costs under uninsured motorist or under-insured motorist coverage or private health insurance. However, if another driver’s negligence caused your motorcycle accident, a lack of PIP coverage also means that your ability to sue for damages is not limited.
Responsive legal help
As a Boston personal injury lawyer I work hard to answer all your questions, explain what to expect, and take your calls 24/7. I want you to know that your case is in good hands. I have the professional resources to reconstruct your accident, medical experts available to evaluate the extent of your injury, and the experience to negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to trial. Most cases settle outside of court, but I am always prepared to litigate if necessary.
One call or click is all it takes for Boston car accident attorney John J. Sheehan to fight for you!
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