Boston, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and bustling streets, is a haven for locals and tourists alike. However, navigating the busy streets of Boston as a pedestrian can sometimes be challenging and, unfortunately, accidents do happen. At DiBella Law Offices, we understand the complexities of pedestrian accidents and are committed to helping you understand your rights and the steps you should take if you find yourself a victim of such an incident.
Understanding the Risks
Pedestrian accidents in urban settings like Boston are sadly not uncommon. Factors such as distracted driving, busy intersections, and even the unpredictable Massachusetts weather can all contribute to accidents. It’s crucial for pedestrians to stay vigilant and for drivers to be aware of their surroundings, especially in high-traffic areas.
What to Do After an Accident
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, your first priority should be your health:
- Seek Medical Attention: Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s essential to get checked by a medical professional. Some injuries, particularly those related to head trauma or internal injuries, might not be immediately apparent.
- Report the Accident: Report the incident to local law enforcement. A police report can be invaluable when filing a claim as it provides an official account of the event.
- Gather Information and Evidence: If possible, collect the contact and insurance information from the driver involved, and take photos of the accident scene, including any street signs and traffic signals.
- Witness Testimonies: If there were any witnesses, try to get their contact details. Their accounts can provide crucial support for your claim.
Knowing Your Rights in Massachusetts
Massachusetts law stipulates that pedestrians have the right of way at all crosswalks and intersections. This means that vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians, whether or not there is a marked crosswalk.
Comparative Fault in Massachusetts
Massachusetts follows a “comparative fault” rule. If you’re found partially responsible for the accident (e.g., jaywalking or crossing against a traffic signal), your compensation might be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, you can still receive compensation as long as your share of the fault is not greater than that of the other party.
When to Contact a Lawyer
Navigating the aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming, particularly when dealing with insurance companies or legal proceedings. This is where having an experienced personal injury lawyer becomes crucial. An attorney can help:
- Deal with insurance companies: To ensure you don’t settle for less than what you deserve.
- Gather and present evidence: To build a strong case in your favor.
- Understand and navigate the legal process: Including meeting important deadlines and filing necessary documents.
How DiBella Law Offices Can Help
At DiBella Law Offices, we bring years of experience in personal injury law to the table. We understand the emotional, physical, and financial toll that a pedestrian accident can take on an individual and their family. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive legal support to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
We've offered crucial support and guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries, ensuring their financial and emotional well-being.
Walking the streets of Boston should not come with the risk of injury. However, should you find yourself a victim of a pedestrian accident, know that you have rights and there are steps you can take to protect those rights. At DiBella Law Offices, we’re here to help guide you through each step, offering the expert legal advice and support you need to navigate through this challenging time.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Boston or elsewhere in Massachusetts, don’t hesitate to contact DiBella Law Offices for a consultation. Let us help you take the first step towards recovery and justice.