Boston Car Accident
Boston Car Accident Attorneys
Anytime two cars collide, it is going to be stressful for everyone involved. When you’re injured, it is even more upsetting. Questions of insurance coverage, liability, and what to do immediately after the accident are all going to arise. So, what should you do after a car accident in Boston?
The first thing anyone should do after an accident is get medical attention. Make sure you’re alright. Then speak to a local personal injury lawyer in Boston. We’re familiar with all the laws pertaining to car accidents, and can help you with any insurance issues that crop up. Call DiBella Law Offices, P.C., today at (617) 870-0907 to set up your appointment.
All Boston residents are required to file a Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report for any accident that results in injury, death, or property damage over $1,000. It can be difficult to determine just how much property damage was done, so a general rule of thumb is to call the police for any collision more serious than a fender bender. If there are injuries, it is imperative that you contact the police right away. A police report can document those injuries and help your case in the future, if you want to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Since Massachusetts is a no-fault auto insurance state, any driver involved in a collision in Boston must report the accident to his or her own insurance company. If you are eligible for accident benefits, your own insurance company will pay them.
While this may seem straightforward, no-fault auto insurance has its complications. The first issue is that it is more challenging to file a lawsuit in a no-fault insurance state. These states often put limits on when a person can file a lawsuit, and Massachusetts has these limitations. The first requirement for filing a lawsuit after a car accident in Boston is that your medical expenses must total $2,000 or more. Your injuries must also include a bone fracture, permanent disfigurement, or permanent loss of sight or hearing.
Even when these criteria have been met, the second issue is dealing with the insurance company. Insurance companies are not interested in treating you fairly. They are interested in keeping as much money for profit as possible. They will often offer very low and unfair settlements.
For these reasons, anyone injured in a Boston car accident should speak to a personal injury attorney first. We can speak to the insurance company on your behalf and make sure the settlement will cover as many of your expenses as possible. If the insurance company won’t play nice, we can take them to court.
In addition to meeting the requirements before filing a lawsuit, you will have to prove negligence by the at-fault party to win the lawsuit in Boston Municipal Court. This is difficult for non-lawyers to do, particularly when they are recovering from serious injuries. We recommend reaching out to our car crash attorney, who can start an investigation, gather the necessary documents, speak to witnesses, and build a strong case. DiBella Law Offices, P.C., also determines when more than one party was at fault; for example, when a dangerous road condition contributed to your accident. In these cases, a claim against the government may also be appropriate. Filing a lawsuit against the government comes with strict rules, but we can ensure those rules are followed so the case does not get thrown out.
One of the main defenses that the at-fault driver will use is that you were partly to blame for the wreck. In Massachusetts, this is known as comparative negligence. Under this legal statute, if you were in any way to blame for the collision that caused your injuries, any compensation you are awarded by a jury may be reduced by your percentage of fault (which the jury will also decide). Part of our job as your legal team is to minimize your fault, so you get the full compensation you deserve.
In Boston, accident victims have only three years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit. Any claims filed after this time will likely be thrown out of court.
If you have been injured in a Boston car accident, speak to DiBella Law Offices, P.C., right away. We will speak to the insurance company on your behalf to get you the fairest settlement possible. If your case has a valid basis for a lawsuit, we will help you file it and fight to get the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to. Plus, the sooner we’re on the case, the sooner we can gather evidence. We are available by appointment at our Boston office at 100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor. Call us today at (617) 870-0907 to get the help you need.