Boston Intersection Accident Attorneys
Any time multiple lanes of traffic cross in Boston, the likelihood of a crash increases dramatically. In most cases, these collisions are the result of one driver making an error, like ignoring traffic signs, speeding, being drunk, getting distracted, or being too tired. However, the road’s design can also play a major role, since bad designs put everyone on the road at risk of being injured.
If you were injured by someone else in a Boston intersection accident, you need to speak to an attorney about your rights to compensation. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., our legal team can sit down with you in a free consultation and explain how to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages you have suffered. Our Boston intersection accident attorney has the knowledge and resources to get to the bottom of your accident and determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call us today at (617) 870-0907 to learn how we can stand up for you.
Whether an intersection is signalized -- meaning a traffic signal controls the flow of traffic -- or unsignalized, relying on traffic signs to determine driver behavior, all Boston drivers should follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore even the most basic safety steps, such as “look both ways,” at intersections, which host more than 50% of all collisions in the U.S., according to the Federal Highway Administration.
In our experience, these collisions occur due to:
- Drug and alcohol use
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on a phone, or adjusting a radio
- Colliding with pedestrians at crosswalks
- Sideswiping bicyclists in bike lanes
- Ignoring the right-of-way of motorcyclists
- Fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel
- Reckless maneuvers, such as illegal U-turns or other dangerous left-hand turns
- Speeding, which may lead to a rear-end collision at a stop sign or a T-bone if the driver runs a red light
- Changing lanes in the center of an intersection
- Making dangerous lane changes while exiting an off-ramp
However, certain design features make collisions more likely. These are:
- Blind intersections that limit driver visibility
- Overgrown foliage
- Lack of proper signage
Boston’s roads are some of the most complex in our nation, confusing visitors and out-of-state drivers who do not know how to safely navigate our streets. Drivers need to be focused, patient, and fully aware of their surroundings, especially at intersections, where a single mistake can cause a catastrophic collision.
It is also important to be aware of some of the more dangerous intersections throughout Boston. In an analysis of intersection accidents across Massachusetts, the Department of Transportation identified the top 10 intersections with the highest accident rates in Boston’s metropolitan area:
- Randolph Avenue and Chickatawbut Road
- Morton and Harvard Street
- Broadway and Third Street
- Granite and Common Street
- Elliot Street and Route 128 N
- Gallivan Boulevard and Adams Street
- Eastern Avenue and Chelsea Street Bridge
- Revere Beach Parkway and Everett Avenue
- Thomas Burgin Parkway and Hannon Parkway
- Gallivan Boulevard and Granite Avenue
Mostly, negligent drivers who violate the law or ignore basic road safety cause intersection crashes. If one driver speeds and hits the vehicle in front of him at a red light, then the rear driver would be responsible for causing the collision. While Massachusetts’s no-fault car insurance may provide some coverage for the victims, the injured driver and her passengers may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover the remaining damages.
It is important to consider all factors in a collision, however. In some cases, poor road design or upkeep may have contributed. For example, if the rear driver lost control of his vehicle due to a pothole, then the Boston Department of Public Works may hold some liability, and the accident victims may be able to file a government tort claim with the city. Government tort claims have a shorter deadline and are more likely to be rejected. You have up to two years to file a government tort claim against the City of Boston, as opposed to three years for a car accident claim, but if you do not thoroughly review your claim with an attorney, the government is likely to deny it. To get the most out of your claim and ensure that you hold the negligent part responsible, you should contact a Boston personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Whether you were injured in a T-bone accident, head-on collision, or rear-end accident, you should not have to deal with excessive paperwork and low settlement offers from an insurance company. You know how serious your injuries are and deserve proper compensation for your trauma. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely pay out full compensation after a collision, but our legal team can provide the expertise you need to hold them to their policies.
If you have been injured in an intersection accident that was not your fault, call us. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., our Boston auto accident attorney can guide you through the process of filing a claim and collecting compensation for your injuries. We offer free consultations, so there is no cost to contacting us at (617) 870-0907.