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Traffic accidents cost Massachusetts $394 million a year in medical expenditure and loss of work hours, while on an average, at least one person dies and 10 receive injuries on the state roads every day. On June 15, 2012, a woman was killed in a three-car crash in North Royalton. An alcohol-related car crash in Salem a day later resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man. A 62-year-old man died and his 61-year-old wife went into coma after a van bumped into the motorcycle they were riding on 24 June 2012. Next day, a 51-year-old man from East Boston lost his life after the car he was driving swerved off the road in Woburn. Two days later, a middle-aged man died of injuries in South Hadley after his car rammed into a tree and crashed into a nearby home. A Bridgeport court awarded a pastor $2.5 million last month for injuries she received in a collision between her car and a tractor-trailer in 2008.
A high number of car accidents in Massachusetts involving single cars underline driver error as the foremost reason of crashes. This includes speed of the vehicle, driver distraction, drunk driving, talking on cell phone while driving, and loss of control over vehicles. Alcohol is a factor in every four out of 10 Massachusetts auto accident deaths. Almost 30 percent of all car crashes in the state are blamed on the speed of the vehicle. In 2009, roadway departures led to 168 deaths while 72 people died in rollovers. Vehicle failure, red light jumping, improper lane change, and collision with stationary roadside objects are other important causes of traffic accidents in Massachusetts.
Middlesex County accounts for one-fifth of all Massachusetts auto accidents. Worcester County is considered one of the most unsafe places for drivers and passengers due to growing number of traffic fatalities reported in the past five years. Bristol, Essex, and Norfolk are other counties with a high number of reported car crashes in Massachusetts. Among cities, the maximum number of accidents has been reported in the Greater Boston area. Springfield, Worcester, and Cambridge are other cities with a high number of traffic crashes occurring every year.
Massachusetts auto accident victims have the right to seek damages from the at-fault driver. The following are the most common grounds for compensation:
An accident victim can claim injury compensation in Massachusetts only when the accident-related medical expenses exceed $2,000 or there is ample proof of serious injuries to brain, neck, and other vital organs, or fractures, or hearing or sight impairment. However, the victim needs to establish the fault of the other party and damages. A claim can be made in the following three ways:
Notify Your Claim: Hire an experienced Massachusetts accident lawyer. Your attorney does all the ground work, including collection of police and medical reports and estimation of damages. He notifies the other party seeking compensation.
Massachusetts comparative fault law allows you to claim and receive damages for an auto accident only if you are less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. The amount of compensation is awarded on the basis of proportionate fault and those with more than 50 percent responsibility are denied any claim.
On June 21, 2012, a federal court in Bridgeport awarded $2.5 million to a former pastor, who had filed a personal injury lawsuit following an auto accident in 2008. The 59-year-old plaintiff received traumatic brain injury after a tractor-trailer stuck the car she was driving. The jury awarded her $1,273,500 in economic damages and another $1,250,000 to compensate for non-economic losses. Four days later, a Boston court ordered the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to pay $1.2 million in compensation to a passenger injured in a subway train crash. The plaintiff received neck injury following the accident caused because of driver distraction. In February 2012, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld a lower court verdict granting $11.3 million to a family of three injured in an auto accident 10 years ago.
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