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Drunk driving is a serious problem in Massachusetts and across the United States. Intoxicated drivers pose a serious threat to everyone else on the road. If you have been injured or someone close to you has been killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our skilled Massachusetts injury lawyers are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause and obtaining justice and compensation for injured victims, as well as their families.

The Stats For Massachusetts 

According to a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) rating, Massachusetts ranks 36th in the nation for the number of drunk driving traffic fatalities. 31% of fatal auto accidents in the state are associated with drunk driving, and 119 individuals died as a result of driving under the influence in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data over a longer period of time, noting that 1370 people died in Massachusetts vehicle accidents that involved a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012. While the national percentage of adults who reported driving after drinking too much over one thirty-day period in 2012 was 1.9, respondents from Massachusetts clocked in at 2.2%, a concerning result, given the number of people anticipated to be driving on state roads this holiday season.

If you are involved in a chain-reaction auto accident, you may have suffered serious harm, and you may have many questions: What should I do next? How can I go about getting a fair payout for the damages I suffered? You are likely contemplating these serious questions while also dealing with the painful after-effects of the accident itself, as well as collateral consequences like having missed work for a time. If you have suffered injuries in a situation like this, you should focus on your personal recovery and consider retaining a skilled Massachusetts injury attorney who can pursue your recovery of damages in court.

Chain-Reaction Accidents

Earlier this year, the online news site wickedlocal.com reported on an accident that took place here in Plymouth County. The accident occurred after a minivan, driven by a 54-year-old woman, allegedly slowed or stopped to make a left turn off Route 104 in Bridgewater. A pick-up truck, driven by a 29-year-old woman, was behind the minivan and purportedly did not stop in time, rear-ending the lead vehicle. That impact pushed the van into oncoming traffic. The van side-swiped an SUV and then crashed head-on into a sedan. The drivers of the truck, the van and the sedan were all taken to hospitals with “non-life-threatening” injuries. The police cited the driver of the truck for following too closely.

The days surrounding Thanksgiving are some of the most dangerous to be on the road. Unfortunately, drivers are often tired, distracted and sometimes even intoxicated behind the wheel. These factors can significantly increase the chance of accident on the road. If you or a loved one was hurt in an auto accident over Thanksgiving, you may be able to make a financial recovery for your losses. At The Law Offices Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to protecting the rights of clients in even the most complex Massachusetts personal injury cases.

This past Thanksgiving was the most heavily-trafficked in more than a dozen years, with over 48.5 million motorists on the road over between Thanksgiving day and Sunday, November 25, according to the American Automobile Association. This was an increase of 2.5 million cars over 2017. This holiday weekend is typically a dangerous weekend for motorists, as accident and injury rates are higher than usual.

Sadly, one Bedford woman was killed on Thanksgiving Day in a head-on collision. Law enforcement say that a 21-year-old man driving a Toyota Corolla reportedly lost control of the car and hit a Honda CR-V that was traveling in the opposite direction. The woman who died was a passenger in the Corolla. Police believe that speed was a factor in the accident although the investigation is ongoing.

Head-on collisions can result in severe injuries, even death. If you or a loved one was hurt in a head-on collision with another vehicle, chances are you suffered a serious injury. Our experienced Massachusetts auto injury attorneys have an in-depth understanding of personal injury law and want to help you recover the maximum possible compensation for your harm. If we accept your case, we will begin investigating your accident immediately to get to the bottom of what happened.

Head-on Collisions

A head-on collision takes place when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other. In other words, a head-on collision is a crash of two vehicles moving directly toward each other. Head-on collisions typically happen in one of two ways: when a vehicle crosses the centerline or median or when a motorist drives the wrong way down the road.

An auto accident can be devastating depending on its severity. Not only do auto accidents result in physical injury much of the time, they can also result in significant property damage. If you have been injured in a sideswipe accident or any other type of accident, you need the help of a reputable Massachusetts personal injury attorney. You can take solace in the fact that we will defend your best interests against the at-fault party.

Sideswipe Collisions 

Sideswipe accidents take place when the sides of two parallel cars touch and swipe each other. Put another way, sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two vehicles impact. These collisions can happen between vehicles travelling in the same direction as well as those travelling in opposite directions. While these accidents can occur anywhere, they commonly take place at intersections, in parking lots and on multilane roads when drivers make improper turns.

Hit and run accidents can be some of the most devastating accidents on the road. If you or your loved one is the victim of a hit and run accident, it is vital to reach out to a reputable Massachusetts car accident lawyer who can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , we are committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims who have been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence. When you hire us to represent you, you can trust that you are in good hands.

A hit and run accident occurs when one party to an accident flees the scene of that accident. In other words, the driver of a motor vehicle hits someone and continues driving in an effort to avoid liability. Unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are often the ones injured in these types of accidents.

In Massachusetts, under MGL c. 90 s. 24, if a driver knowingly collides with or causes injury to another vehicle, property or person, that driver must provide the following information to the injured party before leaving the scene of the accident: their name, residence and registration number of their motor vehicle. Under state law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information and/or calling the police if someone is hurt. In fact, leaving the scene of an accident that caused an injury or death carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence.

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If you have been injured in a car accident and wish to learn more about your options, you need to consult a seasoned Massachusetts car accident attorney who understands the nuances of personal injury law. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , we are committed to providing diligent legal representation to each and every client. We understand that this is a stressful time, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

Allstate has released its Best Drivers Report for 2018. This is an annual report that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities and their surrounding suburban metropolitan areas have the safest drivers. Massachusetts has 3 of the top 200 safest driving cities in the country, but they are on the bottom of the list. Springfield is ranked 195, Worcester comes in at 197 and Boston is ranked 199.

The rankings are based on the rate at which Allstate customers in each city report being involved in a collision. The national average for customers experiencing a crash is every 10 years, according to the report. Individuals in Springfield reported getting into an accident every 5.3 years, whereas drivers in Worcester reportedly got into an accident once every 4.4 years.

Unfortunately, car accidents are common occurrences in every state across the United States. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you need legal counsel without delay. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , our diligent and hard-working Massachusetts vehicle accident attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. We have extensive experience establishing personal injury cases in Massachusetts and we strongly believe in holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause.

Car injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. Some common examples of injuries that can be sustained in car accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Traumatic brain injury is a brain injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. This type of injury is typically caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. Signs of a TBI can include unconsciousness, memory problems, confusion and disorientation. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may experience physical, cognitive and behavioral problems.

Depending on the severity, chain reaction accidents can have catastrophic consequences for everyone involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in a chain reaction car accident, you need to consult a Massachusetts car accident attorney who can protect your rights. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , our experienced attorney can vigorously advocate for you throughout the entire process. With years of experience, we understand how to identify the at-fault parties and establish their liability in front of a judge or jury.

Chain reaction accidents, also known as multi-vehicle accidents or pile-up accidents, occur when more than two cars hit each other in a chain of rear-end accidents. A chain reaction typically begins with a single collision. The first car collides with the car ahead of it, which loses control and strikes another car, and potentially another and so on. The following examples are common types of chain reaction collisions:

  • Two or more cars are stopped at an intersection when a vehicle hits the last car in the line, causing that car to crash into the one ahead of it and creating a domino effect.

Rear-end accidents are common both in Massachusetts and across the United States. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a rear-end collision that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , our diligent Massachusetts car accident attorneys can meticulously examine the facts of your case and help you determine your next steps.

A rear-end collision takes place when one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Data from the National Highway Safety Administration reveal that there are about 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. Essentially, of all of the auto accidents in the country, approximately 28 percent are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are also extremely common in Massachusetts. In fact, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, rear-end collisions were the most common types of collisions in the state in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, there were 1,289 rear-end accidents, whereas in 2013, there were 1,461.

In many cases, the risk of serious injury or fatal injury depends on the size of the vehicles. Being struck from behind by a significantly larger vehicle can have devastating consequences for the driver and passengers of the smaller car. On the other hand, a car hitting the back of a much larger vehicle, such as a truck, could result in a dangerous underride accident.

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