As many people know, Boston is frequently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for drivers. While each new year brings room for improvement, Boston continues to lead the nation in accident claims. Data revealed that while most drivers report a collision about every ten years, the rate in Boston was approximately every 3.5 years. Moreover, over the last eight years, about 28% of Boston accidents result in non-fatal injuries, and there are approximately 22 fatal accidents every year. As such, it is crucial that Massachusetts accident injury victims understand their rights and remedies after a collision.
The majority of Massachusetts accidents involve distracted drivers and drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These accidents can cause serious injuries to other motorists, bystanders, cyclists, and passengers. Passengers often suffer some of the most serious consequences because they maintain the least control over their situations. In most situations, these victims cannot swerve or move out of the way. This vulnerability leaves them at the will of a negligent driver.
For instance, Massachusetts news reports described a rollover crash involving a potential drunk driver. State police stated that the 28-year-old driver’s vehicle rolled over into a flooded gully on the side of 1-95 north. When troopers arrived, they removed the driver, a 27-year-old passenger, from the submerged SUV. The passenger was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and the driver was arrested later in the day. The driver is charged with various offenses, including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, and felony motor vehicle homicide.
When a passenger suffers injuries in an accident caused by the driver of the car they were in, they usually have the same rights and remedies as any other accident victim. Barring an unusual situation where the passenger caused the accident, these victims can proceed through the standard accident claims and personal injury lawsuit process. The victim’s attorney can help them determine all of the parties responsible for the accident. Potentially liable parties include the driver of the passenger’s vehicle, another driver, both drivers, or a third party.
Massachusetts motor vehicle insurance laws allow coverage for passengers. However, in some cases, the insurance companies may unfairly deny or delay a claimant’s claim. In these cases, a personal injury attorney can assist a claimant in recovering fair compensation for their losses.
Have You Suffered Damages in a Massachusetts Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a Massachusetts car accident, the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein And Affiliates P.C. can help you determine your rights and remedies. The Massachusetts injury lawyers at our office have over 25 years of experience successfully representing injury victims in their accident claims against negligent parties and insurance companies. We handle Massachusetts accident cases involving motor vehicles, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Contact our law firm at 800-262-9200 to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation with a Massachusetts attorney on our legal team.