When someone is injured in a Massachusetts car accident, they can pursue a personal injury claim against any party they believe to be at fault for their injuries. Most car accident cases are brought under the theory of negligence, and as a result, many car accident claims raise similar issues. Of course, there are many different types of accidents, and claims based on the same kind of accident frequently raise related issues.
Take, for example, Massachusetts pedestrian accidents. These accidents typically involve severe injuries because, in many cases, motorists hit a pedestrian while traveling at a high rate of speed. However, even a low-speed collision can cause significant injuries, especially if the pedestrian strikes their head against the ground or a part of the car. Being able to substantiate the extent of a pedestrian’s injuries is a critical component of a pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Another issue that frequently comes up in Massachusetts pedestrian accident cases is the comparative fault of the pedestrian. Generally, motorists must yield to pedestrians. Thus, when a motorist strikes a pedestrian, the motorist will likely be primarily at fault. However, under Massachusetts law, a defendant can argue that the accident victim’s comparative negligence should reduce the victim’s total recovery amount. In some cases where an accident victim is found to be at least 51 percent at fault, they will be prevented from recovering anything for their injuries. Thus, it is also crucial for pedestrian accident victims to minimize their responsibility to preserve the ability to recover.
Woman Struck and Killed on Highway Moments after Single-Vehicle Collision
Earlier this month, one woman was killed after being struck by a fast-moving vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike. According to a local news report, the tragic accident occurred after the accident victim had been involved in a single-vehicle crash around 11 p.m. As a result of the initial collision, the woman’s car was immobilized. As she tried to cross the highway on foot, she was hit by a westbound driver. State Troopers found the woman’s body near the center median. She was taken to the hospital in Worcester, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The driver who struck the woman did not immediately stop, but later contacted police, telling them that he may have hit something. Authorities confirmed that there was front-end damage to the man’s vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Massachusetts Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Massachusetts pedestrian accident, contact the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates, P.C. At our personal injury law firm, we represent clients in all types of Massachusetts personal injury cases, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death cases. Our team of experienced attorneys handle cases across Massachusetts, including in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our dedicated injury advocates, call 800-262-9200 today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover for your injuries.