We Can Help You Stand Up to Insurance Companies
While insurance companies may present a friendly outward persona to secure
and maintain your business, the reality is that insurance companies are
not on your side and are primarily concerned with minimizing the number
of claims they have to pay out. Insurance adjusters are trained to search
for ways to limit or deny claims in order to minimize the company's liability.
For example, one of the most common tactics used is to request you to
make a statement of your version of the events leading up to a collision,
only to subsequently twist your well-intended words and shift blame for
the crash to you and limit your eligible recovery.
Whether you are dealing with your own insurance company with a PIP claim
or filing a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance, you need an advocate
on your side who can level the playing field and fight for the full compensation
you are owed. We can handle all communication and negotiations with insurance
companies on your behalf, and if necessary, pursue litigation if a fair
settlement cannot be reached.
Causes of Car Accidents
Distracted driving and driver negligence are some of the leading contributors
to car accidents. This includes speeding, failure to stop or yield, failure
to use proper care, and using a cell phone. When a driver negligently
or carelessly operates a vehicle and as a result causes serious injury
to another, the driver should be held legally responsible for the injury.
There are various reasons as to why a driver may be involved in a motor
vehicle accident. Common causes include, but are not limited to:
Operation of a motor vehicle while alcohol-impaired
Inclement weather, such as heavy rain or a snow storm
Inexperienced drivers, such as teenage drivers
Operating a motor vehicle in low visibility settings, such as nighttime
or during a storm
Running a red light or stop sign
Unsafe and improper turns and lane changes
Determining fault will require a full investigation of your crash, including
analyzing eyewitness testimony, vehicle "black box" data, video
surveillance footage, police reports, and utilizing accident reconstruction
techniques. Depending on the circumstances, more than one party may be
responsible for your collision. For example, a dangerous road condition
may have contributed to your collision, putting the local government agency
responsible for the road's upkeep at fault. Our attorneys can find the
evidence that is necessary to back up your claim.
Common Injuries in Boston Car Accidents
The immense force of a car accident can cause injury to nearly every part
of the body. Even low-speed collisions can have cause devastating injuries
depending on the size of the vehicles involved and the angle of impact.
Some car accident injuries such as internal bleeding can have delayed
symptoms and may not be immediately apparent until hours or even days
after a collision. For this reason, it is imperative you seek medical
treatment after a collision of any severity to protect your health.
Some of the most common injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Dental injuries
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
The value of your car accident case will be heavily influenced by the severity
of your injuries, the care you need to recover, and the length of time
your recovery will take.
Your financial award will take into account many factors, including:
The cost of your present and future medical treatment
The amount of income you have lost due to your injuries
Lost future earning potential
Any long-term disabilities you suffer from as a result
Medical equipment and prescription medication
Pain and suffering
Any home modifications required to accommodate a disabilities
If a loved one was killed in a collision, you may be able to pursue additional
compensation for wrongful death. In rare cases, punitive damages may be
awarded if the party responsible for your accident acted with extreme
negligence or intentionally caused your injuries. While economic and non-economic
damages are meant to make an injured party "whole" again, punitive
damages are designed to punish the liable party and can dramatically increase
your eligible award. Since every case is different, it is important to
consult with an attorney to get a more accurate representation of your
case's value and the most appropriate course of action.
Your First Steps After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, stay calm. While you may be
shaken up, it is important to be mindful of your actions as they can have
a considerable impact on your ability to recover compensation.
After a car accident, be sure to do the following:
Stay at the scene and call the police. Never leave the scene of an accident
until directed to do so by law enforcement.
Call an ambulance for any critically injured parties and render aid.
Take detailed photos of the accident scene, including all damage, tire
tracks, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and any other details. The
more evidence you have, the better.
If there are any witnesses to the crash, get their contact information.
Exchange contact information, driver's license numbers, registration information,
and insurance policy numbers with all involved drivers.
Seek medical attention even if you feel fine. Tell your doctor that you
were involved in a car accident and mention any and all pain you may be
Keep records of all medical treatments you receive as well as any expenses
you incur related to your injuries. Keep a journal detailing how your
injuries are affecting your day-to-day life during your recovery.
Inform your insurance company of the crash as soon as possible. Most insurance
policies require you to report a collision within a few days in order
to be covered.
A Successful Claim Can Aid Your Recovery
The person or people responsible for your accident have a responsibility
to help you through recovery. People have car insurance for this exact
reason. In most cases, it is the insurance companies that fight these
claims the hardest. You need an attorney who is experienced with these
claims and can fight insurance providers on equal footing.
At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys in
Boston are ready to fight for your rights. Our goal is to obtain justice
for our clients and their loved ones. Call us today at
(617) 934-3207 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Boston Car Accident FAQ
If I hire a car accident attorney, does this mean I will have to go to court?
It is possible, but unlikely. Most car accident cases settle out of court
through negotiations between your attorney and the involved insurance
companies. By building a solid case, we can put you in the strongest negotiating
position possible to secure a fair settlement without ever setting foot
in a courtroom. Going to trial will only be necessary if the other side
refuses to make you an acceptable offer.
How long will it take to handle my case?
It is difficult to say. Car accident cases can take anywhere from a few
months to several years to resolve depending on the specific circumstances
at play, such as the severity of the injuries involved, the extent of
the required medical treatments, the overall value of the claim, the cooperation
of the involved insurance company, and whether or not the case goes to
trial. While many people would prefer a speedy or immediate settlement,
there are situations where a longer timeline may be necessary to secure
a larger financial award. It is best to discuss your situation with an
attorney to determine what type of timeline to expect in your case.
Is it really necessary to hire an attorney?
Most likely, yes. While it is certainly possible to recover compensation
after a car accident without a lawyer's help, you will have a lower chance
of securing the full value you are owed and will have a much higher chance
of encountering difficulty with your claim. If your case involves only
minor cosmetic damage to your vehicle and little more than a few bumps
and bruises, you can probably get away with handling your auto accident
case on your own. However, it is in your best interests to hire an attorney
if any of the following apply to your case:
- You or a passenger were seriously injured
- Someone was killed in the collision
- The opposition is blaming you for the collision
- Your case involves particularly complex case law
- The insurance company is offering you a low settlement
- You are uncomfortable handling your own claim for any reason