Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Massachusetts Attorney for Car Crash Victims
If you were involved in a car accident, you probably have a number of questions about what a civil claim for damages may involve. There are many steps that you have to accomplish before you will be awarded compensation, and it is important to have a solid understanding of the process before you initiate your case. One of the best ways to understand more about your potential legal rights and what a lawsuit to recover compensation might entail is to meet with an experienced and knowledgeable Massachusetts car accident lawyer who can discuss your situation with you. We proudly serve injury victims throughout the state with all phases of their injury claims, including engaging an accident reconstruction specialist when necessary.
Establishing Your Right to Compensation in a Car Accident Lawsuit
A car accident case is a type of personal injury lawsuit that is usually based on negligence. Proving liability in accordance with this legal theory requires the plaintiff to demonstrate that the defendant owed them a duty of care and failed to drive according to that duty. The plaintiff must next show that he or she would not have been injured or suffered damages but for the defendant’s lack of care. The plaintiff is required to establish each of the elements of a negligence claim using evidence. This can take many forms, including testimony from the injured victim, eyewitness testimony, and medical expert testimony.
Some accidents happen so quickly that it may be difficult for the parties to agree on what happened, and what the sequence of events was. In this situation, it may be necessary to consult with and retain an accident reconstruction specialist to help show how the accident happened and why the defendant was at fault. This is especially important if the defendant asserts a defense called contributory negligence. This is an argument that the plaintiff was also negligent at the time of the accident and contributed to his or her own injuries. The plaintiff is barred from recovering compensation if the jury concludes that the plaintiff’s negligence was greater than fifty percent.
The role of an accident reconstruction specialist is to use modern technology to determine how an accident happened by recreating it. He or she will collect information from the scene of the accident, police reports, statements, inspections of the vehicles, and data about automobiles as well as common accident types. From all of this information, the expert can usually determine the approximate speed that the vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident, the place of impact on each vehicle, the direction of the impact, and more. This can reveal information about driver behavior such as whether the defendant was not paying attention and reacted suddenly to a situation on the roadway by slamming on the brakes, for example. It is important to note that the defendant may also retain an accident reconstruction specialist to testify about how the accident happened. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can help you contest any arguments aimed at reducing the defendant’s liability.
Obtaining Damages from a Liable Defendant
There are many types of damages available to an injured victim in a car accident case. If you can establish each element of liability, then the final phase of the litigation will involve determining the amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive. Some common categories of damages that plaintiffs seek in car accident cases include lost wages, future estimated medical expenses, past medical expenses, loss of consortium for a spouse or minor child, and loss of quality of life.
Meet with a Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
We understand how overwhelming a car accident can be for the victim and his or her loved ones. A Massachusetts attorney at our firm is available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Newton, Lowell, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Somerville, Brookline, and Peabody. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and whether you may be entitled to compensation. We can also walk you through the legal process and help you understand more about how an accident reconstruction specialist can assist you. Contact our office at (800) 262-9200, or contact us online to get started.