Massachusetts Lawyers Assisting Car Accident Victims
There are many different types of motor vehicle accidents and resulting injuries that a victim can sustain. Pin-in accidents are particularly dangerous because they result in a victim becoming trapped and unable to escape a vehicle. If you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of such an accident, the seasoned Massachusetts car accident attorneys at Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are prepared to assist you with exploring your potential claim for damages. As a result of our extensive experience assisting injury victims, the lawyers in our office understand how important it is to you to receive prompt and responsive legal counsel.
How Pin-In Accidents Happen
In certain types of car accidents, the victim may find himself or herself completely trapped inside the vehicle. This can happen frequently with accidents that occur at high-speed, resulting in powerful collisions. When a car is impacted with serious force, it can bend the metal casing or framing and contort the shape of the vehicle. In these situations, it is usually necessary for first responders to cut the vehicle apart to extract the victim using various equipment including the “jaws of life.” There is a serious urgency to remove the trapped victim because the vehicle may ignite if the engine or other components of the vehicle have been damaged.
Removing the victim promptly is also necessary to provide medical treatment for any injuries that could be life-threatening like internal or external bleeding. Getting someone out quickly is also the best way to minimize the injuries that he or she may have sustained by getting him or her to a hospital. In some situations, if bystanders rendering aid or first responders are not able to remove the victim, he or she may face permanent injuries or even death.
Seeking Compensation for Pin-In Accidents
Under Massachusetts law, the victim of a car accident can seek compensation for his or her injuries and damages. This is a type of personal injury claim which requires the victim to prove that the defendant’s lack of due care and skill was the direct and foreseeable cause of the injuries that he or she sustained. In general, drivers owe other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians a duty to drive with the same reasonable care and skill that a prudent driver would use when faced with a similar situation. This means paying attention to the road, staying off his or her cell phone, not driving while intoxicated, and following traffic laws. Many accidents take place as a result of a driver’s failure to drive according to this standard. When a driver falls below this standard of care, he or she is deemed negligent.
But receiving compensation requires more than simply showing that the other driver was negligent. You must also prove that you probably would not have been injured but for the defendant’s failure to drive with adequate care and skill. The defendant will often try to provide evidence to show that some other factor was the primary cause of the accident such as severe weather, a road hazard, or evidence of the plaintiff’s negligence at the time of the accident. If the defendant can show that you also fell below the standard of care when the crash happened, then you may not be able to receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve. A dedicated personal injury lawyer can review your claim to help you ensure that you receive the fair outcome. In general, a plaintiff can receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and more.
Meet with a Compassionate Car Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Massachusetts, chances are you have many questions about your potential claim and the best way to go about securing the compensation that you deserve. We at the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. Call our office today at (800) 262-9200 or contact us online to get started.