Reckless Driving Accidents
Lawyers Helping Those Injured in Massachusetts
Reckless drivers are one of the biggest dangers on the roadway. There is very little reason to justify reckless driving behavior because of the risks that it causes. Most drivers have experienced reckless driving at some point in their career as a motorist, whether it is severe tailgating, speeding, or rapid lane changes. The Massachusetts car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are available to help you learn more about your legal rights. The lawyers in our office have helped accident victims examine their potential claims for compensation after reckless driving accidents and we are available to help you. Regardless of whether your accident left you with minor injuries or permanent disabilities, you deserve diligent legal representation during this stressful time.
Reckless Driving Accidents in Massachusetts
There are many different ways that a reckless driving accident can happen in Massachusetts. Also sometimes referred to as a road rage accident, a driver who is angry, driving aggressively, and threatening other motorists can cause an accident to happen. This could be a rear-end collision, a side swipe collision, or a head-on collision as a few examples. Tailgating is one of the most dangerous types of reckless driving because the tailgating car cannot always react appropriately to sudden changes in the roadway ahead. Tailgating can cause a rear-end collision very quickly.
Speeding and rapid lane changes but drivers at risk when they are unable to anticipate the quick movements from the other driver. Many reckless drivers also fail to use appropriate turn signals when changing lanes, choosing instead to swerve from lane to lane weaving around cars. Reckless drivers also tend to disobey traffic signals like stop signs and traffic lights, putting other motorists and pedestrians at serious risk. Some reckless driving accidents are attributable to intoxicated driving, as well. If a driver is intoxicated behind the wheel, he or she may have no clue how fast he or she is going or be able to identify traffic signals.
Proving Negligence in a Reckless Driving Accident
If you were injured in a car accident involving a reckless driver, you may have a claim for compensation under the Massachusetts personal injury laws. The first step that you will have to take is proving that the reckless driver owed you a duty of care and failed to act according to that duty. In general, all drivers have a duty to use reasonable care and skill behind the wheel. This means obeying the speed limit, following at an appropriate distance, not weaving in and out of traffic, and keeping their attention focused on the road. If there was a police report prepared after the accident, any violations that show reckless driving like speeding or not yielding the right-of-way can help establish that the defendant was not operating his or her vehicle according to the standard of care at the time of the crash.
Next, you must show that you probably would not have been injured but for the defendant’s reckless driving. In some situations, the defendant will try to point to some other factor as the primary source of your injuries. This can include evidence showing that you also drove negligently at the time of the accident. Massachusetts follows the comparative negligence doctrine, which states that a plaintiff cannot recover any compensation if he or she is deemed 51% or more at fault for the accident. Knowing whether there is evidence of your own negligence can help you prepare for any defenses that the defendant may be planning to assert.
The last stage of the lawsuit involves damages. There are several types of damages that you can request in a personal injury lawsuit, including medical expenses, missed earnings, future expected medical expenses, and reduced earning capacity. One of the best ways to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve is to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Meet with a Tenacious Attorney in Massachusetts
Reckless driving accidents can leave your family facing serious injuries and a pile of bills. You do not have to pursue your potential claim alone. 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 learn more.