Cambridge Car Accident Lawyers
Cambridge, the fifth largest city in Massachusetts, is known for heavy traffic and unfortunately, sees many car accidents. If you have been injured in a Cambridge car accident and need to speak to an attorney, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck at 800-379-1244 or use our contact form. We offer a free legal consultation and our office is conveniently located in Government Center in Boston.
Cambridge has more than 110,000 residents and 120,000 people who work in the city. Many walk, bike or take public transportation. But many drive and the Cambridge Police Department responds to 3,000 calls for service for motor vehicle crashes each year, according to its Crime Analysis Unit.
In high volume traffic, safety has to come first. Drivers must pay attention, set aside cell phones and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians at all times.
Where Car Accidents are Reported in Cambridge
Many motor vehicle accidents occur on Memorial Drive, Massachusetts Avenue and in congested areas such as Harvard Square, Porter Square and Central Square.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) named three Cambridge intersections in its 2014 Top Crash Locations report. The report covers the 200 intersections with the highest number of car crashes.
In Cambridge, the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Norfolk Street ranked 158th for the number of crashes. It tied with the intersection of Vassar Street and Massachusetts Avenue, which is just a few miles away in Cambridgeport. The intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Mount Auburn Street ranked 164th.
Many Cambridge car accidents involve bicyclists and pedestrians. Cambridge had 8 out of the top 10 crash locations for cyclists in Massachusetts, according to the MassDOT 2014 Top Crash Locations Report. It has two of the top 10 locations for pedestrian crashes.
Common Types of Car Accidents in Cambridge:
- Car vs. cyclist accidents
- Car vs. pedestrian accidents
- Pedestrian crosswalk accidents
- Texting while driving and distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Crossing the center line
- Rear-ended collisions
- Side impact crashes
- Operating under the influence
- Hit and run drivers
- Truck accidents
- Truck accidents injuring cyclists
Car Accidents Which Injure Cyclists
According to the Cambridge Community Development, cyclists are most often injured when drivers enter a main street from a side street and hit a cyclist, by dooring accidents and drivers who turn left in front of a cyclist who is riding straight.
The MassDOT reports Inman Square is the top location for bike crashes in Massachusetts. In June 2016, a cyclist was killed there, when she hit an open Jeep door. The impact sent her into the path of a landscaping truck, which hit and killed her. In 2017, the City of Cambridge introduced protected bike lanes in Inman Square to reduce the number of accidents.
Car Accidents Which Injure Pedestrians
MassDOT reported Cambridge had two of the top locations for pedestrian crashes in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Avenue and Western Avenue ranked 5th and Davis Square was 7th. Pedestrian injuries have also been reported in Harvard Square, Porter Square and Davis Square. Massachusetts Avenue and Memorial Drive are also congested areas.
The area around the Central Square T station on Massachusetts Avenue ranked fourth for pedestrian crashes during MassDOT's 2002-2011 report. In 2014, the City of Cambridge added on-street parking and made changes such raising crosswalks to try to slow down traffic and make the area safer, according to a Boston Globe article.
Recent pedestrian accidents have claimed a 31-year-old woman and a 63-year-old woman. In May 2017, the 31-year-old woman was hit and killed while crossing Memorial Drive on a Sunday evening, about 5 p.m. In 2016, a 63-year-old woman was struck by a truck while crossing the intersection of Somerville and White Street. The crash occurred before 6 a.m. She was transported to Mass General Hospital, where she died from her injuries.
The MBTA provides bus, subway and train service through Cambridge. When Red Line and Green Line subways let out in busy areas like Harvard Square, drivers need to slow down and let passengers out. Taxis and ride share services such as Uber and Lyft often pick up passengers at MBTA stops. They must also give pedestrians enough room to safely board.
The Cambridge City Council took a significant step to protect pedestrians in 2016, by lowering the default speed limit on city roads from 30 mph to 25 mph, unless posted otherwise. The city was among the first cities to take this move after the state Legislature approved a bill giving cities and towns the authority.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Motor vehicle accidents are emotional and no one is ever prepared. You may have to make decisions quickly for yourself or family members. First, go to a hospital as soon as possible and be treated by a medical professional, even if you do not think you suffered a serious injury. Some injuries do not show themselves right away. For instance, a car accident victim may not realize they have suffered a neck or head injury in the moments after a traumatic crash.
Then, you should contact an experienced Cambridge car accident lawyer at Breakstone, White & Gluck. Our attorneys can establish contact with the Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts State Police or the college police department which investigated your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and help you determine whether you can file a claim. Do not delay; Massachusetts has a Statute of Limitations, restricting how much time you have to file a claim.
About Breakstone, White & Gluck
The attorneys of Breakstone, White & Gluck have obtained multi-million dollar awards for clients injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. We have over 100 years combined experience and have represented clients after car accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents. Our attorneys have been recognized for our results for clients over the years, with selection to Top 100 New England Super Lawyers and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
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Read about two of our case results for clients:
Car Accident: A tractor-trailer truck strikes a car, causing the female driver severe orthopedic injuries, including a fractured ankle and knee, hip and shoulder fractures. She was hospitalized for three months. $3 million.
Car Accident: Client was driving a car in Marlborough when an 18-wheel struck his car, sending it over a sidewalk and on top of another car. He suffered major orthopedic injuries and required two spinal fusions. $2.5 million.
Contact Breakstone, White & Gluck
If you have been injured, contact us today at 800-379-1244 or 617-726-7676 or use our contact form.