Cape Cod Car Accident Lawyers
While Cape Cod is known for pristine beaches, it is also known for heavy traffic and sometimes dangerous drivers and driving conditions. When drivers are impatient, distracted or operate recklessly - such as under the influence of alcohol - they put others at risk and can cause serious, traumatic injuries. Victims should consult an experienced car accident lawyer to learn if they can file a claim against the driver's auto insurance policy to recover damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and other compensation.
Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston represents drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians who have been injured across Cape Cod, from Falmouth and Hyannis to Provincetown. We handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including representation of Uber and Lyft passengers who have been injured. With more than 100 years combined experience, our car accident attorneys are committed to obtaining the best financial result for every client. We handle every case as if it were our only case.
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To consult a Cape Cod car accident lawyer, contact our firm. We provide a free legal consultation: 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.
Drunk Driving Accidents | Uber Accidents | Bicycle Accidents | Truck Accidents | Motorcycle Accidents | Pedestrian Accidents
Gathering Information After a Cape Cod Car Crash
After a car accident, when you are physically able, you should always exchange information with the other driver on the scene, including license numbers, auto insurance companies, license plate numbers, addresses and phone numbers. Photograph the other vehicle’s license plate and the driver’s license, as well as the position and damage to both vehicles and your own injuries. Gather this information when you contact our car accident lawyers. If you do not have this information, our attorneys can assist you.
Drunk Driving Accidents on Cape Cod
In Massachusetts, those injured by drunk drivers can seek damages from the driver’s auto insurance policy, and in some cases, the bar or restaurant which overserved the driver. Under Massachusetts social host liability law, the owners of a private residence may be held liable if a minor consumes alcohol at their home, then causes someone injury. Drunk driving cases require experience; consult a lawyer who has that experience and can thoroughly investigate and identify potential sources for compensation.
Cape Cod Uber Accidents
Uber is a popular way to travel for Cape Cod residents, seasonal workers and travelers, who are renting cottages or heading to the ferry terminals in Hyannis and Woods Hole. In 2016, the state of Massachusetts passed a bill to regulate ride share companies (known as transportation network companies). As part of the legislation, drivers have to carry liability insurance on their vehicles to protect passengers and others if they operate negligently or recklessly and cause an injury.
Uber and other ride share drivers must carry $1 million in liability insurance for each pre-arranged ride. This is a significant step because many drivers - not just ride share drivers - do not carry the minimum auto insurance required under Massachusetts law. Many other drivers only carry the minimum and this is not usually enough to cover a victim's full injuries and recovery. The bottom line is the state of Massachusetts has acted to protect consumers who have been injured by mandating auto insurance for ride share companies.
If you were seriously injured in a Cape Cod Uber accident, you may have the right to file a claim seeking compensation from an Uber driver. Contact a Cape Cod car accident lawyer to learn your rights.
Car Accidents Injuring Bicyclists
Cape Cod is a growing hub for cyclists, with numerous bike paths. A few include the Cape Cod Rail Trail passing through Brewster, the Province Lands Bike Trail on outer Cape Cod and the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth. The Cape Cod Canal bike paths are the most visible from the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.
In other areas, cyclists ride on the street. They can ride on the side of the lane, in the same direction as traffic or up to two abreast in the center of the lane. Drivers have a responsibility to provide cyclists with adequate space and look before they turn at intersections. Bicycle crashes on Cape Cod roads are frequent in summer months, when more cars are traveling Route 28, Route 132 and other side roads.
Dooring is another frequent accident, caused by drivers who park and open their doors without looking for cyclists. Under Massachusetts law, drivers can be cited $100 for each offense by the local police department. Because injuries can be severe and require extended medical care, cyclists may also seek compensation from the driver at fault.
Car vs. Truck Accidents
For every home or condo built on Cape Cod, home builders cart in dozens of vehicles. One of the greatest dangers is workers who do not properly secure truck loads, such as building materials, heavy furniture or construction equipment. Then, there are commercial and 18-wheel trucks. Because of their large size, these vehicles require specialized training to operate and more distance when braking. When not equipped with side guards or adequate mirrors, these trucks can be deadly for cyclists and pedestrians, dragging them down a street without a driver even noticing.
Cape Cod Motorcycle Accidents
At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our personal injury lawyers have represented injured motorcyclists across Cape Cod and Massachusetts. On Cape Cod, motorcycle accidents are a serious problem, because drivers just do not watch. A driver can hit a motorcyclist along the side - a broadside collision - or from behind. But drivers can also injure motorcyclists without even hitting them, when they speed by or stop short and the motorcyclist falls as a result.
Our Cape Cod motorcycle accident lawyers are highly skilled in investigation and negotiation with auto insurance companies. We have helped injured motorcyclists obtain compensation from the driver at fault as well as their own auto insurance policies. Our firm has negotiated several multi-million dollar settlements for injured motorcyclists.
Cape Cod Pedestrian Accidents
From tourists to residents to the elderly, many people walk on Cape Cod and are put in danger by drivers who are speeding, using cell phones or being careless on the roads. Many car accidents occur right in crosswalks, where pedestrians are supposed to be protected.
In Massachusetts, the law states that drivers must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk where the “Walk” signal indicates the right of way. When there are no traffic signals or signals are out of use, drivers shall yield the right of way and slow down or stop if need be to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Drivers must also yield, slow down or stop if the pedestrian is approaching on other side of the crosswalk, within 10 feet of the lane where the vehicle is traveling.
It is against the law for other drivers to pass vehicles which have stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Read more on our pedestrian accident law page.
Preserving evidence after a pedestrian accident is essential to determining what happened and preparing the best case. After 35 years of representing those injured in car accidents, our attorneys have an extensive network of accident reconstruction and medical experts prepared to help prove your case. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact an experienced Cape Cod car accident lawyer immediately to learn your rights.
Cape Cod Car Accident Lawyers - Free Legal Consultation
After a car accident on Cape Cod, learn your legal rights for seeking compensation for your injuries, lost wages and other losses. At Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston, our attorneys have represented thousands of Massachusetts car accident victims over the past 35 years. We bring the expertise, experience and resources of a Boston law firm to your case. For a free legal consultation, call 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.