Top Rated Boston Car Accident Lawyers with Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing Clients
The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., have decades of experience handling car and other motor vehicle accident claims in the Boston region. We have successfully handled complex cases from the insurance claims level through trial and appeal.
Determining who was at fault in a car accident means figuring out who was negligent, and thus responsible for causing the accident. Failure to use reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle constitutes negligence. A finding of negligence is often based on:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Failure to signal when turning
- Careless driving
- Failure to follow the speed limit
- Driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Car accidents caused by defective or recalled vehicles
- Car accidents at dangerous intersections
- School bus accidents
- SUV rollovers
- Hit and run accidents
- Violation of some other law
Drunk Driving Accidents and Liquor Liability
Our attorneys are highly experienced in negotiating compensation for victims of drunk drivers in Massachusetts. When someone is injured in a drunk driving accident, they may be entitled to file a claim against the driver and in some cases, against restaurants and bars for dram shop violations. These businesses have a responsibility to check IDs and only serve patrons who are 21 and older. They should never serve anyone who is intoxicated.
Drivers may also consume alcohol at private homes or other gatherings. Under Massachusetts social host liability, hosts may be held liable by third-party victims when a guest is served alcohol, then leaves intoxicated and causes drunk driving injuries.
Uber, Lyft and Rideshare Accidents in Boston and Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, when passengers are injured in Uber, Lyft or other rideshare vehicles, the cause may be negligence by the driver or another operator on the road. Passengers may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their injuries. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, all of our attorneys are experienced in successfully handling rideshare claims resulting from Uber accidents and Lyft accidents. We have helped passengers injured across Massachusetts, from Boston to Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.
Auto Accidents Caused by Road Defects or Construction Activity
Car accidents can also result from faulty construction of roads, tunnels, embankments, exits, and lighting. If the roadway is defectively designed or improperly constructed, the designers or builders may be liable for the personal injuries they cause. Builders can also be responsible for construction accidents to drivers, including roadway debris, inadequate safety, improper road markings, and loose construction materials.
Our Experience and Results Handling Car Accident Cases in Massachusetts
While car crashes comprise a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, it would be wrong to think that they are always simple to resolve. They often involve extremely complex issues of evidence and insurance law, which is what the accident and injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C. specialize in.
If you have been injured in a car, truck, tractor trailer, motorcycle or other motor vehicle accident as a driver, passenger, bicyclist or pedestrian, and it was the result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, payment or reimbursement of reasonable medical expenses incurred or which will be incurred in the future, and lost wages.
Select Results in Car Accident Cases
$2.15 Million Settlement: Wrongful Death Caused by Car Crash at Strip Mall
Our attorney negotiated a $2.15 million settlement after a pedestrian was killed. A driver had lost control of her vehicle in a strip mall parking lot. The strip mall owner failed to provide protective measures for pedestrians.
$1.8 Million Settlement: Car Crosses Center Line and Crashes
Our attorney negotiated a $1.8 million settlement for the widow of a driver who was struck by a motor vehicle crossing the center line.
$1.725 Million Settlement: Passenger Injured When Driver Falls Asleep
Our attorney successfully recovered a $1.725 million settlement for our client, a young man who suffered multiple fractures in a crash as he returned from a skiing trip. Our client required spinal fusion. Special damages were awarded for medical expenses and lost earning capacity.
$1.1 Million Settlement: Car Hits Pedestrian
Our attorney reached a $1.1 million settlement, plus more than $300,000 in special damages, for our client, a pedestrian who was struck by a motorist and suffered a significant closed head injury.
Read more about our results for our clients in Massachusetts car accident cases .
Medical Bills: In general, the first $2,000.00 in medical bills is paid by the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance carrier of the car you were in or hit by if you were a pedestrian or a bicyclist. If you have private health care insurance, Massachusetts Law requires that medical bills in excess of $2,000.00 be submitted through your provider for payment. If you do not have private health care insurance, or if your health care insurance company refuses to pay your medical bills, you may be entitled to up to $8,000.00 in PIP medical coverage.
Lost Wages: If you lose money because of your inability to work due to your injuries, you may be entitled to collect 75% of your lost wages, based on your average weekly wage, from the PIP carrier, up to $8,000.00.
Bodily Injuries and Wrongful Death: If you have more than $2,000 in medical bills, a fracture, or other serious injury, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including scarring, pain and suffering, permanent or partial disability, and loss of ability to enjoy life. Wrongful death claims are also compensable under Massachusetts motor vehicle laws.
Insufficient Insurance: If the person who caused your injuries does not have insurance, or inadequate insurance to cover your damages, you may be entitled to collect uninsured or underinsured coverage from your own automobile policy or a family member's automobile policy.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, or injured as a pedestrian:
- Obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved, as well as names, addresses and telephone numbers for drivers.
- Request the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- Make sure police are aware of any traffic violations that the operator may have committed.
- If you are injured, get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Promptly notify your insurance company about the accident.
- Obtain photographs of vehicles, injuries and accident location.
- Contact a lawyer promptly to determine your legal rights.
For a more detailed list, please see our What to Do When You Have a Car Accident page.
Choosing a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer
Your legal rights need to be protected after a car accident. You should hire an experienced car accident attorney to evaluate and handle your case. Immediate action may be required to preserve all of your rights. All motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts are governed by a Statute of Limitations. Some accidents also have shorter notice provisions which may be very strict.
For more information on selecting a Massachusetts car accident lawyer, please see our page on Choosing a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer. Read more about truck accidents on our Massachusetts Truck Accident Lawyer page.
Our Car and Truck Accident Case Reports describe some of the many of the motor vehicle accident cases we have successfully handled on behalf of our Massachusetts clients.
If you feel you have a car accident case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. Please call us at 617-723-7676, or toll free at 1-800-379-1244, or use our contact form to send us an e-mail. Get your free legal consultation today with Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C.
Finally, make sure you are protected! Have adequate insurance for yourself and your family. Learn more about buying automobile insurance at our web page on Understanding and Buying Massachusetts Car Accident Insurance .
The Boston car and motor vehicle accident law firm of Breakstone, White & Gluck handles car accident cases occurring in Boston, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chicopee, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, New Bedford, Newton, Quincy, Springfield, Somerville, Taunton, Waltham, Worcester, Charlestown, Pittsfield, Dedham, Everett, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Needham, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salem, South Boston, Walpole, Watertown, West Roxbury and surrounding areas. The firm handles cases in Suffolk County, Middlesex County, Essex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Barnstable County, Worcester County, Hampden County, Hampshire County, Berkshire County.We handle cases occurring on all major highways, including the Massachusetts Turnpike (Mass Pike), I-90, Rte 128, Rte 93, and Route 3.