Boston Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
Zealous wrongful death lawyers serving grieving Massachusetts families
Finding out that a loved one was killed in a car accident is a tragic, terrifying, and stressful experience. We know how painful this situation is for a family. Although no amount of money can truly compensate you for your loss, it can help you handle the financial pressure and strains associated with the accident and your loved one’s loss.
At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston fatal car accident lawyers have provided compassionate legal counsel to families throughout Massachusetts who have lost a loved one as a result of a tragic and avoidable accidents for over three decades. During this terrible time in your life, we will not let insurance companies or anyone else take advantage of you, and we’ll fight to ensure you secure the compensation to which you’re entitled. Contact our offices today to schedule a consultation – and leave the rest to us.
Common questions from injury clients
- How can your Boston fatal accident attorneys help?
- How many people are killed on Massachusetts roads each year?
- Who can file a claim after a fatal Boston car accident?
- How do fatal car accidents happen?
- What is the value of my Boston fatal car accident claim?
- Do you have a fatal car accident attorney near me?
How can your Boston fatal accident attorneys help?
The attorneys at Breakstone, White & Gluck are fierce in the courtroom and compassionate with our clients. We understand that you’re likely dealing with many stressors at this time, and we can take some of them off of your plate. When our Boston attorneys take your case, we get to work immediately investigating the crash that took the life of your loved one, collecting evidence and police reports to determine all liable parties.
We deal with insurance companies and opposing counsel on your behalf and fight to make things right again for you and your family, through securing maximum compensation for your loss. Whether that’s negotiating a fair settlement or going to trial, we’re more than ready for both.
Our record of successful results
Some of the settlements and verdicts we’ve achieved in past fatal accident cases include:
- $3,500,000 - Truck Driver Runs Over Motorcyclist.Resulting in the man's wrongful death.
- $1,800,000 - Motor Vehicle Crash. Resulting in the man’s wrongful death.
- $1,250,000 - Pedestrian Crosswalk Crash. Resulting in the death of a 33-year-old mother.
You can also read some kind words from our clients on our Testimonials page, and find out more about our record of results for our clients in Massachusetts personal injury cases.
"I knew that Ron had my best interests at heart, and that I could trust him to help me make the right decision."
How many people are killed on Massachusetts roads each year?
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation maintains a continually updated database of traffic accidents and fatalities. As of October 2022, they report 356 motor vehicle accident deaths since January of the same year. The previous year, 2021, saw 418 fatalities. These deaths included:
- Drivers and passengers
- Motorcycle operators and passengers
Nationwide, 38,824 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2020, per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They report, “These deaths occurred in 35,766 crashes involving 54,272 motor vehicles. This was a 7 percent increase in deaths compared with 2019.”
Who can file a claim after a fatal Boston car accident?
If someone loses their life in a car accident, Massachusetts law allows their surviving family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. Massachusetts General Law Chapter 229, Section 2, provides a cause of action for wrongful death.
According to its provisions, a family – specifically, “the executor or administrator of the deceased” – can hold an individual or entity whose negligent conduct caused the death of their loved one liable. Damages include any conscious pain and suffering experienced by victim, the loss to the family of the person’s reasonably expected financial support, and most important, the loss of that person’s love and support. If gross negligence or reckless conduct was involved, the family may be entitled to recover punitive damages. In most cases, you only have three years to make a claim; seeking qualified legal representation as soon as possible is in your best interest.
These cases are often complicated and may require testimony from qualified experts. It is important to enlist an experienced fatal car accident attorney in Boston when bringing a claim. The team at Breakstone, White & Gluck can help.
How do fatal car accidents happen?
According to the IIHS, in 2020, “speeding was a factor in 29 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths,” and “speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of crash deaths over the past decade.” Another six percent of deaths were coded by authorities as distracted driving (like texting behind the wheel). Other factors contributing to distracted driving include:
- August has the most fatal car crashes, while April has the fewest
- Almost half of all fatalities occur on weekends – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- 1 of every 3 deaths happen between 3:00pm and 9:00pm
- The 4th of July typically has the highest amount of traffic fatalities each year
Drunk driving and driving while fatigued can also cause fatal accidents.
What is the value of my Boston fatal car accident claim?
After a fatal car accident, families likely face substantial expenditures, including medical bills and funeral expenses. In addition to recovering compensation for these costs, families who bring a wrongful death lawsuit also can seek compensation for the loss of their loved one’s companionship and financial support. In cases in which the at-fault driver engaged in reckless conduct, such as drunk driving, the family may also request punitive damages, with the assistance of our Boston fatal car accident attorneys. This is known as a gross negligence claim.
In situations in which the decedent’s negligent conduct may have contributed to the accident, the defendant can offer evidence suggesting that the decedent was partially at fault. If the defendant can show that the deceased victim was over 50 percent at fault for the crash (a law called comparative negligence), the family may be barred from recovery. The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck can help you fight back against this type of allegation and ensure your rights are protected at all times.
Do you have a fatal car accident attorney near me?
Breakstone, White & Gluck has an office in Boston at 2 Center Plaza #530 in Government Center, within walking distance of the John Adams Courthouse and Suffolk County Superior Court. There’s a parking garage in the building. The MBTA Green Line and Blue Line are right across the street at the Government Center T station. There’s also a bus stop almost right in front of our office. If you are unable to travel because of your injuries, we can arrange a phone or video conference, or a hospital visit.
Honest and knowledgeable Boston fatal car accident lawyers serving Massachusetts
Losing a loved one in an unexpected car crash is a devastating and life-altering experience. Having counseled clients throughout Massachusetts for decades, we recognize the stress that you are facing. The last thing you need to do during this stressful time is navigate the legal system on your own. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston attorneys are ready to fight – for you, your family, and for the memory of your loved one. We handle car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, so we do not get paid unless we recover compensation for you in your claim. To set up a consultation, call our offices today or use our contact form.