Plymouth, Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
Plymouth is the largest community in Plymouth County, with more than 58,000 residents, workers and a bustling tourism industry. People come from all over the world to see Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower and Plimouth Plantation. Major roads include Route 495, Route 44 and Route 3/3A. These are busy roads and accidents can happen any time a driver takes their eyes of the road.
Plymouth Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury case. Plymouth is located near Middleborough, Kingston, Plympton, Duxbury and Carver. Traffic is coming and going at all hours in these communities. Car accidents are frequent and injuries can be serious. In 2016, the Carver Police Department reported one stretch where the community saw three fatal crashes in just six days.
When teen drivers are at the wheel, inexperience can cause car accidents. Speeding is another major cause of auto accidents, as is cell phone use and texting while driving, which is against the law for drivers in Massachusetts. Plymouth has 14 public schools - including Plymouth North High School and Plymouth South High School - and accidents can happen when drivers do not follow school buses and other vehicles at a safe distance
Car accidents can also happen in parking lots, especially when a mix of vehicles - large tourist buses, cars, motorcycles and cyclists - are all looking for the best spot. Even in a parking lot, it is essential to always follow traffic laws and parking lot signs. Otherwise, you could cause a pedestrian accident or rear-end another car while backing out.
After a car accident, the person injured may be entitled to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash. In Massachusetts, all drivers are required to carry a compulsory level of auto insurance, though optional coverages are recommended. Insurance laws are complex and you should always consult an experience car accident lawyer. For a free legal consultation, contact our attorneys at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.
Truck crashes are reported too often in Plymouth. In January 2017, a North Reading man was killed when the freight truck he was in flipped over in the median of Route 25. Two other men were seriously injured. Police said the men were not wearing seatbelts and that the truck tires may have lost air, prompting the truck crash.
In August 2017, an elderly woman died after a tractor trailer hit her Ford Escape in Middleborough, trapping her when the vehicle tipped sideways. Emergency personnel responded and freed her with Jaws of Life and she was transported to a local hospital. She died while receiving medical treatment.
Drunk driving is a leading cause of car crashes. In Massachusetts and most states, drivers can be criminally charged for operating under the influence. Drunk drivers and any establishment which served them can also be held liable in a civil court if they cause you injury.
In September 2013, a Massachusetts State Trooper - who was off-duty - was drinking at a party and got behind the wheel in Plymouth. He hit and killed a mother and daughter on Federal Furnace Road. The two had been traveling home from a Red Sox game. The trooper was criminally charged after a 2016 trial in Plymouth Superior Court. A jury found found him guilty of operating under the influence, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. He was sentenced to serve 120 days Dukes County Jail and House of Correction in Edgartown.
Plymouth Boating Accident Lawyer
Plymouth is on the water and many people dock boats there. Anyone who consumes alcohol and operates a boat can cause serious personal injury and death. They can be criminally charged and be held liable in a civil court for any injuries they cause.
When someone operates while intoxicated, it is often called, "boating under the influence." They can be criminally prosecuted under M.G.L. c.90B § 8A if they cause personal injury and M.G.L. c.90B § 8B if they cause death. Recently, there have been two major boating tragedies in Massachusetts:
- In 2015, a 19-year-old woman lost her arm in a boat accident in Boston Harbor, in a boat approaching Spectacle Island. The boat operator - a young Boston lawyer - was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and negligent operation of a vessel. He was acquitted in June 2017.
- In 2016, a former vice commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club, was found guilty in Plymouth Superior Court in the death of a passenger of his 24-power boat. Prosecutors said in 2011, the man had been drinking and was not paying attention when he crashed his vessel into a sailboat in Hull Harbor. The victim was thrown overboard and later died of a brain injury.
Plymouth Construction Accidents and Premises Liability Cases
If you have been injured in a construction accident in Plymouth, contact our attorneys. In the Plymouth and Cape Cod region, construction and renovations never stop, not even come summer. But companies can put workers at serious risk when they do not follow OSHA safety regulations.
In February 2017, a worker lost his life in a roofing fall on Powder Point Avenue in Duxbury. In November 2016, a 28-year-old construction worker died near Newtown Way in Duxbury. The worker was underground in a trench, part of a crew which was installing a water line for a new home. He was using a power saw to cut pipe and the saw kicked back at him.
A third construction worker died in Plymouth in June 2015. The worker was trapped inside a bulldozer when about 12 feet of sand came down on him on Hedge's Pond Road.
The largest industrial operation in Plymouth is the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant on Rocky Hill Road, in the Manomet section of Plymouth. This plant produces electricity for Massachusetts residents. Injuries can happen when the plant or its contractors have not taken proper safety measures to protect workers. The plant is regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Premises liability accidents occur when a defect on a property causes someone injury. Landlord negligence is one cause of premises liability claims. When a rental property is not maintained, the tenant and their guests are put in danger. If you are visiting Plymouth and plan to rent a vacation rental, it is important to work with a reputable property management company. Make sure to check with the Better Business Bureau and online reviews. When you arrive, make it a priority to check that smoke detectors are working properly.
Contact a Plymouth Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Legal Consultation
After a personal injury accident in Plymouth, our attorneys can answer your questions and advise you of your legal rights for seeking compensation. We are experienced in handling all types of injury claims, including those involving wrongful death, construction accidents, premises liability, dog bites and attacks, product liability and swimming pool accidents in Massachusetts.
For a free legal consultation, contact us today at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.