Saugus, Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyers
Breakstone, White & Gluck has a reputation for aggressive representation of individuals injured in car accidents across Massachusetts, including in Saugus and North Shore communities. Our attorneys have been consistently recognized for our settlements and verdicts for clients. We have been selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list published in Boston Magazine each year since 2004.
Many Saugus car accidents occur on local roads or on Rte. 1, which lies along the Square One Mall and provides drivers with access to Interstate 95 and Rte. 128. Saugus is a busy commuting hub, located between Boston and Salem and its roads see motor vehicles, commercial trucks and public transportation buses as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. Nearby communities include Lynnfield, Lynn, Revere, Melrose and Wakefield.
Car accidents can occur when you least expect it. They can happen when cars drive too fast through neighborhoods, business areas and school zones, where speed limits are lowered to 20 mph under state law. Drivers who text and drive or use their cell phones are a growing cause of car accidents, as are truck drivers who make mistakes or fail to follow safety regulations. Drunk drivers are another frequent cause of car accidents.
Many still remember the tanker truck which erupted into flames on Route 1 near the Square One Mall in July 2011. According to The Boston Globe and other news reports, the truck was owned by P.J. Murphy Transportation of Methuen. The driver lost control and ended up rolling over a guardrail. He had been transporting gasoline, which spilled and exploded around 2 a.m., waking neighbors for miles.
The truck driver became trapped in his cab and died. Several cars crashed into the truck and four drivers were transported to local hospitals. One man required emergency surgery for serious burns. Meanwhile, the gasoline leaked and the fire kept spreading, forcing one woman to evacuate her home.
Car accidents can also happen in parking lots. The Square One Mall is a popular spot for shopping, with more than 100 stores. Drivers often want to get in and out of parking lots quickly, without watching for pedestrians. Cell phone use and failure to check for pedestrians before backing out of a parking space are two of the most common causes of parking lot accidents.
Pedestrians have been seriously injured or killed by negligent drivers in Saugus. One painful story occurred in 2009. A Saugus High School senior made the wrong decision to drive home after post-prom activities. He veered onto the sidewalk near the intersection of Grove and Essex streets, hitting and killing a 67-year-old woman walking her dog. The woman's daughter was also there and seriously injured in the pedestrian accident.
According to The Boston Herald, the high school senior pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation in 2010 and was sentenced to serve six months in jail. At sentencing, prosecutors said he had fallen asleep after a night which involved drinking, but his Breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol level below the legal limit.
What to Do After a Saugus Car Accident
If you are injured in a Saugus car accident, know the steps to protect yourself and your family:
- First, seek medical attention immediately if you are injured.
- If possible, obtain the driver’s license plate, telephone number, make of vehicle and insurance information.
- Obtain the names and telephone numbers for any witnesses.
- Call the police to the scene and make them aware of any traffic violations. Saugus Police are located at 27 Hamilton Street. The business line is 781-233-1740 and the emergency line is 911.
- Take photographs of your car as well as other vehicles involved in the collision.
- Following a motor vehicle accident, write down what you recall and start keeping a timeline and note events, such as dates and times of calls to insurance companies.
- Call a Saugus car accident lawyer to learn your rights.
- It is in your best interest not to speak to adjusters from the other driver’s insurance company without a car accident lawyer.
- It is in your best interest to consult a car accident attorney before accepting any settlement offers.
Contact Breakstone, White & Gluck for a Free Legal Consultation
The Saugus car accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 100 years combined experience handling auto claims in the Boston area. Our attorneys have handled car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents during all stages of claims, from investigation to trial and appeals, if necessary. If you have been injured, learn your rights and how long you have to file a claim in Massachusetts. All car accident claims face a Statute of Limitations restricting how long you have to seek compensation.