Types of Car Accidents

Types of Car Accidents

Boston Attorneys Handling a Wide Range of Auto Accident Cases

In a busy metropolitan area like Boston, there are many ways that you can find yourself involved in a car accident. Whether you are driving through your neighborhood or merging onto a highway at rush hour, another driver’s failure to pay attention can put your loved ones and you at serious risk of suffering harm.

At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident lawyers have been providing Massachusetts residents with legal counsel following devastating collisions for decades. We have investigated and litigated claims arising from many types of car accidents, and we understand how to deal with the nuances of each situation. Let us put our experience and knowledge to use for you. You should not let careless drivers and their insurance companies avoid paying you reasonable compensation for your injuries and damages.

Common Types of Car Accidents

There are certain common categories of car accidents. One of the most common is a rear-end collision. This often happens when the driver in front has to stop due to a traffic light, stop sign or due to a condition in the roadway and the driver behind them was following too closely or not paying attention And plows into the back of the stopping vehicle. Side-impact collisions are also common, particularly at intersections. These can happen when a vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle, including at traffic signal-controlled intersections and at stop sign-controlled intersections. These accidents can lead to very serious injuries for a victim.

Sideswipe collisions happen when two cars travelling in a parallel direction scrape. The damage may be minor, or the contact may cause one car to veer off the roadway and lose control. In either case, serious injuries can occur. Rollovers are another common accident type, and perhaps one of the most dangerous. Any vehicle can be involved in a rollover accident, but vehicles with a high center of gravity like SUVs are more prone to rolling over after a collision or when making a sharp turn at a high speed.

Head-on collisions are also very dangerous and often fatal. If a driver crosses over the center line and runs head-on into another vehicle, or if they go the wrong way down a one-way street or a highway ramp, the damage can be severe. In some instances, the passengers of a vehicle can be ejected.

Seeking Compensation After a Car Accident in Massachusetts

If you were involved in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver who caused the crash. There are many things to consider and investigate before filing a lawsuit. To prevail in the lawsuit, your attorney will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and failed to operate his or her vehicle according to that duty and that this was the direct cause of your injuries. In general, drivers are required to use the same level of care and skill as a reasonable and prudent person when facing similar roadway situations.

Causation is one of the most important parts of the lawsuit. If the jury does not find that the defendant’s lack of due care was the direct cause of your harm, you may not be awarded damages even if the defendant was driving negligently. Thus, you should retain an attorney who can gather evidence to show causation and persuasively present this complex part of the case. Damages that you can receive if we establish liability may include medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and any damages associated with long-term care needs if your injuries are serious.

Retain a Skilled Boston Lawyer to Pursue Your Claim

Car accidents are often sudden, devastating, and highly disruptive for a victim. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we provide each client with the compassionate and attentive legal attention that they deserve in this situation. We proudly serve victims of many types of car accidents in cities such as Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online.