Rear-End Collision Lawyer in Boston

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Rear-End Collision Lawyer in Boston

A rear-end collision can bring your life to a complete standstill, crushing some of your life-long goals and dreams. Even worse, this kind of accident could be the reason you will never see your loved one again. No matter the circumstances, a rear-end collision lawyer in Boston can fight for you or your loved one. If that's what you're dealing with, we understand your pain.
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Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions in Boston

Before we even discuss exactly how our lawyers can help, it is crucial to understand why these accidents occur in the first place.
We'll start with tailgating, a common cause of rear-end collisions. It occurs when one driver fails to maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front, making it difficult to react in time if they suddenly stop or slow down.
Distracted driving is another reason some drivers cause rear-end collisions. Just to prove how much of a problem distracted driving is in Boston, we found this report that paints a clearer picture; local police issued 38,233 distracted driving citations from January through August 2020. All fingers point at activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or using in-car technologies, such as stereo systems.
Driving above the speed limit can also end up in this type of collision because it's difficult to stop in time when you're speeding. Keep in mind that the vehicle in front has the right to stop for different reasons, including road hazards and an unexpected event ahead.
Poor weather conditions can reduce visibility and make the roads more slippery, which could ultimately lead to a rear-end collision. It's common knowledge that Boston experiences heavy winters, usually lasting from December through March, making the city a hotspot for such collisions.
Some drivers, especially commercial drivers, experience fatigue while on the road. We all know that driving while tired or fatigued can impair your reaction time, attention, and decision-making skills, ultimately leading to serious injuries and property damage caused by rear-end collisions.
We've also handled cases where rear-end collisions have occurred due to a lack of proper communication on the road. For instance, one driver may fail to use their turn signals, confusing drivers behind them.

When to Hire a Rear-End Collision Lawyer

It's true that a lawyer can help in such a situation, but it's equally important to understand exactly when to hire one. The first rule to always bear in mind is that if you've sustained severe injuries in a rear-end collision, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
This is because such injuries often require long-term medical treatments and rehabilitation. You may also suffer a potential loss of income, another reason to hire a skilled attorney to help you recoup your losses.
It's not uncommon for accident victims to find themselves in situations where the other party involved in the rear-end collision is unwilling to accept liability. Some may even claim that you were partially at fault, further complicating the claims process. And when the compensation you're entitled to is at risk of being reduced or even dismissed, you need an attorney to build a strong case to establish fault and protect your rights.
No one ever likes to deal with insurance carriers, and that's because these companies can be selfish at times when it comes to issuing payouts. That's also where an experienced lawyer comes in to keep these companies in check and deter them from denying claims without any valid reason or practicing different tactics to minimize the payout claimants are entitled to.
There is a common misconception that a rear-end collision case is straightforward. That's usually not the reality, especially when there's significant property damage, serious injuries, or the loss of lives.
The insurance company will do everything within their power to avoid liability or minimize the compensation you may be entitled to, that is, if the insured is to blame for the accident. You need an attorney in your corner to ensure your rights and interests are protected and that the insurance provider won't evade liability.

How a Lawyer Can Help

The first thing the lawyer will do in such a situation is to evaluate the details of your case. This usually happens during an initial consultation with the attorney. They will want to know the specifics of the accident, assess the extent of your injuries, and examine any available evidence you may have gathered after the accident.
By doing this, they'll have a clear-cut picture of the strength of your case and how best to tackle it.
Next, they will determine liability, a vital step in building a strong case for you or your beloved who has been injured due to the other driver's negligence. If the evidence you collected after the accident is insufficient or inadmissible, the attorney will also help gather the most relevant evidence that supports your claim.
While each case is different, the kind of evidence that could be used here includes medical records, accident reconstruction reports, surveillance footage, vehicle maintenance records (especially if a commercial driver caused the accident), and expert opinions.
Once your lawyer understands who is responsible for the accident, they will file a claim on your behalf. The claim could target one or several parties, depending on how the accident occurred. For instance, if a defective car part triggered the accident, the manufacturer of that particular part could be liable. At the same time, if the driver was undertrained, their employer could have a negligent hiring case to answer.
Throughout the claims process, the attorney will handle all the necessary paperwork and legal procedures on your behalf.
The other parties will respond to the claim filed against them. Depending on the strength of your case, they may agree to begin negotiating a reasonable settlement for your injuries or damages. Alternatively, they may respond with a counteroffer or completely decline to cooperate, forcing your attorney to take the case to court.

How to Choose the Right Lawyer to Represent You

When it comes to choosing a rear-end collision lawyer in Boston, you shouldn't just settle with any lawyer you find. Instead, look for an experienced one.
An inexperienced attorney won't know how to build a strong case for you or even understand some of the tactics insurance companies use to fight back against such claims. We are talking about tactics such as:

  • Delaying the processing of claims
  • Disputing liability without any solid reason
  • Underestimating or undervaluing damages
  • Questioning the severity of your injuries
  • Requesting extensive documentation and evidence
  • Using recorded statements against you, usually a few moments after the accident
  • Hiring private investigators to gather evidence against you, e.g., monitoring your social media activity
  • Arguing you had pre-existing conditions or unrelated injuries
  • Offering low settlement amounts
  • Threatening legal action or suggesting a lengthy court battle to discourage you from fighting back

 Don't forget to look at their track record. This often shows a lawyer's competence and effectiveness in that particular field. For example, at Morgan and Morgan, we have recovered over $20 billion for the injured so far, a true reflection of our track record of battling insurance companies in and out of court when our clients need us the most.
You also need an attorney with powerful resources to investigate your case. Without such resources, the attorney won't be able to gather compelling evidence, reconstruct the accident scene, or do anything else they need to strengthen your case.
Last but not least, the lawyer's reputation matters. For example, Morgan and Morgan is known as the nation's largest injury firm, with over 28,000 5-star reviews on Google alone and three decades of experience fighting for the injured.

Recoverable Damages After a Rear-End Collision

The damages you may be able to recover will depend on the specifics of your case. That said, these damages are designed to help you get back on your feet and restore your life back to normal as much as possible.
While each case is different, these damages may include medical expenses, lost wages (past, current, and future), pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation and therapy, loss of enjoyment, and funeral expenses.

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  • Is the Driver Who Rear-Ended the Other Vehicle Always at Fault?

    In such an accident, the driver who rear-ends the other vehicle is typically considered at fault, and that's because Massachusetts laws require drivers to maintain a safe following distance and exercise caution to avoid colliding with the vehicles in front of them. However, this rule is not final — some exceptions may exist.
    It's possible that the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended may bear partial or even full responsibility for the collision. For example, if the driver suddenly and unexpectedly reversed or changed lanes without warning, they could bear some degree of responsibility for the accident.

    That's why determining fault in a rear-end collision requires a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident, further highlighting the importance of hiring an attorney or firm with powerful legal resources.

  • What if I Cannot Afford a Lawyer for My Case?

    You don't need to worry about not being able to afford an attorney. This is because, at Morgan and Morgan, the fee is free unless we win. The contingency fee arrangement has several advantages, some of which we've discussed in this article.

  • Hire a Rear-End Collision Attorney in Boston

    Now that you have a better understanding of how a rear-end collision lawyer in Boston can help, it's time to take action to safeguard your best interests. At Morgan and Morgan, we know how it feels to suffer serious injuries or even lose a loved one in such accidents. We also know that almost half of the time, these accidents occur due to someone else's negligence.
    Even more heartbreaking is the fact that these accidents can have a significant impact on your financial situation. Without the right support system, you could easily become bankrupt trying to keep up with the heavy bills piling up after the accident.
    But you shouldn't have to pay for someone else's negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision, fill out our free case evaluation form today to learn more about your case.

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