Most drivers and passengers who have driven on a large highway have probably experienced the fear of a fast-moving large truck or tractor-trailer. These instances are especially frightening when traffic is slowing, and a truck is quickly approaching from behind. In some cases, the driver can maneuver their vehicle to get out of the truck’s path. However, despite safe driving techniques, some drivers cannot avoid an accident with a negligent truck driver. These Massachusetts truck accidents tend to result in the most severe injuries and damages.
There many ways that a Massachusetts truck accident can occur. However, the most common types of collisions are jackknife accidents, tire blowouts, unsecured load accidents, underride accidents, and hazmat accidents. These accidents tend to result from distraction, alcohol or drug use, speeding, driver fatigue, unsafe driving and techniques. Although any accident can result in serious damages, these accidents often result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, organ laceration, and death.
For example, recent news reports described a harrowing Massachusetts tractor-trailer accident. Preliminary investigation reports state that as traffic was slowing, the tractor-trailer slammed into the back of the sedan; the sedan then slammed into a van. The driver of the sedan died from his injuries, and the van driver suffered serious injuries. The tractor-trailer driver did not sustain any injuries in the accident. In addition to potential civil charges, the District Attorney announced that their office would be pursuing criminal charges against the tractor-trailer driver.
Massachusetts follows no-fault laws, which means that accident victims can make claims under their insurance policy. However, these claims might not fully compensate the victim for their damages. In these cases, an injury victim or their loved one may file a personal injury lawsuit. However, Massachusetts law only allows for these lawsuits if the victim suffers injuries in excess of $2,000 or the injuries are permanent and severe in a manner that will affect the claimant’s quality of life. Injury victims should make sure to name the appropriate at-fault parties.
In most cases, the truck driver may be responsible for the accident; however, there may be other entities whose negligence contributed to the accident or damages. For instance, the trucking company, parts manufacturer, or distributor of the cargo may be liable for the incident. It is essential that injury victims understand that the state’s modified comparative negligence framework might reduce or bar their recovery claim. As such, injury victims should consult with an attorney to discuss their claims.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Massachusetts Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a Massachusetts car accident, contact the Neumann Law Group. The attorneys at our law firm have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We understand how daunting and challenging many accident cases can be, and we work to ensure that our clients get the compensation they deserve. Our firm handles Massachusetts personal injury cases stemming from car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and premises liability. Contact our office at 800-525-6386 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our legal team.