Blind Spot Accidents
One of the first and most important things new drivers learn is how to drive in a safe manner, which includes checking a car’s blind spots prior to leaving a lane of traffic. When a driver fails to check his or her blind spots prior to changing lanes, it can lead to devastating consequences. In places like Cape Cod, where there is a constant influx of traffic, it is common for blind spot accidents to occur. Blind spot car accidents are almost always avoidable, however, and would not occur if the driver that caused the accident was operating his or her car in a safe and reasonable manner. If you sustained injuries due to a blind spot accident, an experienced Cape Cod car accident lawyer can help you assess your options for pursuing damages. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have more than 150 years of combined experience assisting parties who have suffered harm due to the negligence of others. We will work diligently to help you seek any compensation you may be able to recover. Through our skillful advocacy we have successfully recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of the victims we represent.Holding a Driver Liable Following a Blind Spot Accident
A blind spot is the area around a car that the driver cannot observe directly. The blind spot of a car is typically located over the left or right shoulder of the driver, but other visual obstructions such as passengers or objects in the car can cause a blind spot as well. Drivers are required to make sure they have clearance before changing lanes, which includes using their mirrors or looking over their shoulders to check their blind spots. When a driver changes lanes without checking his or her blind spots, and strikes another vehicle that the driver could not see because of the blind spot, the driver should be held liable for any harm caused by the accident.
In Massachusetts, most lawsuits in which a party injured by a blind spot accident seeks to recover damages allege that the defendant driver was negligent. To prove negligence under Massachusetts law, you must show that the driver owed you a duty of care, which he or she breached. In cases involving a blind spot accident, the failure to check the blind spot before changing lanes is likely a breach of the duty imposed on all licensed drivers to drive safely and reasonably under the circumstances. After you establish a breach of a duty, you must show that the breach caused the accident, and that the accident caused you to suffer quantifiable damages.
A common defense asserted in lawsuits arising out of blind spot accidents is that the negligence of the injured party was the actual cause of the accident, and therefore, the injured party should not be able to recover damages. Even if the injured party is found partially responsible for causing the accident, he or she may still be able to recover compensation, however, as long as his or her negligence is not greater than 50%. If you suffered damages due to a blind spot accident, a seasoned injury attorney can help you evaluate your options for seeking compensation.Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you were involved in a blind spot accident, you may be able to recover the cost of repairing any damage to your vehicle, and the cost of treating any injuries you sustained in the accident. You may also be able to recover lost earnings if you were unable to earn an income due to your injuries. Additionally, you may be awarded damages for the pain and suffering caused by the accident.Car Accident Lawyers Representing Injured Victims in Cape Cod
Blind spot accidents can lead to significant injuries and property damage, and in most cases are entirely avoidable. If you were involved in a blind spot accident, the attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, can potentially help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Our knowledge of what it takes to present a winning case has allowed us to recover many favorable verdicts, with several verdicts in the millions. We represent parties in injury cases in Cape Cod and are available by consultation in Hyannis and Plymouth. We can be reached at 888-262-6664 or through our form online to schedule a meeting. Nós Falamos Português.