Car Accidents While on Vacation
The car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III represent people who have been injured in a wide range of crashes throughout the Cape Cod region. We understand the pain and stress that come with being involved in a car accident on vacation, especially when it happens when you are supposed to be enjoying your time off. Our Cape Cod car accident attorneys work tirelessly to get clients the full compensation that may be available under the law. We also offer a personalized approach, taking the time to understand each person’s unique needs and keeping clients informed of their rights and options at every step of the legal process.Money Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, state law gives you the right to seek compensation from those responsible. Defendants might include a distracted driver who caused the crash (as well as their employer, in some cases), an auto manufacturer whose car does not offer the appropriate safety protections, and a road crew who leaves a driving surface in shoddy condition, among other parties. If a car accident on vacation happened in Massachusetts, you likely need to sue in the state even if you live elsewhere.
The money damages typically available in these cases include compensation for medical bills, property damage, missed wages due to time away from work, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, the family of a person injured in a crash can also get additional compensation for what courts call “loss of consortium.” These damages are intended to compensate family members for the loss of their loved one’s companionship and guidance. In tragic cases in which a person is killed in an accident, their family can also sue for wrongful death damages. These lawsuits allow family members to make the same legal claims that their loved one would have been able to make if they had survived the accident.Proving Negligence
Most car accident cases in Massachusetts are based on claims of negligence, a legal theory that holds people and entities liable for failing to live up to a “duty of care.” All car and truck drivers in Massachusetts owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe way. That means obeying traffic signs and maintaining appropriate speeds to comply with local limits and reflect weather conditions. It also means refraining from drinking and driving or using a cell phone behind the wheel. A driver who does not live up to this duty is likely to be found negligent and responsible for any accident that happens as a result.
To get money damages, your attorney not only needs to show that the person or entity that you are suing was negligent but also must prove that this negligence directly caused you to be injured. This often requires witness and police testimony about how the accident happened. Accident reconstruction experts can in some cases provide vital information about what caused the crash. Meanwhile, doctor testimony and medical records are essential to proving the full extent of the injuries suffered in a car accident on vacation, as well as the potential future impact of those injuries.How a Car Accident Lawyer on Cape Cod Can Help You
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our personal injury attorneys fight for clients on Cape Cod and elsewhere in Massachusetts. We work aggressively to get the people whom we represent the compensation that they deserve. Our attorneys combine more than a century and a half of legal experience in personal injury cases. We also have a strong track record of helping clients get back on their feet by resolving cases efficiently and effectively. We offer free consultations at our offices, but we are also happy to travel to you if you cannot come to us in Hyannis or Plymouth. We do not charge a fee in most of our cases unless we are able to get compensation for you. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.