If you get behind the wheel and drive regularly just about anywhere in this country, the potential for an accident is part of life on the road. You may be a perfectly safe driver, but that doesn't mean everyone around you is. Contact the Cape Cod car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III today if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident. We have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients injured in a wide variety of accidents, including many involved in car crashes. We understand what people go through when they are injured in an accident, and if you have been the victim of a car crash, we are committed to maximizing your financial recovery.Driving is Dangerous
More than 135,000 car accidents happen in Massachusetts each year, according to the state highway safety division, ranging from relatively minor fender benders to fatal multi-car pile-ups. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children, teens, and young adults (ages 5 to 34), and are among the top ten causes of death for all ages. More than 30,000 people are killed in car accidents each year.What to Do If You Are a Car Accident Victim
If you are injured in a car crash and wish to hold the responsible driver liable, it is critical to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable car accident attorney on Cape Cod. However, before you initiate a legal claim, there are steps you can take to protect your safety and your interests while you are still at the scene of the accident:
Notify Law Enforcement
As soon as you have your bearings, you should call the police. You will be required to report the accident if any injuries or damage resulted from the crash. The police can also help you secure the scene and obtain emergency assistance for anyone who has been injured.
Ask the Other Driver(s) for Their Information
If possible, you should try to obtain the name, driver license number, license plate number, insurance company, and contact information of any other driver(s) involved.
Notify Your Auto Insurance Company and an Experienced Accident Attorney
Contact your insurance company to notify them of the accident, and seek the advice of an established personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will thoroughly evaluate your claim, and begin building your case for damages against the responsible driver(s) and/or their insurer(s).
At The Law Offices of John C. Manoog III We Help You Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible for the Harm They Cause
Under Massachusetts law, all drivers have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle. A person injured in a car accident caused by another person’s failure to fulfill that duty, or negligence, has a legal right to seek compensation for the damages caused, including:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Psychological counseling
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional Distress
In order to ensure recovery of all damages, it is vital that a person who has been in a car accident seek the counsel of a competent, knowledgeable Cape Cod car accident attorney.Many Actions We Take Can Include the Following:
- Ensure you are receiving proper medical treatment for your injuries
- Seek compensation for your lost wages
- Help you arrange for a rental car
- Help with your property damage claim
- Communicate directly with the insurance companies
- Investigate your accident
- Obtain evidence including witness statements, photographs, and expert opinions
- Obtain and evaluate police and operator reports
- Review all available sources of insurance
- Seek reimbursement for your medical bills
- Seek reimbursement for any other expense related to your accident
- Obtain and evaluate medical records
- Evaluate your injuries
- Analyze any long term financial needs, future wage loss, or medical care
- Negotiate your claim in order to achieve a successful result for you
- Prepare each case as if it is going to trial to maximize its value
One of the most important questions in any car accident case is: What caused the crash? A seemingly endless array of bad driving techniques may be to blame, including:
- Running a red light
- Texting while driving
- Failing to use turn signals
- Driving drunk
- Distracted driving
- Failing to stop at a Stop Sign
- Failing to yield
- Failing to stop/rear end collisions
These factors can not only lead to accidents, but also cause serious physical and property damage. While these wrecks are often the result of poor driving, there are also many cases in which a third party may be at least partly responsible. Car manufacturers, seatbelt makers, and tire companies are among those whose products can contribute to an accident or make the injuries sustained worse if their products don't function properly. In these cases, it may be possible to pursue a products liability claim against the responsible manufacturer or seller.Identifying & Pursuing Compensation from Insurance Companies
Insurance companies will do everything possible to minimize their payout, often by offering "low ball" settlement terms that may seem fair, but that are actually well below the value of your claim. By investigating your claim to fully understand how and why a crash happened, we are able to effectively negotiate with insurance companies to obtain a fair and just settlement. If negotiations stall, this preparation allows us to aggressively seek a substantial verdict at trial.Why Choose John C. Manoog III?
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we take a thorough and aggressive approach to pursuing car accident cases, and make every effort to identify all of the responsible parties. We carefully prepare cases using expert testimony along with clear and convincing medical evidence to detail the seriousness of your injury, and its effects on you and your family. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of personalized, effective legal service, and have fought to recover millions for our clients. In addition, we are a large firm with the resources to spend whatever is necessary to ensure your case achieves its maximum value.
Don't just take our word for it: Look at the results. Among other recent settlements, we have helped several clients injured in car crashes obtain awards in excess of $1 Million Dollars. While this money can't necessarily fully compensate you for the disruption, inconvenience, and injury resulting from an accident, it can help you move one with your life after the crash.
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, call the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. The car accident lawyers at our Cape Cod firm are available to discuss your particular situation in a free initial consultation and we offer flexible evening, weekend and offsite hours. Call us at (888) 262-6664 or contact us online. We proudly serve a number of local communities, including Barnstable, Nantucket, Plymouth, and Onset. Nós Falamos Português.