Center Line Accidents
The knowledgeable attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III represent Massachusetts residents who have been injured in a wide range of motor vehicle collisions. These include center line accidents, which happen when one or more vehicles steer too close to the line that divides traffic directions. Our Cape Cod car accident attorneys offer more than 150 years of combined legal experience and provide comprehensive representation to our clients. We work aggressively to ensure that their rights are protected and to build a strong claim for the full compensation to which they may be entitled.
Center line accidents may be particularly severe because they are often head-on collisions. The drivers involved in these accidents often have little or no time to swerve or otherwise react before the collision. As a result, these crashes frequently result in serious injuries, like head trauma, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even death.Seeking Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you have been injured in a car accident, you have a right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash. This is often a negligent driver who put you in harm’s way. It may also be a vehicle or parts manufacturer that put an unsafe product out on the road. In some cases, a state or other government agency that fails to properly maintain driving surfaces may also be to blame. The damages typically available in Massachusetts car crash cases include money for doctors’ bills, missed wages due to time away from work, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life.
In tragic incidents in which a person is killed in a center line accident, their family has the right to sue for wrongful death. Family members in these cases sue on behalf of their deceased loved one, essentially taking their place in the case and requesting the damages that would have been available to their loved one. They may also seek damages for that person’s loss of earnings and financial support, as well as for loss of consortium, love, companionship, and guidance.Proving Negligence
Most center line accident cases in Massachusetts focus on claims of negligence. State law requires car drivers to live up to a certain “duty of care” by operating their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. This includes refraining from dangerous activities like speeding, texting behind the wheel, and drinking and driving. A driver who does not live up to this duty and causes an accident as a result is likely to be found negligent and responsible for any damages.
Massachusetts operates under a modified comparative negligence standard. As long as a person injured in a crash is not found to have been 51 percent or more at fault for the collision, they may potentially still recover some damages based on proportionate fault.
To prove negligence in a center line accident case, you need to show that the person or entity that you are suing failed to live up to the standard of care. That may require police reports, witness testimony, and expert accident reconstruction evidence. You also need to link the negligence to the crash and show how the crash directly caused you to be injured. That often requires detailed medical evidence.Contact a Cape Cod Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Crash Case
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our motor vehicle collision lawyers have been representing clients across the Cape since 1994. We understand the legal issues that come up in center line accident and other car crash cases, and we know how judges and juries often approach them. We have a strong track record of success in personal injury cases. Our Cape Cod attorneys are happy to offer free consultations at our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also able to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.