Driving Too Fast for Conditions
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our car accident lawyers compassionately assist individuals on Cape Cod who have been hurt by the carelessness of others. We have more than 146 years of legal experience and a strong record of vigorously advocating for compensation for victims and their families. Founding partner John C. Manoog III is so well respected for his skill in this area of the law that he has taught other lawyers how to handle car accident cases in a course offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association. This combination of ability and experience gives victims the confidence to focus on physical healing after a crash with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their legal rights are being aggressively asserted.Holding a Negligent Driver Accountable for Damages
State law requires drivers to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. For example, this means obeying traffic signs and speed limits, using a signal when turning or changing lanes, and yielding to pedestrians when necessary. It also means refraining from dangerous activities like drinking and driving, using a cell phone behind the wheel, or becoming distracted by other passengers in the car.
Sometimes the definition of “safe” driving behavior will depend on the circumstances. In Massachusetts, weather can wreak havoc on roadways. Drivers are expected to adjust their speeds when necessary to adapt to conditions like rain and snow, or when debris or construction work makes a street or highway more dangerous than usual.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another motorist driving too fast for the conditions, you likely have the right to seek compensation from whoever was responsible. In many cases, this means suing under a theory of negligence. In order to prove negligence, you would have to show that the speeding driver breached what is called a “duty of care” and that this breach caused you to be hurt. In car accident cases, drivers are generally considered to owe everyone else on the road a duty to operate their vehicles as safely as a reasonable person in a similar situation.
This means you would have to show that the speed at which the driver was traveling was not appropriate under the circumstances. Demonstrating a breach of the duty of care may be done by presenting expert testimony and crash reconstruction evidence, as well as evidence gathered by law enforcement who arrive on the scene of the accident. Victims usually also need to present detailed medical evidence showing the extent of their injuries.
The damages available in car accident cases typically include money for medical bills, property damage, missed wages due to time away from work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer on Cape Cod
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our history of success speaks for itself. Previous victories for our clients include a number of six- and seven-figure settlements in negligence and wrongful death cases. Our lawyers take a personalized approach to legal practice, focusing on the particular needs of each individual. We work forcefully to see that our clients’ interests are protected and advanced at every step of the way.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle collision on Cape Cod or in the surrounding area, the attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III can help. We offer free consultations from our offices, which are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also happy to travel to you if you cannot come 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.