Since 1994, the car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have been representing individuals throughout Cape Cod and across the state in a wide range of injury cases. That includes those in which people were involved in a head-on collision, a particularly hazardous type of crash in which the front ends of two vehicles collide. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience handling these matters and are committed to helping clients and their families seek the financial assistance they need to get back on their feet after an accident. We also take full advantage of our dedicated professional staff, as well as outside experts like investigators and crash reconstruction specialists, to help get a clearer picture of how a particular accident happened.
Head-on crashes can result in serious injuries and even death. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, these accidents often occur when a driver crosses a median into oncoming traffic or goes the wrong way in a traffic lane. These and other crashes regularly result from careless and dangerous activities like drinking and driving, aggressive attempts to pass other cars, and using a smartphone while behind the wheel.Suing for Damages from a Negligent Driver
If you have been harmed in a car accident, you have the right to sue those responsible for damages related to any injuries that you have incurred. These often include money for doctor’s bills, missed wages due to time away from work, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Massachusetts law also allows the family members of a person injured or killed in a crash to seek damages for “loss of consortium” in certain cases. These claims are designed to compensate a family member for the loss of the victim’s companionship, support, love, and guidance.
In order to assert the right to damages, the person suing (plaintiff) generally has to prove that the person or entity being sued (defendant) was negligent and that this negligence caused the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s loved one to be injured. Negligence is typically determined based on a “reasonable person” standard. A person who fails to take the safety precautions that would be expected of a reasonable person under the same circumstances is likely to be found negligent. A fatigued driver who causes a head-on accident by falling asleep behind the wheel, for example, may be found negligent if a judge or jury finds that a reasonable driver would have gotten off the road to rest prior to the crash.
Massachusetts operates under a comparative negligence system, meaning that a driver who is partly responsible for a crash can still recover some of the damages incurred if another person or entity is at least 50 percent responsible for the collision. A driver who takes his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds in order to send a text message, for instance, may be able to recover some damages caused in a head-on crash if the other driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time and swerved into oncoming traffic.Assert Your Rights After an Auto Collision by Consulting a Massachusetts Lawyer
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our attorneys have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients in car accident litigation. Founding partner John C. Manoog has been recognized by his peers as an authority in this area of the law, working through the Massachusetts Bar Association to teach other lawyers how to handle these cases. Our strong track record of success in these matters includes a number of six- and seven-figure settlements in previous car accident cases.
Our auto collision attorneys offer free consultations throughout the state of Massachusetts. We are happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth, and we charge no 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.