Intersection Car Accidents
Car accidents can arise on any road or highway in the Cape Cod area, but some locations are more common sites of car accidents than others. Accidents often occur at intersections, for example, due to confusion as to who has the right of way or driver impatience. All drivers are required to know and abide by the traffic laws, however, and a driver that causes an accident due to his or her negligent driving should be held accountable for any harm caused by the accident. If you were injured in an intersection accident, it is wise to engage an assertive Cape Cod car accident lawyer to assist you in seeking compensation from the driver that caused your harm. The seasoned injury attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III have over one hundred and fifty years of joint experience in fighting on behalf of parties injured by other people’s negligence. Our knowledge and experience in litigating car accident and other injury cases has helped us to recover several multimillion-dollar damage awards for our clients.Causes of Car Accidents at Intersections
Under Massachusetts law, drivers approaching an intersection are required to be mindful of the safety of other people at the intersection regardless of what is indicated by any traffic control signals. Additionally, if another car is so close to an intersection that it would be hazardous for a driver approaching the intersection to enter the intersection, the driver approaching the intersection must yield the right of way. Car accidents at intersections typically occur when one driver fails to abide by the duties imposed by law and proceeds through the intersection or makes a turn without adequate clearance. Accidents can also occur at an intersection if a driver does not know whether he or she has the right of way, or fails to obey a traffic control device.Comparative Fault Under Massachusetts Law
Regardless of the precise reason for an intersection accident, the underlying cause is typically driver negligence. Intersection car accidents differ from many other car accidents in that it is not uncommon for both drivers involved in the accident to be found negligent. A driver is deemed negligent if he or she owed another party a duty of care to drive safely, he or she breached the duty, and the accident and any injuries sustained in the accident were caused by the breach. If a driver who is injured in an intersection car accident is found to be partially negligent, it does not automatically bar the driver from recovering compensation from other parties involved in the accident. Rather, whether an injured party can recover damages depends on the percentage of his or her negligence. Massachusetts has adopted a modified comparative fault rule, under which a plaintiff cannot recover damages if his or her fault exceeds the fault of the defendant. In other words, as long as the injured party’s fault is not greater than 50%, he or she may be able to recover damages. Any damages awarded will be reduced by the percentage of the injured party’s fault, however. If you sustained injuries in an intersection car accident it is advisable to retain a skilled car accident attorney to represent you in your pursuit of damages.Damages Recoverable in Intersection Car Accident Cases
If you were injured in an intersection car accident, you may be able to recover the cost of any medical treatment you needed for your injuries, and the cost of any treatment you may need in the future. If you could not work because of your injuries, you may be awarded compensation for lost wages as well. In addition to damages for your economic harm, you may be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. An experienced injury attorney can evaluate the full amount of damages you may be able to recover for your harm.Meet with a Seasoned Cape Cod Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident
If you were involved in an intersection car accident in Cape Cod, you can meet with a skilled Cape Cod attorney to discuss what damages you may be able to recover. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our attorneys are proficient at handling lawsuits arising out of car crashes and will work diligently to help you seek any compensation you may be owed. Our assertive representation has allowed us to maintain a record of favorable verdicts and settlements, with many case outcomes exceeding one million dollars. We assist injured people in the pursuit of damages in Cape Cod, and we are available for consultations in Hyannis and Plymouth. You can contact us at 888-262-6664 or through our online form to schedule a meeting to discuss your case. Nós Falamos Português.