Lovers of history can visit the Boston National Historical Park. Wildlife fans can watch up to 450 different bird species at the Cape Cod National Seashore. With over 450,000 acres of parks and recreational grounds, Massachusetts walkers and hikers are spoiled for choice. Whether you are walking for pleasure or necessity, you deserve a safe journey.
Sad to say, it only takes one negligent driver to put the health and wellbeing of pedestrians at risk. So when you are in an unexpected accident, what can you do to protect your rights and regain peace of mind?
If you are battling the devastating consequences of a Massachusetts pedestrian accident, Better Phone Stone® today for a free consultation. Be assured that There’s No Obligation, Just Information®! Call (800) 577-5188 with your questions and let the experienced legal team of Jason Stone Injury Lawyers advise you of your rights.
Drivers Who Cause Pedestrian Accidents
In 2019, there were 77 pedestrian fatalities in Massachusetts. Many who survived suffered severe injuries and emotional trauma.
Pedestrian accidents can be complex and frequently encompass more than one cause. Looking beyond the statistics, what driver behaviors usually lead to pedestrian accidents?
US motorists who took their attention away from driving caused over 3,142 deaths in 2019. Some of the deadly distractors were:
- Cell phones
- Passengers, including children
- GPS, maps, and other navigational devices
- Stereos and entertainment
- Food and drinks
Anything that takes your mind or eyes off the roadway is a distraction, but electronics are one especially common problem. In 2020, Massachusetts banned motor vehicle operators from “using any electronic device, including mobile telephones” except for hands-free mode.
Despite the warnings and grave consequences, Mass.gov reported a 170 percent increase in distracted driving crashes between 2014 and 2016. Law enforcement agencies keep imposing fines, mandatory educational programs, and insurance surcharges to encourage people to follow the new regulations, but accidents continue to happen.
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers feel strongly that justice for injured pedestrians should be part of the equation. Distracted drivers must be held responsible for their actions. That’s why our team stands ready to take your call – to get you on the path to justice right away.
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In Massachusetts, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the following limits is illegal:
- 0.02 percent for anyone under 21
- 0.04 percent for commercial motor vehicle operators
- 0.08 percent for other drivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-impaired drivers ignore the law “millions of times each year.” This negligent behavior often ends in disaster. In 2019, some 110 people in Massachusetts died because a person with a BAC over the legal limit got behind the wheel.
According to one study, driving requires the coordination of the central nervous and neuromuscular systems. Such a complex task requires strict focus. Illegal, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs can easily spoil a driver’s ability and attentiveness.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System revealed that 18 percent of fatally injured drivers were under the influence of drugs such as:
- Depressants: Depressants inhibit central nervous system function, resulting in drowsiness, lowered levels of awareness, and decreased inhibition
- Stimulants: Cocaine, meth, and amphetamines affect brain systems responsible for thinking and motion, while stimulants in general can cause agitation, delusions, paranoia, extreme fatigue, and other dangerous side effects
- Cannabis: Compounds in cannabis (e.g. THC and CBD) bind to the brain and nerves, potentially impairing cognitive and psychomotor skills
- Anabolic steroids: Case reports associate anabolic steroids with irritability and hostility, which could contribute to aggressive driving and road rage
- Inhalants: The gas and vapors used to get high can cause extreme mood swings, hallucinations, convulsions, increased anger, and risk-taking
- Phencyclidine (PCP): Studies associate low to moderate PCP intoxication with confusion, while other symptoms include disorientation, muscle rigidity, hallucinations, and seizures
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Massachusetts pedestrians anticipate a certain level of care and competence when they interact with drivers at intersections and in parking lots. Drivers who fall below expected standards are dangerous.
Examples of reckless driving behaviors could include:
- Speeding or racing
- Expressing road rage
- Ignoring a marked crosswalk
- Disregarding traffic signals
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving with an injury or condition that affects vision, motor skills, or judgment
- Allowing dangerous distractions to affect the driver’s focus
Since reckless drivers should be well aware that they could endanger someone, Massachusetts law can hold them liable for pedestrian deaths and injuries.
In other cases, motorists do not put others at risk on purpose. Still, careless driving is a serious matter that carries liability if it causes a pedestrian accident.
Inform a Massachusetts pedestrian accident attorney at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers right away if any of the following factors (or others) contributed to your injuries:
- Following too closely
- Weaving or swerving between lanes
- Disobeying a traffic control signal
- Driving in a bike lane
The various reasons for pedestrian accidents can’t be counted. If you are confused about how the specifics of your case affect liability, please get in touch with our legal team.
It’s important to protect yourself. Some drivers may try to pin the blame on you. Yet, even if you did something that made an accident more likely, comparative negligence laws can still enable you to be compensated for something that is less than 51 percent your fault.
On the other hand, a driver on the accident scene might already regret his or her risky behavior. Yet, those feelings can’t undo the harm, can they?
It’s no question that pedestrian accident injuries bring pain and suffering to victims and their families. The MA pedestrian accident lawyers at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers feel for you, and we can help you maximize your compensation to cover your different accident-related losses.
Facing the Losses of a Pedestrian Accident
Motor vehicles can weigh thousands of pounds, so it is not surprising that they can cause extensive damage upon hitting someone. The good news is, though, you could qualify to receive significant compensation for your injuries. Ideally, a large sum will cover all related medical bills and even lost wages.
Types of injuries
The severity and effects of an injury are always considered when calculating damages. For example:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Head injuries can be life-threatening. If injured pedestrians survive, a TBI could affect their physical, emotional, and mental function for the rest of their lives.
- Broken bones: In many car accidents, motor vehicles hit the lower part of the body first. The resulting shattered knees and hips could require artificial joint replacements. Besides being painful, bone fractures can be slow to heal.
- Scrapes, cuts, bruises, and sprains: Even minor injuries sometimes leave permanent scars. Our pedestrian accident lawyers can evaluate if you qualify for damages for mild injuries.
- Internal bleeding: After any blunt force trauma, you should consult a healthcare professional for assessment. Surgery, IVs, and imaging tests might be necessary to determine the extent of your injuries.
- Disfigurement: If you lose a limb or an eye in a pedestrian accident, you might need special devices and training to learn to live with your new circumstances, not to mention that your quality of life is severely impacted. Your pain and suffering is one factor for sure.
Types of damages
A Massachusetts pedestrian accident lawyer with our law firm can help you pursue compensation to support your recovery. During your free consultation, ask about these damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Disability benefits
- Pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment
Wrongful death damages
Sadly, medical professionals can’t always save the injured pedestrian. At our law firm, we feel even one life lost to negligent drivers is too many. A compassionate pedestrian accident lawyer on our team can help you file a wrongful death action after a catastrophic pedestrian accident.
In Massachusetts, wrongful death cases allow estate representatives to seek damages from the liable parties. Some common wrongful death damages are:
- Funeral and burial bills: Grieving families understand that planning a dignified service for a deceased relative can be costly. A wrongful death claim can reimburse you for these necessary expenses.
- Loss of future earnings: If you counted on your loved one’s income, the financial upheaval of death could leave you worried about losing your home and lifestyle. Claiming compensation for unexpected economic hardship is only fair.
- Loss of companionship or consortium: Are you missing the joy and affection of being with your loved one? Though it is impossible to express the value of love in monetary terms, special damages acknowledge the unjust loss of your relationship.
Monetary compensation can lessen the economic burden of the tragic event. What’s more, it ensures careless motorists face the consequences of their choices.
Why Consult Our Experienced Massachusetts Lawyers
As long as there are motor vehicles on Massachusetts roads, the risk of pedestrian accidents will always be present. Injuries are hard enough. Yet, victims like you often face additional pressure from drivers who deny accountability or insurance companies that refuse to play fair.
Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can help you overcome your obstacles in the way of justice. You will need to act quickly to get the assistance you need. Deadlines like the Massachusetts statute of limitations mean that your right to compensation will eventually expire.
Get in touch with us today and start on the path of financial recovery. Our team accepts calls about pedestrian accident cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because you are important to us.
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