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Car accidents are a fact of life in any big city, and Boston is no exception. Still, that does not make them any less devastating for injured car accident victims and the families of individuals who perished in crashes on Boston roads. No matter where any accident happens, be it in the Ted Williams Tunnel, the Tobin Bridge, or Tremont Street, a Boston car wreck can inflict severe physical pain, emotional suffering, and financial loss.

Massachusetts law entitles victims of Boston car accidents to seek compensation for the harm done to them in accidents caused by someone else’s wrongful decisions and actions. The personal injury lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners can help. We represent victims of personal injury and families who have suffered tragic losses in preventable accidents throughout the country, including in Boston. Contact our Boston car accident lawyers to learn how we can help you and your family after a crash disrupts your life.

About Our Boston Car Accident Law Practice

finkelstein-and-partners_60th-anniversary_helping-the-injuredFinkelstein & Partners is a storied personal injury law firm that has been fighting on behalf of injured clients for more than 60 years. Our firm was founded in a single office in New York’s Hudson River Valley and has grown into a national personal injury powerhouse. We have the dedication and resources to take on cases against the nation’s biggest corporations, but we also handle smaller cases involving individual injuries and personal tragedies.

Over our decades of law practice, we have amassed a track record of results.

Our recent victories for clients in car accident cases include:

  • A $13.5 million settlement for a 16-year-old client who suffered severe injuries as a passenger in a car that left the road.
  • A $9.25 million settlement for a client who suffered catastrophic injuries in a head-on collision with a distracted driver.
  • An $8.9 million settlement for a victim of a rear-end collision.

These are just some examples of our history of securing results for clients in car accident cases. Of course, we cannot guarantee similar results in all matters we pursue for our clients. However, our team of award-winning, nationally recognized trial lawyers gives our clients an advantage in car accident cases and helps us achieve results in factually, legally, and emotionally challenging car accident cases. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

Boston Car Accident Overview

According to MassDOT, Boston suffers a consistent and tragic toll of injury-causing and fatal car accidents every year. In a typical 12-month span, MassDOT data shows that car crashes take the lives of between 15 and 20 drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and others within the City of Boston (not to mention many more in the inner suburbs and neighboring cities like Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Brookline, to name just a few).

Car crashes also cause serious injuries to about 100 individuals on average, and so-called “minor” injuries to between 500 and 1000 people, within the city limits every year. Many more of the roughly 4,000 car accidents that happen in Boston annually get reported as resulting in “possible” or “unknown” injuries.

With numbers like that, you might not drive anywhere in The Hub without coming more than a stone’s throw distance from a roadway where an injury-causing or fatal accident (let alone a property-damage-only accident) has occurred in the past few years. That is not to say, however, that car accidents are evenly distributed across town. Boston features many hotspots for injury-causing and fatal car accidents.

Plotting MassDOT data onto a map reveals high concentrations of crashes:

  • At the merge onto I-93N in the tunnels near the New England Aquarium.
  • At the Storrow Drive/I-93N split on the northbound end of the Sumner Tunnel.
  • The infamous Storrow Drive/Charles Street/Longfellow Bridge/Embankment Road interchange near Mass General Hospital.
  • The Route 3/I-93S split to head toward the Callahan Tunnel.
  • The on-ramp merge onto I-93 from Leverett Circle.
  • The Route 1/I-93 interchange south of the Tobin Bridge.
  • I-93 just south of the Mass Pike.
  • The Roxbury end of Mass Ave. near the Mass Ave. Connector and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
  • The Mass Pike at the Copley Place on/off ramps.
  • Comm Ave. near the Fens.

It will probably come as no surprise to Boston-area drivers that many of the worst locations for potentially deadly accidents in town can be found at merges and splits on I-93. Traffic conditions in the Big Dig tunnels, especially, can test the nerve of even the most seasoned Boston drivers, especially when roads get crowded with commuter traffic or on game nights at the Garden or Fenway.

No matter where a car accident happens in Boston, however, Finkelstein & Partners can help victims pursue the compensation they deserve. No matter how overwhelming traffic and road conditions feel, drivers have a duty to one another to drive in a reasonably safe manner, and local governments must maintain thoroughfares in a safe condition.

Who Is At-Fault for a Boston Car Accident?

At Finkelstein & Partners, one of our most important jobs in many car accident cases we handle involves investigating the facts and circumstances of a car accident to determine how it happened. Specifically, we routinely focus our inquiries on identifying the one-or-more individuals, businesses, government agencies, or others whose careless, reckless, or knowingly harmful actions contributed to the cause of an accident that injured our client.

As personal injury lawyers, we know that the cause of an accident is not always as obvious as it seems. We look past initial appearances to pinpoint as many parties as possible that could have, and should have, taken reasonable steps to avert the car crash before it happened.

Every case differs, but we often find that the at-fault parties that may owe compensation to our clients include:

  • Boston drivers who make bad choices behind the wheel, such as speeding, getting distracted, or driving drunk, that lead to an accident.
  • Employers, when their employees crash work vehicles while on the job.
  • The City of Boston and its contractors, when hazardous road conditions, such as deteriorating materials in tunnels, create unreasonably dangerous driving conditions that should have been fixed, or (at a bare minimum) drivers should have been warned about or kept away from.
  • Automotive manufacturers who make and sell defective vehicles and vehicle parts that can fail and cause an accident.
  • Boston bars, restaurants, and social hosts who serve an intoxicated person who then drives drunk and gets into a crash.

These are just some examples of the diverse parties who may face legal and financial accountability for our clients’ injuries. Because of our firm’s size and resources, no matter whom our investigation identifies as a party who should pay, we can pursue those parties to do justice for our clients.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Boston

Like the rest of the country, human error is Boston’s most common cause of car accidents.

The human errors that can lead to a car accident include:

  • Alcohol impairment results in around 32 deaths daily in the U.S. and even more severe or catastrophic injuries. With over 50 colleges and universities in the greater Boston area, there is no shortage of opportunities for young adults to indulge in alcohol. The most common age for alcohol-impaired drivers involved in collisions is 21 to 24. Alcohol impairment creates deficits in drivers’ skills to operate a vehicle safely on public roadways, including difficulty controlling speed and maintaining lane position, the inability to track moving targets, difficulty with multi-tasking, and making good driving decisions.
  • Speeding accounts for over a quarter of traffic fatalities in the U.S. and 12 percent of crashes in which someone is injured. Violating the speed limit and bad weather conditions can increase the risk of losing control of the vehicle, less time for the driver to see and react to hazards on the roadway, an increased stopping distance, and less ability for other drivers to see a safe gap in traffic in which to enter a travel lane.
  • Distracted driving is another major source of accident injuries and fatalities. Driver distractions include anything that causes the driver to take their hands from the proper position on the steering wheel, avert their eyes from watching the roadway, or draw their focus away from the act of driving safely. One distraction of particular concern for traffic authorities in Boston and across the country is texting and other cell phone use. The activity simultaneously creates manual, visual, and cognitive distractions. Massachusetts, like many other states, passed a hands-free law in 2020 that prohibits drivers from using any electronic device while driving unless it is in hands-free mode.
  • Failure to yield often results in accidents at intersections, such as Columbia Road at Southeast Expressway. All drivers must yield the right-of-way to other traffic lanes at stop lights, stop signs, crosswalks, and other areas.
  • Aggressive driving involves several risky driving behaviors that generally result from a driver attempting to break through congested areas of the roadway. These behaviors include speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes, and red-light running.

Injuries Our Clients Have Suffered in Boston Car Accidents

Boston Car Accident LawyerHaving practiced law for many years, Finkelstein & Partners have represented clients suffering from an extraordinarily broad array of injuries, ailments, and losses due to car accidents.

We could not possibly list all of those conditions here, but to give you an idea, here are just some of the challenges our clients have faced, for which we have secured them compensation.

  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, loss of bodily function, and massive lifetime expenses.
  • Crushed and/or amputated limbs causing lifelong disability and reliance on costly prosthetics and mobility devices.
  • Traumatic brain injuries that cause comas, semi-consciousness, or severe cognitive, motor, or emotional impairments.
  • Internal injuries that lead to permanent health complications that disrupt our clients’ lives.
  • Neck and back injuries leading to chronic pain and, sometimes, devastating addictions to prescription pain medications.
  • Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and other trauma that inflict severe pain and disability.

We could go on. The point is, no matter what type or severity of the injury you suffered in a Boston car accident, Finkelstein & Partners has likely seen it or something like it before in another client, and knows how to plan and execute a legal strategy to pursue the compensation you deserve.

What We Can Do for Boston Car Accident Victims

What, exactly, do we do for our Boston-area clients to secure money for their injuries and losses? It all depends on the particulars of a client’s case. Every Boston car crash is unique, and so are our clients’ injuries, losses, and future challenges. We take an individualized approach to every matter we handle, focusing intensely on our client’s current and future medical, financial, and personal needs.

We Pursue Maximum Compensation

Then, we set to work obtaining as much compensation as possible for the harm our clients have suffered.

In a typical Boston car accident case, the Finkelstein & Partners team can pursue compensation for our clients’:

  • Medical costs (past, current, and future) related to treating car accident injuries and any health complications flowing from them.
  • Other financial costs and losses our clients would not have faced were it not for the accident that harmed them.
  • The decline in, or loss of, income our clients suffer from missing work while they heal from or adapt to their injuries, as well as any future income they may not earn because of an accident-related disability that limits their ability to work.
  • Physical pain, emotional suffering, disrupted personal relationships, and diminished quality of life due to the accident and their injuries.

In some cases, our team can also convince a Boston judge to award additional, punitive damages as punishment for the at-fault party having engaged in extreme or outrageous conduct that caused the car accident that injured our client.

Focused Negotiation and Aggressive Litigation

How, exactly, do we obtain those funds for our clients? Generally speaking, we achieve results by constructing strong cases built on solid evidence and valid legal arguments, and then pursuing those cases in whatever direction they lead.

Many car accident cases we handle lead to negotiations with at-fault parties, defense lawyers, and insurance representatives. As we mentioned above, some of our successes on behalf of our clients consist of multi-million dollar settlements.

We secured those outcomes by engaging in focused negotiations, sometimes with the aid of a neutral mediator, in which our team convinced the at-fault parties and their representatives that they would do better to pay our clients their due, rather than take their chances against us in a courtroom. That is one advantage of working with a team like Finkelstein & Partners—our reputation includes a team of relentless trial lawyers that helps to persuade opposing parties to consider settling rather than fighting.

In some cases, however, we need to go to trial to see justice done for our clients. When a case takes that path, the trial lawyers of Finkelstein & Partners are more than ready to step into the courtroom and do battle. Even though most of our cases settle before trial, we always prepare our Boston car accident cases as if they are destined to end in a courtroom fight. Finkelstein & Partners never get caught off-guard by the need to go to trial. If that is what it takes, we say bring it on.

Boston Car Accident FAQs

Following a devastating car accident in Boston, you will likely have questions about your legal options to hold the at-fault party responsible for your harm and losses. Until you have the opportunity to talk with a skilled lawyer, we have prepared responses to the following frequently asked questions after a car accident. We hope the answers below will give you have a better understanding of the legal actions to pursue and how an experienced Boston car accident lawyer can help you.

How Do You Know If You Have a Viable Legal Case Following a Boston Car Crash?

Though you were involved in a car accident in Boston, you may not be able to pursue legal action.

Several questions determine whether you have a valid case following a motor vehicle accident:

  • What is the extent of your injuries caused by the crash?
  • Is there insurance money available from the at-fault party?
  • Has the statute of limitations passed, or do you still have time to bring a personal injury claim?

An experienced Boston car accident lawyer can help answer these questions to determine if you have a valid legal claim for your injuries. These attorneys can review the facts, decide if you have a viable case, and advise on your available legal options.

What are Areas in Boston Most Prone to Car Accidents?

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Highway Division report, the following intersections and roads report the highest number of motor vehicle collisions in Boston:

  1. Gallivan Boulevard and Adams Street
  2. Gallivan Boulevard and Granite Avenue
  3. Massachusetts Avenue Connector and Frontage Road
  4. Morton Street and Harvard Street
  5. Gallivan Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue
  6. Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard
  7. Riverway and Longwood Avenue

Data shows that these seven intersections saw approximately 269 collisions within two years.

Yet, it is not only the intersections in Boston that are dangerous.

The city also features many other areas that are prone to serious collisions, such as:

  • The tunnels, near the I-93N merge, by the New England Aquarium
  • Commonwealth Avenue near the Fens
  • The Mass Pike
What Should You Do Following a Car Accident in Boston?

Although gathering evidence or talking to witnesses may be the last thing you think of following a Boston car accident, they are essential. Following these steps after a crash can keep you safe and protect your legal rights.

If you are capable, after your Boston motor vehicle accident:

Call 911 Immediately

You want to contact the police immediately after your accident. Law enforcement should respond to the call and perform a preliminary investigation of the crash. They will write down all findings in their formal police report. This report can provide helpful information regarding what happened and who was at fault for the accident. This information can be vitally beneficial if you decide to pursue legal action.

Gather Evidence From the Accident Scene and Talk to Witnesses

If the area is safe and you do not require emergency medical treatment, try to gather as much evidence as possible from the scene.

Helpful evidence includes:

  • Photos or videos of the vehicles involved, damage, and positioning
  • Skid marks or debris on the road
  • Your injuries
  • Weather conditions
  • Traffic signs near the area
  • Any other evidence that can help explain how the accident occurred

Additionally, try to collect the names and contact details of any drivers and witnesses present at the scene. These individuals can often provide you and your lawyer with further information regarding the crash and back up your claim.

If your injuries prevent you from gathering evidence, an experienced Boston car accident lawyer can gather this evidence for you. However, evidence disappears over time, so the sooner you contact a car accident lawyer, the better chance they have to secure evidence to help your claim.

Check With the Other Drivers

If possible, exchange information with all the other drivers involved in the accident, including:

  • Names, addresses, and contact information
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance information
  • Driver’s license numbers

However, if a motorist is uncooperative or unwilling to provide you with this information, wait for the police to arrive to collect this information and share it.

Get Medical Care Immediately

Even if you do not require emergency medical care after the car crash, you should still see your doctor within 24 hours of the accident. Having a medical examination by a health care professional creates documentation of your injuries, which acts as evidence that your Boston car crash caused the harm you sustained. You can use this medical report if the insurance company argues your injuries are not a result of the accident or that your injuries are not severe.

Prepared to Speak With the Insurance Company

Generally, you are obligated to discuss the car accident with your insurance company, primarily because you will need to notify the insurer about the crash to begin a claim. However, you are not under any obligation to talk to the other driver’s insurance company and should not have these conversations without first talking to a lawyer.

What Types of Compensation Can You Pursue Following a Boston Car Crash?

Massachusetts has a “no-fault” system for car accidents and insurance claims. “No-fault” means that you must first file a claim with your own insurance company before pursuing damages against the at-fault party. By law, the insurer should cover certain amounts regardless of fault.

However, if you can pursue a lawsuit following the car accident, you can typically recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages refer to the actual and verifiable losses that result from an accident. In contrast, non-economic damages refer to the more subjective costs of an accident that can vary greatly.

Economic damages typically include:

  • Medical expenses related to doctor visits, hospital stay, emergency room visits, surgeries, and prescription medications
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Personal property damages
  • Rehabilitative therapy (occupational and physical therapy)
  • Other out-of-pocket costs

Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Limb loss
  • Inconvenience

A skilled Boston car accident lawyer can help determine the compensation you may be entitled to following a car crash. These attorneys can review your accident, calculate the total compensation needed to cover your losses, and fight for the maximum damages you deserve.

How Much is a Boston Car Accident Case Worth?

A lawyer can help you pursue financial damages following your accident and determine the types of damages you can claim.

However, a lawyer cannot guarantee exactly how much money you can obtain for your injuries because there are too many factors that affect compensation, including:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • Current and future medical treatments needed
  • Affect of injuries on normal, daily activities
  • The ability to work following the accident
  • Lost wages
  • The credibility of the evidence and witnesses presented
  • The defendant’s guilt
  • The need for domestic services, such as cleaning or child care

Though an attorney cannot guarantee the amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries and losses, they can prepare the strongest case and go after maximum compensation.

How Much Time Do You Have To File a Legal Claim Following a Boston Car Crash?

After a car crash, you must file a lawsuit within a limited amount of time. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations. It is a law that dictates the maximum amount of time you have to file a lawsuit following an alleged offense. If you do not file your case within that period, the law may bar you from filing and collecting damages for the harm and losses you endured.

In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations to bring a personal injury lawsuit following a car accident is three years from the accident date. However, you should note that there may be exceptions to this rule that can impact the filing period. That is why, because time is limited, you should reach out to a knowledgeable Boston car accident lawyer as soon as possible. These lawyers can verify the amount of time left to file and ensure all legal motions and documents are prepared correctly and filed before the statute of limitations expires.

Although you have years to file your suit, it may not be wise to wait that long. The longer you wait to file, the higher the likelihood of evidence disappearing, witnesses not being available, and memories of the incident fading. All of these can impact your claim’s chance of success.

How Can an Experienced Boston Car Accident Lawyer Help You Following a Motor Vehicle Accident?

Though no amount of money will erase the pain and losses you endure from a car crash, compensation can help you rebuild your life after this devastating event. Additionally, holding the at-fault party responsible will give you peace of mind that justice has been served.

More importantly, with an experienced Boston car accident lawyer on your side, you will not have to take on this legal fight alone. A lawyer can fight for the damages and compensation you are entitled to while you focus on what matters most, your healing and recovery.

Once you retain these lawyers, they can:

  • Go over your accident in detail to determine the viability of your case and figure out what legal options you can pursue.
  • Thoroughly investigate your accident and secure the evidence needed to prove what happened and who was at fault for your injuries and losses.
  • Answer all the questions and concerns you have about your legal case.
  • Bring in experts such as engineers, doctors, and accident reconstructionists to validate your claim.
  • Handle all the discussions and negotiations with the other side and insurance company and pursue a fair settlement offer.
  • Proceed to court if the other side is unwilling to negotiate fairly and work relentlessly to obtain maximum damages.

If a Boston car accident has injured you or a loved one, do not wait to secure the help of a lawyer. Instead, contact an experienced Boston car accident lawyer today for a free consultation, and let our skilled legal professionals show you how we can help.

Contact Finkelstein & Partners Boston Car Accident Lawyers Today

Andrew Finkelstein
Car Accident Lawyer, Andrew Finkelstein

If you want to pursue the maximum compensation available, you have no time to waste after getting hurt in a Boston car accident. Every day that passes after an accident occurs can make evidence harder to come by, witness testimony less reliable, and processes more complicated for getting you the money you deserve. Waiting too long to take legal action—three years, in most Boston car accident cases—can even result in the loss of your valuable rights altogether.

If you or a loved one suffered severe or fatal injuries in a car accident, do not wait to contact a Boston car accident lawyer. Contact Finkelstein & Partners online or call us at (877) 472-3061 to speak for free with a member of our team who can answer your questions and explain your options.