Recently, three individuals were seriously injured in a car accident in Medway, MA. The car accident was a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a station wagon that occurred on a double yellow lined street that is winding and prone to speeding. Two occupants of the vehicles were so seriously injured that they were flown to an emergency room by medical rescue helicopters. The third injured person was rushed by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. The roadway, where the accident happened, has a lot of hills and turns that contribute to car crashes. Both cars sustained serious front end damage and landed on opposite ends of the roadway. Because of the seriousness of the accident and damage to both vehicles the police were unable to determine who caused the accident. The accident is under investigation that is expected to last weeks.
Personal injury claims from these types of head-on car crashes are complex because it is difficult to determine who caused the accident. In a personal injury claim from a car accident, the first factor that must be determined is who caused the accident, or in legal terms, who was negligent. Where liability is not clear after an accident, it is important to take necessary precautions when dealing with an insurance company. Almost certainly, the insurance companies will be calling the injured claimants to obtain a statement on how the accident happened. If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to know that you have no obligation to speak or submit to a statement with the insurance company for the other vehicle involved in the crash. It is best to consult with a lawyer first and not talk to or make any statements to the other car’s insurance company. The adjusters for the insurance company are trained to take statements and will try to use your statements against you to blame you for the accident.
Only after liability (or negligence) is established can you then consider and evaluate your damages. Damages include medical bills and expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. If you successfully establish that the other driver was negligent, then you can pursue financial compensation for your damages. This is why it is very important to take the appropriate steps immediately after the accident to protect yourself and your claim.Mahaney & Pappas has represented numerous injured individuals in accident cases like this one. These types of accidents are complex, which is why it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Among many other things, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help advise you on what you should do and shouldn’t do after the accident to help protect your rights.