Springtime is here. Although this past winter wasn’t too bad for us hardy Massachusetts residents, it is always nice when the weather warms up and everyone can get outdoors whether it’s for fun or to get some yard work done. Generally, traffic in the spring picks up, which can lead to an increased risk of being hurt in a car accident.
The springtime months can present some dangerous conditions for drivers. Whether it’s the unpredictable spring weather or the increased traffic on the roads, a car crash is always a real probability. I will discuss below one of the most serious risks of getting behind the wheel during the spring and what you can do if you are injured in an auto accident in Natick, Massachusetts.
A Major Hazard on the Roads During the Spring Season
There are many dangerous conditions on the roads and highways that can contribute to a car accident during the spring. Most may suspect that it’s the weather conditions. We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers”, right? That’s because the spring can bring a lot of rain and temperatures can fluctuate between freezing and summer like temperatures. However, there is another danger out there on the roads that we need to be aware of – distracted drivers.
Distracted Driving is a Growing Problem
Distracted drivers continue to be a problematic issue for all of us on the roadways. The spring season seems to be a time of the year that distracted driving related crashes tend to increase. Perhaps, that is why the month of April was designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In fact, I wrote a blog last month to help bring awareness to the issues and dangers of distracted driving.
In the spring season, traffic always seems to increase on the roads and highways. Many people head out shopping at places like the Natick Mall or Shopper’s World in Framingham. Others drive to the local parks to spend some time outside after the cold winter months. Many of the outdoor sports, such as soccer, lacrosse, and baseball, begin in the springtime. This leads to many families driving their kids to the local ball fields. Natick is a big sports town and I’ve noticed an increase in traffic around the local soccer and baseball fields for practice and weekend games. In addition to the vehicular traffic, many exercise fanatics (me included) go for a jog or bike ride outside. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this, but you should be aware that the more cars, pedestrians, and bicycles on the road, the greater the chances of being hurt in an accident.
There are a whole host of reasons a driver’s attention may be taken away from safely operating their vehicle. Sometimes, drivers can get distracted playing music in their cars or having a lot of passengers with them that can be distracting. One major distraction is the smart phones we all have. I cannot tell you how many people I see when I’m driving around that are looking at their phones, probably checking social media. Regardless of the reasons for the distractions, an inattentive driver is a real danger to others on the roads. All it takes is a split second for a car crash to happen that can cause very serious injuries.
Our Natick Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
No matter how safely we drive, car accidents are sometimes unavoidable. As stated above, all it takes is a split second for an error to be made behind the wheel that can lead to devastating injuries. These injuries can result in thousands of dollars of medical bills and expenses, lost wages, and significant pain and suffering. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden for an injury or injuries that someone else caused. What can you do? You have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable and we can help.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a careless, negligent, or distracted driver in Natick, Massachusetts or any surrounding towns, you have the legal right to file a bodily injury claim with the other driver’s auto insurance carrier. This is an insurance claim that seeks financial compensation for the economic losses (i.e., medical bills and lost earnings), pain and suffering, and other damages that are a result of the injuries suffered in the crash. The auto insurance companies, however, do not make it easy.
You Cannot Trust the Insurance Companies
Just because you have the right to file a bodily injury claim and may be entitled to compensation doesn’t mean the process is going to be easy. The insurance companies will do everything they can to either deny your claim or try to pay you the least amount possible.
The insurance industry in the United States is big business with trillions of dollars in assets. They regularly spend billions on advertisements to earn people’s trust. But if you were seriously injured in an accident caused by one of their insured drivers, you cannot trust them. Auto insurance carriers routinely engage in tricks and strategic tactics all designed to save them money. That’s how they boost their profits.
The experienced Natick injury lawyers at Mahaney & Pappas LLP specialize in car accident cases and regularly take on the insurance companies. Our litigation and negotiating experience coupled with our knowledge of the law offer accident victims a qualified legal team to fight for them. We understand the claims process and know what steps to take and what needs to be done to recover the fair compensation accident victims deserve. If the insurance company denies your claim or fails to offer just compensation, we will take legal action by filing a personal injury lawsuit in Massachusetts Court. The insurance companies have experts and professionals on their side, you should too.