Alcohol is a factor in approximately 30 percent of all fatal car crashes in Massachusetts. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, 110 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the Commonwealth. In many of those crashes, the victim was not the one impaired by alcohol. People injured by drunk drivers—and the families of those killed—can make the driver pay for the damage they have caused through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. At Mahaney & Pappas, we are proud to represent victims of drunk driving crashes.
Our Clients Are Often Injured in These Kinds of Crashes
The delayed reaction times, distraction, drowsiness, impaired motor control, and poor vision caused by high levels of alcohol in the system lead drivers to commit the same kinds of mistakes. Common crashes that occur as a result of these mistakes include the following:
- Sideswipe accidents. Drunk drivers often fail to check their blind spots, use turn signals, and wait their turn to merge into traffic. These behaviors can lead to cutting off another vehicle, running a car off the road, or a sideswipe collision.
- Rear-end collisions. Losing the ability to judge speed and distance can lead to a drunk driver crashing into the rear of another vehicle or stopping suddenly, causing the car behind to crash into him. These accidents can cause neck and spinal injuries, as well as brain trauma.
- Head-on collisions. Confusion and lack of judgment can result in a drunk driver entering a highway in the wrong direction, crossing a center lane, or driving the wrong way down a one-way street, all potential causes of a deadly head-on collision.
- Pedestrian accidents. Poor vision and lack of attention mean drunk drivers are more likely than sober drivers to hit pedestrians crossing the street. Falling asleep at the wheel or losing control of the vehicle could also cause an impaired driver to jump onto a sidewalk, running over pedestrians.
Unfortunately, we have represented enough victims of drunk drivers to have seen all of these kinds of crashes—and more. Our clients have suffered catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities, and the tragic loss of loved ones in drunk driving crashes.
We Are Proud to Help Victims of Drunk Drivers
When you have been injured or a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, our personal injury lawyers can help you deal with insurance companies, coordinate payments of medical bills, and pursue the best maximum financial settlement possible. This gives drunk driving accident victims peace of mind and the ability to focus on healing. Contact our experienced Massachusetts car accident attorneys today for a consultation regarding your claim.