Law Office of Christopher Earley
 

Boston Car Accident Lawyer

Conference---smallIf you were injured in a car accident you need legal help.  You need to have Boston car accident lawyer Christopher Earley on your side. We have achieved millions of dollars in settlements for our clients injured in car crashes.

We only get paid if we win your case

A car accident can cause great disruption in one’s life.  You are injured and you have medical bills, and possibly lost time from work.  Insurance companies are contacting you and you don’t know what you are supposed to do next.  You may find yourself stressed out and unsure what you are supposed to do next.

 

We help you sort all these issues out, and we make sure all paperwork is properly completed.  We also relentlessly pursue maximum compensation for our clients by making insurance companies pay our clients what is fair and just.

At our Boston auto accident law firm, we guide you through the car accident claim process.  Our mission is simple: to get for you the best possible outcome for your case.  We have successfully handled hundreds of Massachusetts car accident cases through the years, and we can help you with your case too.

We are Boston car accident claim attorneys that treats the routine fender-bender the same as the accident that results in catastrophic injuries: relentless dedication to achieving the best possible result for every client we serve.  We help people that were injured in a car accident due to negligence.

Call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation if you need a Boston car accident lawyer.

Boston Car Accident Attorney FAQ’s

Should I get an attorney after a car accident?

If the car crash in Massachusetts was a relatively minor one, with light property damage to the vehicles and there were no injuries sustained, then a lawyer is likely not needed.  But, if you were injured in the accident then you will need a Boston car accident lawyer.

Do I need money up-front to hire you?

No.  My office only gets paid if we get you a settlement, or, if your case goes to trial, a victory at trial. My office charges the standard 33 1/3 % as a legal fee.  That is called a contingency fee.  If we don’t win your case, we don’t get paid, simple as that.

Do I have a case?

This depends on a number of factors. Were you injured? Is someone responsible for your injury? Is there insurance? Has the statute of limitations passed? Basically, this question does not have a standard response, but rather is dependent on a number of factors.  We would be happy to give you a free, no-obligation consultation to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing.  As a Boston car accident lawyer, I will give you an honest assessment of your case.

Will I have to go to trial?

Most cases do settle prior to trial. However, there is always a chance that your case can go to trial if the sides cannot settle the case.  The odds of your case going to trial are miniscule.

If I refuse ambulance transport does that mean I do not have a case?

No. The fact that you were not taken from the scene of your accident by ambulance does not mean you do not have a case.  However, if you were injured, it is beneficial to receive prompt medical attention to properly address your injuries.

How much do you charge for an initial consultation?

Our office provides guaranteed FREE consultations.

Do I have to give the insurance company for the driver who hit me a recorded statement?

No, you don’t have to. In fact, it is always a bad idea because whatever you say will be manipulated by the insurance company to maximize their chances of paying you as little as possible for your injuries.  By giving a recorded statement, you are playing into the hand of the insurance company.

What is an Independent Medical Exam (IME)?

Your car insurance company, in order to limit the medical bills they pay on your behalf, will require you to attend a medical exam with their doctor.

What does a Boston car accident lawyer do?

A car accident lawyer is your advocate against the insurance company. Responsibilities include determining liability, investigating all available insurance coverages, making sure PIP benefits are paid, negotiating with insurance adjusters and lawyers, litigating the claim, and if necessary, trying the case in front a jury.

How do I find a Boston car accident lawyer near me?

Hire us.  We handle cases throughout the entire state of Massachusetts and will travel to you if that is easier for you.

How much will my case settle for?

That depends on a few different factors.  Is the other party 100% at fault, or are you partially at fault for the accident?  What type of injuries did you sustain?  Are any of the injuries permanent?  How much were your medical bills?  Did you sustain any lost wages?  Those are some, but not all, of the factors that determine a settlement value for a Massachusetts car accident case.

Are Massachusetts car accident case settlements taxable?

No. You owe no state of federal taxes on a car accident settlement in Massachusetts.

Car Accident Injury Data

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC):

  • Over 32,000 people are killed each year in car accidents
  • Over 2 million people are injured in car accidents each year
  • Roughly 1/3 of car accident fatalities involve drunk driving
  • Almost 1/3 of car accident fatalities involve speeding

Additionally, per Driverknowledge.com:

  • There are roughly 6 million car accidents each year in the United States
  • Over 2 million people each year experience permanent personal injuries from a car crash
  • 1 in 7 people do not wear a seatbelt while driving
  • Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45%

Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Accident Damages We Pursue For You

  • Medical Bills – Whether you were driving your car, or riding as a passenger in someone else’s car, the insurance company for the vehicle you were in pays up to $8000 of your medical bills.
  • Lost Wages (past and future) – The car insurance company for the car you were in must also pay 75% of wages you lost as a result of the accident.
  • Pain and Suffering – The car insurance company for the at-fault driver is responsible to pay for any phyical or emotional damages you suffered in the crash.
  • Emotional Distress
  • Scarring and Disfigurement – We also seek compensation for any permanent scarring, disfigurement, or loss of function the accident caused.

 

Boston Car Accident lawyers

What A Boston Car Accident Lawyer Offers You

It is important to safeguard your rights with the assistance of an experienced Boston car accident attorney.  Our office can help guide you through the Massachusetts car insurance claims process effectively so as to maximize your recovery.  We will take care of all issues related to your case so that you can solely focus on getting better.

You get personal representation from start to finish at our office.  That means we will always return your phone calls.  Also, we will keep you updated on the status of your case, and will work tirelessly so as to maximize your settlement.

We are experienced lawyers for car accident victims.  We understand how car insurance companies negotiate auto accident claims.  We are well-versed in their tactics and know how to obtain fair settlements for our clients.

Insurance companies frequently try to low-ball car accident victims. At our Boston car accident law firm, we believe in never settling a case for less than fair value.  If we receive an offer that is unreasonable, we will file your case in court to start the litigation process. We will only file a lawsuit with client consent.  We are Boston lawyers that try car crash claims in front of Massachusetts juries when necessary.

The Role of a Boston Car Accident Lawyer

Once you hire us we immediately start working on your case.  We begin by sending letters of representation to your car insurance company, as well as to the insurance company for the at-fault driver.  We then collect the police report (if there is one), secure witness statements, coordinate your medical treatment, and collect photographs of the accident scene, as well as photos of your injuries.

Once your medical treatment has ended and we have all of your medical records, medical bills, proof of lost wages, and documents to support your damages, a settlement demand package will be sent to the bodily injury insurance company.  We generally give the insurance company thirty days from the time they receive the demand package to extend an offer.  Ideally, a settlement will be reached and your case will conclude.

The majority of Massachusetts car accident cases do settle at the claims stage.  Once the case settles you need to sign a release which closes out the case. This document is provided by  insurance company that is paying you your settlement. Your settlement check will then be sent to your car accident attorney’s office.

Please note that, with very limited exceptions, Massachusetts car accident case settlements are not taxable under state or federal law.

If The Insurance Company is Offering You a Low Settlement

Low-ball car accident settlement offers happen all the time when Massachusetts car accident victims don’t have representation.  Keep in mind insurance companies love when injury claimants don’t have attorneys.  It makes their job of minimizing your case easier.  Don’t let them do that to you.  They are very experienced with negotiating claims and you likely are not.   They also know what your case is truly worth, and will not offer you a fair and reasonable settlement if you don’t have an attorney.

The reason is that in order to get a fair settlement, pressure has to be on the adjuster to make a fair offer.  The only way to apply the necessary pressure is by having an experienced and qualified Boston car accident lawyer advocating on your behalf.  By hiring an attorney, you are leveling the playing the field.  You are also signaling to the adjuster that you are serious about pursuing, and obtaining, full and fair compensation for your Massachusetts car accident case.

If you are receiving a low settlement offer, we can help hold the insurance company accountable by fighting for a reasonable settlement offer for your case.

Types Of Massachusetts Car Accident Cases We Handle

  • Rear-end Accidents – These are the most common type of Massachusetts car accident.
  • Intersection Accidents – These car accidents typically arise from failure to stop at a red light, or stop sign.
  • Side-Swipe Accidents
  • Rideshare Accidents – Uber and Lyft ridership is exploding which means greater risk of these accidents.
  • Failure-To-Yield Accidents
  • Work-Related Car Accidents – Car accidents that happen on-the-job involve both workers compensation and negligence claims.
  • Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcycle accidents can cause very serious injuries given how exposed motorcyclists are.
  • Truck Accidents – Due to their size, trucks cause very serious injuries when they are negligently operated.
  • T-bone Accidents
  • MBTA Car Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents – These car accidents trigger uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Taxi Accidents – Unfortunately taxis get into many accidents and very often do not have enough insurance coverage.
  • Pedestrian Accidents – These accidents commonly happen in crosswalks but can also happen anywhere.
  • Parking Lot Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Head-On Colissions – These crashes can cause very serious personal injuries.
  • Bicycle Accidents – More and more people are riding bicycles which means greater risk of injury.
  • Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Claims – Underinsured motorist claims arise when there is insufficient bodily injury auto insurance to cover your injuries. Uninsured motorist coverage applies when there is no insurance or when there is a hit and run.

 

 

Common Car Accident Injuries

The Stages of a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawsuit

If a car insurance company is making an unreasonable offer and refuses to budge, then a lawsuit may be necessary.  Here is the lawsuit process for Boston car crash claims:

Complaint Filed

The complaint is what begins the lawsuit.  The case will be filed in either District Court or Superior Court.  For cases with values at less than $ 25,000, District Court is the proper court.  All other matters are filed in Superior Court.  Once the complaint is filed, it needs to be served on the person(s) responsible for causing the crash (defendants).  Once service is made, the defendant’s attorney will file an Answer in the court where the lawsuit was filed. The discovery phase of the lawsuit then begins.

Discovery

This is a process whereby each side exchanges information with one another.  There are interrogatories (fancy legal name for questions) exchanged between the parties, and also requests for production of documents (each side asks the other to produce specific documents).  Then, depositions will be taken.  A deposition can be had of the parties, as well as any witnesses, or experts.  These are in-person examinations held under oath.

Mediation and Arbitration

Sometimes during litigation, the parties may agree to submit the case to mediation or arbitration.  Mediation is a voluntary, informal negotiation assisted by a third-party neutral (a mediator).  The result is not binding and either party can leave the negotiation table at any time.  Arbitration on the other hand is binding.  Like mediation, arbitration is also a voluntary process.  Either option may be attractive to the parties in lieu of proceeding to trial.

Trial

If a case does not settle during litigation then a trial is necessary.  At trial, the parties will present their witnesses as well as their evidence.  The lawyers for the parties will present their arguments and the jury will issue a verdict.  I am a Boston car accident lawyer that will try your case in court if necessary.

Determining Fault For A Massachusetts Automobile Accident

If you were injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, fault needs to be established against the negligent party. Typically, in the event the other driver hit you from behind, made an illegal left turn, or ran a red light, then the other driver will be held liable.  Regardless of how the crash occurred, as long as you are no more than 50% at-fault, then you may collect pain and suffering damages.

The trickier situation is when both drivers point to the other one for being at-fault for the crash.  Also, many car insurance claims are disputed by insurance companies on liability grounds.  This is why it really pays to have qualified and experienced representation on your side if you believe the accident was not your fault.

Time Limits On Filing Boston Car Accident Claims

In Massachusetts you generally have three years to bring a Massachusetts car crash claim.  This is a strict deadline called the statute of limitations.  There are exceptions to this rule.  Cases involving children have different filing deadlines.  Also, claims against public entities often have strict written notice, or presentment deadlines, that must be strictly followed, or a case may be dismissed.  It is always wise to act quickly if you are considering filing a claim for car accident injuries in Massachusetts.

Why You Need A Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer

It is critical to know that Massachusetts car insurance companies are in the business of making money. That is in large part accomplished by paying as little money as possible in settlements. That is more easily accomplished when you don’t have a lawyer for your car accident case.   After all, why would the insurance adjuster pay you a fair settlement when you are inexperienced in this arena?  An adjuster is only motivated by actual pressure.  That is accomplished by having representation on your side

Our office believes in taking car accident cases to court when we have to.  We do this when car insurance companies offer unreasonable settlement offers to our clients.

That is why it is essential to have an experienced and qualified Boston car accident lawyer on your side.  By doing so, you are telling the insurance company that you are serious about pursuing full and fair financial compensation for your claim.

We Are A Boston, MA Auto Accident Law Firm That Gets Results 

Since personal injury law is our sole focus, that means we handle a great deal of car accident claims each year.  We have been doing so successfully since 2005.  During this time, we have established ourselves as highly-respected and accomplished Massachusetts car accident lawyers.  In fact, we frequently have other lawyers refer their clients to our office.

Our results achieved through the years demonstrates our unwavering commitment to each client we serve.  We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case and provide to you a straightforward assesment of your claim.

Massachusetts Car Accident Settlement Results

Here are some of our prior car accident settlements for car accident victims:

  • $700,000 – Settlement for man seriously injured in automobile accident
  • $190,000 – Cyclist struck by car
  • $100,000 – Settlement for toddler struck by motor vehicle
  • $ 100,000 – Settlement for man serious injured after being struck by car as a pedestrian

Contact Our Boston Car Crash Lawyers Today

Contact Boston car accident lawyer Christopher Earley today for answers to your questions, even on nights and weekends, and find out more about who we are and how we can help you.  Tell us about your car accident and we will give you an honest answer as to whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.

See What Our Past Massachusetts Car Accident Clients Say About Us

Our satisfied clients speak to the high quality of representation we provide to all our clients.  Read what our past clients say about us, our Yelp reviews, and our five-star Google reviews.  Our strong reputation speaks to our commitment to each and every client we serve.  Boston car accident lawyer Christopher Earley can help you.

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