Brockton Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident is a frightening ordeal. In the blink of an eye, your life can turn upside down. You may suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. You may suddenly face a life of disability, pain, and suffering. While you struggle to rebuild your life after your accident, you count on your personal injury protection (PIP) policy to help pay for medical expenses. Yet, many accident survivors in Brockton feel surprised to learn that collecting benefits from their own PIP is not easy.
If you sustained an injury in a car accident in Brockton, or elsewhere in Massachusetts, you may not know how to secure compensation to cover the expenses associated with your injury. Perhaps you do not quite understand “no-fault” insurance. Perhaps you do not know if you can sue an at-fault driver for expenses beyond what your personal injury protection insurance provides. When this occurs, you need an experienced Brockton car accident attorney from the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan on your side.
Successful Brockton Car Accident Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, our Brockton car accident attorneys know that injured accident survivors have questions after a crash. They do not always know where to turn and who to trust. Insurance companies know this and often take advantage of injured survivors during their recovery. That is why we fight aggressively for our clients from the very start. We build a case to collect maximum compensation and are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies every step of the way.
We have helped numerous car accident survivors in Brockton collect the money they needed to rebuild their lives. We recently helped one injured car accident client obtain a settlement for a rotator cuff injury after a car accident. The injury required surgery and the insurance company did not offer a fair settlement. Our lawyer pursued the case aggressively and ultimately obtained significantly more compensation for our client—more than two times what the insurance company initially offered.
While past results do not guarantee future results, you can rest assured knowing that, with the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, you have chosen aggressive and experienced Brockton car accident lawyers from the start. We do not let insurance companies take advantage of our injured clients. We know the tactics insurance companies use to reduce their payouts. We use this knowledge to help our clients secure the money they need after serious car accidents.
Types of Car Accidents in Brockton
Accidents in Brockton can occur anywhere, from Interstate 24 to the South Street Historic District. In one recent year alone, 13 people lost their lives in fatal car accidents in Brockton. This was nearly three times the number of fatalities from the previous year. The number of total crashes varies from 2,100 to almost 3,200, with nonfatal injuries routinely topping 1,000.
At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, our Brockton car accident lawyers have successfully represented numerous drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who suffered injuries in a variety of accidents, including:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accidents. These collisions commonly occur at stop signs and intersections. Rear-end crashes account for nearly 30 percent of all traffic accidents.
Distracted driving is a major cause of rear-end collisions. Given the recent emergence of smartphones in the last decade, it is no wonder these accidents are prevalent.
Rear-end accidents result in everything from minor soft tissue injuries to major brain injuries.
One of the most common injuries after a rear-end accident is whiplash. This injury occurs when the head whips violently back and forth during the collision. When this occurs, the delicate tissues and tendons in the neck suffer damage that can result in chronic pain.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are often skeptical of whiplash injuries. As such, injured accident survivors may find themselves facing an uphill battle when seeking compensation.
Attorney Gerald J. Noonan has considerable experience helping injured rear-end accident survivors. One recent case involved a couple that suffered injuries in a rear-end collision. The couple suffered PTSD, as well as back and shoulder injuries after a drunk driver rear-ended them at a stop sign. Our firm helped them recover $112,000 for their injuries and damages.
A front-end collision or head-on collision occurs when two cars, approaching each other, collide with each other. Head-on collisions don’t account for many of the car accidents that occur on our roadways. Just 2 percent of all accidents are head-on crashes. However, these crashes account for a large number of motor vehicle-related fatalities. In fact, head-on car collisions account for 10 percent of all roadway fatalities.
Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of car accident for a simple reason. If you’re traveling at 40 miles per hour and you’re rear-ended by a car going 45 miles per hour, the net impact amounts to only 5 miles per hour of force. But if you’re traveling at 40 miles per hour and collide head-on with a car going 45 miles per hour, the impact both drivers feel will equal 95 miles per hour. This is enough to seriously injure, if not kill, the occupants of both cars.
Seventy-five percent of all head-on collisions occur on rural/back roads. Statistics indicate that the most common causes of front-end collisions include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Distracted driving
In response to these causes, federal and state officials implemented several strategies to get the attention of the distracted operator or awaken the dozing driver. These strategies included installing rumble strips across the centerlines of rural back roads, as well as thermoplastic reflection strips.
A side-impact accident occurs when one car hits another car at an angle. Side-impact crashes, or T-bone accidents, often occur at intersections when one car turns left into oncoming traffic. These accidents often result in significant and serious injuries. Because no major structural barriers protect the driver and passengers, occupants of cars in side-impact crashes are three times more likely to produce a traumatic brain injury as opposed to people in other types of collisions.
To help prevent some of these head injuries, car manufacturers started installing side airbags. These airbags can help absorb some of the accident forces and prevent serious and deadly injuries. According to the NHTSA, side-impact airbags resulted in a 37 percent reduction in head injuries and a 26 percent reduction in thoracic injuries.
Gerald Noonan has experience representing victims of side-impact crashes in Brockton. One recent case involved a passenger in a T-bone collision. We helped him settle the claim for $100,00 for his injuries, which was the policy maximum.
Hit and Run Car Accidents
It can be especially difficult to recover damages from the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident. If the person responsible for hitting you, your property, or your car doesn’t stop, and police cannot identify him or his vehicle, you have no one to hold liable for your injuries or property damage.
Fortunately, the uninsured motorist insurance policies that all drivers in Brockton must buy requires a payout in hit-and-run accidents. If your insurance company refuses to settle your claim, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan can present convincing evidence that the hit-and-run accident in fact occurred and was not your fault.
Of course, in some instances, the motorist responsible for a hit-and-run accident is later identified via forensic evidence. This could occur because of incriminating paint chips left on your car or property or a review of surveillance video. In these cases, not only would that person face increased civil and criminal penalties (especially if the hit-and-run accident resulted in serious injury or death to a pedestrian or driver), but the attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan can initiate proceedings against the driver to recover damages.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many causes of car accidents in Brockton and throughout Massachusetts. However, some occur more frequently than others. At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we understand how the cause of your accident affects your overall case and compensation. We use this knowledge to obtain maximum compensation for our injured clients, including those involved in accidents caused by the following:
- Speeding. Speeding causes approximately 27 percent of all car accident fatalities in the United States. Speeding increases the likelihood of an accident and sustaining an injury. It reduces the time that a driver has to react to roadway hazards. It also increases the severity of any impact and makes automobile protective features—such as seat belts and airbags—less effective in a crash.
- Distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people and injured another 391,000 in just one year. Driving distractions include, but are not limited to:
- Talking on the phone
- Talking to other passengers in the car
- Eating and drinking
- Putting in GPS coordinates
- Changing radio stations
- Paying attention to external distractions, such as a previous accident
- Impaired driving. The CDC reveals that 29 people die in the United States every day due to motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers. This equals one death caused by impaired driving every 50 minutes, with a cost to society of about $44 billion per year.
- Driver fatigue. The National Safety Council reports that driving while drowsy produces similar effects as those suffered while driving drunk. A driver’s reaction times, ability to sustain attention, and awareness of roadway hazards all worsen with drowsiness. This makes fatigued drivers three times more likely to cause a car crash than well-rested drivers.
- Tailgating. Tailgating is a term used to describe when a driver is following the vehicle in front of him or her too closely. If the lead vehicle suddenly stops or slows, the following car risks rear-ending it. Between 23 and 30 percent of all crashes are rear-end collisions, but they constitute 7.2 percent of fatal crashes nationally. Tailgating deprives drivers of the time needed to safely react to a sudden stop by another car.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Immediately after a car accident, survivors may not realize they suffered an injury because the sudden collision causes the body to flood with adrenaline. This adrenaline can mask the severity of injuries after a crash. As such, seek medical attention even if you do not believe that you suffered an injury. A medical professional can evaluate you and locate serious injuries before complications arise.
At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we offer compassionate legal guidance for Brockton car accident survivors who suffered from:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Herniated disc injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Knee or shoulder injuries
- Internal organ damage
Our lawyers can work with your medical team to help determine the full extent of your injuries and how these injuries could affect your future. Any compensation you recover should take into account your past, present, and future medical expenses, as well as future complications that may arise. We may also want to make sure you reach maximum medical improvement or recovery before reaching a final settlement.
You will need to consider many factors when filing a claim and seeking compensation. This can complicate the legal process for many accident survivors. That is why experience matters. At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we have the resources and experience needed to tackle even the most complex injury cases.
Tips for Brockton Car Accident Survivors
If you suffered an injury in a car accident in Brockton or anywhere in Massachusetts, remember these tips to help you maximize your compensation:
- Report your accident. Report your car accident immediately. State law requires that you report your accident to the police within five days if there was an injury, death, or more than $1,000 worth of property damage.
- Do not accept a settlement. Avoid accepting the insurance company’s initial settlement offer or giving a statement to an insurance adjuster without first speaking to our experienced car accident attorneys.
- Do not admit fault. Avoid admitting fault to the other driver, the police, or insurance adjusters. They can twist a simple “I’m sorry” to mean that you admitted fault. Insurers can—and will—use this to try to reduce your claim.
- Document all relevant evidence. Take pictures of the crash scene and any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle(s) involved. Get a copy of your accident’s police report, keep all copies of diagnostic reports, medical bills, car repair estimates, and other items that may prove helpful to prove your damages. If you don’t know how to do this or lost any of the paperwork, your car accident lawyer can help you obtain copies.
- Do not post on social media. Social media posts can damage your claim and reduce your compensation. Insurers may look to your posts to prove that you are not as injured as you claim. As such, avoid social media.
- Contact our law firm. Speak to a car accident attorney at our law firm who can provide guidance and representation throughout the insurance claims process. We can also help you file a lawsuit, if necessary.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in Massachusetts Protects Car Accident Survivors
Massachusetts is a no-fault state. That means that if you suffer an injury in a Brockton car accident, you must first seek compensation from your own auto insurance policy, even if you did not cause the accident. This helps all injured accident victims collect money for their injuries, regardless of who is at fault.
Before seeking compensation from the at-fault driver, you will first need to obtain benefits from your no-fault, or personal injury protection (PIP), carrier.
PIP policies cover medical expenses and lost wages due to missed work. If you sustain an injury in a car accident, your PIP policy should cover the first $8,000 of your medical expenses, minus your deductible. Generally, you can collect money from the automobile insurance policy of the car you were in at the time of the accident. Even if you are a passenger, you can still collect PIP benefits from the driver of the car you were in.
If you do not have private health insurance, PIP benefits cover the first $8,000 of medical expenses for both you and your passengers. If you do have private health insurance, you may need to turn to your own health insurance company to pay some of the expenses.
Here are some additional details about PIP policies:
- Massachusetts PIP policies pay for funeral expenses.
- PIP policies cover everyone in a policyholder’s household, and each family member can receive up to $8,000 in medical expense payments.
- PIP policies cover up to 75 percent of an injured individual’s lost wages, based on his or her salary for the year before the date of the accident. This is up to the limit of the policy, minus the deductible.
- Injured individuals have up to two years after an accident to submit their PIP policy claim to their insurance provider, but should file a claim without delay.
- An injured individual’s insurance provider may require participation in an independent medical examination. We can help prepare you for that examination.
- PIP policies do not cover property damage. Policyholders are free to pursue third-party property damage claims through the other party’s property damage liability policy. They can also look to their own policy if they purchased additional collision insurance.
Unfortunately, collecting from your own PIP insurance policy is not always easy. Accident survivors often struggle to collect the benefits they paid for, even in no-fault states like Massachusetts. As such, many turn to us to help collect benefits from their own no-fault policies. If your PIP insurance is delaying or denying the benefits you rightly deserve, do not hesitate to call us.
In addition to PIP insurance, all drivers in Massachusetts must carry a minimum amount of liability coverage. This includes:
- Bodily injury to others: $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident.
- Bodily injury caused by an uninsured auto: $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident.
- Damage to someone else’s property: $5,000 per accident
Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Massachusetts
Even though Massachusetts is a no-fault state, injured accident survivors can still file personal injury lawsuits against the negligent driver. However, before filing, they must show that they incurred medical bills more than $2,000 or that the injuries resulted in death, loss of body part, disfigurement, or serious injury. This is the Massachusetts tort threshold. The other driver must also bear at least 50 percent of the liability for the accident before you can file a lawsuit.
Massachusetts follows a modified comparative negligence standard. This means that even if you’re partially responsible for causing an accident, you can still sue any other at-fault party. If you don’t feel you caused the accident but the other driver or insurance company is trying to blame you, call us.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident in Brockton or anywhere in Massachusetts, you must act quickly. Accident survivors only have three years from the date of the crash to file a claim. While this may seek like a long time, it passes quickly when dealing with accident injuries and damages. As such, talk to our experienced lawyers as soon as you can. The law makes some exceptions to this general rule, so even if you believe you missed the deadline, call our law firm immediately. We can help you avoid missing critical deadlines for filing your claim.
What Types of Compensation Can I Collect?
Massachusetts allows car accident survivors to seek compensation for monetary losses, as well as pain and suffering.
When seeking compensation, an injured accident survivor can file a lawsuit to recover:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Long-term care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
Recovering the money you need to put your life back together again after a serious Brockton car accident is not easy. It is difficult to deal with insurance companies and medical providers while struggling to recover from injuries. Our lawyers know that injured accident survivors need a helping hand during this difficult time. That is why we work tirelessly to negotiate a fair settlement with insurance companies to compensate accident survivors for all damages they suffered—not just the physical ones.
We Help Injured Brockton Car Accident Survivors
The physical and emotional trauma that results from a car accident can devastate you and your family. The confusion and aggravation that comes when dealing with the insurance companies after the accident can exacerbate this stressful situation. You may begin to question whether or not you will ever receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
You likely have many questions, such as:
- Can I get a rental car?
- Who will pay for the damage and repairs for my car?
- When am I entitled to be compensated for lost wages?
- PIP Auto Insurance Claims: Who will pay my medical bills?
- Can I get damages for pain and suffering in a car accident settlement?
- What should I do after I have been in a car accident?
These are all real questions and concerns. However, auto and medical insurance policies often complicate matters. That is why you need to contact our experienced Brockton car accident lawyers. We can fight all the insurance and medical providers in an attempt to make sure all your medical bills get paid. We can also work to build a case against the responsible driver and his or her insurance company to fight for the compensation for your pain and suffering that you deserve.
What are some of the ways we help injured Brockton accident survivors? When possible or appropriate, our attorneys can:
- Obtain PIP benefits
- Help you collect compensation for lost wages
- Communicate with insurers
- Investigate your accident carefully
- Identify all liable parties
- File any personal injury lawsuits
- Help avoid missing critical deadlines
- Analyze long-term care needs
- Evaluate your injury claim
- Fight for a fair settlement
All car accidents are unique. That is why our lawyers provide legal advice and actions that we tailor to your specific case.
We Can Use Accident-Reconstruction Experts to Prove Fault
If you’re in a Brockton car crash, the first thing the police (and the insurance companies involved) want to determine is who was at fault: you or the other driver. If there are no reliable eyewitnesses, authorities can examine forensic evidence to determine fault. Examples of forensic crash evidence include skid marks, damage to the cars, and injuries suffered by the drivers. They use this evidence to recreate the circumstances of the crash. If liability remains an issue, The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan can employ a team of accident-reconstruction experts that will look for convincing evidence in your favor to present to a judge, jury, or insurance-company representative.
We Seek to Hold All Responsible Parties Accountable for Your Accident
Unfortunately, multiple parties may bear responsibility after a car accident in Brockton. Since many car accidents result in serious injuries, hire a lawyer who can recover the most damages possible. This may mean recovering damages not just from the driver involved or his insurance company, but also from other people or institutions that may have contributed to the accident. For example, bars in Massachusetts can bear responsibility if they continue to serve inebriated patrons who later drive drunk. Injured accident survivors can also sue the state for improperly maintained dividers or other hazardous road conditions. An employer could bear responsibility for the actions of a negligent driver.
At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we work tirelessly to identify all negligent parties after a serious Brockton car accident. This enables us to collect maximum compensation for our clients. We can perform a thorough investigation of the accident to help determine who is truly to blame for the accident and your injuries.
No Fees Unless We Win!
At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we do not charge any fees or collect any money unless we win or settle your case for you. It is that simple.
Why do we do this? Because we know that injured accident survivors need money to help them recover. We also know that seeking justice should be available for everyone—even those with limited resources.
How do we get paid? We typically charge a percentage of the settlement or award we win for you. When you call our office for your free initial consultation, we can review our contingency policy and help you understand the legal process. Our lawyers dedicate themselves to the pursuit of justice and to helping injured accident survivors through this trying ordeal.
Did You Suffer An Injury in a Brockton Car Accident? Call the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan
We know injured accident survivors have many questions after a car accident. Our attorneys can help answer even your most difficult questions and give you the legal guidance you need. Let us help you understand your legal options. Call the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan at (508) 588-0422 or contact us online to speak with a member of our experienced legal team regarding your accident and legal options.
When you suffer an injury in a car accident, we want to be on your side. Call us today!
Our Brockton office is conveniently located right off of Route 18. This enables us to serve all of Brockton, as well as nearby surrounding communities, including Abington, Hanover, West Bridgewater, Mansfield, Stoughton, Canton, and throughout Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
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“I had about everything on the line in regards to my future for an automobile accident I had gotten myself into. I immediately turned to the Noonan Law Offices and could not have made a better choice. Patrick and Gerald Noonan worked on my case. They put in many hours and went above and beyond in also dealing with my insurance company at the same time. Because of their experience, professionalism, attention to detail and dedication to my case, the charges were never officially filed to my name and I got a second chance towards my future with no fines, no punishment and no record. (Not to mention this was all done in a VERY timely manner) Wish I could give them 10 stars.”
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