If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you most likely are aware that the moments after the crash can find you feeling confused and in shock. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in the Cape Cod area recently, there are some important things about Massachusetts’ car accident laws that you should know. Not all states have the same laws regarding finding fault in a car accident, so no matter where you get in an accident it is important to consult with an attorney to be sure that your rights are protected, and that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
States have different ways of finding which party was negligent and therefore at fault for the accident. In some cases, all parties involved in the accident could have been negligent in some form- one driver may have been driving under the influence while the other may have been driving faster then the posted speed limit. The officials who respond to the accident will compile the report and from this report fault will be determined. At times, the insurance companies will debate this decision of who is at fault. Consulting with your attorney may be wise to ensure that your rights are not overstepped.
In some states, regardless of whether the victim had no fault in the accident or whether they were 99% responsible for the accident they may receive compensation once their portion of damages is taken out. In Massachusetts, however, it is a modified comparative negligence law. This means that if the victim is found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident they cannot receive any compensation.
Navigating the laws of a car accident can be difficult, especially if injuries have been involved. It is important that you speak with a trusted legal advisor that can assist you through this time.
At Wynn and Wynn our clients know us, and we understand that if you have been involved in a car accident you need someone who will pay close attention to details and look out for your best interests. Call us today at 1-800-852-5211 or request your free consultation.