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Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in a car accident in Massachusetts? Did someone else’s carelessness behind the wheel cause you harm? If so, you have rights and legal options. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. 

Massachusetts car accident lawyer Mike Bottaro and the team at Bottaro Law have recovered millions for our clients. We are ready to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our job is to explain the process and protect you from the dangers of talking to anyone or completing any paperwork without the benefit of legal representation. We have earned our reputation for treating people right by dealing in honesty and hard work to get our clients great results.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Massachusetts. You don’t have to worry about lawyer bills or retainers because we have an exclusive No Fee Guarantee® — a promise that you don’t pay us until we win your case. Because we work on commission, our interests are the same as yours – getting you the most for your case while we help you with compassion and understanding.

Do I Need a Lawyer After a Massachusetts Car Accident?

If another driver hits you and causes severe injuries, you should speak to our attorneys immediately. Your no-fault insurance will cover some of your medical costs, but it may not be enough to meet all your needs. You could find yourself in a tough financial situation without help from a car accident lawyer.

Some ways our Massachusetts car accident attorney can help with your case are:

  • Explaining and helping you navigate the insurance system
  • Identifying who is liable for your injuries
  • Gathering evidence to establish liability and document your injuries
  • Filing your claim correctly and on time
  • Handling the insurance companies 
  • Fighting for your interests in settlement negotiations
  • Taking your case to court, if necessary

If you suffer severe injuries in a crash, our car accident lawyers can help you go around the no-fault insurance system and seek compensation for:

  • All your medical bills and lost wages
  • Your reduced future earnings due to a disability
  • Your pain and suffering and diminished quality of life
  • Your emotional distress
  • Your damaged personal property

Auto Insurance Coverage Requirements in Massachusetts

According to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, all drivers in the state must have four types of auto insurance coverage:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage – PIP coverage is a no-fault benefit that covers your medical bills, 75 percent of your lost wages, and certain other expenses after a collision without regard to who was to blame for the crash. The limit for PIP benefits in Massachusetts is $8,000. PIP benefits cover you, your passengers, anyone who drives your car, and anyone in your household.
  • Bodily injury coverage – Bodily injury coverage protects you or someone else driving your car from legal liability if another person sustains an injury or dies in a crash. You must have at least $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage.
  • Property damage coverage – Property damage coverage covers any damage to someone else’s property that you or someone driving your car causes in a collision. Your auto insurance policy must include at least $5,000 in property damage coverage.
  • Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage – UM coverage covers you and others in your vehicle for injuries caused by an uninsured driver in a crash. UM coverage also covers injuries caused by hit-and-run drivers. Your auto insurance policy must include at least $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident in UM coverage.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Most car accidents are the result of someone’s negligence or intentional acts. Some of the most common causes of Massachusetts car accidents include:

  • Impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Road rage
  • Drivers following too closely
  • Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Mechanical defects
  • Bad weather
  • Poorly designed roads, intersections, and work zones


Common Causes of Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Car Accident Statistics

According to crash data from the state government, 124,688 collisions occurred on Massachusetts roads in a single recent year. That figure includes 398 fatal crashes and 29,403 crashes with non-fatal injuries.

Common Types of Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Some of the most common motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts include:

  • Head-on accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • T-Bone accidents (also known as side-impact or broadside accidents)
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Passing accidents
  • Merging accidents
  • Intersection accidents
  • Work zone accidents

Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents in Massachusetts frequently cause severe injuries, such as:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Severed, crushed, and amputated limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death

What to Do After a Car Accident in Massachusetts

Here is what you need to do to protect yourself and maximize your potential compensation after a car crash in Massachusetts:

  • Seek medical attention right away.
  • Take pictures of the crash scene, the damage to your vehicle, and your injuries.
  • Get the other driver’s information, including name, contact information, driver’s license number, vehicle registration number, and insurance information.
  • Look for eyewitnesses and nearby surveillance cameras.
  • Save all your medical records and receipts.
  • Do not make any posts on social media about the crash.
  • Do not give any statements to insurance companies.
  • Speak to our Massachusetts car accident lawyers.

How to Get a Copy of Your Accident Report in Massachusetts

If you need a copy of your Massachusetts accident report, you can request a copy from the state Registry of Motor Vehicles. The easiest way to request your report is to fill out an online crash report request form. Make sure to include your name, mailing address, email address, a $20 search fee, and as much information as possible to identify a specific crash. It may take up to four weeks to receive your accident report.

Statute of Limitations on Car Crash Claims in Massachusetts

The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Massachusetts gives you three years from a car accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline to file a lawsuit, you will miss out on your chance at recovering compensation for your injuries.

Auto Accident FAQs

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The insurance company wants a statement about my car accident. Should I give one?

No. Despite what some people may tell you, you are not required to give a statement about the accident to your insurance company or the other party’s insurer. In fact, it may end up hurting your case. Before you talk to anyone else about the accident, talk to an attorney with experience handling car accident cases in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

The accident may have been partially my fault. Do I still have a case?

It depends. Rhode Island is a “pure comparative negligence” state. This means that even though an accident may be partially your fault, you can still recover damages from another at-fault party. However, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Massachusetts is a “modified” comparative fault state. This can have a significant effect on your compensable damages if you are found to be partially at fault for a car wreck. Under “modified” comparative fault rules, you can only recover damages in a car crash if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Like Rhode Island, the amount of damages you receive will be reduced by an amount equal to the percentage of fault you share in causing the crash.

Before you dismiss the possibility of recovering damages for your injuries, contact our car accident law firm to discuss the specific facts of your case.

I was seriously injured in a car accident and I can’t work – how can I afford an attorney?

At Bottaro Injury Lawyers, we understand the stress and anxiety you may be going through after a car accident. You don’t need the added stress of worrying about how you’ll pay for a qualified car accident attorney in Rhode Island. That’s why we offer an exclusive No Fee Guarantee®: There is no charge to you until we win your case. Call (401) 777-7777 or contact us online today. It only takes a few minutes to get started, and there’s no obligation.

What can I do to protect my rights after a car accident in RI or MA?

First and foremost, after a car accident, it’s important to get the medical attention you need for your injuries. Once you’ve taken care of yourself and your loved ones, here’s a list of critical things to do after a car accident:

  • Save any evidence you have from the crash scene, such as photos, cellphone video, and contact information from witnesses.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report.
  • Get copies of your medical records, and save all bills, invoices, and receipts.
  • Gather proof of income documents, such as paystubs or W-2s.
  • Obtain vehicle damage estimates and vehicle value information.
  • As you recover, keep a diary that includes all relevant information related to your accident and how your injuries are impacting your day-to-day life.

A Rhode Island car accident lawyer can provide the legal advice you need to prevent you from making critical mistakes early on in your case. Contact Bottaro Injury Lawyers today to discuss how we can help protect your rights after a crash.

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Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts Today

Contacting us as soon as possible after a car accident is very important to maximizing your chance for the best outcome. From the moment you contact Bottaro Law, it’s our job to help you get the best possible results for your injury claim.

No matter where you are in Massachusetts, our team makes the legal process easy for you. We travel to meet with you in your home, at the hospital, or anywhere else that is convenient for you. We are also available to meet via videoconference or phone. Our goal is to take the stress off you. Let’s get started.