Every year, thousands of individuals in Massachusetts are killed or injured due to motor vehicle accidents. The cost of injuries and property damage reaches into the millions of dollars, often causing significant financial and medical hardship for car accident victims.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident in Central Massachusetts, it’s crucial to retain a car accident lawyer with the experience of litigating Massachusetts motor vehicle accident cases. Why? Because every state has its own motor vehicle laws and to successfully pursue a case, the attorney you or your loved one hires must have litigation experience in the applicable local District Courts or local Superior Courts if it becomes necessary to institute a lawsuit seeking compensation. If this occurs, then a decision about which court to file an action in will have to be made.
In addition to having first-hand knowledge and experience in Massachusetts courts, it’s important for your attorney to understand Massachusetts car insurance regulations and policies for successful litigation — and sometimes even out-of-state motor vehicle insurance policies. Any car accident lawyer who successfully represents victims in Massachusetts must have extensive knowledge of how to obtain applicable car insurance policies for the benefit of a car accident victim.
Once litigation has begun, a comprehensive knowledge of the rules of the road in Massachusetts, as well as, laws relating to prejudgment and post-judgment interest and liens from medical service or health insurance providers become key factors in any successful litigation effort.
Also, once litigation has commenced for most car accidents, it’s important for victims to pursue — with the help of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney — additional benefits under the Massachusetts car insurance policy known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits. These benefits can provide some coverage for medical costs, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expense payments. Factors such as the type of health insurance, if any, a car accident victim has will determine the amount of money received from PIP Benefits coverage. These personal injury protection benefits are provided by state law and an experienced Massachusetts car accident lawyer can ensure that they are used to their fullest extent to protect the interests of you or your loved one.