Cambridge Hit and Run Accident
To be involved in any type of accident is a terrifying thing. However, to be involved in an accident where the person who hit you suddenly runs off or drives away can be especially traumatizing. When someone commits a hit and run, they are not only breaking the law, they are complicating the recovery process for the person they hit. If you were victimized in a hit and run, it is crucial to contact the Cambridge hit and run experts at Altman & Altman LLP right away.
Hit and run crashes are unfortunately becoming more common rather than less likely, according to multiple studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA. In their 2016 data, AAA found that 2,049 people were killed in hit and run crashes, a 62 percent increase from 2009 and the deadliest year for hit and runs since they began record keeping in 1975.What Constitutes a Hit and Run Accident?
In Massachusetts, state law dictates that parties involved in any type of accident – whether it involves two cars, tractor trailers, motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians – are to stop and exchange information with one another. Not only does this law prevent people from fleeing the scene of an accident where they caused possibly life-threatening damage, it also allows the victims to get insurance information they need to file an insurance claim and receive compensation for their property damage.
If somebody is involved in an accident and flees the scene, they are automatically in violation of the law. If you have been victimized by a hit and run, it is important that you contact the police immediately and provide a description of the person or vehicle that hit you. Police are much more likely to be able to locate and catch a perpetrator if they are sent out looking for the person soon after the collision.
If a perpetrator is caught, they will be subject to penalties under Massachusetts law for fleeing the scene of an accident, but they may also be liable in a civil suit brought against them by the person they hit and ran from – especially if the collision resulted in injuries to the victim.
A claim for damages against the guilty party can be brought on the basis of property damage, medical bills resulting from personal injuries sustained in the accident, money lost by being unable to work due to an injury, pain and suffering as a result of the accident, therapy required following the incident and permanent scarring or disfigurement that occurred as the result of the accident.Don’t Waste Time, Contact Our Offices Today
The metropolitan hubs of Boston, Cambridge and Salem on the North Shore are wonderful places to live, but they are also bustling with activity that could render you the victim of a hit and run. Thankfully, each of those locations has an Altman & Altman office available to go over your case and get started on a claim for damages. Even if you’re from elsewhere in Massachusetts, the attorneys of Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience fighting on behalf of our clients, and we can help you too.
In life, we understand that accidents happen. However we also understand that actions – even if there are accidental – have consequences. Running from the scene of an accident is a crime and we will utilize our legal knowledge to hold anybody who violates these laws to the fullest extent of the law. We will give you the best chance to file a successful claim so you can pay your expenses, maintain peace of mind and get on with your life.
Call us for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.