Last November, a truck driven with two Rhode Island residents plowed its way through a red traffic signal on Nashua Street in Boston before sideswiping an Acura and continuing onto Route 28 where the driver lost control and crashed through a railing and into the Charles River. Although rescuers were able to retrieve the car and extricate the two occupants, they later died at an area hospital.
Those who are victims of personal injuries in Massachusetts – including car accidents, slip and falls, premises liability accidents, dog bites, and more – have the right to file a civil lawsuit to recover damages. And while there are many things that will affect the amount of damages that a victim can recover, including the extent of injuries and amount of economic loss, one thing that can have a significant effect on compensation is comparative negligence. The following considers what you need to know about comparative negligence in Massachusetts and how an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer can help to ensure you recover your full compensation amount.