Located in Middlesex County, Melrose was officially established as a city in 1900. Since then, it’s grown to a place with historical significance and current prosperity. Along with other developments, roads and highways have been added in and around Melrose. While these roads are essential for transportation, highly trafficked areas–like Route 99–pose a danger to drivers on the road. If you’re involved in an accident in Melrose that is the fault of someone else, you need to meet with attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander.
Causes of Car Accidents in Melrose
A car accident can be caused by a number of factors. Too often though, driver negligence is to blame. Driver negligence refers to anytime that a driver acts outside of what is considered reasonably safe behavior. This may include:
- Texting while driving;
- Talking on a cell phone;
- Driving while distracted;
- Driving while drunk or impaired;
- Driving while fatigued;
- Driving aggressively;
- Speeding; or
- Otherwise disregarding traffic laws.
Injuries from accidents caused by the above can be serious, cause long-term impairment, or even result in death.
Who’s liable for a Melrose car accident?
Liability for an accident–or who is responsible for paying for it–is dependent upon fault. When damages are minor and neither party is clearly at fault, then each driver will file a claim with their own insurance company.
If the other driver was clearly more than 50 percent at fault for the accident though, and if your damages amount totaled more than $2,000 in medical expenses, you can file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. During the course of the lawsuit, you will have to prove that the other driver was acting negligently at the time of collision, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident was the cause of your injuries.
What if I did something negligent, too?
Sometimes, an accident is not totally the fault of one party only. If the other driver was more than 50 percent at fault, but you still contributed to the accident in some way–say 15 percent of the accent was your fault–then your damages amount will be reduced by your proportion of fault (in this case, 15 percent). This law is found under Massachusetts General Law, Section 85 – Comparative Negligence. Because of this, it is extremely important that you establish the fault of the other driver to the highest degree possible. Otherwise, your own compensation amount may be diminished.
How a Melrose Car Accident Attorney Can Represent You
Having a legal advocate on your side can make a big difference in the settlement amount that you’re awarded. When establishing liability and negotiating a damages amount, you need someone who’s seasoned in the law. Deborah Gold-Alexander has nearly 30 years’ experience representing car accident victims and their families. Learn more about our services by calling us today at 781-289-4235.