Do you know that the most dangerous part of your day might be your commute to and from work? For those in many other states, that can be particularly true, but despite all the bad press about “Boston drivers,” on the whole, the motorists of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts fare pretty well.
As a matter of fact, we come in second for the safest state for commuting to work. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) — and after recalibrating for state populations — researchers determined that for every 100k licensed Massachusetts drivers, there were seven fatalities per year.
Your safety depends on others
No matter how safe and law-abiding a driver you are, the plain truth is that you are only as safe on your commute as the drivers surrounding you. If another driver stopped at the bar a block away from the office to get a snootful before the evening commute or a distracted motorist blew threw a stop sign, you could suffer catastrophic injuries in a collision with them.
Holding at-fault drivers liable requires taking action
If you suffered injuries or damages because of another driver’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue a claim for damages against the driver and any other liable parties who may be responsible for your medical bills.
Secondary claims can also arise
If you were married with a family at the time of the accident, it may be possible for your spouse to file a loss of consortium claim due to the loss of:
- Parenting assistance
- Social relations
- Intimate relations
- Household assistance
A frank discussion with your Newton personal injury attorney can clarify your options regarding financial compensation after you were injured in an accident with an at-fault driver.