High Number of Hit-and-Run Accidents in Brockton Area Has Residents Asking Why
December 16, 2012
A number of recent hit-and-run crashes in the area have many Brockton and surrounding town residents asking why so many drivers fail to stop and render aid. In early December, a teenager was killed by a hit-and-run motorist in Plymouth. The same weekend, a 15-year-old bicyclist was transported to Boston Medical Center after he was allegedly hit from behind by an unidentified Cadillac in Stoughton. In addition, pedestrians were hurt in at least three hit-and-run accidents in the Brockton area in the last six months.
According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, as many as one in ten motorists flee following a collision. Some are reportedly afraid of the consequences, others are driving while impaired, and still other drivers simply panic. Most, however, leave some sort of physical evidence behind. Stoughton Police Officer Robert Devine said local law enforcement is currently on the lookout for a light colored Cadillac in large part because of a piece of headlight found at the recent bicycle crash scene.
The AAA study found that about 1,500 people nationwide are killed by hit-and-run motorists every year. In addition, such an accident is reportedly more likely to occur on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, if you suffered a physical injury as a result of the actions of a negligent hit-and-run driver, you may be entitled to file an uninsured motorist claim against your own automobile insurance company. Filing an uninsured motorist claim will not have an effect on your vehicle insurance premium.
The victim of a hit-and-run driver may be entitled to receive compensation for the costs associated with their medical expenses, any resulting temporary or permanent disability, pain, suffering, lost wages and benefits, and other damages. If you lost a close family member in a hit-and-run collision, you may also be eligible to receive financial compensation for mental anguish, loss of companionship, and reimbursement for funeral costs. A competent Massachusetts personal injury attorney can explain your right to recovery in more detail.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed by a hit-and-run driver, you should call the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa, P.C. at (508) 230-5300 in Brockton or (508) 823-6111 in Taunton. Our knowledgeable Taunton hit-and-run accident lawyers focus their practice exclusively on personal injury law. The dedicated attorneys at Sousa & Sousa have more than 50 years of combined experience helping the victims of unexpected injury accidents throughout Massachusetts achieve the compensation they deserve. The Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa represents clients who were hurt in Brockton, Taunton, Easton, Stoughton, Bridgewater, and other surrounding towns. To speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer today, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa through the law firm's website.
One Killed, Two Injured in Brockton OUI Wreck, Brockton Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 29, 2012
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash on Route 138 in Easton, Brockton Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 25, 2012
Recent hit-and-run accidents raise the question: Why do drivers flee?, by Erin Shannon, Enterprise News
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