State laws, police reports relevant when injured in car accident

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2017 | Car Accidents

If people are able to travel from point A to point B in a safe and efficient manner, that’s a success. Some Worcester residents aren’t so lucky, for example, if they are involved in a car accident on their daily commute, or maybe on the way to pick up their kids.

Even worse, if the driver or passengers suffered injury in the car accident, there could be further repercussions other than a damaged vehicle. These car accident injuries are often more serious and life-altering.

When thinking about seeking damages for injuries sustained in a Worcester car accident, there are a few places to look that can help indicate who is at fault, or, in other words, negligent.

Police don’t always show up at car accident scenes, but if they do, one should find a way to get a copy of the police report. It could have detailed evidence about the crash that you may not have known that could be helpful to building your case. Also, Massachusetts state traffic laws may govern how and when a person may have acted negligently.

These laws have specific language that can help to determine if a person breached a duty of care to the injured in a Worcester car accident.

Also, specific type of car accidents can already indicate a red flag of fault by the appropriate party. Car accidents in which a person was rear-ended are usually the fault of the driver who rear-ended the other. In the same way, left hand collisions can often be attributed to someone turning left at in inopportune time, therefore being the negligent party in a car accident.

However, each accident will have it’s own set of cause-and-effect that determine who was at fault. It’s possible both parties are partially at fault as well. How that affects potential damages relies again on state law and the percentage of fault and injury assigned to each party. As you can see, the intermingling of accident type, state law and police reports can help to paint a picture of negligence. If negligence is suspected, damages should be sought by the injured party.

Source:, “Car Accident Liability: Proving Fault in a Car Crash,” Accessed Nov 20, 2017