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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS,)  there are close to five hundred fatal car accidents in Massachusetts each year, and more than fifty a year in Rhode Island. The lion’s share of the victims are occupants in passenger cars and many of them involved the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, you can still be injured by somebody else’s negligent or reckless driving. If this happens, you’ll be faced with out of pocket medical expenses, lost income and other challenges on your road to recovery. At the Botelho Law Group, we know how to support you through your journey back to health both emotionally and financially. We’ll get insurance companies off your back and all the paperwork off your desk, while we work hard on getting you the monetary compensation you need to access state of the art care for as long as you need it. The Botelho Law Group is the top car accident law firm in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

What Are The Major Causes Of Car Accidents?

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that close to 95% of all car accidents are caused by some type of human error. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States, but it’s not just texting and talking on the phone. Anything a driver does that takes their eyes or attention off the road for even a split second can result in a crash. These are some of the common distractions that cause car accidents:

  • Texting and emailing;
  • Phone use (even hands free);
  • Daydreaming;
  • Monitoring children;
  • Rubbernecking;
  • Climate Control;
  • Eating and Drinking;
  • Applying Makeup;
  • Combing Hair and
  • Using The Navigation System.

Some of the most serious car accidents are caused by drivers that are impaired by their use of drugs or alcohol, resulting in reckless driving that leads to head on collisions, rollovers and other heavy impact collisions. Many accidents are caused by operators that drive above the speed limit and don’t obey traffic signals and stop signs. Driver fatigue also causes many accidents, especially among truck drivers, and other professional drivers, that spend more time on the road than they should. Weather conditions play a part in causing accidents, but mostly because drivers don’t take the precautions necessary to drive safely. For example, driving the speed limit during a Nor’easter is downright reckless. Road conditions can play a part in causing accidents, especially large potholes and poorly marked construction zones. Broken traffic lights, downed stop signs and poorly designed roads can also make an accident more likely. Poor vehicle maintenance or manufacturing defects can cause brakes to fail and other mechanical problems that lead to crashes. It’s not always clear what caused an accident, and many accidents are caused by a number of factors such as a fatigued driver, bad weather and bald tires. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island car accident attorney that will perform a thorough investigation of your crash.

What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

If anybody is injured, immediately call 911 to request the police and an ambulance to the scene. Next, take photos and videos of the scene that show where it happened and all the vehicles involved. Take long shots to that show how the cars are positioned and legible close-ups of license plates, signs on a truck, ID cards and insurance cards of all involved. If you’re injured, it’s important to get checked out at the emergency room after an accident because some life threatening internal injuries can be asymptomatic right after a crash. It’s also helpful for your potential case to show that you sought medical attention immediately. The next thing to do is call an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island car accident lawyer to guide who can advise you about your legal rights. The Botelho Law Group is the top car accident law firm in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.



Joseph F. Botelho, Esq.
Attorneys At Law

901 Eastern Ave.
Unit 2
Fall River, MA 02723
Office:  888-269-0688