In Plymouth, drivers have a responsibility to travel safely on all roads. With the tourist attractions and large school system, pedestrian safety is a priority.
Yet there are times when drivers are negligent and cause serious injury. If you have been injured by another person’s negligent driving or speeding, consult an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you determine your legal rights from here. McGowan & Associates has been helping those injured as a firm since 2001 and we offer a free no-obligation legal consultation.
With more than 60,000 residents, Plymouth is a busy waterfront community located along Route 3 and 3A. Route 44 travels into Plymouth from I-495.
Drivers often speed along these routes and on other local roads. To raise awareness of speeding, the local police department utilizes digital speed signs in various areas of Plymouth. Sidewalks have been extended in several areas, including down Allerton Street. But these efforts can only encourage safe driving. It is up to drivers to make responsible decisions.
Was the Other Driver At Fault?
Drivers have a duty to use reasonable care and travel safely near pedestrians, bicyclists and traffic throughout Plymouth, including near tourist attractions, such as the Mayflower II, Plymouth Plantation and beaches. Beyond the tourist attractions, drivers must also watch closely for pedestrians in downtown, shopping areas, school zones and residential neighborhoods
While this is a common sight, drivers should never use a hand-held cell phone or text while driving. Drivers can be cited for simply holding a cell phone behind the wheel in Massachusetts. While they are allowed to use hands-free mode, drivers still have a responsibility to use reasonable care. Drivers can be held liable for any cell phone use resulting in a crash and injury to another person.
Parking-related accidents are common in downtown Plymouth, including near the waterfront and along streets such as Water Street and Memorial Drive. Drivers can reduce the risk of injuries by utilizing back-up cameras so they can better see pedestrians and cyclists. But drivers also have a responsibility to practice patience in parking lots and yield or they can just wait for pedestrians to pass before starting the engine.
A Driver May Have Failed to Use Reasonable Care By:
- Not obeying traffic signs
- Failure to look for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles while backing out or at intersections
- Failure to use care near motorcyclists
- Texting while driving
- Cell phone use
- Causing a crash while outside one’s lane of travel
- Failure to yield
Where to Watch for Car Accidents in Plymouth, Mass.
Drivers can be negligent or reckless on any road. But where do car accidents happen in Plymouth? Often, on Route 44 and Route 3. Over 4 years and 10 months, 99 motor vehicle crashes were reported on the Plymouth stretch of Route 3, according to a Boston 25 News report (December 6, 2019). Just north, there were 122 Duxbury car crashes along the same road.
How Our Plymouth Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
At McGowan & Associates, our Plymouth car accident lawyers aggressively represent clients injured in auto accidents in Plymouth and across the South Shore and Massachusetts.
Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and explain whether you have a potential claim. One measure is whether the driver failed to use reasonable care and another is whether you suffered an injury as a result of the driver’s actions.
In Massachusetts, you must also incur at least $8,000 in medical expenses and lost wages before you file a claim seeking additional damages from the other driver’s insurance. Massachusetts is a “no fault” state and car accident victims have access to up to $8,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits through their own auto insurance policy, regardless of who was at fault in a collision. But PIP is complicated and many clients consult our attorneys before they reach this limit so they understand what to expect.
Contact Our Plymouth Car Crash Lawyers – Free Legal Consultation
When someone is seriously injured in a car crash, we understand the victim and their family are experiencing great stress. You do not have to face this alone. At McGowan & Associates, our attorneys can step in to protect your legal rights while you focus on receiving medical care. Our attorneys have worked with all the major insurers across Massachusetts for decades and we have the experience and expertise to help you obtain the financial compensation you need to move on.
McGowan & Associates represents clients who have been seriously injured by negligent driving in Plymouth, Cohasset, Marshfield, Duxbury, Norwell and across the South Shore.
For a free legal consultation, reach out to McGowan & Associates today at 781-261-9977 or use our contact form.