Car Vs. Car Accident

Ellis Law Offices are Massachusetts injury attorneys with more than 120 years of combined experience helping accident victims throughout Massachusetts. At the commencement of every case, we conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and make negligent drivers liable for the injuries they cause. If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed in a car accident, contact us so we can help you.

Vehicle Damage Analysis Can Impact Case Outcome

Motor vehicle vs. motor vehicle accidents have the potential for severe injuries or even death. As a car or truck weighing several thousand pounds collides with another vehicle, the kinetic force of impact is compounded and can reach staggering levels. However, it is important to note that even when cars collide at low speeds, the occupants inside can sustain severe injuries. Insurance companies like to use as a defense that the property damage sustained by the vehicles is low; therefore, the injuries sustained must be minor. This logic is completely flawed. When two vehicles collide, there are many factors that must be looked at.

— When two vehicles collide with a flush impact (i.e., rear-end collision, rear bumper to front bumper), oftentimes the damage will be absorbed and dispersed with relatively low property damage. However, one must note that a bumper-to-bumper collision resulting in little visible damage may actually involve hidden damage to the bumper and underlying structure. An internally crushed foam bumper may lie inside an otherwise undamaged exterior bumper. Even when your vehicle bumper looks okay to the eye, it's best to have an auto body or appraiser examine the bumper for hidden damage. A bumper that has been compromised by a crash will offer much less protection in a future collision, perhaps causing greater damage to the vehicle frame and greater injuries to the occupants.

— When vehicles collide at angles, property damage can be significantly higher as crumple zones on the vehicles are designed to collapse in an attempt to absorb the collision's kinetic energy. The crumple zones may help lessen the blow the occupants would otherwise feel, but the forces during a collision can be staggering.

— When a vehicle collides with a noncrumple zone location of another vehicle, such as front-end colliding with wheel in a T-bone accident, the axle and wheel structures are not designed to crumple, leading to tremendous force transference into the struck vehicle.

Driver Negligence

A driver can be at fault for a car-car accident if:

  • The driver is distracted, inattentive or preoccupied. This often results in a rear-end collision.
  • The driver disobeys posted speed limits.
  • The driver fails to yield to the right of way of another vehicle, i.e., the driver makes a left turn across another vehicle's lane of travel that has the right of way.
  • The driver disobeys traffic signals or signs.
  • The driver disregards weather or traffic volume conditions.
  • The driver fails to signal while turning.
  • The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • The driver fell asleep at the wheel.
  • The driver loses consciousness for a medical condition he/she knew about.

It is important to hire attorneys who are Massachusetts car accident specialists because they understand the forces behind the collision and how it relates to our client's injuries sustained. In complex accidents with serious injuries, we will often retain outside engineers to reconstruct every aspect of the accident, which can directly impact the outcome of the case.

Contact Massachusetts Auto Accident Lawyers At Ellis Law Offices

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who will analyze every aspect of your car accident case. For a free initial consultation with a lawyer, contact Ellis Law Offices by email or by telephone. For your convenience, home and hospital visits are available upon request.