Interstate 93 South is not unlike other major highways with its share of serious car accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. It is mostly a four lane highway and is one of the two major interstates that enters Boston. This roadway is used by all types of vehicles including ordinary passenger vehicles, semi-tractor trailers, motorcycles, taxis and other commercial vehicles. Heavy traffic occurs during the morning and late afternoon commutes. Accidents or road construction, though, can happen at any time and can result in closed lanes, rubbernecking and backed up traffic, causing frustration, road hazards and potential for other accidents.
Motorists can take measures to minimize the risk of accidents on the interstate by following these simple suggestions:
- Avoid excessive speed
- In bad weather, drive slower than the posted speed limit
- Stay out of the fast lane if traveling slower than the fastest vehicles
- Always look and signal before changing lanes
- Avoid following a large semi-tractor trailer
- Be cautious when merging on the interstate from an on ramp
- If you have mechanical problems or a flat tire, pull over as far as possible to the shoulder and do not exit your vehicle
- Stay out of the commuter lanes if you are a single driver or not driving an eligible vehicle
Further, do not drive on the interstate during late evening hours if possible since intoxicated motorists and fatigued drivers are more prevalent at these hours.
Hazards on Interstate 93 South
An interstate with so many different vehicles traveling at slow to fast speeds can present numerous hazardous conditions to motorists such as the following:
- Slow moving trucks
- Debris on the roadway from poorly secured loads
- Intoxicated or fatigued drivers
- Distracted drivers on their cell phones
- Large trucks traveling at excessive speeds
- Drivers dangerously merging onto the interstate
- Vehicles changing lanes without warning
- Motorcycles splitting lanes
- Road construction
- Closed lanes
Any of these situations can create a hazard to an unwary motorist. Try to maintain your focus while on the interstate and expect the unexpected.
Car Accident Injuries on the Interstate
Many of the most serious car accident injuries occur on interstates since speed limits can be 75 miles per hour. Interstate 93 has a speed limit of 65 miles per hour though many motorists consider this a minimum speed and often approach speeds of 75 to 80 miles per hour. At these speeds, a driver has precious little time to avoid a road hazard such as an object on the roadway, a car that suddenly merges into your lane without warning, traffic that suddenly stops or another vehicle that is out of control. Injuries from such accidents can be devastating including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to internal organs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken limbs
A serious injury, though tempting for a personal injury lawyer to handle, can be poorly managed by an attorney who lacks experience in knowing how to maximize the damages for which an injured plaintiff is entitled. Contact Boston car accident lawyer Tim Houten if you sustained a serious car accident injury.
Damages in an Interstate 93 Accident
Accidents on an interstate can be from high speed lane changes, motorcyclists trying to lane split, rear-end accidents when traffic suddenly slows and from reckless driving. Motorists have a legal duty to other motorists to drive safely and cautiously. They are legally responsible for injuries sustained by other motorists and passengers when their duty to exercise due care falls below the standard or conduct that a reasonable driver would exercise under similar conditions.
If an injury was caused by a poorly maintained roadway or by a construction crew that failed to properly warn or prevent hazards, you may have an action against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These claims have different issues and rules regarding notice, filing and proving liability.
Once liability is determined, an injured claimant must prove his or her damages before being entitled to compensation. Damages include:
- Lost earnings
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium claim brought by a spouse
If a fatality occurred, a wrongful death action may be filed by the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate. Immediate family members of the decedent may be entitled to loss of the love, comfort, guidance and advice the deceased would have provided along with funeral and burial expenses. Beneficiaries may also collect the income the decedent would have earned over his or her working lifetime. Pain and suffering prior to death is also compensable.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured or killed on Interstate 93 or on any other roadway in the Boston area, contact car accident lawyer Tim Houten. With over 30 years of experience in Middleton and the greater Boston area trying and settling car accident cases, he can assess your accident claim and properly advise you on how to proceed.