Decades of Experience Successfully Battling Insurance Companies
There are about 6 million car crashes each year in the United States. Car, truck, pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle crashes often cause injuries to multiple areas of the body and many can be life threatening, require lengthy rehabilitation or even post-accident surgery. Bodily injury from a car accident is life altering. While accidents often cause immediate pain, it is common to have some delayed symptoms like headaches, neck, back, knee and shoulder pain that begin hours or several days later. Even with front impact, side impact and dashboard airbags deployed, the force of colliding and crashing vehicles is transferred to the operator and passenger. Accidents often require a visit to the emergency department, an urgent care facility and primary physician’s office. When you are doing everything right to get better after being injured in a car accident, the last thing you need is the frustration and stress of dealing with insurance companies when you want to be focusing on your rehabilitation.

Attorney Shute is an experienced local attorney who has handled numerous successful auto accident cases from beginning to end. Each client’s injury story is personal to Attorney Shute and it deserves the commitment of personal attention. You get one-on-one representation from Attorney Shute because your case is never handed off to an assistant. Call for a free case evaluation and to have your questions answered. 413-592-0999

Attorney Shute’s fee is on a “contingency” basis. You don’t pay a dime until your case is won and when you receive money for your pain and suffering.

Motor Vehicle Crashes & Concussions

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According to CDC statistics, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury hospitalizations for ages 15 to 44 is motor vehicle crashes. In the United States, more than 30,000 people are killed in vehicle crashes every year and motor vehicle crashes are a top 10 cause of death up to age 53.

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Pedestrians and Bicyclists are especially vulnerable to reckless driving. The CDC reported that there were 476,000 bicycle-related injuries per year. In Massachusetts, crash-related deaths result in 5 Million Dollars in medical costs and 433 million dollars in work loss costs each year.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported in 2020 that the number of pedestrian deaths increased more than 50% over the past decade. There has been an 81% increase in pedestrian deaths from being struck by an SUV.

The force of vehicles crashing easily can cause concussions. The multiple symptoms of concussions include headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, visual problems with sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, feeling mentally foggy, feeling slowed down, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering, trouble falling asleep, sleeping more than usual or sleeping less than usual. Pedestrians are vulnerable to distracted and drowsy drivers and they often sustain two impacts – one with the vehicle and another with the ground.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists are Vulnerable
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to distracted, drowsy and under the influence of alcohol drivers. If you own a vehicle, it is wise to have “underinsured” motorist coverage for your own car so that you are not relying solely on the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage when you are a pedestrian. When a driver is carelessly looking left while turning right, they are not looking where they are going and can miss seeing the bicyclist or pedestrian. This often happens when a driver is turning right on a red light looking at oncoming traffic and turning down a street where a pedestrian is crossing in the crosswalk. Bicyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable to closed head injuries, skull fractures and traumatic brain injury. Attorney Shute is here to help when you are the victim of someone’s negligent or reckless driving.

Examples of Causes of Pedestrian and Car Accidents

  • Driving above the speed limit and running red lights. These reckless acts cause multiple types of accidents including rear end collisions, side impact collisions and front-end collisions. If the rear end collision impact forces a car to be pushed into the car in front of it, the middle car is sandwiched between the two vehicles getting impacted both at the rear end of the vehicle and at the front end of the vehicle. The result for a rear seat passenger is that their head hits the rear seat head-rest from the first impact and then is flung forward against the back of the front seat. It can be a devastating injury when someone is driving recklessly and speeding and decides he or she can make it through an intersection before the light turns red. All they are thinking about is getting where they want to go in a big hurry. The time one spends sitting at a red light waiting his or her turn is a tiny fraction of the time compared to the time spent in rehabilitation for a car crash injury.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every day almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes, which is one person every 50 minutes. Some prescription medications state not to drive while taking the medication. We all know the horrible results of drunk driving. Whether it’s a head-on collision, T-bone collision or rollover, drunk driving causes violent harm to innocent victims.
  • Distracted Driving. We know that it is important to “keep your eyes on the road ahead”, but with electronic devices, smart phones with smart phone apps for maps and finding destinations there have been more cases of distracted driving. The National Highway Safety Administration states that of 2,841 lives lost from distracted driving, 1730 were drivers, 400 were pedestrians and 77 were bicyclists.
  • Driving While Drowsy. People often are forced to work longer hours or even more than one job. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic and those with little sleep are driving to work, to the gym, to the grocery store or even taking their children to after school activities. According to the GHSA, there are 83.6 million sleep-deprived people driving on the road. A “drowsy driver” means impaired judgment, slowed reaction time, and increased risk of causing a crash.
  • Unsafe Driving – drifting over the solid yellow line, illegal U turns, cutting vehicles off, not yielding right of way when turning left into oncoming traffic and turning right while looking left. The Rules of the Road exist to prevent car crashes and to protect bicyclists and pedestrians. When drivers are not paying attention, or are distracted, fatigued, drowsy, or in a hurry to get somewhere on time, accidents often are the result- the result of bad decision-making.

Some Examples of Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases

  • Neck injuries including herniated discs, bulging discs and whiplash
  • Spinal injuries and back injuries, upper and lower back or thoracic spine and lumbar spine
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Posttraumatic headaches
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Hip injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, vision problems or photophobia
  • Pain in neck and back and muscle spasms
  • Dental and jaw injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Burns
  • Objects coming through windshield glass from unsecured loads on pickup trucks
  • Cuts and abrasions from broken glass
  • Emotional aftereffects including Stress, PTSD, Car Crash Anxiety
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Death
Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts there is a time limit for filing a claim for a motor vehicle crashes. The legal term for the time limit is the “Statute of Limitations.”

Call Immediately for a free consultation so that the statute of limitations and other time limits imposed by insurance companies do not expire. Atty. Robert W. Shute 413-592-0999
Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
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I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
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Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
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I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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