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Massachusetts residents injured in fatal crash

We recently mentioned that severe weather conditions are contributing to accident, but the weather fluctuates, and it is not always so cold as to freeze roads. With this in mind, it is important to remember that just because the weather is not extreme does not mean that there are no dangers on the road. Even in normal weather, the roads are still a dangerous place, and any number of factors could contribute to a devastating car accident.

One such accident occurred recently in Rhode Island, when a young man allegedly caused an accident while driving the wrong way down I-95. The young man has been charged with drunken driving, which may have contributed to his car crashing into an oncoming pickup truck. The accident claimed the life of his passenger, and caused serious injury to one of the two Massachusetts residents in the pickup truck. The young man driving the other vehicle escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

It is an unfortunate but necessary risk that nearly all people must take at some time or another. We cannot simply stop driving; we still have to go to work and buy groceries, but being on the road automatically makes you at risk for accident. Even if you are a defensive driver who has never been ticketed or gotten into an accident, you cannot control the other drivers on the road. What you can control is what happens after the accident.

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you will likely be facing large unexpected medical costs. You should not have to pay for the negligence of another, which is why the law allows you to recover compensation for your injuries. A successful lawsuit can ensure that the person who caused the accident pays for the fallout, not the person who was victimized.

Source: Boston Herald, “Police: 1 killed, 3 hurt in wrong-way Interstate 95 crash,” March 8, 2015

The immediate aftermath of a car accident

Those who have been in a car accident know the feelings of panic and confusion that often come with the crash. From the second you feel the impact and realize that you have been involved in a car accident, your mind will likely begin to flit about in fright as it tries to make sense of what has happened. Yet even though your mind is in such a state of panic, it is in these crucial minutes just after an accident that you must be most levelheaded in order to resolve the issue properly.

For those who have not been involved in an accident, or even those who have been involved in an accident and feel that they could have handled it better, you are in luck. This article details some of the best practices to engage in just after an accident. Employing some of these practices to make sense of the chaos of an accident can often be the difference between proving fault and accepting fault.

One of the best ways to prove fault in an accident is to get an accurate impression of the scene immediately following the collision. Contacting a police officer and speaking with witnesses can help you get a better idea of exactly what happened, and can also help you prove your case if you end up filing a lawsuit. Any additional evidence can also help your case, such as pictures of the damages and road design.

Of course, all of the evidence in the world is moot if you cannot present it properly, which is why it is in your best interests to contact an attorney. A legal professional with experience in personal injury and car accidents can help you present your evidence to support your case and prove who was at fault in the accident. If you can prove that you were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Massachusetts woman in coma after being dragged under car

A highway is not a safe place for stopped cars or pedestrians, especially at night. Drivers are usually traveling at high speeds and not expecting to see stationary vehicles or people walking. Added to the risks is the scourge of Massachusetts’ roads, drunk driving, which too often leads to tragic car accidents. Nonetheless, sometimes unavoidable circumstances cause people to find themselves facing the risk of stopping and even walking on a highway.

On a recent Sunday night this happened to a 38-year-old Lunenberg woman. Shortly after midnight on an interstate going past Shrewsbury, she accidentally damaged her car when she struck the guardrail on a median. Leaving the vehicle at the roadside, she set off on foot to get assistance. That was when an allegedly drunk driver first crashed into her parked car and then into her, dragging her under his vehicle. Police described a trail of blood that was about 150 yards.

Other motorists stopped to render assistance to the unconscious woman and called for emergency services. Her injuries were critical, including burns, punctured lungs, broken bones, including her spine, and a badly lacerated face.

Reports indicate the apprehended 50-year-old Worcester man appeared apathetic and never inquired into her condition. He ignored the woman and the people tending her, and actually walked past her and rested on a guardrail, putting distance between himself and the accident. When police arrived, the man claimed that someone else had struck the woman and driven away. Police reported that the man smelled of alcohol and acted drunk, but would only admit to having had one drink and would not submit to a breath alcohol test.

Law enforcement officers obtained a judge’s order to compel the man to have a blood test. Even so, they had to use handcuffs and physical restraint to force him to submit to having blood drawn. He was charged with drunk driving.

The criminal court system will render a verdict in this case and the family of the injured, comatose woman may want to file a lawsuit.

If you or a family member are hurt in a car accident caused by another, personal injury attorneys will be able to steer you through restitution laws to seek an award of financial compensation for medical costs, post-hospital care, loss of wages and other benefits allowed by the law.

Source: The MetroWest Daily News, Police: Woman struck, dragged by car in Shrewsbury,” Brad Petrishen, March 25, 2014

Driver crashes into real estate office in South Boston

Most people think a car accident can only happen on the road. Every once in a while, a car accident can involve a building as well. This is the case for a recent car accident that occurred in South Boston. A man smashed his car through the walls of a real estate office after traveling in reverse across the street from a Rite Aid parking lot. The driver went over a guardrail and into the office’s conference room. The driver is reported to have received minor injuries that were tended to at an area hospital.

Only one person is reported to have been inside the building at the time of the accident. This person is reported to not have been injured. Boston police are investigating the cause of the accident. There are many possibilities as to why this car accident occurred though. It could be due to a negligent or distracted driver, or even texting and driving.

It is a lucky occurrence that the accident did not happen during a busy workday, as many employees could have been injured.

It is good to be aware that car accidents do not just happen on the road. It is important to remember that car accidents entail any accident involving a car, and if you are the victim of such an accident, you should first seek medical attention and then retribution. Also keep in mind that not all injuries are obvious immediately. You may find yourself unexpectedly requiring compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering. Consulting legal counsel and maintaining documentation of any medical expenses may help you financially overcome any grievances caused by a senseless car accident.

Source: Boston.com, “Car crashes into South Boston real estate office; driver suffers minor injuries,” Laura Gomez and Alyssa Creamer, Feb. 1, 2014