Boston police are investigating a recent two-vehicle accident that injured four people in Mattapan. According to investigators, one car traveling across Cummins Highway from Greenfield Road was struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle. The force of the collision rolled the car and it came to rest on its side.
Two 50-year-olds, a 24-year-old, and one other person whose age was not released were taken to local hospitals for treatment. None of the injuries in the car accident were considered life threatening. The crash remains under investigation.
Car accidents have many causes, but among the most common are a driver’s failure to exercise caution or pay complete attention to driving. Even a minor distraction can lead to a fatal car accident. A driver may be texting or using a cell phone, driving under the influence, speeding or driving recklessly. All of these amount to negligence. Negligent drivers can injure and kill themselves and others on the road.
An accident victim may have injuries that require continuous medication and sometimes long and expensive rehabilitation. The person may not be able to work, so medical expenses may mount while the person has no income. An accident can also be devastating for a family, whether or not the victim lives or dies. A family may have to endure emotional trauma along with medicals costs, funeral costs and the loss of economic support.
The person injured in an accident or the surviving family members of someone killed in an accident may file a lawsuit for damages against the negligent driver. Compensation may be sought to cover medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation. In the case of a fatality, a family may pursue a wrongful death claim for loss of consortium and other related costs.
Source: My Fox Boston, “Four people injured in Mattapan rollover crash,” Feb 20, 2013