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Rear-End Collision Kills 1, Injures 3 in Massachusetts
Many driver’s education courses stress the importance of being a defensive, vigilant driver. However, it is difficult for a person to avoid a driver coming from behind who is distracted or impaired. Unfortunately, police in Massachusetts are currently investigating a fatal rear-end collision that killed one person and sent three others to the hospital.
The collision occurred one Saturday morning in May. Reports indicate that a southbound vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man struck the rear of a sedan driven by a 38-year-old woman, who was transporting an 8-year-old passenger. While the woman’s vehicle is said to have been pushed into the emergency lane, the man’s vehicle reportedly traveled into northbound lanes where it struck another vehicle head-on.
The driver of that vehicle was taken to an area hospital where he later died. The male driver of the first vehicle was treated for serious injuries, while the victims in the first vehicle suffered minor injuries. It is unclear whether police expect to file charges in the accident; however, the investigation into the collision continues.
While criminal charges can often help ensure that a person is held criminally accountable, it will likely do little to lessen the grief that the family of the deceased man is experiencing. In addition to the family members’ grief, they may also be faced with worries over how they will pay for the expenses that resulted from this fatal rear-end collision. Many people in Massachusetts who have found themselves in similar situations have turned to the civil court for relief. If it can be proved that a victim’s death was the result of another’s negligent act, the court may award damages to the victim’s surviving family members.
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