It is an unfortunate truth that nearly everyone on Massachusetts roads comes face-to-face with either being involved in or witnessing an accident at some point in time. Drivers can be cautious and follow all the rules of the road and still become embroiled in a car accident caused by another driver not doing the same. Thousands of people across the country each year suffer serious injuries or even die due to the negligence of another.
One type of accident that seems to occur far too often these days is a head-on collision caused by one of the two vehicles involved straying over the centerline. When a vehicle moves into oncoming traffic, it may be impossible for the driver of the vehicle who is traveling in the correct direction to avoid colliding with the other vehicle. This is most likely what happened in a recent accident that killed two people and sent one to the hospital.
One vehicle suddenly moved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle did not survive the crash. Two people occupied the other vehicle. The passenger suffered fatal injuries. The driver survived but suffered injuries considered life-threatening.
The driver of the second vehicle and the family of the deceased passenger may file civil actions against the estate of the deceased driver. If it can be proved the deceased driver was negligent in this car accident, damages could be awarded by a Massachusetts court. The injured driver could receive monies to cover the medical expenses and lost wages incurred because of being hospitalized and during recovery. The family of the deceased passenger may also receive financial restitution to cover the financial damages that come with the loss of a loved one.
Source: therepublic.com, 2 people dead, 3rd seriously injured in Avon head-on crash, No author, March 17, 2014