Massachusetts drivers need to exercise caution and pay attention on any road they driver, but two lane roads can require an extra amount of vigilance. In the blink of an eye, a driver who is distracted or somehow impaired could cross into oncoming traffic and cause a serious or fatal car accident. Police are not yet sure what caused a driver in a recent crash to veer across the centerline.
The two vehicles involved in the accident were heading in opposite directions on Massachusetts Route 9. The 57-year-old driver of the vehicle in the westbound lane ended up crossing the centerline into the path of the eastbound vehicle. The eastbound vehicle was unable to get out of the way, and the two vehicles collided.
The westbound driver suffered severe injuries and did not survive the impact. The driver of the other vehicle survived the crash, but did suffer injuries that were described as not being life threatening. No update on that driver's condition was available. The drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle retains the right to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver. Just because injuries suffered in a car accident do not threaten a person's life does not mean that a lengthy recovery will not be needed. Depending on the injuries that the victim suffered, he or she could incur a significant amount of medical and medically-related expenses and also experience a loss of income while recovering. State law provides that specified financial damages may be recovered in a successfully litigated civil claim.
Source: wggb.com, "Police Investigating Deadly Crash in Hadley", , May 22, 2014