Most Massachusetts drivers know that there are a lot of distractions on the road. Many parents would agree to multiply that if they are driving with children in the vehicle. Sadly, this may have all of the ingredients for a fatal car accident in the making.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, a two car head-on crash that killed two children and injured five others took crews some five hours to clear. The accident took place in Brimfield on Route 20 sometime around 5 p.m. Both cars were Honda Civics. A gold-colored Honda somehow crossed the center median directly into the path of the second vehicle, which was black.
Both vehicles were driven by women, and both were occupied by children under the age of five. Unfortunately, two of the three children in the gold Honda died in the crash. The surviving child in the gold Honda was seriously injured. Both drivers and the surviving children were transported to an area hospital via helicopter to be treated for life threatening injuries. Out of all of the injured victims in this wreck, the child that was riding in the black Honda was reported to be the one that suffered the least severe injuries.
While the Massachusetts State Police continue their investigation into this fatal car accident, the family of the deceased children are likely searching for answers as they confront their grief. It is unclear if the driver of the gold Honda was the mother of the deceased children. The surviving families of the car occupants may choose to gain an understanding of their legal rights in the aftermath of this tragedy. At a minimum, it would appear that the driver and the family of the injured child in the black Honda may file personal injury claims against the driver of the gold Honda for damages allowed under state law.
Source: wwlp.com, "Child killed in head-on crash on Rt. 20 in Brimfield", Kara Walsh and Barry Kriger, June 20, 2014