Car accidents are generally unexpected for all parties involved. While this may make sense on the surface, logically, people should expect their behavior to create the perfect conditions for an accident. On any given day, drivers run a red lights or roll through a stop signs, drive while texting, driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and partake any number of other distractions. All of the above behaviors increase a person’s chances of being involved in a car accident, yet some drivers engage in one or more of the activities nearly every time they get behind the wheel. Even though most auto accidents don’t involve serious injury, those responsible for the accident still face liability for any damages they cause.
Four people are recovering after being involved in a three car accident. According to a witness, the accident occurred when a car failed to stop at a red light and slammed into a vehicle already in the intersection. The car spun out, hitting a pole and two pedestrians, a 61-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl. The pedestrians, as well as the two other individuals involved in the accident, were taken to the hospital. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident as police are still investigating.
In cases like this, where there could be multiple plaintiffs and defendants, it is important to discover just who it was that caused the damage. Depending on how the accident occurred, one, both, or all parties could be liable to one another for the damages resulting from the accident. In modified comparative law states such as Massachusetts, the amount of liability one has for their own injuries could bar them from recovery if it reaches 51 percent or more.
However, those who are hurt in an auto accident should seek compensation for their injuries. An attorney can help these individuals develop a legal claim that seeks to show his or her injuries were caused by a negligent driver. With this help, a victim may recover the compensation he or she needs to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Four people, including woman, 61, and girl, 8, injured in Roxbury crash,” Travis Andersen, Mar. 17, 2014