An 18-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were killed in a Massachusetts car accident when the Honda Accord they were in was struck by a pickup truck. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the fatal car crash occurred on Route 90 eastbound in Westborough. Officials say there were five people in a 2002 Honda Accord when it was hit by a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck hauling a boat trailer. The Dodge clipped the Honda and then rolled onto it.
The 18 and 27-year old victims from Randolph were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers, a 20-year-old man from Weymouth and a 20-year-old woman from Roxbury were seriously injured. The 19-year-old driver of the Honda suffered minor injuries and the 24-year-old driver of the Dodge was treated and released.
Whenever someone is killed in a Massachusetts car crash, it must be determined if negligence was a contributing factor in the crash. Investigators will review if either driver was speeding, if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, and if the accident was distracted driver related. These are all forms of negligence.
Careless and reckless drivers can face criminal charges for their actions, but charges and citations will not result in financial compensation for the victim or the victim’s family. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, you will have to decide if you wish to pursue compensation for your losses. If you wish to seek fair compensation for losses such as medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, lost future wages and loss of companionship, you may have to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.
Civil litigation is often the only way to receive adequate compensation for significant financial, physical, and emotional losses. Before accepting a settlement or letting the statute of limitations pass, please make sure you research your rights and options and seek the counsel of an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer.