The room for error when driving a motor vehicle on Massachusetts highways is small. We all owe a duty of reasonable care to others in or near the roadway. Most of us are taught to drive defensively, but doing so does not always ensure that a car accident can be avoided.
Police were in the process of reconstructing the scene of a Cape Cod car accident following a head-on collision in Provincetown recently. The initial details concerning the crash were sparse. The collision occurred on Route 6 on a recent Thursday afternoon.
Preliminary reports suggest that a vehicle that was headed eastbound crossed into the westbound lane for reasons that are not yet clear. That vehicle struck an oncoming car, causing critical injury to both drivers. One was transported to Provincetown Airport and then airlifted to a trauma center. The other driver was transported to Cape Cod Hospital. The specific nature of the injuries sustained was not reported, and the further medical condition of each victim is not known.
As police continue to work on the accident investigation, the immediate hope is for the full recovery of both car accident victims. If the preliminary reports are confirmed by law enforcement, the westbound driver may have the option of pursuing a personal injury action in Massachusetts civil court against the wrong way driver. To prevail, the driver will need to prove the wrong-way driver negligently caused the accident and resulting injuries. If that is established, claims for medical costs and related expenses, along with other damages recognized under our laws, may be awarded.
Source: wcvb.com, “2 injured in wrong-way head-on crash in Provincetown,” Nov. 1, 2012