A recent crash on the Sagamore Bridge, the road into and out of Cape Cod, involved two SUVs and one driver believed to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to reports, the impaired driver crashed head-on into another SUV, sending five people to area hospitals. Car accidents can cause severe injuries to innocent victims. People injured in a car crash as a result of another’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for their suffering and losses. In order to protect your rights and maximize your recovery, it is important to contact a local injury attorney who is experienced in handling car accident cases.
The Cape Cod Today reported that a 25 year-old Provincetown woman was driving a 2013 GMC SUV when she collided with a 2012 Buick SUV driven by a 48 year-old woman from Williamstown, late on a recent Sunday night. In addition to the driver, there was another adult in the car and two children. All of the people involved in the accident were sent to area hospitals for treatment. Fortunately, no one is reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries. Coincidentally, the accident took place close to where two men died in a car crash at the base of the Sagamore Bridge, just last month.
State Troopers arrived from Bourne shortly after the crash took place. Their investigation revealed that the woman who caused the crash was operating her vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol. During the investigation, the southbound lanes of the bridge were closed for nearly two hours. Local authorities have charged the impaired driver with operating under the influence (“OUI”) of drugs, OUI of liquor, two counts of possession of a Class E substance, possession of a Class B substance, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a seat belt violation. She will be summoned to the Falmouth District Court to respond to the numerous charges.
The most important question in any car accident case is: “What caused the crash?” Under Massachusetts’s law, drivers have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle. This includes obeying traffic safety laws, avoiding any activity that can be distracting while driving (such as texting or talking on a cell phone), and certainly not driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A person injured in a car accident caused by another person’s failure to fulfill that duty, or negligence, has a legal right to seek compensation for the resulting damages. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, an injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and expenses, property damage, psychological counseling, lost salary and wages, or a reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress.
In the accident described above, the cause of the crash seems to be the negligent actions of the impaired driver. If the victims suffered any injury or losses, they would most likely be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to contact a local injury attorney with extensive experienced handling all aspects of a car accident case. Continue reading