When driving on the roads of Massachusetts, it is possible that a driver will encounter another driver who does not signal when they changing lanes or who drives too closely. These behaviors can be frustrating, and, in some cases, could result in encounters fueled by road rage. Police believe that road rage may have been the impetus behind a recent fatal car accident.
Police believe that a 67-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol one morning in early November. Witnesses claim that he and the driver of a second pickup truck became engaged in a road rage incident. According to reports, the driver of the first vehicle purposefully came into contact with the second. Both vehicles then attempted to exit the roadway.
Police claim that there was contact between the two vehicles again, causing the second truck to flip. The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene. An occupant of the same truck was partially ejected and transported to the hospital via helicopter. Police claim that the driver of the first vehicle fled the scene, but they were able to locate him based on eyewitness descriptions. He now faces multiple charges including motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.
A fatal car accident can cause complications for a family that were entirely unanticipated. As a result, family members are left wondering how they will afford funeral expenses and their regular bills. In response, they seek information regarding their options for possible legal recourse in Massachusetts. In some cases, filing a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit can help family members and injured victims deal with the financial repercussions of their loss, allowing them to focus on their emotional recovery.
Source: Mansfield, MA Patch, “UPDATE: Driver in Fatal Mansfield Car Crash Charged with Drunken Driving, Vehicular Homicide“, Daniel Libon, Nov. 9, 2015