Lawmakers in Massachusetts go to great lengths to enact laws intended to protect the lives of all those who utilize the state’s roadways. Unfortunately, when drivers fail to obey them, the laws are rendered ineffective. What may seem like a simple infraction, such as failing to obey a traffic sign, could ultimately result in irreparable harm. For example, police believe that a recent fatal car accident was caused by a driver who failed to obey a stop sign.
The accident happened at approximately 4 a.m. one morning in early January. According to reports, a driver drove through a stop sign and struck a car containing several people. Two occupants died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.
Two others were transported to the hospital because of serious injuries. Another occupant along with the driver of the first vehicle suffered minor injuries. A spokesperson for the police noted that it remains unclear if alcohol played a role in the accident but indicated that the crash remains under investigation.
Even though the importance of the placement of a stop sign may not be obvious, choosing whether to obey one is not an option. The failure to do so could have serious consequences, as police believe to be the case in this fatal car accident in Massachusetts. Those who have lost a loved one in such a manner will have to deal with both the emotional and financial consequences of their loss, including funeral expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, there are options available, including turning to a civil court for relief. In some cases, those who were able to prove that their loss was caused by another’s negligence received an award of damages allowing them better opportunities to cope with their financial situation.
Source: boston.com, “2 killed in Holyoke crash“, Allison Manning, Jan. 1, 2016