11 children unharmed in bus accident due to seatbelts

Recovering from injuries related to a serious car accident in Massachusetts takes a big toll. Especially, the first few days and weeks are often the biggest transition times. On March 21, just prior to 1 p.m., a station wagon ran a stop sign and went through a blinking light intersection in Marshfield, causing a collision with a school bus heading north on Main Street. The car accident occurred at the intersection of Route 3A and Forest.

Rescue workers verified that all 11 children and two adults on the bus were unharmed, attributed to the fact they were all wearing seat belts. However, the occupants of the car were not so fortunate. Two women passengers suffered serious injuries and had to be extricated from the station wagon with hydraulic extraction machines. Both were subsequently airlifted by Med-Flight, one to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the other to Tufts Medical Center. The driver of the station wagon was transported by ambulance to South Shore Hospital.

Massachusetts personal injury law provides victims of a car accident the right to seek financial relief from those whose negligence caused or contributed to the injuries suffered. While it remains to be seen what the results of the formal police investigation will be, preliminary information seems to point to the actions of the driver of the station wagon as the primary cause of the collision. Bearing that in mind, the passengers of the car could be entitled to compensation for the driver's negligence to cover the costly medical expenses and suffering the victims will likely encounter.

Source: The Marshfield Mariner, "Seatbelts made the difference in Marshfield crash," Mary Jane Hanron, March 28, 2012

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