Recently, a 24-year-old University of Massachusetts senior from Pittsfield passed away in the early morning hours from an auto crash. As the man was driving back to the University on his motorcycle, he was struck by an allegedly wrong-way driver whose motor vehicle was traveling in the northbound lane on Route 116 in Hadley. The car's driver, a 24-year-old woman from Sunderland, was flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield via helicopter after the auto crash. She was discharged and has not been criminally charged in connection with the collision as of April 16. A third individual, a 57-year-old Leyden man was also hospitalized after sustaining injuries from the accident.
The Sunderland resident was previously arrested. During 2008 she was detained for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. She was subsequently found guilty, had her license revoked for 210 days, and was required to pay a $550 fine in addition to successfully completing a drug and alcohol education course.
Personal injury law provides seriously injured parties, as well as the surviving family of deceased victims, the right to pursue financial remedies against all parties whose negligence caused or contributed to an auto crash. Civil remedies include the potential to recover for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and other damages such as pain and suffering. For the deceased man's family, a wrongful death claim typically includes additional claims for emotional distress, pain and suffering and lost future earning capacity.
Source: The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, "UMass student Daniel Haley dies early Saturday in auto accident," Steffi Porter, April 18, 2012