New Year's Eve is a day of celebration for many, but with it comes a higher risk of drunk driving incidents. Sadly, for one Massachusetts family, New Year's Eve is now a day of tragedy after they lost a loved one in a fatal car crash. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.
The auto accident occurred in Salisbury as the 50-year-old alleged drunk driver was traveling north in a southbound lane of a bridge in his Lincoln Town Car. As he crested the bridge, he crashed head-on into a Mercury Marquis. Police do not know how the driver ended up going the wrong way, but a nearby apartment complex offers access to the southbound lane without any signs indicating that it is one way only.
The 20-year-old Marquis driver suffered unspecified injuries from the crash. The driver of the Lincoln and his backseat passenger were both injured, and the driver is hospitalized. The front seat passenger in the Lincoln was killed. Investigators found open containers of alcohol inside the Town Car. The driver faces charges of vehicular homicide and drunk driving.
In situations like this, survivors and certain family members of the decedent may have a strong case to pursue civil litigation in Massachusetts if the evidence shows that the car crash was a result of negligence. A successful personal injury or wrongful death claim can award compensation for financial losses such as medical bills and funeral expenses. In addition to providing financial relief to the physically or emotionally injured parties, a civil lawsuit can also offer closure and a sense of justice in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Source: whdh.com, "1 killed in wrong way car crash in Salisbury," Jonathan Hall, Jan. 1, 2013