An automobile accident can happen suddenly and without notice. The resulting injuries can be debilitating, life altering and deadly. Anyone in Massachusetts who has lost a loved one to an automobile accident is intimately familiar with how devastating such an unexpected loss can be.
On July 16, an 18-year-old man was killed after being struck by a car. The accident occurred shortly after midnight, while the young man was walking. He was transported to the hospital but nothing could be done to save him.
The driver of the car that hit the man was a 21-year-old woman, who police suspect was high on heroin when the accident happened. The woman was arrested after the automobile accident and charged with DUI while using heroin, vehicular homicide, and a lane violation. Later that day, she was released from jail on bail of $5,000. She has pled not guilty to all the charges.
Initially, prosecutors had argued that she be held on $25,000 bond. However, a judge did order that she be placed under house arrest and monitored electronically. She was also ordered not to use any drugs or alcohol.
When a pedestrian is killed because a driver was negligent or breaking the law, it is a tragic loss for the entire community. However, it is the family that suffers the most. Massachusetts residents who have lost someone in an automobile accident caused by another person, could have the legal to pursue a claim for compensation against the party at fault. No amount of money will ever come close to replacing a loved one. Nevertheless, a monetary recovery can be exceedingly beneficial to help cover funeral costs and other costs incurred as a result of the accident.
Source: boston.com, "Hanson woman faces drugged driving charge," July 10, 2013