Massachusetts police officials have not decided whether they will file criminal charges stemming from a recent car accident that injured two people. The injury car crash took place in mid-April after a 2001 Jeep Cherokee rolled over while traveling along the Massachusetts Turnpike. The westbound vehicle flipped over several times before ultimately coming to a rest. Both the 53-year-old male driver and 41-year-old female passenger were injured in the crash.
The accident took place just before 3 p.m. and sent emergency responders rushing to the scene. The driver's injuries, while not threatening to his life, were described by authorities as being incapacitating in nature. The passenger's injuries were not described in detail, but both injured individuals were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Reports do indicate that both of the injured people were wearing their seat belts at the time of the serious collision. Massachusetts police have indicated that, while their investigation into the exact cause of the crash is still ongoing, they are still considering whether to file criminal charges against the driver. Even if they do not file criminal charges, however, it is possible that the man could find himself facing legal troubles.
This is because Massachusetts personal injury law provides injured victims with the opportunity to seek financial restitution in some cases. Someone who has been injured in a car crash like this one may be able to file suit in civil court. Prevailing in such a personal injury lawsuit will require demonstrating that a driver's negligence caused or contributed to the collision causing injuries.
Source: Wicked Local Marblehead, "Marblehead man one of two injured in Thursday Mass. Pike crash," April 12, 2013