One of the greatest fears of many Massachusetts parents is that their children will be involved in a serious car accident. This fear is perhaps the most potent when young people first learn to drive, but it continues for many years to follow. Young adults are often at risk of being injured in an accident, as they tend to be out and about late at night and are often in the vicinity of others who are drinking and driving. News of a recent crash in which two young men were injured by an alleged drunk driver will do nothing to alleviate those fears for parents across the state.
Police assert that a 22-year-old student at UMass Amherst was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car into a tree. The incident took place in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. Reports do not indicate whether the driver of the vehicle sustained injuries in the crash, but two other young men who were riding in the vehicle required emergency medical treatment.
Both passengers are 21 years of age. One was treated and released, but the other was hospitalized for serious injuries. There is no word on his current condition or prognosis for recovery. The driver has been charged with OUI causing serious bodily injury, speeding, failure to remain within marked lines and operating to endanger.
When a driver gets behind the wheel, he or she takes on the responsibility for the safety of all occupants within that vehicle. Should the allegations against this young man be proven to be true, he certainly failed to meet that responsibility. In addition to the criminal repercussions of his actions, he might also face civil suits for personal injury. When a Massachusetts resident is injured in an accident, he or she has the right to seek monetary compensation for a wide range of damages.
Source: wggb.com, "Man Charged with OUI Following Weekend Crash in Amherst", Ryan Trowbridge, Oct. 6, 2014