Car accidents take many different shapes and forms. Some are relatively minor and lead to nothing more than property damage, but others can be catastrophic and end up taking the lives of the passengers or drivers involved in the crash. In the event that you lose a loved one to another driver’s carelessness, you can recover compensation for the expenses associated with the loss as well as compensation for the loss of your loved one’s care, companionship, comfort, and support. At Mass Injury Group, our team of Boston car accident lawyers knows that no amount of money can truly make you whole again, but it can help you cope with the financial stress of the loss.
According to a recent news report, two individuals lost their lives in a tragic motor vehicle accident while two others were seriously injured. The accident took place in Fall River. The driver of the first vehicle was a 74-year-old woman. Her passenger was a 29-year-old woman. According to reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a building in Fall River. The backseat passengers, which included an 18-month-old child, suffered serious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.
Although it can be difficult to contemplate bringing a personal injury action for the loss of a loved one immediately after the crash, having a seasoned attorney representing you through the process can alleviate some of the confusion and stress. For many individuals, bringing a wrongful death claim is their first experience with Massachusetts’ civil justice system. In a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff will need to show that the decedent probably would not have died but for the defendant’s lack of appropriate care and skill.
Establishing that the defendant acted negligently at the time of the crash is a major step in receiving compensation. A few ways to obtain enough evidence to show that the defendant drove without due care include obtaining a copy of any police reports prepared regarding the accident, obtaining eyewitness testimony, or obtaining any video surveillance footage that may show the sequence of events leading up the crash. In the accident at hand, because the driver of the vehicle tragically lost her life, it is not possible to depose her or obtain testimony about what happened leading up to the crash. This makes obtaining other categories of evidence even more important.
If you are successful in proving that the defendant acted without due care and that this caused the decedent’s death, you are entitled to receive compensation to cover your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses as well as any medical expenses incurred related to the decedent’s injuries before he or she died. You can also receive compensation to cover any financial support that the decedent would have provided you as well as compensation for the loss of his or her love, companionship, and comfort.
At Mass Injury Group, our compassionate and responsive team of Boston car accident lawyers is available to help you navigate your legal rights during this painful and life-altering situation. Our team offers a free and confidential consultation to discuss your situation and whether we may be able to assist you in asserting any legal rights. To schedule your appointment, call the office today at 617-263-0060 or contact us online to get started.