Barnstable, Massachusetts residents would agree that the aftereffects of a car accident are never good, neither for the negligent driver nor for the victim. While the victim of a car accident has to endure considerable pain and suffering, the driver who causes the accident has to face the consequences of breaking the law. The behavior is considered ever more reckless on the part of the driver at fault if he or she chooses not to help the victim of the accident.
After a recent hit-and-run car accident in Massachusetts, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident, in addition to some violations of traffic rules.
The incident happened one early morning in Plainville, Massachusetts when the negligent driver, who was in a Chevy sedan, crossed over the lane and hit a man driving a white GMC truck. When police arrived at the scene, they found the front of the truck badly damaged. The driver of the GMC was rushed to a nearby hospital. Reports suggest that the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.
The allegedly negligent driver of the Chevy was not at the scene when the police arrived but was later spotted at a Dunkin Donuts located some distance away. He also suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital. He is being charged with multiple offenses and is due in court after his release from the hospital.
In addition to charges filed by the state, the victim may wish to file a personal injury claim against the accused driver. A car accident can often have serious consequences for the victims. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe injuries such as broken bones, whiplash, back injuries, burns or, in more severe cases, amputations or physical disabilities.
In Massachusetts, it is possible for the victim of a car accident to claim compensation from his or her insurance company as well as the negligent driver who caused the accident. Consulting a lawyer may help a victim to obtain rightful compensation for medical expenses, lost wages due to absence from work and pain and suffering.
Source: Wicked Local, "Man charged after hit and run accident in Plainville," Heather Gillis Harris, Feb. 25, 2014