A 19-year-old man from Massachusetts has chosen to go to trial to face charges stemming from an accident on Sept. 6, 2013, that left four people wounded and two people with life-changing injuries. Although he had originally planned to plead to sufficient facts to warrant a guilty finding, a plea similar but not identical to a guilty plea, the man apparently changed his mind after a hearing on Nov. 14.
Archives for: November 26th, 2014
According to Massachusetts legislation, whenever a resident suffers injury or sustains property damage due to a defective or unrepaired surface or because there was no adequate safety barrier installed to prevent the accident from occurring, that person may be able to pursue compensation for their losses. If the liable party, be it a town, city or county, was responsible by law to make the repair or install a safety barrier that could have prevented the person’s losses, then that party may have to make reparation for those losses.
Although rollover accidents account for only 3 percent of all serious accidents, they account for 30 percent of fatal crashes making them especially serious. People in Massachusetts may be surprised to learn that despite the inherent risks, the federal government has no performance standards in place to regulate manufacturers regarding rollover safety.
Officials with the Agawam Police Department reported that a motorcyclist was seriously injured on Nov. 10 when a motor vehicle hit him. According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. at an intersection.
A Massachusetts man was charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly pedestrian. His charges, which include motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, were upgraded after the investigation concluded.
A Williamstown accident involving a 35-year-old Rhode Island man and a 64-year-old victim from Vermont culminated in a sentence of time served on Nov. 4. The accident occurred on Route 7 on Cold Spring Road in Williamstown at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2013. The driver of a Ford Explorer struck a Hyundai Elantra after traveling into the other driver’s lane.
On Oct. 30, a Northfield woman drove a car into a Deerfield restaurant, reportedly. The incident transpired at approximately 6 a.m. and injured three people besides the car’s driver, according to Deerfield police.
A pedestrian accident in Massachusetts left one man with life-threatening injuries on Oct. 31. The Gloucester Police Department made one arrest in connection with the crash. Investigators believed that the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was under the influence of drugs when he struck the victim, a 38-year-old man.
It is not uncommon for many Massachusetts residents to suffer spinal injuries after a wreck or accident has occurred. The spinal cord contains the nerves that run from a person’s body to the brain. A spinal injury can be very serious, as it may cause the affected person permanent paralysis and resulting disability.