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Rear-end car collision injures Hyannis woman on Route 28

Most Massachusetts drivers understand that they are responsible for ensuring their own and other drivers’ safety whenever they are operating a motor vehicle. Most also understand that avoiding distractions while driving is a critical part of that responsibility because even a momentary lapse of concentration can have devastating consequences for anyone involved in an auto accident.Whether a recent two-car crash in Hyannis was a case of distraction has yet to be determined, but one woman was injured after being rear-ended by another vehicle at an intersection around 11:30 a.m. on Route 28 near Ridgewood Avenue. The victim was driving a Subaru Outback and was waiting to make a left turn onto Ridgewood when she was hit from behind by an unidentified person driving a Subaru Legacy, according to a Hyannis fire department captain. The Outback driver was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis with what were reported to be minor injuries. The Barnstable Police Department was investigating the cause of the accident.Car collisions with major injuries to drivers and passengers are far too common but, in this case the victim escaped with only minor injuries. Not everyone is that lucky, however, and physical, emotional and financial distress in the aftermath of the accident are also far too common.According to Massachusetts civil law, the victim of a car accident is entitled to compensation only if he or she is less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. For that reason, experienced legal representation often conducts its own in-depth accident investigation into the actual cause of an accident to prove that the other driver shares more of the fault for the accident than the victim. If that can be shown, then a victim can recover losses suffered for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Source: Cape Cod Times, “Two-car crash sends driver to hospital,” March 22, 2014

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