A 41-year-old North Weymouth woman was arraigned while lying in a hospital bed after a Thursday evening drunk driving accident occurred recently. A judge has set her bail at $7,500 cash on charges of drunk driving, negligent driving, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury, obstructing an emergency vehicle, driving an unregistered car and a marked lanes violation.
While many injuries resulting from a car accident are obvious at first glance, traumatic brain injury can be hard to detect. The effects may at first appear subtle, but can get worse, and can affect people for the rest of their lives.
Most personal accident cases are based on the legal theory of negligence. Essentially, negligence comes about when a person owes a duty of care to others, breaches that duty, and causes damages as a result of that breach. In a simple case involving a collision between two cars, a driver owes a duty of care to other drivers on the road, and breaches that duty by driving carelessly. As a result of this carelessness, another driver is hurt. The driver who caused the accident through negligence can be held liable for damages suffered by the other driver.
High-speed car accidents can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and other injuries that can permanently alter the lives of victims and their families. Depending upon the circumstances of the accident and the types of vehicles involved, there may be other types of serious injury as well. A recent accident in Quincy illustrates some of the other possible types of injuries in a car accident.
It's terrifying when the news reports an everyday average person who was in a terrible, unforeseen accident. These accidents often result in serious injuries, many which are life-altering. This is exactly what happened to a Massachusetts man after he stepped out to his vehicle, parked street side and it was completely unexpected when the vehicle crashed into him, pinning him between two vehicles. The man's legs have been amputated in an emergency surgery to save his life.
Most people on the road have seen those distracted drivers, the reckless drivers - the ones who swerve in and out of lanes, stopping in the nick of time and otherwise putting themselves and others on the road in danger. Most of us go out of our way to avoid these drivers. However, we can't always get out of the way and sometimes, are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. What this can result in is a car accident injury for yourself or a loved one.
Sometimes it may seem that drivers in Massachusetts can simply go into auto-drive while driving there vehicles. However, even in situations where it seems there are no dangers, unexpected things can occur. People cannot control the other people on the roads and sometimes their behavior is unpredictable. That is why it is so important for people to pay attention to the roads and their surroundings at all times while driving to avoid car accidents.
One of the most dangerous kinds of motor vehicle accidents in Quincy and across Massachusetts is the type where a vehicle crashes into a building or a business. When people are out on the road in any capacity, whether it is driving, riding a bicycle, or as a pedestrian, they will have it in the back of their mind that a crash is possible and that they should be alert. Those who are inside a structure, though, likely don't think that a vehicle will come crashing into the building. When a vehicle does collide with a building, those who are inside can suffer serious and even fatal injuries. Even if the injuries do not appear serious at the outset, there can still be long-term damage.
When a negligent driver injures another Quincy resident, there are two different ways in which that driver may be held accountable for his or her actions. Criminal charges play an important role, but they do not solve all the problems related to an accident.
When companies send their employees out driving for work on the roads in Quincy or anywhere else in Massachusetts, they are taking on the responsibility for any negligent acts committed while those employees are driving for work. In some cases, this may include liability for injuries or even fatalities when car accidents result from employee negligence behind the wheel.