Many Massachusetts residents travel over holidays to be with family and friends. For those who celebrated Easter last Sunday, the holiday weekend gave many people the opportunity to travel by car to visit their loved ones. While most made it to their destinations and back home without incidents, others found themselves dealing with a hazard of roadway travel: car accidents.
Boston, with its heavy traffic and sometimes slick winter roads, can be a hazardous place to drive. When drivers are under the influence, car accidents are even more common. Those who are injured or who lose someone they care about in a car accident need to know their rights, particularly if alcohol or drugs are a factor. The family members of a Massachusetts man who was killed in a recent car crash are sadly learning this.
Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is a tragedy. When a driver is accused of causing the accident because of driving drunk, the tragedy often seems compounded. Drunk drivers are a hazard to other drivers and anyone else in the vicinity. If police suspect that a driver's intoxication caused a fatal accident, the driver can be charged with a crime, and the families of the victims have a good basis to seek compensation for wrongful death.
Recently, a Massachusetts state trooper came face to face with the dangers posed by drunk drivers. While working on a highway detail in Stoneham, the officer was injured when an intoxicated North Andover woman rear-ended his police cruiser. The trooper had to be taken to Lahey Clinic to be treated for neck and back pain.
Generally speaking, we expect police officers to protect and to serve. What we may not expect is for a police officer to drive drunk and crash at a high rate of speed into an unsuspecting motorist. But according to authorities in Boston, that last scenario is exactly what led to serious injuries for a Mansfield woman.
Any car accident might produce serious injury, but a drunk driving accident can be especially destructive. Drunk drivers may travel at high speeds, ignore traffic signals, drive on the wrong side of the road, and cause deadly collisions. Perhaps for that reason, Boston car owners may face charges if they intentionally give the keys to someone who is drunk -- even if they aren't in the car.