Likely, most Massachusetts drivers are aware of the importance of following all the rules of the road when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Likewise, most drivers would probably agree that, at times, it can be challenging to pay attention to and strictly follow all the rules all the time, as sometimes, distractions can cause a person to overlook a crucial detail. Unfortunately, when this happens, a driver may end up causing personal injury, sometimes fatal, to a person or people nearby.
This is what happened one day last summer on a South Boston street. Reportedly, a 63-year-old woman went through a stop sign and collided with a van. The crash affected the van’s steering, and consequently, the van driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a toddler, his sister and their caretaker who were walking on the sidewalk. The 22-month-old boy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The 4-year-old girl was seriously injured.
According to officials, the woman had proceeded through the intersection after a driver traveling southbound on the cross street had stopped and waved her through the intersection. However, the crash investigation concluded that the woman had failed to yield the right-of-way to traffic traveling on the cross street. Legally, she was required to do so. As a result, she was indicted on a charge of motor vehicle homicide. Officials have said an arrest warrant was issued recently after she failed to appear in court.
The act of driving certainly requires a driver’s full concentration and attention to all activity that is happening inside and around the vehicle and in the general vicinity, as well as knowledge of all traffic laws. Some drivers can and often do make mistakes, but sadly, this case ended tragically. In Massachusetts, following this type of situation, grieving family members can seek legal guidance from an experienced personal injury lawyer. He or she can apprise them of their legal options going forward, including the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit through the civil justice system.