Earlier this week in West Bridgewater, MA, it was reported that a driver of a car was traveling the wrong way on Route 24. State police believe that this car was responsible for a four-car crash that killed two and forced the shutdown of the entire highway for several hours.
Police reported that the car was driven by 19-year-old Lisa Banat of Mansfield who was traveling south in the northbound lanes just before 4 a.m. Sunday. Lisa Banat’s vehicle struck a pickup truck head-on and the truck burst into flames instantly. Banat and the pickup’s driver, 44-year-old John LaChapelle of Tiverton, R.I., were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup and the drivers of two other vehicles involved were injured but are expected to survive.
Car crashes unfortunately are a fact of life, even for law enforcement officials entrusted with enforcing traffic laws. Although we hope of course that we and our loved ones will not be involved in any incidents on the roads, it is important to understand your rights should such an accident occur. The first step is knowing whether or not you even have grounds to file a claim for your injuries. The question whether the accused party was indeed negligent must be examined carefully before filing a claim. The facts of each individual case can be quite complex, requiring sifting through accident reconstructions, police reports, and insurance policies, among other inquiries. The accident scene should be investigated, coordinated (when necessary) with a proper team of professionals and experts, examining all evidence.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a car accident and would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., please contact us. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.