Jun 2013

Multi-Vehicle Accident on Mass Pike Proves Deadly

Recently, a fatal car accident in Weston, MA caused a portion of the Mass Pike to be closed. According to WGGB, one person died in the accident and two others were injured, including children.  The accident, like many fatal crashes, was a multi-vehicle accident involving three vehicles.  

Our Fall River accident lawyers know that multi-car crashes are often very serious or even deadly. These accidents often happen on highways or when vehicles are traveling at high speeds and they can raise many complex legal issues that must be addressed by injured victims and family members left behind.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents A Risk to Motorists

The multi-vehicle accident that recently shut down part of the Mass Pike occurred on May 25th when three vehicles collided. A mother and her children were in one of the cars involved in the crash and the mother was killed due to the impact. The two children were taken to nearby Beth Israel Hospital and treated for injuries that were described as not being life-threatening.  Unfortunately, the children will not only have to cope with the injuries they sustained but will also have to cope with the loss of their mother in the accident.

The portions of the Mass Pike that were shut down included ramps going from the Mass Pike eastbound to Route 95 north/south as well as the ramp from Route 95 northbound to the Mass Pike. The areas had to be closed down for several hours as EMTs responded to help the accident victims and as law enforcement reviewed the accident scene for their reports and had the area cleaned up to be safe for traffic again.

The names of the victims of the deadly crash have not been released and there is little available information about how the multi-car accident happened. However, it is known that there were three cars involved. Any car wrecks with more than two vehicles are considered to be multi-car pileups and this collision was one of many examples of multi-car pileups resulting in the death of motorists.

Multi-car pileups can occur any time and anywhere, but certain conditions make these types of accidents more likely. For example, a multi-car wreck is more likely to happen when:

  • Cars are traveling at high speeds. When an accident happens, surrounding vehicles at high speeds often have a lot of momentum and can take a long time to stop.  These fast-moving cars thus may hit the impaired vehicles before the brakes can alter the outcome.
  • Cars are traveling in close proximity to each other. On highways and on-ramps, for example, the cars may be close together and when one or two vehicles are involved in a crash, other motorists may be unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the impaired vehicles.

This accident happened on a Mass Pike ramp, so it is likely that the drivers in this case were going at high speeds and were packed closely together with nowhere to go when the crash occurred. These are all conditions that increase the chance of a multi-car wreck.

Unfortunately, when multi-car wrecks happen, it can be hard to determine who was to blame. Getting to the bottom of who is at fault is important so victims can take legal action to recover compensation for their injuries and/or for the wrongful death of loved ones involved in the crash.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced lawyer at 508-677-4900. The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl serves clients in Providence, R.I., Foxborough and Fall River, Mass.

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