In the immediate aftermath of a fatal car accident, it is often difficult to understand exactly what occurred. The first concern is for the rescue and care of any victims. When necessary, transporting victims to a hospital or medical facility is the top priority. While law enforcement personnel may also be at work trying to deconstruct the collision to determine who did what and when, the primary focus initially is on preventing a crash that has already occurred from becoming a fatal accident. Despite their best efforts, emergency personnel are not always able to do so.
A recent Cape Cod car accident has claimed the life of an elderly man. The collision occurred just after 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon toward the end of the first week in October. The 86-year-old man who lost his life was a passenger in a car that collided with a pickup truck. Details of the collision itself were not disclosed, and police are no doubt investigating.
As a result of the crash, the car ended up tilted onto its side with both occupants trapped inside. Emergency personnel worked to free the pair, and both victims were transported to Cape Cod Hospital. The man passed away at the hospital, while the woman was said to be in stable condition. The relationship between the two car occupants was not disclosed, though they shared the same last name. There was no indication that the driver of the pickup truck suffered any injury.
As authorities work to determine the cause of the fatal accident and whether any laws appear to have been broken, the family of the deceased man is likely mourning his loss and praying for the recovery of the woman. If an investigation reveals that the crash was caused by the negligence of the pickup driver, civil legal claims may be appropriate on behalf of the deceased victim as well as the injured woman. These claims would necessarily be based upon evidence of negligence that is deemed to have caused or contributed to the tragic accident.
Source: Boston Globe Media, “Medford man dies in Cape Cod car crash,” Oct. 9, 2012