As Worcester residents are well aware, winter weather conditions pose a great threat to drivers on the road. One small act of negligence can have enormous consequences. By failing to pay attention to the road, a driver may not stop in time for stalled traffic and hit an ice patch, rear-ending the car in front of him. A driver on a cell phone might quickly lose control of a vehicle and hit a pedestrian. In both of these instances, the victims have rights.
Winter weather conditions may have been the root cause of a recent accident in Worcester, but police and investigators are still uncertain. An ambulance responding to an emergency medical call slid across a slippery street and chaos ensued. Along with the ambulance, a small SUV and a fire truck appeared to be involved in the accident. One witness saw a woman providing aid to another woman in front of the SUV before the ambulance slid down a hill and struck the car.
When the roads are snowy and slippery, it can be quite easy to lose control of a vehicle. This is why drivers need to take every precaution in order to ensure that the vehicle is kept under control. Drivers need to be prepared to stop abruptly. However, when drivers fail to take the necessary precautions, they can cause devastating accidents. A two-car collision can quickly evolve into a multi-vehicle pileup. In such cases, the driver who caused the accident may be found guilty of negligence.
In auto accidents involving negligent drivers, victims and the families of victims have rights. This often includes the right to fair compensation after such an accident. These accidents can have long-lasting effects for victims and their families. There may be medical expenses, vehicle damages and other costs associated with the crash. By pursuing a negligence claim, victims and their families can sometimes receive the financial relief they need.
Source: News Telegram, "Worcester pileup includes ambulance arriving to help on Prospect Street," Steven H. Foskett, Jr., Feb. 2, 2015