Fatal accident kills 1, injures 6 in Massachusetts

A fatal accident has claimed another life in Massachusetts. One person was left dead and six others were injured in a two-car accident on Sunday afternoon in Bernardston. Police believe that the sun’s glare may have been to blame in the motor vehicle accident.

Reportedly, the collision occurred around 2 p.m. on Route 10 when a Subaru wagon pulled out in front of a Mercury SUV. The driver of the SUV allegedly told police that she did not see the wagon until it was too late.

The driver of the wagon was killed instantly, and his female passenger has been hospitalized with potentially life-threatening injuries. All five occupants of the SUV were also taken to hospital, but they will all likely recover, according to reports.

Factors including solar glares, icy roads and heavy rains can cause an accident at any time. Are you prepared?

Here is our best advice on what to do after you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Massachusetts:

  1. Call the police.
  2. Get all of the necessary information from the other driver and witnesses. This includes names, addresses, license and license plate numbers, phone numbers.
  3. Seek medical help as soon as possible, even if your injuries seem minor. (Some injuries could take days or weeks to develop after an accident.)
  4. Take pictures immediately. Use your cellphone camera or any other camera you have available. This step is crucial.
  5. Record of your symptoms and pains after the accident in a journal. Also write down the dates of when you went to the doctor, when you had to stay home from work, or other ways your injuries affected your life.
  6. Get advice from an attorney as soon as possible following your accident.

By following these steps, you can help to make sure that you will be properly compensated for your injuries, lost wages and property damage.

Source: Boston Globe, “1 Dead, 6 Hurt In SUV Crash,” Nov. 7, 2011.