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Out-of-State Crash Kills 7 Children, 2 Adults Raising Caution for Massachusetts Residents

Traffic accidents are always tragic. Even low-impact crashes that result in minor injuries can be a traumatic experience for the people involved and their loved ones. When a catastrophic accident happens, however, it can leave the entire community in shock and chance the victims’ lives forever. If you were hurt in a Boston car accident or lost a loved one in a catastrophic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Although monetary recovery cannot truly heal you after such a devastating experience, it can help you cope with the financial impact. Contact Mass Injury Group now to learn more about your potential options and legal rights.

On New Year’s Day in California, a head-on collision on a rural route led to the death of seven children and two adults, according to NBC Boston. The California Highway Patrol investigated the accident and interviewed all of the witnesses who arrived on the scene shortly after the impact, which led to a fire in one of the vehicles. From initial reports, an SUV and truck collided between Avenal and Coalinga. The children who lost their lives in the accident ranged in age from 6 years to 15 years and were members of two families that were related. The children were traveling in a Ford F-150 truck.

A Dodge Journey SUV struck the truck around 8 p.m., according to the coroner’s office that handled the investigation. A 28-year-old man was driving the SUV heading southbound when he veered into a dirt shoulder. The driver apparently overcorrected after swerving, crossing over the middle line, and colliding with the Ford truck. The truck erupted in flames. At this time, it is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. A toxicology report is being prepared to determine whether this was a factor.

After a fatal and catastrophic car accident, the surviving loved ones can bring a wrongful death action to recover for the loss of their loved one. In this claim, they will seek compensation for the expenses associated with the accident as well as compensation for the impact that it has on their lives.

A few common types of damages that plaintiffs in a wrongful death action typically seek include funeral expenses, burial expenses, medical bills, and property damages. For their own loss, they seek compensation for the loss of their loved one’s financial support, love, companionship, and nurturing.  It can be difficult to put a price on these items, but an experienced car accident lawyer can assist you with the process. It may be necessary to work with experts who can determine what the value of different services would be, for example.

At Mass Injury Group, we are prepared to walk you through this difficult and intimidating process so that you can focus most of your attention on grieving and being with your family. We have seen just how difficult this situation is and how hard it can be to navigate the legal system on your own. You can start with a free consultation to learn about our Boston car accident lawyers and how we can help you. Call now at 617-263-0060 or contact us online.

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