Massachusetts residents know that although the holidays typically bring cheer and cause for celebration, unfortunately, tragedy can strike at any time. Recently, a horrific car accident occurred when a Ford F150 pickup truck and a Mitsubishi Montero Sport were involved in a head-on collision on South Street in Fitchburg.

According to reports, four individuals were injured and transported to local hospitals as a result of the crash. The man who was driving the Mitsubishi was suspected to have sustained injuries to his neck and back, including possible fractures. He was trapped in his vehicle for quite some time and was finally extracted from the vehicle when a rescue worker cut through the roof of the automobile. This man was apparently transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center and his current medical condition is unknown at this time.

The cause of this accident is currently unknown. The article did not indicate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident, or whether any of the drivers were texting or talking on cell phones or had lost control of the vehicle for some other reason, such as falling asleep at the wheel. All of these are common causes for head-on collisions, which can lead to catastrophic injuries.

Once any investigation into the cause of the accident is completed, if it is determined that one driver was negligent in causing this accident to occur, or in failing to prevent it from happening, the other injured parties to the accident, including the passenger of the negligent driver, may be entitled to seek damages for the injuries they received as a result of this accident. Compensation that may be recovered can include reimbursement for medical expenses and treatment received as a result of the accident, lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: Sentinel & Enterprise, “Four injured in head-on accident in Fitchburg,” Dec. 10, 2012