It is a parent's worst nightmare to be told that their child has been involved in an accident. Unfortunately, that is what happened to the parents of 34 middle school children in Newtown recently.
Most Massachusetts residents know that operating a vehicle is a big responsibility. That is why extra precautions should be taken to avoid distractions and allow a driver to focus on the task at hand - arriving safely to one's destination. Teenagers in particular can have an especially difficult time comprehending the risks associated with driving. Unfortunately, they are frequently involved in very serious car accidents.
Some of our Massachusetts readers may have heard by now about the fatal hit and run accident that occurred in Springfield, just two hours southwest of Salem. The car accident left a 19-year-old pregnant mother dead, and her two-year-old daughter in intensive care.
When a person is a passenger in someone else's car or truck, the passenger's safety is in the hands of the driver. If that driver is negligent and that negligence leads to an accident and injury, the driver may be held liable for any injury suffered by the passenger.