An often overlooked aspect of serious motor vehicle accidents is the injuries that passengers might suffer. Whether occupying the passenger seat or the rear of the vehicle, these individuals can suffer serious, life-altering injuries such as amputation, paralysis or brain damage. Depending on the severity of the collision, it is not uncommon for a passenger to be killed in a motor vehicle accident.
A deadly motor vehicle accident can be the result of two vehicles colliding, one vehicle striking road barriers, buildings or trees, or a vehicle rollover. No matter the specifics of the accident, drivers and passengers alike can suffer severe injuries that can dramatically impact the victim and his or her entire family.
Recently, the Massachusetts State Police reported on a devastating vehicle accident. The driver and three passengers suffered varying degrees of injuries following the van rolling over. The fourth passenger, however, was killed. The accident remains under investigation.
Of the common types of vehicle accidents – head-on, rear-end, side-impact and rollover – a rollover can be the most deadly. From passengers not wearing seatbelts to the roof of the vehicle being crushed inward, vehicle occupants can suffer fatal injuries. A study by the NHTSA has found that rollovers accounted for nearly 35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes – including those involving vans and SUVs.
Accidents like these underscore the importance of driver safety. Massachusetts roads can quickly become hazardous in the winter months with icy, snowy conditions leading to collisions between vehicles and roadside objects. If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can explain your legal options.