It is the law in Massachusetts for motorists to slow down and move over for disabled or emergency vehicles on the roadways. This is in order to give vehicles on the side of the road plenty of room and help to prevent accidents from occurring. In order to obey this law, drivers need to pay careful attention to the road to ensure that they see disabled or emergency vehicles in enough time to move over and accommodate them.
Had a driver slowed down and moved over for a semi-truck that was experiencing mechanical difficulties, a truck accident may have been avoided. The accident occurred on Interstate 291 in Springfield at around 1:04 a.m. A tractor trailer had pulled over into a breakdown lane of the freeway. A 22-year-old automobile driver apparently did not see the parked semi because he crashed into the back of it.
A 25-year-old passenger in the automobile was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was charged with a number of offenses including operating under the influence. It is not known if he will be charged with the death of his passenger.
Because of the negligence and irresponsible behavior of this driver, a woman lost her life. Her family would be well advised to consult with a personal injury attorney about their case. A lawyer may be able to help them determine their right to compensation for their loved one’s death and funeral expenses.
Source: Mass Live, “Massachusetts State Police identify victim of fatal crash on I-291 as 25-year-old Moti Kuikel of West Springfield,” Conor Berry, May 25, 2014