A 17-year-old boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time dies in car crash.
”The people involved in this accident did not see it coming until it was too late,” said Charlie Donahue, a Brattleboro injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire.
Speed may have been a factor in this three vehicle collision that caused one car to roll and catch fire, quickly engulfing it in flames. The backseat passenger, a 17-year-old boy, could not be extricated, and died at the scene. It was the day from hell for those involved in the accident and for the first responders at the scene.
The accident happened in the early evening hours, when a 2004 Chevrolet slammed into the rear end of a 2007 Jeep that was disabled in the fast lane. As the driver and front seat passenger got out of the car to check on the Jeep’s driver, their car was hit by an SUV, causing it to rollover and burst into flames. The passenger was trapped in the car. The other victims were treated by paramedics at the scene or taken to area hospitals.
“Does the deceased’s family have a wrongful death lawsuit? Yes, for at least two reasons. The driver of the car he was riding in was not paying attention to where they were going and rear ended the stranded Jeep. The driver of the SUV that slammed into the car was also not watching where he was going. Both drivers set up the perfect storm for the death of the 17-year-old boy, a death that could have been avoided had people been following the rules of the road,” said Donahue.
“Nothing can bring this boy back, which is what the family would like. Perhaps a lawsuit sounds crass. However, the only justice the system has is money, as there is no way to compensate the loved ones otherwise. If the insurance money can make their lives a bit easier, they deserve it,” said Donahue.
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