A 35 year old man from Lynn, Massachusetts, was seriously injured when an alleged drunk-driver struck him. The alleged drunk-driver is from Peabody, Massachusetts and was operating a Volkswagen Passat. The Lynn resident was operating a Yamaha Scooter. The crash was in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Crash Scene in Salem, MA
Police at the scene say that the alleged drunk-driver had bloodshot eyes, her speech was slurred and she had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She failed two out three field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
The victim was transported by ambulance from the accident scene to the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts. He was then taken to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts due to the severity of his injuries.
Scooter and Bicycle Injuries – The Legal Issues
Injuries to people on scooters, mopeds and bicycles present particularly complex insurance coverage issues. Generally, the medical bills will be partially paid for by the insurance company of the owner of the vehicle that caused the collision. Furthermore, if the driver was negligent, as is the likely scenario in this case, the insurance company of the owner and operator of the vehicle will be responsible for compensation for pain and suffering, future disability, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and scarring. Additionally, if there is not enough insurance coverage to fairly compensate the victim of the accident, the victim can seek compensation directly from the responsible party.
Importantly, when a person is the victim of injuries caused by a drunk driver, that person or his or her family need to begin an investigation quickly into the facts surrounding the incident. It will be critical to learn where the drunk driver obtained the alcohol, whether it was a public or private bar or establishment, whether they might have been over served or illegally sold liquor. It is critical to learn this information early on so that potential additional insurance coverage can be located.
Contact Mazow & McCullough, PC for Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has been injured while operating a scooter, bicycle or moped or if you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to financial relief. The Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Mazow|McCullough, PC have handled thousands of personal injury cases with great success. If you or a loved one have been injured, please contact our personal injury law office for a free initial consultation.