Norton Man Charged Following Fatal Hit and Run Accident on Route 24 in Randolph
August 6, 2012
Last week, a Norton man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a person's death on Route 24 in Randolph, Massachusetts. 20-year-old Shane Wilson reportedly struck and killed 29-year-old Adam Trudeau while traveling on the northbound side of the roadway near Exit 21 in the early morning hours of July 29th. According to state police, Trudeau purportedly got out of his car and walked into the center lane of traffic where he was hit by Wilson's red Hyundai. Police also allege that Wilson stopped immediately after hitting the man, but left the scene of the crash without notifying authorities.
Wilson reportedly contacted Massachusetts State Police after he saw a news story regarding the fatal accident. Although Wilson was aware he struck something in the roadway, he told law enforcement officers he believed it was a deer. The cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team and the Crime Scene Services Section. Wilson's Hyundai was also taken into police custody as part of the inquiry.
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents happen in Massachusetts every day. Although it is disappointing when drivers fail to take responsibility for their actions when your property is damaged, it is unacceptable for a negligent or inattentive driver to leave the scene of an injury accident. Hit and run accidents occur for a variety of reasons that may include driver impairment, distracted driving, and driver inattention. Even at low speeds, hit and run accidents can cause extensive and costly property damage as well as bodily injury to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Too often, the injuries that result from a hit and run accident are fatal.
People who were hurt by an inattentive, impaired, or distracted driver may be entitled to payment for medical costs, temporary or permanent disability, suffering and pain, and other damages. Someone who was hurt in a Massachusetts automobile accident may also be eligible to receive Personal Injury Protection benefits from an insurance company. Additionally, if you were hurt in a hit and run accident you may be eligible to recover compensation from your own automobile insurance policy pursuant to your uninsured motorist coverage.
In the State of Massachusetts, you may also have the ability to bring an uninsured motorist claim for an accident that does not result in contact with another driver's car. If another driver negligently caused you to swerve out of his or her way, lose control of your vehicle, or leave the roadway, you may be entitled to bring a claim against your own auto insurance company without negatively affecting your premiums. If you were hurt or your property was damaged in a hit and run accident, you should discuss your case with a skilled Massachusetts attorney.
If you or a loved one was injured in a hit and run collision, call the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa, P.C. in Taunton at (508) 823-6111 or Brockton at (508) 230-5300 today. Our knowledgeable Randolph hit and run accident lawyers focus exclusively on personal injury law. The attorneys at Sousa & Sousa have more than 50 years of combined experience helping Massachusetts clients achieve fair compensation following an injury or other unexpected accident. The Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa represents clients in Bridgewater, Easton, Brockton, Taunton, Stoughton, and other surrounding towns. To speak with a hardworking personal injury lawyer today, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa through our website.
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Norton man charged with leaving the scene of fatal Route 24 crash, by Maria Papadopoulos, enterprisenews.com
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