Paying attention on the road is important, and not many people would say this isn’t true. A driver’s negligence can quickly lead to accidents, even those that could have easily been avoided. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, readers may be interested in hearing about this local car accident. This car accident ironically happened because of a driver who was looking at another car accident, according to the news.
A report from Nov. 12 states that a tow truck driver responding to a highway crash was hit by another car. According to the news, the first accident took place at around 5 a.m. on Nov. 12, because a tractor-trailer heading north on I-89 jack-knifed and slid off the road and down an embankment. Southbound traffic was cut off due to the accident, and heavy-duty wreckers were called in to help remove debris and to free the trailer from the embankment. However, that slowed and stopped traffic on the highway resulted in another serious accident a few hours later, when a woman driving northbound was distracted by the accident that had taken place.
Police reported that the woman swerved to avoid hitting cars that were slowing down in front of her, and that resulted in a series of unfortunate events. Her car was allegedly airborne before it slid toward the scene of the original crash. According to the news, the police officer on the scene saw the car coming and pushed the tow truck driver out of the way, but he was still hit and injured.
An accident like this one should be a reminder about how important it is to keep your eyes on the road. Both the driver and tow truck driver had to be taken to the hospital for treatments.
Those who are injured or the families of those who have been lost due to another’s negligence have a right to seek compensation. The claims, which are filed in civil court, can be for a multitude of damages, including pain and suffering, wrongful death and medical expenses.
Source: Boston.com, “NH driver distracted by crash causes another” No Author Given, Nov. 12, 2013