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Report: Drunk Driving Crash Caused School Closure in New England

Some drunk driving car accidents result in personal injury and others result in only property damage. Some of the worst car accidents result in serious personal injury and significant property damage.

mmsIFfoAccording to a recent news article from CBS Boston, a mom allegedly crashed her car while she was driving with her two kids in the car. This defendant is a 32-year-old woman from Lowell, Massachusetts. Authorities alleged she was driving under the influence of alcohol when she crashed her car into a utility pole. As a result of the allegedly alcohol-related car crash, her 12-year-old child is believed to have suffered a fractured or broken ankle and was taken to the hospital, along with the young victim’s seven-year-old sibling.

The utility pole was destroyed in the crash, and this caused a series of power lines to fall on the road, closing the road until much later, when emergency utility repair crews could come out and clean up the damage. The road that closed was also the only entry access into a local public school, so the school had to close as well.  

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered suspect had allegedly flagged down a car and asked the driver for a ride to a local bar. She was supposedly unsteady on her feet at this point, and police were called to the scene. Authorities say they immediately became convinced she had been driving under the influence of alcohol. They placed suspect under arrest and took her children to the hospital for medical assistance. She was charged with drunk driving with children in the vehicle and driving on a suspended license. She was held on $5,000 cash bond.

It is important to note, defendant has not been convicted of any crime in connection with the incident and is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty in a court of law.

As our Boston drunk driving accident attorneys can explain, when a person purchases a car insurance liability policy, as required by law, they are purchasing three categories of coverage.  The first is coverage for personal injury per person per injury. If one person is injured in a car accident, this is the maximum amount insurance will pay. The second coverage limit is the maximum amount of money for personal injury claims per accident. This comes into play when more than one person was injured by at-fault driver. This is the total amount of money the insurance company will pay for the entire accident in terms of personal injury.

The last type of coverage required by law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is coverage for property damage for property belonging to others. This could include damage to vehicles or damage to a utility pole. The reason these numbers are important is because many people do not have assets beyond their car insurance policy to pay damages in personal injury cases. If more than one person in injured, this may become even more of a problem. For this reason, the sooner you speak with an experienced attorney, the better your chances will be for a successful recovery.

If you have been injured in a Boston drunk driving accident, call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-888-367-2900.

Additional Resources:

Pelham Schools Closed After Allegedly Drunk Mom Crashes Car, September 18, 2015, CBS Boston, by Ken MacLeod

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