Chelmsford, MA (June 27, 2018) – Police in Chelmsford have identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash on I-495 Monday. David Mains, a fire captain in Raymond, Maine has been named by authorities as the man who lost his life. Police now believe that Mains was traveling on 495 in a 2007 Yamaha Motorcycle when he struck the back of a 2016 Mercedes and was ejected from the bike. The Mercedes had slowed down because of congested traffic.
Mains’ wife was also on the motorcycle with him at the time of the crash. She suffered serious injuries and remains in the hospital. There is no word at this time on whether the other driver will face charges and police have not released their identity pending further investigation. Our thoughts go out to David Mains and his family in this tragic time.
Fatal Vehicle Accidents
What happens when a death occurs on the roadway? Ultimately, it depends on who is at fault in the crash. If the deceased individual was a victim of another person’s negligence, the estate of the deceased may bring a claim for wrongful death against the driver. Typically, wrongful death claims are brought by the deceased’s next of kin, such as a spouse or adult child. Damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim include funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and an amount of the loss of companionship. In extreme cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish especially reckless, negligent or willful behavior leading to death.
Massachusetts wrongful death actions are complicated. The law is extremely complex in this area. If you find yourself in a situation where you are considering a wrongful death claim, you should speak with an attorney immediately. While this accident remains under investigation, the ultimate outcome of the police crash report will determine, to some degree, which party is legally responsible for this crash. If the other driver was at fault there could be a potential wrongful death claim filed by the deceased’s next of kin.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, our attorneys have the necessary experience in pursuing and succeeding with wrongful death claims. There is too much at stake for you to choose inexperienced or incompetent counsel. We offer free consultations. To discuss your case with us today, please call our Boston office at 617-367-2900.
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