In Cape Cod car accident lawyer news, there was a severe head-on car crash this week in which resulted in a MedFlight evacuation and the closure of Route 6.
This was the description offered by Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran regarding a two vehicle accident on the Truro-Provincetown line.
The crash was severe enough to require one of the victims to be transported by MedFilght to a Boston hospital. Another victim, with presumably less serious injuries, was reportedly taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
The accident occurred on November 1, 2012 at 12:01PM according to officials when an eastbound Subaru crossed the median of Route 6 and collided with an older model Mercedes which was traveling on the westbound side. The Subaru then skidded off the road and crashed into the woods along the highway.
The occupant of the Subaru, who was the victim flown to Boston, was violently ejected from the vehicle. There is no word on the condition of either of the victims at present time, or on whether speed or alcohol were factors in the incident.
Cape Cod Car Accident Lawyer Warnings
Those familiar with Cape Cod may already be aware of the danger associated with driving on Route 6. This stretch of the highway near its eastern end was nicknamed “Suicide Alley” in the 1970’s and 1980’s as there were 36 recorded fatalities along a 12.8 mile section of the road.
We as Cape Cod car accident attorneys, have seen far too many of our clients seriously injured form these oftentimes horrific car crashes.
Officials were successful in reducing the number of deaths along Route 6 by installing a 3 foot berm and reflectors in the 1990’s. Although this reduced the rate of accidents, this area still poses a danger to motorists.
Other Cape Cod Car Accident Attorney Crashes
This easterly stretch of highway on Cape Cod has been the scene of some significant car crashes over the past few years and the subject of other Cape Cod car accident lawyer news stories.
Just to name a few from the past few years:
- Over Memorial Day weekend in 2012, a 22 year old Wayland native and Yale grad was killed in an accident along this stretch of the road on Route 6. Police reports confirmed that she was wearing her seat belt. The woman was visiting friends to finish working on a play before heading to start a new job at The New Yorker magazine. The other driver involved was hospitalized but survived.
- During the Summer of 2011, a teenager was killed when he was struck by a car while walking his bicycle along the road, which does not have a bicycle lane.
- A 19 year old also lost her life in late 2009 in a head-on collision. The other driver in this accident was seriously injured and sent to Cape Cod Hospital for seriously injuries to the neck and spine.
- In 2001 there were 10 deaths along the same section of Route 6 in Eastham alone, all on this stretch of dangerous highway called “suicide alley”.
Eastern End of Route 6 on Cape Cod Has a Ways to Go
Clearly there are still concerns over traffic flow and safety along Route 6 on Cape Cod. According to the Cape Cod Commission’s Route 6 Safety & Traffic Flow Safety study of 2004, the crash rate along Route 6 in Eastham was nearly triple that of the rate along Route 6 for the rest of the Cape.
There have been many suggestions as how to improve the highway and make it safer. For instance, widening lanes, adding additional lanes, or Jersey barriers have been offered as potential solutions.
Presently, there are no public plans to add other safety measures to Route 6. Officials have cited budgetary as well as environmental reasons as obstacles to making these improvements.
Though it is unlikely that the danger of driving can be completely eliminated, based on the statistics there is room for improvement along this notoriously treacherous section of Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Car Accident Attorney Advice For You…
Car accidents in Cape Cod are all too common especially on Route 6 and especially in the summertime. Don’t be guilty of distracted driving and also remember to wear your seat-belt, this can minimize your injuries if you are in a car accident.
Even if you’ve been injured in a car accident and don’t want to seek medical treatment, you should to be safe. Oftentimes after car accidents, injuries don’t appear for weeks.
This is why it’s so important to go to your doctor or the Emergency Room, even if you have minor bumps or bruises.
Even if the injuries are minor, you’re covered should you ever need to file a significant personal injury claim with your insurance company.
And of course, if you have been in a car accident and you feel that you are not at fault and need to file an insurance claim contact a Cape Cod car accident attorney who knows both Cape Cod as well as one who knows car accident personal injury law.
Many people feel they don’t need the assistance of a car accident attorney even in minor cases. However, its best to speak with a personal injury lawyer, especially if your insurance company is giving you the run around.
If I’m Injured, Do Call A Cape Cod Car Accident Attorney First?
If you are in a car accident, get medical treatment first – especially if you’re injured seriously.
Then call a car accident lawyer who can help you navigate through the insurance claim issues you are likely to to face.
Remember, insurance companies don’t want to pay claims. They want to keep their money and not give you what you deserve in most cases.
Get someone on your side…and it’s not Allstate, by the way. Contact a Cape Cod car accident attorney firm like ours and protect your rights as a consumer.