It is never easy or simple dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, especially where the accident results in serious injury or death. The victims of car accidents and their families have a number of things to handle; this is particularly true when the victims are unable to handle matters on their own due to injury. Ensuring that an accident victim’s legal rights are protected is imperative because a lawsuit may provide the victim with much needed compensation.
In Las Vegas a two-car accident occurred which injured three people. Apparently, the driver of one vehicle was attempting to change lanes and did not notice another vehicle in the lane. The driver of the first car hit the second one and caused it to cross over the median and hit a concrete barrier. The driver of the second car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and the two passengers were listed in critical condition. The driver of the first car was not injured.
During the police investigation of an accident, police will determine which driver was at fault. This police report can be used as evidence in a civil case. The courts, to some degree, rely on the official police report in car accident cases. If a plaintiff can show that the defendant’s negligence was the cause of the accident, then the plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. After hearing all the evidence, the jury will determine how much the plaintiff will be awarded.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “3 injured in crash; man arrested on DUI count,” Brian Nordli, March 4, 2014