Until someone is involved in an auto accident, they do not know the emotional and financial toll it takes on an accident victim. Not only does a victim struggle to recover physically, but he or she may find it difficult to emerge from the financial damage inflicted upon them from medical bills and the costs of repairing a vehicle. One way an accident victim can recoup these losses is by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused crash. But what happens when there are multiple vehicles involved? In these instances, who does one hold accountable?
These are perhaps the thoughts going through the heads of accident victims involved in a recent three-car crash in Washington State. According to police, a 21-year-old woman was driving her vehicle north just before noon when she failed to stop at a red light. As a result, her vehicle crashed into another one at the intersection. However, this was not the end of the incident.
The second vehicle then went on to hit another vehicle that was being driven by a 17-year-old girl. The three occupants of the second vehicle, including two children under the age of 10, were injured in the crash and taken to the hospital for medical attention. Criminal charges are pending against the individual who ran the red light.
A civil suit is independent of a criminal one, and is subject to a different burden of proof. However, a car accident is seldom straightforward and recovery can be challenged by factors such as multi-vehicle crashes. One way to improve the odds of an accident victim getting the financial recovery they deserve is to consult an experienced attorney for guidance.