When an Olympia resident suffers injuries caused by someone else's actions, many people are quick to say that one person or the other is at fault. However, the word fault has a different legal meaning than it does an ordinary meaning. While someone may have been at fault, proving that in a personal injury case in a court of law needs more than a simple statement allocating fault. It needs a showing of proof that one person acted negligently.
Last week's post discussed the hazards of distracted driving and focused specifically on how drivers taking pictures of other accidents on the road pose a risk to paramedics on the scene. Washington State troopers claim that distracted driving of any kind remains a problem on the road and that most of the time the people they pull over are searching for their favorite songs, operating a navigation system, holding their phones, or texting. However, even talking to a passenger or changing the radio can become a distraction if the driver takes his or her eyes and mind off the road for a short period of time.
Much has been said about the dangers of distracted driving and how texting and driving is emerging as the most common cause of distracted driving accidents. However, new research is pointing to another cause of distracted driving accidents-documenting a car accident as driving by it.
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?