Multi-car crashes can leave lasting impressions of anxiety and stress on victims and their families. When serious injuries and sometimes death accompany emotional strain, it can be difficult for people to know where to start when many vehicles are involved and another party may be liable for the damages incurred. Multi-car crashes can have devastating consequences, sometimes claiming the lives of multiple victims.
Reports from a recent multi-car crash in California indicate that an SUV went speeding through an intersection, with the driver allegedly talking on his cell phone. A six-car accident ensued that killed five people and injured 12 others. The five people who lost their lives were all part of a family in one of the cars. The lone survivor of that vehicle is the nine-year-old boy who lost his two brothers, his sister, his father and his pregnant mother, and he is currently in the hospital in critical condition. The authorities are still investigating the accident, but have revealed that the driver had been drinking, was speeding, was driving without a license and was recently released from prison; he, too, remains in critical condition.
Criminal charges could be filed against the driver of the SUV if his condition improves. Because of the complexity of a car crash of this nature, seeking medical expense compensation and insurance benefits in California for a collision of this nature may have an array of avenues or specific guidelines. If liability for the accident is placed on the driver, then an injured victim or the family of a deceased victim likely has the right to pursue a claim seeking reimbursement of the financial damages that inevitably accompany these tragedies.
Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, the party responsible for fatal multi-car crashes can be held accountable for causing wrongful death. In the claim, the surviving family members of a victim file a lawsuit against the responsible party on behalf of the deceased's estate. After the loss of a loved one, the last thing many family members may want to do is suffer the stress of litigation. For this reason, it's important to know that many wrongful death claims are settled outside of court. A wide range of damages may be awarded, including pain and suffering.
Source: cnsnews.com, Police: Suspect in fatal Calif. crash was drinking, No author, Oct. 26, 2013