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Staffer and 3 Others Involved in Van Accident

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California residents may be following a story involving a 25-year-old man who was a staffer for Ben Carson. He died on Jan. 19 in a van accident that took place at about 9:45 a.m. on I-80 near Atlantic. Police said that the crash happened when the driver attempted to change lanes on an icy patch of the highway and ran through a median. The van was then hit by a Chevy Avalanche.

Three other people in the van at the time of the accident were injured and received treatment at Cass County Memorial Hospital. The man who died in the crash was taken to Nebraska Medical Center's trauma center, where he passed away. Ben Carson suspended his campaign for the following day, and many other candidates expressed condolences for the victims.

If an individual is injured in a car crash, he or she may take legal action against the person who caused the crash. It may be possible to win compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. Future costs related to injuries suffered in a car crash such as physical therapy or a modified vehicle may also be covered in a settlement.

The family of those who pass away in a car accident may file a wrongful death suit against the party that caused an accident or contributed to an accident. For instance, if roads were slippery, it may be possible to argue that the party responsible for keeping them clear of ice or other debris was negligent. If successful, a wrongful death suit may entitle the victim's family to lost future earnings and punitive damages. An attorney may be able to determine whether to pursue an outside settlement or a formal trial to resolve the case.