Becoming injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence is a traumatic experience. It places an emotional and financial burden on the accident victim and his or her family, and if the victim is the breadwinner, it can make it difficult to make ends meet as medical bills pile up. One way to recover compensation is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. To do so though, fault on the part of the negligent driver must be demonstrated and this can become complicated if there were multiple vehicles involved in the car accident.
A recent multi vehicle crash in Kentucky could end up highlighting this problem. A 23-year-old female driver lost control of her car on the parkway and went into oncoming traffic. She sideswiped a tractor-trailer, hit a guardrail and bounced back into oncoming traffic. her vehicle came to a rest after hitting yet another tractor trailer.
Unfortunately, this was not the end of the incident. Yet another tractor-trailer did not pay attention to the changing road conditions and did not slow down in time. It crashed into a halted vehicle, causing it to hit a flatbed truck. The driver of the halted vehicle died on the scene of the accident and a 3-year-old in the car suffered serious injuries. According to reports, evidence is being gathered to press charges in the second set of crashes, not the first.
As the police investigation continues, accident victims should keep in mind that a civil suit progresses separately from a criminal one. The compensation received through a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties can go a long way in easing the financial burden associated with a crash. However, it might be beneficial to consult an experienced attorney to determine how fault can be allocated in a multi-vehicle accident.