The longer you drive, the more likely it is that you will be involved in a car crash. That is not to say that it will definitely happen, but the odds of it happening increase substantially based on time and years on the roadways. The thing with car crashes is that they vary in severity from very serious, where people die, to minor, where all that is damaged is the vehicle involved in the accident. No matter the severity of the car crash, being involved in one is extremely unsettling. The frequency of car accidents makes driving a dangerous activity.
In Erie, Pennsylvania, 12 people were involved in a car accident that sent nine of them to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Although the people involved in the car collision were not seriously injured, they still required medical attention. The damage to the vehicles was substantial, especially to the front end of each vehicle. Essentially, a minivan hit another car when it attempted to make a turn. The car that was struck was carrying five passengers and there were seven passengers in the minivan.
In car collisions such as these, after a thorough police investigation, the police will usually assign fault in the case. Whoever is not assessed fault may be able to sue the other party for damages for any physical injuries and property damage. Depending on the severity of the accident and whether or not there were personal injuries, the outcome of any lawsuit may vary. In cases where death results from the accident, a wrongful death claim can be brought before the court. In these types of claims, depending on the situation, people may seek punitive damages in addition to funeral expenses and other damages. In other types of accident claims, people may seek compensatory damages in order to compensate them for any monetary loss that can be attributed to the accident.
Understanding how a car accidents impacts one's rights and responsibilities will go a long way to ensuring that things are handled properly.
Source: WICU Channel 12 News, "Accident Sends Nine to Hospital," Emily Welsh, June 30, 2013