Whenever someone is involved in a car crash, the resulting injuries can range from not serious to very serious and even deadly. A number of accidents that occur on the roadways fall into the not serious category, normally referred to as fender-benders. No serious injuries result but the car is damaged in some way. However, there are many accidents that lead to serious bodily injury and even death in some cases. Dealing with the aftermath of a serious car crash is both difficult and complex for those involved.
Drunk driving accidents usually fall into the serious category. These accidents often times leave those involved with significant injury. An accident in a county in Pennsylvania left at least three people with substantial injuries. A total of four people ended up in the hospital after this accident. Police investigation suggests that the person that caused the accident crossed the center lane thus making contact with another car traveling in the opposite direction. The man driving the car allegedly at fault was thought to be under the influence at the time of the accident and authorities are still investigating the crash.
In dealing with car accidents, there are a number of things that accident victims or the families of accident victims have to deal with. Depending on the nature and circumstances following the accident, the victims may look to the courts to make them whole. This means that the accident victims can seek punitive and compensatory damages from the party at fault in the accident. Compensatory damages would include but are not limited to payment of medical expenses associated with the accident. A claim would have to be filed with the court and the court would make a determination based on the facts of the case.
Victims in drunk driving accidents, as in all vehicular accidents, have rights and those rights should be asserted when faced with this type of situation.
Source: The Patriot-News, “Halifax crash sends 4 to hospital; driver suspected of being under the influence,” Anna Orso, Aug. 4, 2013