Car accidents happen every day in every city in the United States. Most of these accidents are minor, but sometimes, a crash is serious. When a car crash causes severe injuries or death to one of the parties involved, it may be because of negligence on the part of the other driver. Victims of car accidents or their relatives may be entitled to compensation after an injury or a death. For example, a woman has filed a lawsuit for such an incident, where her husband died in a car accident that was allegedly caused by the negligence of the other driver involved. Both the driver and the woman’s husband were killed in the accident. The lawsuit was filed against the estate of the deceased driver and the owner of the vehicle they drove.
When an accident occurs, both negligence and liability must be proven. Negligence means that the person did something that should not have been done or that he or she was careless. It may also include a lack of action when the person should have done something. Liability means that the person is responsible for the damages. Both negligence and liability must be present in order for a victim to collect compensation in a negligence case. In the case discussed above, the driver allegedly fell asleep while behind the wheel. According to the lawsuit, the owner of the car driven by this individual is also liable because he knew that the driver was tired before he loaned him the vehicle.
Car accidents can have deadly consequences. The speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash and other factors determine how severe the injuries may be. In this case, the crash was a one-car accident where the driver veered off the road, reportedly because he fell asleep. Many accidents occur each year due to distracted driving and falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers must take care to ensure that they do not drive while impaired. Drowsy driving is a form of impaired driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even if it is for just a few seconds, can cause an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done research on drowsy driving and they report that drowsy drivers are less alert, have a longer reaction time, and have impaired judgment when compared with those who are well rested.
After a car accident, you are likely feeling traumatized and in disbelief. Legal action may not be on your mind immediately. However, it may be necessary. Medical costs can be extremely expensive and should be paid for by the responsible party. In addition to medical expenses, you may also be entitled to money for funeral expenses and legal fees if a death occurred. Many lawsuits are settled out of court with help from an experienced personal injury attorney. If a settlement is not forthcoming, a trial may be required. If your loved one died because of the negligent actions of another, contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates, P.C. for a consultation.
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