Carpooling can often be a useful way for multiple individuals to get to their destinations. However, if these vehicles are involved in car accidents, there may be a chance for multiple parties to be seriously injured or killed. When there are such outcomes, there may also be cause for civil legal actions to be taken.
A recent crash in Oklahoma may result in civil claims after injuries occurred. Reports stated that the incident involved a passenger van and a tractor-trailer. The crash took place at an intersection that did not have traffic lights or signs. It was unclear in which directions the vehicles were traveling or which factors may have contributed to the accident taking place. Authorities were continuing to investigate at the time of the report.
The incident resulted in a passenger in the van suffering fatal injuries. He was reported as being 29 years old. Five other passengers in the van, as well as both drivers, were also injured and transported to an area hospital. The ages and identities of those individuals were not disclosed in the report.
Though it was unclear which driver may have been considered at fault, the family of the passenger killed in this Oklahoma incident may be able to file a civil claim regardless of the outcome of the investigation. A wrongful death claim filed against the driver deemed responsible could allow the family to seek compensation for the emotional and financial struggles resulting from the incident. Additionally, seriously injured survivors of this incident — as well as individuals injured in other car accidents — may also have cause to file personal injury claims of their own.
Source: kswo.com, “Lawton man dies in car crash“, David Bradley, Aug. 6, 2016
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