When someone runs a stop sign and a collision occurs, the results can be devastating, even deadly. This very dangerous scenario recently led a car accident at an Indiana intersection. Car accidents of this nature can lead to legal action, both criminal and civil, particularly when alcohol plays a role in why the accident occurred.
The accident occurred on a Wednesday evening as a 44-year-old woman was driving her Tahoe north. A 37-year-old man was driving west and ran a stop sign. He hit the Tahoe on the passenger side, and both vehicles ended up leaving the roadway and coming to a rest in a field. Police think the Tahoe may have rolled over.
A 10-year-old girl who was a passenger in the Tahoe died at the scene of the accident. The woman driving the Tahoe was flown from the scene for treatment of injuries she sustained. The driver who presumably caused the crash was also flown from the scene for treatment. Police have stated that alcohol played a role in the car accident.
People who are injured in car accidents due to the intoxication of another driver may have cause to pursue a civil case against that driver regardless of what becomes of any criminal charges filed after the accident. The woman in this case may want to explore that possibility after she recovers, and she may also want to explore the benefits of pursuing a wrongful death case against the driver due to the tragic loss of a young child. Any compensation garnered from a personal injury suit or wrongful death suit in Indiana may help a family recover from a devastating accident and the unexpected financial impact that accident may have on their lives.
Source: 21alive.com, “10-year-old girl dies from Miami County car crash, injures two others”, Kayla Crandall, Oct. 15, 2015