Thousands of Americans are killed in traffic accidents each year.
Madison, AL- An Alabama community is in mourning after two teenaged girls were killed this weekend, making their deaths the latest in a string of teen fatalities. In this case, two 15-year-old girls were killed when the go-cart they were riding in collided with an automobile Saturday night.
WAAY-TV reports that the accident occurred on April 23, around 10:45 p.m. when the girls attempted to cross Highway 36 in Danville. According to the TV station, the go-kart struck a passenger vehicle as it entered the intersection.
The girl driving the go-kart was killed instantly. Her passenger was flown to a hospital in Huntsville where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The driver of the passenger car, a 30-year-old man, was not injured.
Sadly, these two girls’ deaths were just the latest in a string of deaths. According to the Decatur Daily, two weeks ago, a local teen was struck by a train at a railroad crossing in Auburn were she was going to college and was killed. The next week, the paper reports that a teenaged boy drowned at Smith Lake.
“This is the third Monday in a row we’ve dealt with the death of one of our students,” Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. told the Decatur Daily.
Do authorities know who is at fault for this collision?
Police told multiple news outlets they are still investigating the crash, so who was at fault for this crash is not known. Unfortunately, it can take the time to conduct a thorough investigation and determine who caused a collision. When it comes to recovering compensation, which party is to blame and to what degree is crucial in personal injury and wrongful death claims. That is why USAttorneys urges you to retain an accident lawyer in Alabama to investigate your accident.
For many accidents, more than one person can be responsible, and that may be the case in this accident. When more than one person is to blame, each party is assigned a fraction of the blame which will then be deducted from the final settlement amount.
Now in some states, accident victims who must take some blame for a collision can recover a reduced amount of compensation, but that is not the case in Alabama. The state has a “contributory negligence” rule which says, if an accident victim was in any way to blame for a collision, they are not eligible to sue the other parties involved. It doesn’t matter if the victim is only 10 percent to blame for an accident, they cannot sue the other party, even if that party is mainly to blame. They can, however, work with an insurer to get a better settlement.
That is why if you were injured in a Madison, Alabama accident, you need to speak with an accident lawyer near your location to discuss if you are eligible for compensation and how to go about getting the settlement you deserve. Whether you plan to deal exclusively with insurers or plan to file a civil suit, you need legal counsel to help you with your claim. USAttorneys will connect you with a local lawyer.