Like most Americans, Beaumont residents are likely very comfortable driving and being around automobiles. But with this comfort drivers can forget that cars can be dangerous when not driven with care. A car accident can cause serious injury or even death.
A car accident in west Houston is no exception. The accident occurred in the afternoon on Highway 6 and involved at least seven cars. It appeared that two cars had collided head on, while another had overturned. One person was killed and several more were injured and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
Car accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, which may require extensive medical care. This medical care can be very expensive, causing some victims of car accidents to seek compensation for their injuries.
If a victim survives the accident, that victim can choose to seek compensation by pursuing a personal injury case. For more devastating accidents in which the victim does not survive, the victim's family members may be able to seek compensation through a wrongful death case. Both types of cases are based on the legal concept of "negligence." When a plaintiff sues a defendant using a negligence theory, the plaintiff is alleging that the defendant did not act with proper care under the circumstances.
People who operate cars are generally expected to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. For example, victims of a car accident on a highway could allege that the other driver was not driving cautiously enough, given the highway's high speed limit.
While a negligence case can be complex, it can be a useful way to help compensate victims for their injuries.
Source: KTRK, "At Least One Dead in Multi-Vehicle Wreck in West Houston," Jan. 2, 2012