As many Louisiana residents know, the U.S. Secret Service protects presidential candidates, and it may have been one of those candidates that four agents were protecting when a fatal car accident occurred on the night of Dec. 29. None of the four agents sustained life-threatening injuries, but the driver of the other car died, and two passengers in that car were injured.
The accident occurred in New Hampshire on Route 16. A Mercury Sable crossed double yellow lines into the lane occupied by the Secret Service vehicle and hit it head on. The 45-year-old driver of the Mercury died at the scene.
The agents were transported to Frisbee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Neither their names nor the names of the injured passengers were released, but the four agents were on duty at the time of the accident.
People who are injured in car accidents like this one may face a long period of rehabilitation, and this can result in high medical expenses as well as lost wages from work. In some cases, the insurance payment might not be sufficient to cover those expenses. When this occurs, the injured person might want to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible. The family of a person who is killed in a car accident might want to file a wrongful death suit. Sometimes, this is against the driver of the car who caused the accident, but in some cases, it might be against a manufacturer if a vehicle part was faulty. Multiple parties may be responsible in some accidents. For example, if the driver was on the job at the time and had been driving for more hours than was permitted, the company might be held responsible.
Source: CNN, "4 Secret Service agents injured in fatal New Hampshire car crash," Tom LoBianco and Sarah Jorgensen, Dec. 30, 2015