On June 2, a Louisiana family filed a lawsuit in connection with a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 16, 2015. Three adults filed on their own behalf and on that of their minor children and named the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, the owner of the car, the driver's employer and the insurance company.
The lawsuit says that the people were sitting at an intersection waiting on traffic when the driver struck their vehicle from behind. The driver was on the job at the time and in a leased car.
The lawsuit says that the people were injured due to the negligent driver. It says that he failed to maintain adequate control of his car, failed to look out for other cars and failed to drive in safe manner. The amount asked for in damages is unspecified.
An attorney representing a person who is injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver may choose to file a lawsuit when the driver's insurance company offered an inadequate settlement amount. A lawsuit may be an option for getting sufficient compensation, and if the person who caused the accident was on the job at the time, the employer might also be named in the lawsuit. A civil lawsuit is possible whether or not a driver faces criminal charges in an accident. Even if the driver is acquitted after charges are filed, a civil lawsuit may be able to succeed because the burden of proof on a plaintiff is lower than that on the prosecution in a criminal case.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Family files suit against driver after Manhattan Boulevard crash," Carrie Bradon, June 25, 2016