Occupants of several vehicles in Delaware suffered injuries on a recent Wednesday evening. Law enforcement will likely investigate the multi-car accident, and also their suspicions of alcohol involvement. Reportedly, the accident happened in New Castle County on Interstate 95.
According to a preliminary crash report, a police patrol car pulled behind a tractor-trailer on the shoulder of the interstate’s southbound lanes. The big rig had broken down, and officers activated the patrol car’s flashing lights when it stopped to assist. At approximately 8:15 p.m., a southbound passenger vehicle smashed into the patrol car.
Reportedly, the impact catapulted the car back into the lanes of southbound traffic. It then slammed into an SUV, which was also heading south. The police officer and five other individuals suffered injuries, none of which was reported to be life-threatening. No charges were filed then, although alcohol impairment is suspected. There was no indication in the report about a field sobriety test or any other steps to confirm impairment.
Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against the driver deemed responsible, the injured victims of a car accident likely have grounds to pursue civil lawsuits to recover damages. Of course, if a driver who caused an accident with injuries is convicted on drunk driving charges, it will benefit the personal injury claims of injured crash victims. Most car accident victims in Delaware seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Legal counsel can assist with establishing negligence and documenting claims for adjudication by the court. If a civil lawsuit is successfully presented, a monetary judgment might cover all the documented claims for financial and emotional damages.