When a negligent driver injures another Quincy resident, there are two different ways in which that driver may be held accountable for his or her actions. Criminal charges play an important role, but they do not solve all the problems related to an accident.
Just about one year ago, for example, a driver in her late thirties was heading down Quincy Shore Drive in the early evening hours. She saw a stoplight up ahead turn yellow and wanted to try to make it through the intersection before the light turned red. However, a pedestrian, a woman in her mid-thirties, was entering the crosswalk and the driver struck her.
First responders described the pedestrian's injuries as possibly life-threatening, although she did survive with a broken leg and a broken arm. The driver was recently indicted for her role in the accident. The charges include aggravated assault and battery as well as negligent driving.
Criminal charges against negligent drivers accomplish a few things. A guilty verdict can keep a driver from getting back behind the wheel, and it can act as a deterrent to others. But what a conviction cannot do is compensate a car accident victim for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. For that, a victim must file a civil action: a personal injury case.
A negligent driver can be held liable for compensation in a personal injury case even if found not guilty in a criminal case arising from the same incident. A legal professional can help ensure that a car accident victim gets his or her day in court and has a chance to fight for compensation.
Source: The Patriot Ledger, "Driver indicted in Quincy pedestrian crash," April 6, 2018