Most people in Alabama understand that a car accident is just that: an accident. Those responsible for them typically have no intent to cause harm. Yet a lack of intent does not necessarily mean that those who cause accidents should not also face liability claims.
Liability typically results from cases of negligence (even unintentional negligence). This is due to the fact that (minus the negligent party’s actions) the accident might have not occurred in the first place.
Slick roads contribute to fatal multi-car accident in Butler County
One need only look to a recent accident that occurred in Butler County to reinforce this fact. A tropical storm dropped several inches of rain across the Southeast. Authorities believe that a vehicle driving along Interstate 65 began to hydroplane in standing water. The driver lost control and started a chain reaction of collisions that eventually involved 17 vehicles.
According to the Washington Post, several vehicles caught fire after colliding. Sadly, among them was a van carrying several children from a local youth center. While witnesses pulled the driver to safety, the eight youths inside died. Also killed were a father and daughter, who officials believe died from injuries sustained in the collision before their vehicle caught fire.
Accountability for irresponsible actions
Many might say that as long as one did not violate any traffic regulations, people cannot hold them liable for a car accident. Yet liability often extends to cases where people fail to exercise due caution in certain circumstances. One of these is driving too fast in poor conditions (such as those detailed in the aforementioned example). In such a scenario, accident victims may indeed have a strong liability claim even if “too fast” due to road conditions falls within posted speed limits.