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Multiple Family Members In One Car Accident


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7/1/2015
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I blogged on Monday about a terribly bad accident that included several passengers, all hailing from South Dakota. Yesterday it occurred to me there is likely some confusion with the passengers knowing how to divide the insurance proceeds paid by the insurance company that insured the vehicle. When there are four passengers and a driver things get complicated as to how to divide up limited insurance money. In this case all the injured parties appear to be from the same family; those facts can further complicate an already complex process. To come up with a plan on how to divide limited insurance coverage the lawyer(s) must first know the extent of injuries to the individual passengers. Knowing these details (facts) makes coming up with a plan simpler. Because it helps to know about future medical costs, other insurance that can cover expenses along with wage losses and reduced earnings in the future.

It won't be easy to divide the limits, but anything is possible when one understands the facts. Best of luck to this family during this very trying time.

Four Fatalities in Iowa Wrecks, Monday’s blog.

“A crash occurred in Henry County on June 20, 2015 – This is a single vehicle accident involving a rollover. As reported below in the summary driver error, losing control, is the focus of the investigation and is reported as the cause. Apparently there were 4 passengers besides the driver. The driver was 15 and a youthful driver so inexperience is a likely cause. The other passengers were 10, 13, 15 and 17, all from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 2004 Chrysler Town & Country. When I read about this type of an accident it is bothersome in that certain sensitivity must be employed by the lawyer as to how to settle the various claims. With the driver being so young the object should not be to cast such blame that she never gets over one mistake that led to a death. Yes, it was a bad mistake, but not one that should ruin a person’s life. Mistakes happen and negligence is not a blame game without consequences, but there is a limit to how long those consequences must be felt. In cases such as this one settling is the best avenue towards healing. The trooper’s report follows.
VEH #1 WAS TRAVELLING EASTBOUND ON HWY 34 AT MM 231 WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND ROLLED AND ENDED UP IN THE SOUTH DITCH INVESTIGATION CONTINUING ASSISTED AT THE SCENE WAS HENRY CO SO, MT
PLEASANT FIRE AND RESCUE, AIR EVAC AND MED FORCE, HENRY CO AMBULANCE, DNR OFFICER HENDERSON, DOT MAINT.”

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