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It's Never Easy to Find the Person at Fault

Trying to identify the person at fault for an accident in which someone is seriously injured or killed is not always easy, even when the person seems to have been identified by law enforcement officers and a criminal prosecution is underway.

Anyone who has been seriously injured in an accident that was not their fault must be able to identify the reason why the accident happened and who was at fault, as well as link the injuries to the accident. Unfortunately, when injuries are severe, the accident victim is often so traumatized as well as incapacitated by the injuries that it is hard to even contemplate what has to be initiated to seek adequate compensation.

A case being heard at the moment involving a drunk part-time student in a Long Island car crash illustrates just how important an experienced accident attorney is when it comes to sorting out the legal intricacies that can accompany a personal injury situation.

The accident happened in 2012 and it has taken several years of acrimonious court maneuverings before prosecutors made the decision to charge James Ryan with the death of the police officer, even though it wasn’t his vehicle that actually killed him.

The Toyota driver’s attorney is vigorously defending Ryan, who has been charged with vehicular homicide, manslaughter and drunk driving, among other charges. The defense attorney says that the SUV driver is the person to blame for the death of the officer as it was his vehicle that actually killed him, not Ryan’s.

The police officer’s family will no doubt be following the court battle closely, but no criminal conviction will bring their loved one back. To launch a wrongful death lawsuit they will have to use the services of an experienced wrongful death lawyer like Richard S. Jaffe Esq. of the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. The evidence is all there and has been documented for the criminal prosecution, but it will probably take a definite outcome in that prosecution before the family can seek their own sense of justice in the civil court.

If you, or a family member, has been seriously injured in a traffic accident, whatever the circumstances, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident when the evidence can still be collected and witnesses are available. Richard S. Jaffe Esq. provides a free consultation for accident victims and acts on a contingency fee basis, so that there is nothing to lose from launching a just claim for compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.

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