A serious car accident on Route 3 resulted in the death of a 34-year-old Waterloo woman on Jan. 31. The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. near the border of Monroe County and Randolph County. Three vehicles were involved, and many individuals suffered injuries, including four children.
The catalyst for the accident appeared to be the crossing of a Ford Explorer into oncoming traffic. The 63-year-old man driving the vehicle was heading east when he moved into the opposite lane and struck two other vehicles. The decedent was a passenger in a GMC Acadia. The vehicle’s driver, a 36-year-old man, and four children were transported to an area hospital to be treated for the injuries suffered. Three teens were in the other vehicle struck by the Ford, a Mitsubishi Lancer, and they escaped unharmed. The resulting investigation and cleanup caused Route 3 to be closed for several hours. At this point, the driver of the Ford has been charged in connection with the incident pursuant to an inappropriate lane change and a lack of motor vehicle insurance. He also suffered injuries in the accident.
The activities following an accident can be important for those who have been injured or suffered property damage, especially if they are not at fault. However, a serious injury may make it difficult for an individual to pay attention to issues such as evidence at the scene of the incident. In such cases, police investigations and reports can play a crucial role, not only in the pursuit of charges against a responsible driver, but also in any personal injury litigation.
An injured party might find that it is helpful to seek legal guidance after a serious accident to ensure that there is some effort to preserve important evidence. Additionally, a lawyer may help to relieve stress by handling any communication with insurers.