When a person causes a car collision that results in serious injury or a fatality, there are two ways in which that person can be held accountable: criminal charges and civil lawsuits. Car accidents are, unfortunately, almost a daily part of life in America, but it is good to know that when someone is at fault they will pay the price. However, according to a recent article, deadly crashes involving drivers and pedestrians may not always lead to both criminal and civil cases for the party at fault.
The article detailed the results of a study completed by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The study focused on Bay Area car crashes in which a pedestrian fatality resulted spanning a five-year period. According to the study, in the majority of these cases - 60 percent to be exact - the liable party did not face criminal charges. If these figures seem shocking, the explanation from at least one prosecutor quoted in the article may be even more eye-opening.