Accidents Resulting from Criminal Negligence

A car accident resulting from criminal activities presents unique legal and financial challenges to someone injured in such a crash. Examples of criminal activities that may cause car accidents are the following:

  • Drunk driving
  • Gunshots aimed at traffic
  • Fireworks deliberately launched in the direction of a particular vehicle
  • Road rage resulting in violence or threats of violence
  • Stalking and harassment such as the chasing by paparazzi that resulted in the fatal accident involving Princess Diana
  • Sabotage by tampering with a car's tires or mechanical parts by pranksters or someone seeking revenge
  • Rocks dropped from overpasses onto car windshields

The intent may have been to attack a certain person or it may have been random mischief. In either case, such activities are criminal offenses.

To the casual observer, it may seem that an accidental injury or death caused by someone else's criminal act should be compensable to a high level. Outrage and a desire for justice demand retribution. However, in Texas, there is no insurance coverage for car accident victims when a crash was caused by an intentional act. Clauses in insurance policies specifically exclude so-called accidental injuries that were, in fact, caused by deliberate criminal activity.

If you were injured or if your loved one was killed because of a criminal action by another person, you need to discuss your case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The sooner after the accident an investigation begins the better. A skilled personal injury attorney will have insights on how to pursue maximum available compensation despite restrictions on insurance policies.

Criminal Negligence a Factor in Your Car Crash?

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