In almost every car, motorcycle, or other vehicle accident, it is important to establish fault to determine who caused the accident. In some cases, such as rear-end accidents and left-turn accidents, the fault is almost always clear-cut. In other accidents, attorneys and insurance companies must look towards police reports, state traffic laws, and other indications, such as roadway cameras, to determine fault. Even then, it might be clear as far as any criminal violations that may or may not be charged, but civil liability can still be determined in court. ABC News reports on a crash that involved tennis athlete Venus Williams.
In an incident back in June, Williams was involved in an accident in Palm Beach Gardens. Williams was attempting to cross six lanes of traffic when she was cut off by an unidentified third vehicle. This caused Linda Barson to slam into the side of Williams’ SUV.
Barson suffered injuries, including a broken arm. Barson’s husband, Jerome, died from organ failure 18 days after the accident. He was 78.
Palm Beach authorities cleared both Williams and Barson from any criminal liability in the accident. However, Williams is still facing a wrongful death lawsuit from Barson’s family. The suit is asking for damages in excess of $15,000.
Barson’s attorney argues that his client had the green light, and therefore, the right-of-way. The police report indicates that Barson had the green light, but does not indicate what color Williams’ light was at the time of the incident.
Williams’ attorney indicates that Williams was lawfully within the intersection at the time of the accident.
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