Oftentimes, negligent actions may warrant some in Madison to seek legal action are serious enough to also justify criminal charges. When law enforcement officials step in to conduct their portions of an accident investigation, other parties involved will often defer to them the opportunity to get most access to the different evidentiary elements of the event. In many cases, criminal charges will result from their investigations. If this happens, some may be hesitant to bring their actions for negligence against the defendant, fearing that their proceedings may interpret the course of his or her criminal trial. Yet the truth is that it is well within one’s rights to initiate civil action against a defendant that is concurrently facing related criminal charges.
Such a scenario could potentially present itself in the wake of a fatal car accident in Opelika. According to reports from officials, a man attempted to elude police who were attempting to conduct a routine traffic stop. The chase that ensued resulted in the man running a stop sign and colliding with another vehicle. Two of the four occupants in the other car were killed, while the other two were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect fleeing from the police was also taken to local medical facility to receive treatment.