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What if car accidents involve crimes?

Many people attend college in Montevallo, while others visit the city to tour its museums, nature parks and/or art shows. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, however, this Alabama town became the scene of a terrible tragedy. The incident was one of many car accidents that have happened here.

Although details of the exact events leading up to the horrific accident have not been published, it is known that at some point, gun shots were fired at people inside the car. One of gunshot victims was actually driving the vehicle and was involved in a collision moments later. After the shots were fired, the car veered off the road and smashed into a tree.

There has already been one fatality attributed to the crash. A 25-year-old occupant of the car did not survive his injuries. The other victim's condition has not been publicly updated. Alabama authorities have not made any arrests regarding the shooting aspect of the situation.

In other car accidents in the past, immediate family members of those who died have often gone on to file wrongful death claims in civil court. Situations like this one are usually quite complicated as it must be determined which injuries were caused by the wreck and which were caused by an active shooter. Following incidents where criminal charges are filed against drivers, the evidence of those cases may be used to help substantiate any subsequent lawsuits filed in civil court. To discuss a particular situation, a recovering accident victim or immediate family member who survives a fatal collision victim may request a meeting with an experienced attorney.

Source:, "One of two victims dead following car shooting and crash in Montevallo", Accessed on July 3, 2017

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