We often read about car accidents that are the result of some very dangerous drivers. They may be drunk, reckless, unlicensed, distracted or have fallen asleep behind the wheel. But in many cases, the details of what caused a driver to get into an accident are not released until after an investigation has been completed.

Until then, the victims of these tragic car accidents often have to wait to have their questions answered and stay focused on recovering from a crash. This recovery period can be extensive and devastating for the victim and his or her family. That is the catastrophic situation one young family is facing now after a 20-year-old mother was seriously injured in a crash.

Details on the accident are scarce, but what is known is that the woman was driving with her 2-year-old daughter and teenage sister when their vehicle was suddenly struck from behind by a truck. The impact of the collision sent the mother’s vehicle across the road and into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle struck another one head-on. Several passengers were injured and all but the mother, who remains on life support, have been released from the hospital.

Authorities must now figure out what caused the truck to strike the back of the woman’s car. Was the trucker distracted by a cellphone? Was he impaired? Could he have been driving too aggressively? The answers to these questions will be critical in determining what or who is to blame for the accident.

Most people who are seriously injured in a crash have no idea what to expect and no experience with that type of situation. Injured motorists and their loved ones should be rightfully be focused on recovering from a crash. However, it can also be critical to stay updated on the investigation.

That is why it may be appropriate and comforting to speak with an attorney who is familiar with these situations and can guide people through the complicated process of identifying negligence and holding a reckless party accountable. Even though a crash happens in the blink of an eye, the emotional, financial and physical repercussions can linger on indefinitely. Victims and their families deserve to be compensated by negligent parties for the full extent of damages suffered in a crash.

Source: Times-Herald, “Update: Young Mother On Life Support; Others Injured In Crash Are OK,” Wes Mayer, June 27, 2014