Criminal defense cases cover both criminal suits — charges brought by the government to punish an individual for an act classified as a crime — and civil suits — claims brought by individuals or organizations as a dispute over rights and duties.
Often times when someone is injured in a car accident there is more than one person who is liable for the crash. Injury claims are difficult enough. When you are dealing with more than one at-fault party and more than one auto insurance liability carrier things just get more confusing. If you have been injured in a crash it’s always a good idea to consult with a local car accident injury attorney, however, when you have a situation where more than one person is at fault for the accident, it’s even more important to consult with legal counsel before releasing any of your claims.
In Nebraska, damages caused by multiple people for acts originating at the same time results in all parties being liable for all damages, jointly and severally. This means if you are injured in a crash caused by more than one driver, each driver is jointly and severally liable for all of your damages. If you settle with one of the negligent parties but not the other, you risk severing joint and several liability, and recovery against the remaining at-fault party may be reduced, limited to that party’s determined portion of liability, or even rendered impossible. See Tadros v. City of Omaha, 735 N.W.2d 377, 273 Neb. 935 (2007).
If you have been injured in a car crash involving more than one vehicle, consult with a local injury attorney before signing any releases to discuss all of your options, as well as any potential ramifications.