A nine-vehicle crash that led to the death of a woman and her dog may have been caused by two men seeking to escape police on drug charges, according to recent reports.
Ellen Finnie and her dog Scruffy were victims of a crash near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard that involved nine different vehicles. The collision occurred when two men who were wanted on drug charges ran a red light in a Dodge Charger at a high rate of speed, causing a chain reaction. The two were fleeing pursuit from the police at the time. Six others were also injured in the crash. Kenneth Rankin, 32, and James Bennett, 48, were arrested in the incident. Both perpetrators were seriously injured.
Criminal and Civil Penalties—A Comparison
There are two types of legal proceedings designed to hold people accountable for their actions: a criminal action and a civil action. A criminal action is brought by representatives of the state, while a civil action is brought by private citizens.
This is not the only difference in these two types of actions, however. A criminal action is designed to punish someone for wrongdoing rather than compensate the victims. Another way to put this is that a criminal action allows an offender to pay his or her “dues to society.” A civil action, on the other hand, is designed to compensate a victim for suffering caused by someone else’s actions.
These two types of actions are carried out in different courts, although both may feature a jury as part of the trial. A criminal action is prosecuted by a district attorney or prosecutor, while a civil action is carried out between the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s attorneys.
How Can I Recover Damages in a Civil Case?
When someone has committed a criminal action that has led to injury, the victim may have the option of filing a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator in addition to any criminal charges he or she may face. In fact, this may be the only way to recover payments for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses sustained as a result of the criminal’s actions.
If you have been the victim of a crime that resulted in personal injury, contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We have helped many victims of personal injuries recover damages in all types of situations. Contact us today for a free consultation.