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Desoto County accident concludes with shooting, arrest

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2020 | Firm News |

People in Greenville should not live in constant fear of suffering injuries in a car accident. That does not mean, however, that it actually happening does not remain a consistent possibility. 

Most are likely confident that their own proven driving abilities will help them to avoid accidents. Yet what they cannot plan for are the negligent actions of others. 

Shots fired following a multi-car collision 

Desoto County residents certainly were not anticipating a relatively average morning commute to turn into an accident-filled shootout, yet that is exactly what occurred. Witnesses reported a concrete truck racing down the road encircled by police cars. The truck eventually struck several vehicles, with the driver even going so far as to shout that he intended to “kill everyone.” Authorities eventually shot the man and dragged him from the vehicle. A local hospital released him into police custody after treating him for his injuries. He now faces several criminal charges stemming from the incident. What exactly precipitated his altercation with law enforcement was not reported. 

Pursuing civil liability concurrently with a criminal case 

While there were no reports of others suffering injuries in the aforementioned incident, that does not mean that those involved did not sustain damages that might require compensation. The question in cases such as this then becomes how can one seek civil compensation while law enforcement authorities are also pursuing a criminal case? The answer is that concurrent action is possible on both matters. Car accident victims do not need to wait until a criminal prosecution concludes in order to take civil action against a defendant. Anyone that needs to do so may first want to enlist the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.