Right, I said that wrong, and I didn't mean that I was "allowing" them to do it; I just don't know how any of this works, really. Thankfully, none of us sustained any serious injuries, even though we could have all been killed. Also, her insurance company says that they are going to fully cover the accident. So would it even be worth it to pursue a civil suit? One thing that bothers me is that the state trooper did not even take a statement from me, even though I probably had the best view of the entire thing. We've tried calling him a couple of times with no response. Do you have any idea about how long it usually takes to get a case like this together? I know ours is not the only case they're dealing with, and I don't want to sound unreasonable, it's just all extremely upsetting, to say the least. Thanks for your help!
Troopers are notoriously bad as investigators and are known for NOT taking statements. It is the way they are trained. They write tickets and do accident reconstruction.
It was frustrating to me when I was a prosecutor because it made the state's case weak. So, with that said, I do not know how long and if that prosecutor will have to get their investigators to do the work the Troopers should have. Maybe 90 days, if you don;t hear anything call. You may want to call the victim witness coordinator of the DA's office sooner and let her know you would like to give a statement. I can promise you nothing will move as fast as you expect, but as a victim you have rights and can be notified of all court proceedings. As far as a civil suit you need not make any decision yet as to whether you should sue. You may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer to review everything, you have 2 years to file a suit.
Thank you; that's all new information to me, and it helps a lot!