In car crashes, there are sometimes multiple causes that contribute to serious injuries. Those causes may include driver error, the safety of the vehicles (think recalls), and the safety of the roadway. In order to discover all the possible causes, a prompt and thorough investigation should be done, over and above the police reports.
The vehicle manufacturers, the highway department and the insurance companies typically do not volunteer that an injury was their fault so it is important to get competent help from a law firm right away.
In one case we helped a seriously injured passenger where both the driver of the car and car safety were factors in causing the injuries. Our client received a settlement of over $1,000,000.