Car accident victims who have been hurt or harmed by a negligent or reckless driver may be relieved to learn that that legal system can help them. A driver that was involved in a crash that killed a passenger in the car that was struck and sent the driver of the car that was struck to the hospital with traumatic injuries has been arrested by Portland police. The woman is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving in the car accident. According to police, the woman ran a red light when she struck the other vehicle which had a green light. The passenger in the car that was struck died at the scene and the driver was taken to the hospital. Liability for car accidents is based on the legal concept of negligence. This legal principle holds that drivers owe other drivers that they share the roadways with a duty of care. A reckless driver can be liable for harm the driver causes. Drivers can be liable for auto accidents they cause as a result of reckless or intentional conduct. A driver who drives recklessly is a driver that drives unsafely with clear disregard for the likelihood that such behavior may cause a car crash. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration defines reckless driving as certain speeding, improper lane changing or improper passing behaviors. Car accident victims can pursue the liability of a negligent or reckless driver through a personal injury lawsuit. A successful claim may allow injured victims to recover compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Car accident victims may find themselves overwhelmed by their injuries and the economic and emotional damages that followed. The legal system is designed to help protect them from further harm. Source: OregonLive.com, “Driver arrested after fatal two-car crash in Southeast Portland,” Nicole Friedman, April 28, 2013.