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Woman killed in auto-pedestrian crash during morning commute

A North Carolina woman was struck and killed by an SUV after she got out of her disabled vehicle on U.S. Highway 70 on the morning of Dec. 13. The North Carolina Highway Patrol was able to reopen one lane of the highway in Clayton during the heavy drive period of the morning commute. Other lanes of the highway remained closed for two hours.

The woman lost control of her car and crashed into a guardrail on the westbound side of U.S. Highway 70, commonly known as the Clayton Bypass, near State Highway 42. According to the NCHP, the woman was standing outside her car when the 65-year-old driver of a Ford sport utility vehicle first struck her and then hit her car. The impact of the crash pushed the woman's car into another vehicle that was making a right turn onto State Highway 42.

When a loved one is lost in a fatal car accident, those left to mourn are often required to interact with legal and law enforcement even as they come to grips with their overwhelming loss. In attending to the deceased's final affairs, they will likely need to expend funds for emergency and medical care provided at the time of the tragic event as well as for funeral and burial costs.

North Carolina civil law provides a process through which the survivors and dependents of those killed in car crashes may seek compensation for their current and future losses. An attorney might be able to help them pursue economic resources which may be available to them through a wrongful death claim.

Source: newsobserver.com, "Woman struck and killed after her car hits guardrail on Clayton Bypass ", December 13, 2013

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