We hear about them just about every night on the evening news: deadly car accidents caused when another driver negligently runs through a red light, colliding with another vehicle in the process. And although we hear about them on a frequent basis, the devastating impact it has on a community is never lessoned.
This will likely be the case for residents in Union County as they try to understand the events of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred late last month.
Police say the accident occurred around 12:30 pm when a 62-year-old man was driving along a North Carolina highway when he began to approach an intersection. The Union County Highway Patrol isn't sure why, but they say the man failed to stop as he approached the intersection, colliding head on with another vehicle in the process.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found the 62-year-old man slumped over the steering wheel. Police say he wasn't wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators have not released any additional information regarding the accident, including the name of the other driver or the extent of their injuries. Though we may not have all the facts at this time, people who have read our blog know that high-speed accidents such as this can have severe consequences for all parties involved. Everything from broken bones to head and spinal cord traumas, people who are lucky enough to survive a fatal car accident like this are likely to suffer through months of rehabilitation, not to mention the additional stresses of paying back costly medical bills.
Although there has been no indication that the victim in this accident has sought legal representation, it's good for other people in North Carolina, who may find themselves in a similar situation, to know that they may seek compensation for their injuries; especially if they are caused by someone else's negligence.
Source: Fox News Charlotte, "Troopers Say Victim Was Not Wearing Seat Belt In Fatal Accident," Danielle Ferguson, Jan. 31, 2013