North Carolina readers may have heard the recent news regarding an Ohio drunk driver who posted a video online confessing that he had killed someone while driving under the influence. Over two months after the accident, the man was indicted by a grand jury on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and aggravated vehicular homicide.
In his video confession, the driver claimed that he was out with friends in June and drank heavily, causing him to subsequently lose control of his vehicle and hit an oncoming car. In the video, the driver made an appeal to others not to drink and drive. If convicted, he may face up to eight and a half years in prison. The prosecution has stated that the video will have no bearing on the recommended sentence and that no leniency is being offered.
When a family suddenly loses a loved one in a fatal car accident, they may face significant emotional distress and financial burdens caused by the negligence of another. There may be medical bills, funeral costs and the loss of income. Surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for their loss.
An experienced North Carolina attorney might be able to obtain significant damages for surviving family members, including psychological damage. Depending upon the nature of the case, the attorney may choose to negotiate with the insurance company in order to save time and alleviate the stress on the surviving family members that may result from a trial. If the insurance company balks at a settlement, the attorney might choose to bring the matter to a civil trial and seek appropriate damages.
Source: CNN, "Man indicted on homicide charge after DUI video confession", Marlei Martinez and David Simpson, September 09, 2013