On a recent Monday, a road in North Carolina became the scene of a horrific tragedy. The accident involved a former public servant and his family. A Mothers Against Drunk Drivers report recently suggested that such accidents cost tax payers in the state more than $1.8 billion in 2014. Three lives were lost in the car accident that appears to have been caused by a driver acting under the influence of a controlled substance.
One of the accident victims served more than 25 years as a trustee for Robeson Community College. He was a long-time businessman and farmer in the area. The community now grieving his loss have shared their memories of a kind-hearted man who always tried to make their town a better place. Sadly, he, his wife and son were all killed when another vehicle crashed into theirs, causing a burst of flames. A sister-in-law who was traveling with the family miraculously survived the crash.
The man driving the truck that hit the family's vehicle is accused of driving under the influence of drugs. He did not suffer any injury in the accident. Some have said that the recent tragedy demonstrates the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
In North Carolina and all other states, when a family suffers the untimely death of a loved one in a car accident deemed to have been the fault of another motorist, immediate members of the family have the right to file a legal claim in a civil court. While it is understandably difficult to discuss the details of a case where a death has occurred, it might be of comfort to know that consulting with a legal team can provide the information and resources needed to seek financial redress on behalf of a deceased loved one. A monetary award can never replace the loss of human life, but it can help alleviate funeral costs and other economic losses associated with an accident.
Source: robesonian.com, "Horrific accident shows consequences of driving impaired", Aug. 20, 2015