When a person decides to get behind the wheel of a car in North Carolina or elsewhere, he or she is expected to obey all traffic laws. The personal safety of the driver and all others in or near the roadway depends on it. What is a family to do, then, when they suffer the untimely death of a loved one due to the negligent actions of a motorist in a car accident?
Shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Sunday, North Carolina Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. A vehicle that carried three occupants was heading westbound on U.S. 74 when the crash occurred. The driver apparently drifted across the center line of traffic and veered off the road.
The vehicle crashed into a tree and flipped over. The driver and a 24-year-old passenger were both taken to a medical center nearby. Sadly, a 37-year-old female passenger did not survive the accident. The driver, a 35-year-old male, was charged on suspicion of driving while impaired.
A trooper involved in the preliminary investigation stated that alcohol was a suspected leading factor in the tragedy and that further charges would most likely be filed. An immediate family member of a deceased car accident victim in North Carolina retains the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent in civil court. Seriously injured victims may proceed by means of a personal injury claim. Appropriate proof of negligence will be required before claims for financial damages will be adjudicated. Discussing the issue with an experienced legal advocate would be an advisable step to take if one is considering pursuing legal action under such circumstances.
Source: citizen-times.com, "Alcohol cited as factor in fatal Fairview wreck", Caitlin Byrd, Oct. 19, 2015