Whether one is traveling alone or with a car full of passengers, the person behind the wheel is expected to operate his or her vehicle in as safe a manner as possible. A negligent driver can cause an accident, which can be tragic if someone is injured or killed. Such was the case in a recent incident in North Carolina when a single vehicle crash left others mourning in its wake.
The accident happened just before 8 p.m. on a recent Friday evening. Five University of North Carolina at Pembroke students were riding in the same car. A 22-year-old was driving at the time. A representative from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety stated that it appears the young man failed to appropriately reduce his speed as he navigated the bend of an exit ramp off Interstate 95.
The vehicle careened off the road, and the driver lost control of steering. The car flipped and came to a halt on its rooftop. Two of the five occupants were trapped inside the vehicle. Sadly, one of those, a 20-year-old who was riding in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. At least three of the vehicle occupants are Chinese nationals.
The three passengers who survived the crash, one 20 and the others 19, were transported to an area medical facility for treatment of their injuries, along with the driver. One of the passengers remains in critical condition. Officials from the college campus are said to be assisting in the crash investigation. Under similar circumstances, an injured victim would be able to file a legal claim against an allegedly negligent driver pursuant to North Carolina law. When a victim dies in an accident, his or her immediate family members may act on behalf of the deceased loved one in court.
Source: wral.com, "UNC Pembroke student killed, 4 injured in Fayetteville crash", Oct. 31, 2015