North Carolina residents are likely aware of the deadly combination that occurs when driving, alcohol and drugs are mixed. However, some may be left wondering just what can be done when a loved one is involved in a crash where a drunk or impaired driver is at fault. There are a number of paths that victims can take to pursue compensation and receive some remedy for the tragedies that have been inflicted on them.
A head-on collision recently resulted in two fatalities in North Carolina. Two brothers were driving eastbound in an SUV when the driver of a pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with their vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck, a 20-year-old man, is suspected to have been under the influence of marijuana when the accident occurred. He is being charged with two counts of felony death, as well as driving while impaired.
When a loved one is lost in a motor vehicle accident, victims may feel outraged, wishing that something could be done to erase the tragedy. Unfortunately, nothing can ever undo the pain and suffering following the loss of a loved one. What victims should not have to further suffer with, however, are medical expenses and funeral bills that result when the negligence of another takes a loved one away.
Fortunately, there are options for anyone affected by a fatal accident. When it can be proven that another driver acted negligently, then that driver may be liable for many of the ensuing costs in a car accident. A driver may also be liable if it can be proven that the driver was intoxicated or impaired at the time of the accident. Each situation is unique and requires a flexible but strong strategy that takes into account the many laws and intricacies involved.
Source: WRAL, “Man charged with DWI in fatal Durham crash,” Dec. 28, 2013