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Man charged after ECU student killed in head-on collision

The circumstances that led to a car accident are not always clear. Though it is easy to make conjectures immediately following a crash, for example, pointing to weather as being the cause of an accident, it is not always so clear-cut. Even if weather was a factor in an accident, it does not rule out other explanations. Sometimes, further investigation reveals that driver negligence was involved, in which case victims and their families often choose to press charges and pursue compensation from the driver-at-fault.

An 18-year-old was charged with misdemeanor death by a vehicle crash after his involvement in a head-on collision that resulted in the death of an East Carolina University student. The 18-year-old was driving his pickup in North Carolina when the truck began to hydroplane due to the road being slick with rain. The pickup crossed over the center line and into the oncoming lane where it hit the ECU student's sedan head-on. The student tragically passed away while being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital.

There is nothing quite comparable to losing a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Almost no one is ever prepared to deal with such a tragedy and the emotional devastation that results is oftentimes unparalleled in a person's life. While dealing with this trauma, families of victims are often forced to shoulder financial burdens. These financial burdens often take the form of medical expenses and transportation costs and in many cases they are unfairly thrust onto the family members of victims.

In cases where another driver involved in a crash behaved in a way that could make them liable for the damages, the families of victims in fatal car accidents often choose to file wrongful death lawsuits. Whether it is negligence -- that is, the driver failed to exercise due care -- or the driver acted with intent to harm, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an appropriate way for families of victims to pursue compensation.

Source: The Reflector, "Teen cited in fatal wreck," Jan. 16, 2014

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