North Carolina traffic accidents have been linked to many causes, including inclement weather, bad road surfaces, auto defects and human error. Sometimes people are negligent while driving their vehicles and cause injuries to others. In some cases, driver negligence may also cause the death of another person. Transportation officials have instituted many traffic rules, including putting up signboards and organizing various programs on safe driving. Residents of North Carolina have participated in various activities to highlight the dangers of negligent driving. Many fatal car accidents are due to negligent drivers. One recent victim, a 25-year-old woman, died after she was hit by an oncoming car that had crossed the median.
According to police, a 20-year-old driver was driving on a road in Raleigh, North Carolina, when his car crossed the middle line and crashed into the victim’s vehicle. This head-on car accident resulted in the death of the woman; the other driver and two people traveling in his vehicle were injured. The injured were transported to a local medical center for treatment.
The 20-year-old driver was charged with driving left of center and misdemeanor death by vehicle. The police stated that speed was considered to be a factor in the accident.
Just one moment of negligence can cause injuries and even death, but some drivers fail to realize the dire implications of this behavior and continue to drive without attention and thought. A fatal accident may cause emotional and financial loss to the family, and it may take some time for the family to cope with its grief. However, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages against the wrongdoer. The family can claim compensation for medical expenses along with pain and suffering and lost wages. Also, if cell phones or texting, drunk driving or excessive speeds were considered to be factors in the accident, a victim or a victim’s family may also be eligible to receive punitive damages.
Source: WRAL.com, “One dead, three hurt in Tryon Road crash,” June 30, 2014