Car accidents are a problem on the major highways and minor byways of North Carolina. A leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving which is the result of many risky driving behaviors, such as texting while driving, driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, more widely known as drunk driving. North Carolina imposes strict penalties for those who break distracted driving laws.
Recently, a three vehicle fatal car accident claimed the life of a 15-year-old North Carolina high school sophomore and injured three others. The teenage driver, sister of the fatality, was making a left-hand turn when her car crashed into one car which, in turn, hit another. This busy intersection, which has been the cause of many road safety discussions, does not have a traffic light, which may have contributed to the accident’s cause. The department of transportation in North Carolina has agreed to install a traffic signal to increase safety and security for commuters on this busy road.
Car accidents can result in major injuries. A common injury suffered by car accident victims is trauma to the head and brain, with spinal cord injuries just as frequent. Additionally, the rate of fatalities due to car accidents is also relatively high in North Carolina. Authorities have launched various initiatives to spread awareness regarding seatbelt usage and other safe driving measures to prevent or reduce these fatal accidents.
The family of a victim of a fatal car accident has legal options. A good personal injury lawyer may outline these options to help the family decide its best recourse. Compensation provided by a wrongful death lawsuit will provide the family monetary compensation from the perpetrator or his or her insurance company.
Source: WNCN.com, “Heritage High sophomore killed, 4 injured in Capital Blvd. crash“, Steve Sbraccia, Sep. 30, 2014