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Garner accident kills one, leaves three others injured

It is an unfortunate reality, but automobile collisions could happen suddenly, involving multiple vehicles and victims. No matter the degree of negligence, a negligent driver is often the culprit. Additionally, if fault is assigned to a negligent driver, he or she could be held responsible for the injuries, deaths and damages caused by the incident.

A woman from Raleigh, lost her life recently when her vehicle, which had broken down, was struck by a box truck in Garner. The accident took place on U.S. 70 business. The woman's vehicle broke down in an eastbound lane of traffic when it was rear-ended by a two-axle moving truck.

The box truck then crossed over the median into the opposite lane of traffic where it collided with two SUVs. The driver and passenger of one of the SUVs suffered serious injuries. The driver of the other SUV was also injured, but her injuries were not considered to be life threatening. The driver of the box truck was uninjured. The accident shut down the highway for a number of hours. A police investigation is ongoing.

Accidents such as this serve as tragic reminders that fatal motor vehicle accidents occur on our nation's streets and highways every day. While police are still performing an investigation into this recent accident, in general some fatal accidents can be attributed to driver negligence.

In fact, when it comes to accidents caused by truck drivers, in some cases the truck company can also face liability for its driver's actions. This is due to a legal concept known as respondeat superior. Through respondeat superior, an employer can be held responsible for its employee's negligence if there was an employment relationship between the two entities, and the accident took place during the scope of the employee's job duties.

When a fatal accident occurs due to the negligence of another motorist, it is important to hold all the responsible parties accountable. Respondeat superior may apply in some situations. To learn more about this legal axiom, it might be helpful to seek legal guidance. This could help loved ones become more aware, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding legal actions such as a wrongful death claim.

Source: The News & Observer, "Raleigh woman killed in crash on US 70 business near Garner," Jonathan M. Alexander, Aug. 17, 2015

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