On a daily basis, very little thought is given to how close pedestrians move in the midst of swiftly passing traffic. The difference can be mere inches. Though North Carolina is populated with responsible and careful drivers who are well aware of pedestrians and the protection the driving practices needed to keep them safe, there is still a significant part of the population that drives recklessly around these vulnerable citizens. As can be seen by a recent case in North Carolina, when this happens the results can be deadly.
Recently, a 19-year-old college sophomore was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Authorities say the woman was exiting a vehicle when she was struck, and the offending driver never stopped. An anonymous caller later tipped police off, leading them to discover the damaged vehicle. They continue to look for the driver at last report. The victim’s friends and family remember her a happy person who was very loving and caring.
Accidents like this are tragic and leave victim’s families emotionally devastated. Additionally, at a time when they should be focusing on their grief, these families are often forced to confront unexpected expenses. Medical bills, funeral costs and even lost wages can leave a family with an unsteady financial foundation.
In an attempt to recover these losses, surviving family members of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the individual who caused the accident. The legal process can be complicated and trying, particularly for those who are still trying to cope with the loss of a loved one, which is why many find the assistance of an attorney beneficial.
Source: WNCN, “NC teen girl dies after hit-and-run crash, police seek driver involved,” Dec. 5, 2015