Drivers in North Carolina and across the country know that they must remain alert in order to allow them time to respond to hazardous situations. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant drivers may not be able to respond to a vehicle that suddenly pulls into their path. In fact, a woman has recently lost her life in a car accident that resulted in charges against another driver.
The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m. on a day in early February. According to police reports, a 31-year-old woman was southbound on a North Carolina roadway. Unfortunately, a 33-year-old man is said to have pulled out of a driving into the woman's path.
The woman's vehicle exited the roadway. Unfortunately, she reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip. In the process, she was ejected from the vehicle, resulting in fatal injuries. It is unclear if the male driver was injured, but he has since been charged with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield right of way.
Though the criminal charges may provide the woman's surviving family members with some sense of justice, they will do little to help them cope with the financial and emotional fallout of their loss. Unfortunately, funeral expenses in combination with lost wages can further complicate an already stressful situation. However, families in North Carolina who lost a loved one in a car accident caused by another's negligence have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help these family members understand the options available to them.