A terrible North Carolina accident has left a mother dead and her teenage daughter seriously injured. Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that the accident resulted in the death of a 38-year-old woman and injuries to that woman’s 16-year-old daughter. The accident took place on U.S. 311 in Randolph County, NC. The car, driven by the 38-year-old was struck head-on by another vehicle. Police say they believe the driver of the other vehicle was speeding through a curve in the road and ended up losing control of the vehicle before crashing head-on into the other car.
Even more tragic, and preventable, is that police say alcohol was likely a factor in the deadly accident. Police say the girl was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for treatment of serious injuries while the speeding driver was taken to a hospital in High Point for treatment. Police have not yet released names as they are still trying to contact family members. Authorities say they expect the speeding driver to face criminal charges shortly.
This crash demonstrates just how dangerous head-on collisions can be. Other drivers don’t stand a chance when a fast moving vehicle slams directly into them. The victims’ loved ones should consider speaking with a North Carolina personal injury lawyer to weigh their legal options. Just because the at-fault driver faces criminal charges does not preclude the victims’ loved ones from seeking restitution through a civil claim.
If you’re considering reaching out to an attorney, make sure it’s someone who has experience handling such difficult and emotionally trying cases. My firm handled one case where our client was killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer, leaving his wife and four children behind. In that case, we were able to secure a $2.4 million settlement for the family, money the family sorely needed.
If you recently lost a loved one in a tragic North Carolina accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims. For instance, you may be wondering what a wrongful death claim is, how a court calculates damages or even what the difference is between a wrongful death claim and a normal personal injury action. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina wrongful death FAQs.