A personal grudge may have led one Raleigh, North Carolina (NC), driver to nearly take the life of another man on the morning of December 15, 2015. The incident began as a rear-end collision and escalated to a pedestrian hit-and-run that left the at-fault driver facing multiple felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.
The initial crash occurred on Poole Road near the interchange with I-440. The victim got out of his pickup truck to check on the damage, and the other driver, who was also in a pickup, reportedly swerved around the stopped vehicle, struck the man and fled the scene. The exact nature of the victim's injuries was not reported, but a witness described the man as "bleeding from his mouth, nose and the side of the head."
The at-fault driver was quickly identified, and he turned himself into police later the same day. Law enforcement officials told reporters that they had information indicating that the wreck "stemmed from preexisting circumstances."
Cars and trucks should not be used to express anger. Even if the intent is only to cause property damage, the vehicle's size and power make inflicting disabling and fatal injuries too easy. To strike a person with a vehicle is to, at best, show reckless disregard for his or her life.
Civil law provides victims of intentional crashes several remedies. The most clear cut is to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim for compensation of medical expenses, lost wages and other unfairly incurred costs. A victim may also be to sue for punitive damages, which are noncriminal fines for harmful behavior, and to seek damages through an intentional tort lawsuit. "Tort" is simply the legal term for a harm. Succeeding with an intentional tort claim can be difficult, but this can be an option when criminal prosecutions fail or when other types of civil claims prove insufficient.
An experienced Carolina personal injury lawyer would be able to help a victim of a crash like the one in Raleigh weigh their legal options and decide on the best course of action to hold the at-fault driver accountable.