A Salisbury, North Carolina (NC), is facing a misdemeanor charge of death by vehicle after hitting two women woh were standing in the median of Interstate 85. One of the victims died in the July 17, 2011 wreck, and the other sustained minor injuries, according to WWAY News Channel 3.

Reports indicate the man maintained his speed while approaching the scene of an accident in which the women had been involved. When he swerved to avoid slamming into a stopped car, he left the road and ran into the women.

When a NC car accident occurs, the criminal case against the at-fault driver goes forward separately from any insurance claim or civil lawsuit by a person the driver harmed.Prosecution does not determine the outcome of a personal injury or wrongful death case, but key facts revealed by a criminal investigation and trial can be valuable in civil litigation.

The injured woman and family of the woman killed may need to file lawsuits with the assistance of NC accident lawyers to ensure they recover accident-related medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. To learn more about such recoveries, check out Frequently Asked Questions.