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North Carolina car accident victim was a young mother
Many North Carolina parents want to make sure they are there for their children. Tragically, one young mother won’t get the chance to be there as her daughter grows up. On Oct. 6, she became a car accident victim and will never go home again.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the 25-year-old mother and another person were on the side of Interstate 540 near an on-ramp. They were putting gas into a car when another vehicle that was merging onto the roadway struck the car they were attempting to get running. The driver of the car that hit them said that he did not see the two as he was merging. Police have filed a misdemeanor charge of death by vehicle against the driver.
The young woman sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The person she was with sustained injuries severe enough that he is listed as being in critical condition. The nature of his injuries was not reported.
Hopefully he will survive his injuries. However, he could be looking at a lengthy recovery process and still may be left with a permanent injury that could affect the rest of his life. As a result, his medical care and other expenses are adding up quickly. Filing a personal injury claim against the driver may provide him and his family with the financial resources they may need for his current and future expenses.
Further, under North Carolina law, the family of the deceased car accident victim has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver whose vehicle struck her. If her family is able to show that the driver was negligent, the plaintiffs may be awarded the damages they have incurred as a result of their loved one’s death. A part of those damages could help to provide for the daughter the victim left behind.
Source: wral.com, One killed, one injured in pedestrian crash on I-540, No author, Oct. 6, 2013