When someone dies in a car crash, it is always a sad event. When the victim is a young person, it can make the incident seem all the more tragic. The victim’s family may struggle to understand how something like this could have happened, especially to someone who should have gotten the chance to live a full life. This may be what one North Carolina family is going through after a seven-year-old girl died in a recent car accident.
Authorities say that the crash happened on a recent afternoon. A man driving a pickup truck allegedly went off the road on the right side as he was driving south. Police report that the driver overcorrected and veered into the oncoming northbound lane. He struck a passenger car headed north before coming to a stop.
The drivers of both vehicles were seriously injured. Three other people in the passenger vehicle were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of them, a seven-year-old girl, did not survive her injuries. The others are still recovering in the hospital. Authorities say they intend to file charges in this incident, but have not detailed their exact intentions.
Whatever the outcome of any criminal charges may be, the family of the girl may decide to pursue a civil claim against the driver of the pickup truck. The outcome of a successfully-litigated personal injury or wrongful death claim could be monetary damages. Damages may be useful in covering any expenses that resulted from the car accident, such as funeral costs or medical bills. Those here in North Carolina who have questions regarding their own possible personal injury or wrongful death claim may want to reach out to an attorney with knowledge of this area of the law.