Many parents can’t wait for the day that their children will be able to drive for themselves. However, the law dictates the age that children can legally drive in each state, for safety reasons. Sadly, a recent fatal car accident here in North Carolina may show just how important this is. Police say that a woman died in a crash and her husband was seriously injured after a minor driving a car struck their vehicle.
Law enforcement says the crash happened on a recent afternoon on a local road. A minor was allegedly driving a vehicle north and crossed over the center line all the way onto the left shoulder. Another vehicle driving in the opposite direction apparently tried to avoid a collision, but the two cars collided head-on.
A female passenger in the second vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband and the minor were both rushed to a nearby hospital by helicopter. They are both in critical condition. Police say that they are still investigating exactly what happened, though they believe speed was a factor in the crash. They have not announced whether they intend to file any criminal charges.
Even if North Carolina police decide not to pursue criminal charges, the surviving victim could decide to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Any parties believed to be responsible for this car accident could be named in a civil suit. An attorney with experience in this area of the law can help those in a similar situation in their pursuit of justice.