Drivers face the potential of being involved in an accident at any time, even when doing something as mundane as coming home from work. The early morning hours seem to increase the risks of accidents, as drunk drivers are typically more prevalent on the roads during those times. Although authorities did not confirm whether the driver who caused a wrong-way crash on I-85 recently was intoxicated, the crash nonetheless took the life of a North Carolina man.
According to reports, the accident occurred on I-85 around 2:40 a.m. the morning of Dec 19. The crash happened near Landis at Moose Road, about 30 miles northeast of Charlotte. The victim, who was driving a Chevrolet, was struck by a Dodge heading southbound in the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The crash seriously injured the Dodge driver. The person was described as 24 years old, but no other information was given regarding his or her identity. The report did state the person was transported to a local hospital, but no word was given on the driver’s condition. The victim was described as a 37-year-old man who was returning home after finishing his shift at work. The accident is still under investigation.
It’s unclear whether the alleged at-fault driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, the fact that the driver was heading in the wrong direction on the interstate is strong evidence he or she was acting negligently behind the wheel. After authorities complete their investigation into the crash, the victim’s surviving family members may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in an attempt at recovering compensation. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney, they can increase their chances for a successful outcome.