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Elderly Woman’s Death a North Carolina Wrongful Death?

It is critical for drivers to obey all rules of the road when behind the wheel. One of the most important rules to follow is to maintain one’s lane. Swerving into another lane unexpectedly can easily cause an accident which could lead to serious injuries for those involved. This can be especially dangerous when a vehicle swerves into a lane with traffic heading in the opposite direction. One car seems to have done just this recently in a fatal car accident in North Carolina, which could result in a potential wrongful death lawsuit.

The crash happened when a 70-year-old man was driving his car with his passenger who was his 60-year-old wife. Another car was traveling in the opposite direction at the time of the incident ended up crossing over the centerline. The two cars smashed into each other in a head-on collision. The man’s wife died as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash.

The husband driver also suffered serious injuries and was rushed immediately to the local hospital. The car which reportedly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic was being driven by a 19-year-old woman who was also seriously injured and then transported to the same nearby medical facility. The man’s elderly wife was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, according to reports.

Authorities plan to charge the driver who crossed the center line with a misdemeanor death by vehicle once she is released from the hospital. The ensuing criminal trial can provide valuable evidence if the family of the deceased woman and her husband decides to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the 19-year-old driver. Although this cannot bring back the life that was lost, it can provide monetary reimbursement which could be used to pay for funeral costs and medical bills resulting from the crash in North Carolina.

Source: wlos.com, “Police: 60-year-old woman killed in 2-car crash,” June 19, 2013