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Auto accident in North Carolina leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A Raeford accident involving two vehicles resulted in the death of a woman, according to police. The June 16 crash also sent three other people to a hospital for treatment, reportedly.

Police stated that the accident occurred around 10 p.m. near Donnie Mae and Stoney Point roads. A 42-year-old woman was purportedly driving a car that drifted over the centerline of Stoney Point Road and collided with a truck driven by 40-year-old man. Authorities pronounced the 42-year-old woman dead at the scene. A 19-year-old male passenger in the first vehicle was injured in the crash and required transportation to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he received treatment for injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

The truck driver also suffered injuries as a result of the crash, and emergency crews transported him to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center as well. Officials described his injuries as non-life-threatening. A 36-year-old passenger in the truck reportedly suffered injuries in the accident that officials did not consider to be serious.

It was not clear immediately following the incident what caused the first vehicle to veer across the roadway's centerline. Nor was it immediately clear whether alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal accident.

As this particular case exemplifies, the effects of serious car accidents can be catastrophic. The injuries that result from these wrecks can be devastating, leaving accident victims to cope with not just physical pain but also financial stress. That is because many accident-related injuries require costly hospital stays, expensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation.

However, accident victims may seek financial compensation for these damages via civil action. By successfully pursuing a personal injury claim against the party whose actionable behavior caused the accident, injured victims may be awarded restitution for hospital bills, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and even lost wages if their injuries proved to be disabling.

Source: WNCN, "1 dead, 3 injured in Raeford crash", June 17, 2014

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