A 20-year-old woman was killed in a car accident during the early morning hours of July 13 on Highway 17 about 20 miles from Wilmington. She was reportedly a passenger in a Hyundai Accent being driven by another 20-year-old woman. The vehicle went off-road and flipped over, causing the woman to be ejected from the car. She died at the scene of the accident.
Police say that the driver suffered only minor injuries in the accident, and she was charged with death by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. According to reports, the deceased woman was a sophomore at North Carolina A&T who was majoring in social work. The driver and the passenger were considered to be best friends, and the school is making counselors available for those who may need them.
In a car accident ending in fatality, the family of the victim may have several options available to them. Under some circumstances, taking legal action against the driver who displayed negligence may be appropriate in order to retrieve compensation in a civil suit.
If the claim is successful, the family could win a punitive award for wrongful death as well as any money that was spent on a funeral or other final expenses. Consulting with a personal injury attorney may make it easier to close the case, as an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement without the need for a potentially long and emotional trial. This may bring closure for everyone involved and allow them to move forward with their lives.
Source: wxii, “North Carolina A&T student dies in crash“, July 14, 2014