Two men in North Carolina were killed on Oct. 13 when they were involved in a crash caused by a vehicle driving the wrong way. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 26 in Henderson County. Investigators say a 91-year-old man was driving a pickup truck westbound on the east side of the roadway when it collided head-on with a second vehicle. Both drivers were killed from the impact of the collision.
Investigators say the second driver, a 36-year-old man, was driving east towards South Carolina when the crash happened. A highway patrol officer told local reporters that officials may never be able to determine the cause of the crash and the pickup driver's reasoning. However, law enforcement has reportedly ruled out the possibility of alcohol as a contributing factor. Samples for toxicology screening were obtained at the scene as a formality.
In similar events, a surviving spouse or the immediate relatives to the decedent may benefit from contacting a lawyer about filing a wrongful death claim; in the event that the driver believed to be negligent also perishes in a wreck, a suit may be filed against their estate. Although the details of a crash may be difficult to pinpoint, police reports and witness testimonies may assist an individual in developing a strong civil case.
Some of the common forms of driver negligence cited in wrongful death claims include speeding, traffic violations, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, fatigue and other similar infractions. Plaintiffs in lawsuits involving fatal motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to receive restitution to potentially help account for applicable medical costs, funeral and burial expenses and other related hardships. Lawyers may be able to obtain compensation for the decedent's relatives if they can prove the defendant's negligence caused the crash.
Source: WLOS, "Wrong-Way Driver Kills Two in I-26 Accident", October 14, 2014