The site of a truck crash that killed a North Carolina teen has been the location of dozens of crashes in recent years, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Data provided by the agency shows that 29 other car crashes occurred at the intersection of McCrimmon Parkway and N.C. 55 between January 2011 and July 2014. Nine people were injured in those accidents.
A police report detailing the Sept. 16 crash said that three vehicles turned left in front of a dump truck as it approached the intersection around 7 a.m. The driver of the truck told investigators that the first two drivers had avoided any collision, but the last vehicle, a 2001 Chevy Blazer driven by a 16-year-old Morrisville teen, turned directly into his path.
A 15-year-old female passenger in the Blazer was critically injured in the accident and taken to Duke University Medical Center where she later died. Another passenger, the victim's 16-year-old brother, and the driver survived the crash with minor injuries. NCDOT said it will investigate the accident to determine if any improvements need to be made at the intersection.
When a truck crash results in a fatality, a victim's family may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages. In North Carolina, a wrongful death case can be brought when a victim's death is the result of an intentional or negligent act. An attorney with experience in personal injury cases could use police reports, accident investigation results and witness testimony in order to establish who was at fault. The driver determined to be responsible for the crash could be liable in a wrongful death claim.
Source: WNCN, "Crash that killed Panther Creek student among dozens at intersection", September 24, 2014