According to police, a 21-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle at an intersection in Greensboro on Oct. 4. The impact reportedly caused the vehicle that was hit to roll over onto its roof.
According to reports, the driver of the car that was hit sustained only minor injuries. Paramedics transported her 38-year-old passenger to a local hospital for treatment, where she died from her injuries.
Police say impairment did not play a role in the crash. They charged the driver with failure to reduce speed, failure to stop for a stop sign, careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor death. Authorities issued a $13,000 bond and held him in Guilford County Jail.
In any fatal accident like this, the family of the deceased may have a lot of expenses, including hospital bills, funeral costs and vehicle repairs or replacement. They may be able to receive compensation for these expenses by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party in the accident. This claim could also include pain and suffering by the victim before death if the family can prove that the deceased suffered.
An important fact to remember is that criminal charges pending against a person do not directly impact any civil lawsuit filed against that person. After a completed investigation, an attorney can use the resulting accident report to show which driver or other party was at fault. The family could then bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party to receive compensation for their loss.
Source: WFMYnews2.com, "Man Charged In Fatal Car Crash In Greensboro", October 05, 2014