Last week, a 71-year-old North Carolina woman was killed when a dump truck crashed into her vehicle. Although accidents happen every day, this accident could have been avoided.
According to reports, the dump truck driver was operating the vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. Police also reported that truck driver negligence was a factor in the fatal accident. After investigating the crash, police reported that the truck driver was supposed to yield to the vehicle that the woman was driving. However, the truck driver failed to yield to the woman’s vehicle, and as a result, the vehicles collided.
The fatal accident occurred on Feb. 1 in Davidson County. The vehicles collided in the middle of an intersection when the truck failed to yield to a 1990 Buick that had the right-of-way to go through the intersection first. The driver of the Buick made an attempt to avoid hitting the truck, but the vehicles still crashed. The driver of the Buick was killed in the collision. Two passengers who were in the Buick were injured and hospitalized after the accident. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
The truck driver was not seriously injured in the accident. He has since been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle as well as driving with a revoked license.
When victims are killed in motor vehicle accidents in Fayetteville, victims’ families may be able to obtain compensation from negligent drivers and their insurance companies. But when a negligent driver causes an accident while his or her license is suspended or revoked, it is very likely that the driver is also not properly insured.
This type of situation often makes it more difficult for families to recover compensation for a loved one’s medical expenses, funeral costs and other damages after a fatal truck accident or car crash. Families may benefit from working with an attorney, though, who will protect their rights and fight for the compensation crash victims and their families deserve.
Source: The Dispatch, “Dump truck driver charged in death of woman,” Darrick Ignasiak, Feb. 4, 2013