A truck accident involving a North Carolina Wagon Train hobbyist group on Sept. 1 resulted in the death of one person and left at least two others with serious injuries. Additionally, a horse that was part of the wagon train had to be euthanized at the scene.
The truck accident occurred near the Pride Resort in Maggie Valley. It appeared that a Ford Ranger slammed into the back of the wagon train, which had 18 wagons and 20 horses involved. Reports indicate that two of those who were injured included a child about 8 or 9 years old and a man who was said to be in critical condition. The driver was identified as a 37-year-old Waynesville man. He reportedly submitted to a drug and alcohol screening; although, no charges had been filed against him when the report was released.
When fatal accidents occur without warning, families can lose loved ones in an instant. In addition to the grief that comes with suddenly suffering a loss, some family members may also experience significant financial impacts especially if they needed the loved one’s income to pay the bills.
Addressing the economic impact of a loved one’s death can be extremely difficult, especially if the person responsible for the loved one’s death refuses to accept liability for the accident. However, a wrongful death attorney could assist with seeking adequate compensation that can help to replace lost income and cover related costs. Furthermore, the attorney may work with economists to calculate future expenses to help ensure that any compensation awarded is fair.