Reports indicate a Volkswagen Passat swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a Jeep that was carrying the pregnant woman. It turns out the at-fault Passat driver was drinking and driving. Police have charged the at-fault driver with drunk driving and felony death by motor vehicle, according to wbtv.com. The pregnant woman is reportedly in fair condition, but that does not tell us much of anything and information has not been made available as to the condition of the child. I have to admit - I was livid while reading about this awful accident. I was involved in a car accident while pregnant, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. The only thought on my mind after the wreck was the health of my baby. It was traumatic and an experience I wish on no one.
The pregnant woman involved in the NC accident is probably experiencing the same worries and fears about the health of her child. She should consult with a car accident injury attorney in North Carolina to discuss her legal options. When an at-fault driver causes an accident through reckless and wanton conduct, a victim may pursue punitive damages. This is a form of compensation in addition to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and the pain and suffering associated with the accident.