A driver who lost control while speeding around a curve on a rural highway outside of Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC), caused two deaths and sent two people to the hospital with injuries. The deadly crash happened on County Line Road on the afternoon of July 17, 2016.
Investigators from the State Highway Patrol determined that the at-fault driver was going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone through the Grey's Creek community when he lost control and slid across the center line of the road. A broadside collision with a second car caused the speeding vehicle to roll over and land in a ditch. A passenger in the overturned car died, as did the out-of-control driver. Both people in the other vehicle survived the wreck with injuries.
Slowing down and maintaining control while rounding curves saves live. As this tragedy in central North Carolina illustrates, exceeding a posted speed limit sets the stage for avoidable deaths and injuries. Speed limits are set carefully to ensure that drivers have the time and distance to operate without putting themselves and others in danger.
The injured victims of the speeding, out-of-control driver and the family of the passenger who was killed may have grounds for filing personal injury and wrongful death claims against the at-fault driver's insurance. Accident and liability coverages remain in effect even after a person who causes a wreck dies. Claims will not be settled automatically, however, and the insurance company will only be represented by its own agents and attorneys. Consulting with a dedicated personal injury and wrongful death lawyer could help the people harmed by the deceased driver's negligence or recklessness secure the compensation they need.