A North Carolina woman was killed after a drunk driver ran a red light, striking her car as she was making a left turn. The 76-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene; a child passenger was treated and released from the hospital. The impaired driver was not injured. He has been charged with driving while impaired and aggravated felony death by motor vehicle. A golden retriever in his car was unharmed.
In addition to the criminal charges, the drunk driver may be liable for civil penalties. The family of the deceased woman should consult an experienced auto accident attorney. Although it may be difficult for family members to think about taking legal action following the loss of their loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to hold the negligent driver accountable for his actions and for the family to seek compensation for damages, including pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Sometimes a drunk driver will have no insurance, making a claim against one’s own uninsured motorist’s coverage necessary. In either case, such cases take time. In the meantime, the bills will keep coming. Once a lawsuit is filed, if the family is faced with a significant financial burden due to funeral and burial expenses as well as other expenses, they may wish to apply for lawsuit funding.