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Hit-and-run accident leaves North Carolina teen dead

North Carolinians are so used to being near moving vehicles, and probably do not think much about it. But these vehicles, even those that seem to be moving at a slow speed, can be extremely dangerous to pedestrians. Merely being clipped by a moving car can cause significant injuries, including lacerations and broken bones, which might leave a victim permanently disabled. Sadly, in some instances, these accidents are more than a mere clipping, and the results can be fatal.

One such accident occurred recently, leaving a 13-year-old North Carolina boy dead. The teenager was waiting for his school bus when a car struck him. Though his mother attempted CPR, the boy was unable to be saved, as he later died at the hospital. Police searched for the vehicle that hit the child, but were unsuccessful. Fortunately, though, the driver eventually turned himself in to authorities. He now faces criminal charges, including felony hit-and-run.

Though criminal charges can certainly help a family feel as if justice has been served, they do nothing to help the family recoup their losses. Those who lose a loved one to a car wreck can be wracked with financial expenses from incurred medical and funeral bills and emotional turmoil. These losses can take a toll, leaving a family depressed and distressed.

Fortunately, these families have legal options available to them. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, for example, a family may be able to recover compensation from the individual whose actions killed their loved one. If successful, a surviving family might obtain money for their losses and a sense of closure, which might help alleviate their pain and suffering. Thus, those who have lost a loved one in a car crash should consider learning more about their legal rights and how best to act on them.

Source: Time Warner Cable News, "13-Year-Old Boy Dies Following Hit-And-Run; Driver Turns Himself In," Heather Moore, Sept. 23, 2014

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