The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports the crash happened about 9 a.m. Saturday when a vehicle full of students ran a stop sign and was struck by a farm truck at the intersection of White Store and Old Pageland Monroe roads. Both the driver, who was from Fayetteville, and a passenger from Greensboro were killed.
Our North Carolina injury lawyers frequently report about the dangers teens face behind the wheel. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Two other passengers and the truck driver were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Officials from the university report the students were headed to a leadership training activity, located about six miles from the school, at the time of the crash.
Nationwide, 5,864 young drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2008. North Carolina car accidents involving young drivers resulted in 250 traffic fatalities; South Carolina accidents involving young drivers claimed 141 lives.
In this cases, the families may be able to make a claim for damages against the at-fault drivers insurance policy. An experienced attorney will also be able to determine whether a claim can be made against the truck driver or the university.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina car accident, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving North and South Carolina, including Charlotte, Kannapolis and Gastonia.