North Carolina drunk driving accidents continue to show need for tougher sentences

The tortured existence of a mother dealing with the tragic loss of her daughter in a North Carolina drunk driving accident is a stark reminder of the tragedy so frequently caused by the senseless act of a driver who climbs behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

As North Carolina car accident lawyers, our hearts go out to these families. No settlement or jury award can begin to compensate a parent for the loss of a child. Yet we are committed to the aggressive pursuit of justice in these cases, to raising awareness, and to punishing those responsible for these tragedies.

In this case, the car the girl was riding in crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Bessemer City man. He has been charged with second-degree murder and allegedly passed several cars in his Jeep Cherokee before slamming into the victim’s vehicle, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He had three previous DUI convictions.

CBS 3 reports the girl’s mother has vowed to fight to change the state’s drunk driving laws for the better. As we previously reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, this defendant should have had his license suspended for life and should have been sentenced to years behind bars. Instead, he had spent little more than a month in jail.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving North and South Carolina, including Shelby, Winston-Salem and Asheboro.

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