Patrol found not guilty in fatal North Carolina accident; independent investigation should be conducted

ABC 11 news reports that an investigation has found a grandmother at fault in a fatal North Carolina car accident involving a state trooper.

We reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog that a witness contradicted a claim by a state trooper that he was chasing a speeder at the time of the crash. The May 23 accident on I-85 killed a 55-year-old grandmother and an 11-year-old girl when their vehicle pulled in front of a trooper’s Dodge Charger at Business I-85 and River Road. The trooper’s speed was estimated at 95 mph when he slammed into the Honda Accord.

An investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has now determined that fault for the accident does not rest with … the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Despite the fact that the trooper admitted to racing through the intersection with lights activated, but without sirens.

Our Carolina injury lawyers are always concerned about the outcome of accident investigations, but particularly those where law enforcement is reportedly investigating its own conduct. When it comes to representing accident victims, our team will review all aspects of the crash to determine fault. In many cases, professional experts may be hired, including an accident reconstructionist.

The patrol reports that two witnesses contradict a man who claims the trooper was not chasing a speeder at the time of the crash. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has conducted a second investigation but has refused to release the results, saying it anticipates lawsuits will be filed against the state as a result of the accident. This is also a suspect argument; any attorney who represents a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state would be entitled to the results of the attorney’s general’s investigation anyway. So why not release the results to the public?

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

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