A North Carolina mother and daughter were doing what parents and kids do on weekdays: they were heading to school. The 33-year-old mother and her 13-year-old daughter were on their way to middle school in Pembroke, a small town about a two-and-a-half hour drive southeast of Charlotte.
They never made it. A man driving in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle, went off of the right side of the road, overcorrected and then careened across the centerline and into oncoming traffic. His car slammed violently into the vehicle driven by the woman. The mother and daughter died of their injuries in the head-on collision.
The driver of the other car is also a parent. In fact, he and his three daughters were on their way to a nearby high school at the time of the crash.
We do not yet know why he lost control of his vehicle, but we do know that he has been charged with careless and reckless driving. He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to a news report.
All four occupants of his vehicle were hospitalized, though the report did not state the extent of their injuries.
In many similar motor vehicle wrecks, the driver lost control of his vehicle because he was speeding. In other cases, distraction or impairment played critical roles. There are also far too many instances of reckless drivers — people who have a combination of aggression, speed, frequent lane changes, sudden braking, sudden acceleration, tailgating and other dangerous behaviors.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, speak with a personal injury lawyer who knows how to negotiate for maximum compensation. If negotiations cannot provide the outcome required, a skilled lawyer will pursue justice for you in court.