Litigation: Accident Involving Drowsy Driver Claims a Life

With demanding schedules in a variety of professions, many individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere are finding it difficult to stave off fatigue while operating a motor vehicle. Falling asleep at the wheel can be dangerous, and accidents that occur under similar circumstances run the risk of ending in catastrophe. Those who lose someone close due to this type of negligence may benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on pursuing restitution through litigation.

According to reports, a recent accident in North Carolina has claimed the life of a 52-year-old man. Authorities assert the incident took place just before 7 a.m. on a recent Tuesday as a vehicle ran through a stop sign and collided with a nearby truck. Police say the vehicle struck the truck on the driver's side, and unfortunately, the man within the truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

An investigation into the incident is underway, and authorities suggest the driver of the vehicle that initiated the collision may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Driving while drowsy inherently reduces a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and closing one's eyes even for a moment on the road can have devastating results. According to reports, the driver will likely be facing criminal charges in relation to the incident.

Families who lose loved ones in fatal motor vehicle accidents may wish to pursue accountability through the civil justice system. Since the process can be complex, a family could speak with an attorney for guidance throughout litigation. An attorney in North Carolina can thoroughly evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim.

Source:, "Troopers: Deadly Gaston Co. crash caused by driver who fell asleep", Ken Lemon, Dec. 12, 2017