According to the report from the Fayetteville Observer newspaper, a recent fatal wreck near Pembroke, North Carolina, may prove to be an example of the tragedy that can strike when an impaired driver puts passengers at risk by getting behind the wheel.

The news report states that Todd Flanagan, 46, of Maxton, N.C., was riding with Corey Astor Locklear, 25, in a pickup truck at 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2010.

Locklear was driving south on Jones Road and ran the stop sign at Maynor Road, according to a report filed by the N.C. State Trooper J.A. Jones. It’s unknown if speed or other factors were involved. These are answers that a good personal injury lawyer's investigation would show.

The 1993 Chevrolet pickup traveled through the intersection, for some reason left the roadway, then struck a ditch and crashed into trees, said. The truck then overturned, and Flanagan was thrown from the pickup truck.

The news report indicates that Locklear is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and a stop-sign violation. He suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Flanagan, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene.

The first potential victims that people think of when someone is driving while impaired, are the other motorists or pedestrians. But many times there is no second vehicle or pedestrian. In this instance it didn’t take two cars to tango – a single-vehicle crash can take just as horrific a toll in human life when passengers are injured or killed. 

Questions to be answered:

  1. Did the passenger have on a seat belt?
  2. Where did the driver drink?
  3. How much did the driver drink?
  4. Who drank with the driver?
  5. Who are the witnesses to the drinking?
  6. Who are the witnesses to the accident?
  7. Were there other causes to the loss of control?
  8. Did the driver have insurance?
  9. Did the passenger have underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage?
  10. Was an estate opened and why is that important?

If you don't know the answers to these questions, then you need good legal advice.


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