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Passengers often the worst loss in DWI

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2010 | Car Accidents |

After an accident it’s wise to consult an attorney. If you have questions about legal issues in this article or in your own personal injury suffered in a wreck, call me directly for help – Lawrence Egerton, 336-273-0508, or e-mail me at [email protected].

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.

Has your life been disrupted by an accident causing serious injury or death? Do you or someone you know need a lawyer’s counsel? You can get help at the Egerton Law website. The Egerton Law firm and its personal injury attorneys want to help you. Call us at 336-273-0508. E-mail us at [email protected]

Facts about the Egerton Law firm:

  • We have built a tradition of helping injured people and their families since the firm was established in 1956.
  • We have handled cases in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, New York, the District of Columbia, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and U.S. District Court. We have fought cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Firm founder Lawrence Egerton has a personal understanding of the challenges someone faces after being hurt in a wreck, having suffered a serious injury in a rear-end collision in 1996.
  • Our website offers resources on legal issues, informational videos, and a free download of Lawrence’s book “Don’t Follow Too Close.”

Have you had a wreck and the insurance company is:

  • Pressuring you to give a statement? (Don’t give a statement without consulting us.)
  • Refusing to get you a rental car?
  • Making it hard for you to get medical payments?
  • Generally giving you a hard time?

Take action and help us to help you. Call or email: 336-273-0508[email protected].  We can advise you on whether you have a case, how to get a wrecked vehicle paid for and how to get medical care. You will always speak to an attorney on your first call.