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Early Sunday morning crash leaves woman serious injured

Residents driving on North Carolina roads early on a Sunday morning might expect to see little traffic and most drivers certainly don't expect to have a life-threatening experience as the sun comes up. But that's what happened to a 41-year-old North Carolina woman who was driving at around 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 15.

The woman was traveling westbound when she was hit by a driver operating a vehicle in the wrong direction on the highway. The fiery collision drew the attention of an off-duty law enforcement officer, who helped pull the woman from the wreckage. At the time the accident was reported, the woman had been through surgery for extensive injuries. She was listed by the hospital as in serious condition.

The woman was reportedly on her way to work. The younger driver who hit her was reported as driving under the influence at the time of the incident. According to authorities, the younger woman had a previous history of a DUI charge.

The 21-year-old driver of the second vehicle was also being treated at a local hospital. Authorities indicated that she was being charged related to the accident, but they had not booked her into custody due to her injuries.

Any type of road accidents is a terrible start to the day -- even a mild fender bender. A devastating accident that results in serious injuries or death is a tragic start to the day and can lead to hard days ahead. When facing such challenges, it can help to know what your options for financial recovery are. When someone else is liable for an accident, whether by driving under the influence or just driving with negligence, you have a right to seek compensation.

Source: ABC 11 Eyewitness News, "Wrong Way Driver Causes Serious Crash On I-40 Near Jones Sausage Road," Elaina Athans, Nov. 16, 2015

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