Car accidents can inconvenience people, but serious ones may change lives. A freshman at a major North Carolina university suffered a setback when she was struck by a car in an intersection. She was running for exercise when a sedan hit her head-on.
Although the driver was going the speed limit and not charged with a crime, the 45-year-old driver of the sedan recently completed an undisclosed settlement with the family of the victim. He maintains that he had a green light in his lane and was not able to see the victim before striking her.
The runner spent nearly a month in a medically-induced coma after the accident and is still unable to take care of her own needs more than a year later. New necessities for her life, such as a feeding tube and several medications, resulted in a financial drain on her family. Her mother was appointed guardian ad litem for the purposes of the settlement so she can use the money for the victim's care.
The woman hit by the car was a member of her university's cross-country running team and a rising star in collegiate track events. For most of the last year, however, she was unable to walk and is still regaining her strength.
Victims of motor vehicle collisions and their families deserve all possible support when they are recovering from tragic and unexpected incidents. In many cases, an attorney is a valuable ally in the search for financial damages, like reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for emotional distress among other effects of a car accident.