North Carolina has every type of road and street, from wide limited-access interstate highways to winding dirt paths into the Great Smoky Mountains. Although there are many reasons that accidents happen in the Tar Heel State, nothing is a greater hazard than drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A female driver is facing charges related to a collision with a school bus that injured 13 schoolchildren on board. The incident happened near a middle school when the bus, loaded with 19 students, encountered the woman's car as it drifted over the center line in the road. The crash overturned the bus, causing injuries to the children as well as the bus driver.
The woman was charged with driving left of center as well as driving while impaired by alcohol. The most serious injury was suffered by one of the schoolchildren on board the bus; the student was initially in critical condition but is expected to survive.
School buses, with a lack of standard restraints for many seats, can cause serious injury if they crash or overturn in one. A driver who causes injuries in an accident does not have to be subject to criminal charges to be held liable in civil court.
Victims of car accidents with a driver at fault may seek financial damages, including reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for endured pain or emotional distress. A claim for damages in civil court, bound either for settlement or for a jury verdict, may have a better chance of success if the plaintiff has legal representation. A lawyer may be an invaluable ally in the effort to become whole.