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Columbus County accident ends lives of Clarendon pair

North Carolina holds its share of hazards for all types of drivers. Motorcyclists often find the winding roads in the Great Smoky Mountains challenging but risky. Tourists near the Outer Banks and Wrightsville Beach may happen upon a slow-moving local car. Truckers may punish nearby drivers due to excessive speed and difficulty stopping.

Few accidents are more hazardous than wrong-way head-on collisions. One of these incidents claimed two lives in Nakina when a driver appeared in the wrong lane of a state highway. The late afternoon incident began when a male driver crossed the center line of Highway 905, prompting a female driver going the other direction to attempt to avoid him.

The cars collided head-on, with the female's father dying on the scene before emergency service personnel could transport him to the hospital. His wife, who was seriously injured, died later under care at a local hospital. The driver and her boyfriend are recovering from their injuries.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said the male driver may have been operating his car under the influence of alcohol, but the case is still under investigation. The female fatality, a teacher at a nearby school, was mourned along with her husband by fellow staff and community members.

Victims of car accidents and their survivors have the right to seek monetary damages, including reimbursement for medical costs, funeral-related expenses and compensation for the loss of companionship or other unquantifiable losses. An attorney can help people sort out these options after an unexpected loss and work towards the damages that the victims or survivors require in order to begin to recover.

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