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Accident Involving Alcohol Left One Teenager Dead and Others Injured

August 25, 2015

Anytime an accident involves alcohol, a variety of questions are raised, and one of the questions normally asked is whether or not the accident could have been prevented. The situation can seem much worse when the victims of a car accident are teenagers. Earlier this month, a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle tragically lost her life, and six other young individuals were injured in a North Carolina accident just south of Charlotte, according to a local news report.

While it cannot be confirmed, authorities believe alcohol did play a role in the crash. Such a tragic accident is a reminder that teenagers are vulnerable, not only because they are young drivers, but also because other conduct, such as drinking, can make an accident that much more dangerous.

After losing a child in such a horrific way, it is understandable that the parents and/or other loved ones of the child would want to seek justice for what happened. Even if the 16-year-old girl participated in drinking as a passenger of the vehicle, it was not her who was driving. Further, while the driver certainly did not intend to get in an accident, his or her act of driving, possibly under the influence of alcohol, is enough to demonstrate that this driver may have acted in a way that caused the accident.

As such, loved ones should hold the driver accountable for causing the accident, even if it was not only the driver who was drinking. A way in which loved ones can seek to hold the driver accountable would be through a wrongful death claim. Each state has its own law when it comes to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and it is imperative that any potential lawsuit be discussed with a qualified attorney, who can evaluate the facts and circumstances of the accident, as well as take the necessary steps to pursue the claim.

The 16-year-old victim will never be able to go to college, get married or have children. These facts leave a hole in the hearts of the young girl's loved ones. Legal action is one way to account for what has been done, but there is no way to bring this young girl back. It is also important to keep in mind that a wrongful death claim is appropriate in a variety of automobile accidents – not just accidents that allegedly involve drunk driving. A skilled legal professional can provide you with the information necessary to determine what legal options are in your best interest if you wish to seek recovery for the loss of a loved one.

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Teenagers are vulnerable, both as individuals, and especially as drivers. While many teenagers learn how to successfully drive, if one drives while under the influence of alcohol, there is a significantly increased chance that an accident will result. The facts of the accident discussed above are not completely clear, but if alcohol was truly involved, the accident may have been preventable. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of any type of auto accident and believe someone else may be responsible, you should speak with an attorney right away.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been handling automobile accident cases for over thirty years and offers compassionate and dedicated legal services catered to meet each client's needs. Prompt action is vital to the success of your automobile accident case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as your time to file a personal injury claim after your accident is limited.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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