Truck Driver Charged With DWI Following Deadly Greensboro, NC Crash

By Jim Lewis, VA/NC Trucking Accident Attorney

What Happened:

The driver of a tractor-trailer in Greensboro, NC has been charged in a fatal wreck that left another driver with life-threatening injuries. Police say the truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Police say the tractor-trailer driver was heading east on I-40 when he collided with a Toyota Prius driven by Khristopher Blue. Blue had been in a minor accident when his car drifted off the road and he then overcorrected, spinning out in the interstate. Tragically, the intoxicated tractor-trailer driver was not far behind and crashed directly into the Prius, killing the driver and severely injuring the female passenger.

Police say the woman was taken to Moses Cone hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer has now been charged with DWI, DWI in a commercial vehicle and various other alcohol related offenses. The police say they are continuing to investigate the accident and what may have led to the initial problems with the Prius.

The North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney’s Perspective:

We extend our sympathy to the family of the man who died and the seriously injured passenger. Losing a loved one is always hard, but especially so when the accident comes out of the blue. The family of the victim in this tragic case should contact an experienced North Carolina (NC) wrongful death attorney to ensure that the driver is held accountable. Even though criminal charges are being pursued against the driver, it’s important to understand that a civil claim for compensation can still proceed regardless of what prosecutors decide to do.  

Potentially Helpful Information: 

If you’re considering reaching out to an attorney, make sure it’s someone who has experience handling such difficult and emotionally trying cases. My firm handled one case where our client was killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer, leaving his wife and four children behind. In that case, we were able to secure a $2.4 million settlement for the family. Though the money does not help to heal the deep wounds left after the man’s death, it helps provide some much needed money to a family in need.

If someone you love died due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another person, you’re likely confused about how to begin the process of holding the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions. Wrongful death actions can be confusing and are often unfamiliar to most people who, thankfully, have little experience with such lawsuits. For more information on the process, read through my firm’s guide on the wrongful death claims process in North Carolina.

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

If you recently lost a loved one in a tragic North Carolina accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims. For instance, you may be wondering what a wrongful death claim is, how a court calculates damages or even what the difference is between a wrongful death claim and a normal personal injury action. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina wrongful death FAQs.

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About the Editors: The Virginia (VA) trucking accident attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling truck accident cases in Virginia, North Carolina (NC), and other Southeastern states. Check out our case results, which illustrate our track record of success in truck accident personal injury cases. Trucking injury lawyers Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about Virginia truck accident injury law, take a look at this free report written by an experienced truck wreck injury attorney in Virginia.

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