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Who is liable when both drivers die in a car accident?

Many people understand that if they or a loved one are harmed in a motor vehicle crash, they may be able to file a civil claim against one or more drivers. However, there are instances where both drivers end up dying as a result of the car accident. This makes the options available to a grieving family less clear. However, there are still ways to hold a negligent driver accountable, which may be what one family is considering in the case of a recent fatal crash here in North Carolina.

According to police, the crash happened on a recent morning. They say that a sedan driving south on Interstate 87 crossed over the median for unknown reasons. The car then allegedly struck another traveling in the opposite direction head-on. The first car caught on fire as a result of the crash.

Police say that both drivers died as a result of the crash, as well as a passenger in the first vehicle. Though officers say that the first car was driving at a high rate of speed, they have not offered any explanation for why it might have crossed into oncoming traffic. There is no word on whether there were any other mitigating factors, such as distracted or intoxicated driving.

Even though the driver who appears to have been at fault for the car accident did not survive, the family of the other driver may still be able to hold him responsible. They could file a civil claim against his estate that may result in monetary damages that could cover outstanding medical bills, funeral costs or other related expenses. A personal injury attorney here in North Carolina can offer assistance to any family in a similar situation.