Two North Carolina men were injured this week in a Pitt County car accident. Both were inmates at the Green Correctional Institute in Maury.
The two men, along with one other inmate who was not injured, were assigned to work on a roadway job with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The car accident occurred as the inmates were riding in a pickup truck driven by a DOT employee. When the DOT truck slowed to turn into a driveway, it was struck by another vehicle. That vehicle had apparently been attempting to pass the DOT truck.
The inmates were injured severely enough to require transportation to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital. One had to be immobilized on a stretcher.
The third inmate escaped injury, as did the driver of the DOT truck and the driver of the vehicle that hit the truck.
State troopers have not yet determined who was at fault for the accident. They are interviewing witnesses and conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the collision.
North Carolina Car Accident Damages
North Carolina auto accident victims may have legal recourse to sue if the accident was caused by another person's negligence.
If, as is possibly true in this case, more than one driver is responsible for the accident, the law of joint and several liability applies.
Usually, an injured person will bring a claim against every driver responsible for the accident. However, this is not necessary. North Carolina law allows injured persons to recover the total amount of their damages either from all negligent parties or from one party alone. This rule can be especially helpful if one of the negligent parties has limited insurance coverage or can otherwise not afford to pay their share of the damages.
If you've been injured in a car accident, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney who can help you understand how the law will apply to your particular case.
Source: Daily Reflector, "Inmates Hurt on DOT Job," Jan. 4, 2012