• July 21, 2017

Child Killed, Ashley Peay, Crystal Gauthier, Daniel Bowlin Injured in Statesville, NC, Accident

Statesville, NC -- July 14, 2017, a child was killed, Ashley Peay, Crystal Gauthier, and Daniel Bowlin were injured following an 18-wheeler accident.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was called out to the accident scene at around 5:30 p.m. They say the crash happened just off the intersection of Salisbury Highway and 3rd Creek Road.

According to police reports, 28-year-old Bowlin was driving a passenger vehicle along 3rd Creek when he turned onto the eastbound lanes of Salisbury Highway. Authorities claim he then attempted in illegal U-turn into the path of an eastbound 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler did not stop in time, and it crashed into the car.

As a result of the collision, an 8-year-old boy riding in the vehicle suffered critical injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries two days after the crash. Bowlin and three other passengers, 28-year-old Peay, 29-year-old Gauthier, and an 11-year-old girl, were also take to the hospital. Their injuries were not specified.

Police say Bowlin may be charged for the accident, but no official reports have been made.

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Commentary

No matter how many accidents like this I come across, it's always difficult to read about such young victims. Reports say that charges may be filed in connection with accident, though it's still important to ensure that investigations take everything into account so that no crucial details are left by the wayside. The very least those affected deserve is to have all the facts surrounding the accident.

One issue this accident brings to mind is the fact that most of the people affected by the crash were passengers. Our firm gets a lot of calls about this sort of thing, since most people only ever consider car accidents as being driver versus driver. When it comes to passengers making a claim, the simple explanation is that unless they somehow directly caused the accident, they likely have a claim against somebody.

For example, if a passenger is injured because a car runs a stop sign and hits their vehicle, they would have a claim against the other driver. If the same thing happens except their driver is the one who ran the stop sign, then they could have a claim against their driver. If for some reason the passenger reaches over, grabs the steering wheel, and swerves the car into a light pole, then understandbly they probably wouldn't have a claim.

This is rarely the case, however, so most of the time a passenger affected by an accident is going to have a claim. However, it still takes a thorough investigation and an experienced professional to help determine exactly who their claim would be against. As always, no matter how straight-forward an accident may appear, victims still need clear and convincing evidence to support their case.

--Grossman Law Offices

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