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WDBJ 7, in Roanoke, Virginia reported, on June 13, 2013, that a Salem, North Carolina man, charged with killing two North Carolina drivers on Interstate 581 (in Virginia) has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI. According to WDBJ 7, the Salem man had a prior alcohol-related charge.

In this case, the driver and victims were all North Carolina residents BUT the accident happened in Virginia. A key question is where the case should be brought – Virginia or North Carolina and which states laws apply – Virginia or North Carolina’s laws.

The laws at issue are:

  • The criminal laws for drunk driving and involuntary manslaughter and the penalties for violating these laws.
  • The insurance laws for each state.
  • The wrongful death laws for each state.
  • The motor vehicle laws for each state.
  • Evidence rules including whether interested parties can testify.

The laws differ for each state – Virginia and North Carolina. The laws impact the right and ability to collect for any pain and suffering of the decedent, which insurance policies pay the benefits, the right to use UM or UIM (Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage) and other issues.

How Our Firm Can Help

This type of case is the perfect case to use a lawyer like Joe Miller who has experience in both Virginia and North Carolina. If you know someone who was died through the wrongful death of another, in North Carolina or Virginia, make sure that you really do contact an attorney. It is easy to do.

When it comes to wrongful death cases in Virginia or North Carolina, make sure you contact us online and visit www.JoeMillerInjuryLaw.com or call Wrongful Death Lawyer Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 to get all of the information that you need. We also suggest you CLICK HERE for a video discussion of wrongful death cases or visit our pages relating to wrongful death cases for a full list of helpful hints


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