Memorial Day weekend signals the official beginning of summer and provides an extended weekend to plan an outing or barbeque with family or friends. Memorial Day also reminds Americans of the ultimate sacrifice of members of the military. Many people from North Carolina visit soldier memorials and gravesites to honor their memory. They also travel to beaches and other places of amusement to relax and spend time with their families. The Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for law enforcement officials because of increased road traffic. Although many people drive safely, more people on the road usually means more fatalities reported during holidays.
According to state highway patrol officials, 16 fatal accidents were reported on North Carolina highways this Memorial Day weekend, two more than last year during the same time period. Traffic accident statistics were tracked by the highway patrol from Friday until Tuesday noon of the holiday weekend. Last year, almost 500 injury-related crashes were investigated during the holiday weekend. The 16 deaths this year were reported on minor roads and major highways all over the state, including U.S. Highway 70 in Durham County.
The loss of a loved one can traumatize a family in many ways. Most have depended on the victim emotionally as well as economically. The loved one may have been the only wage-earning member of the family and now the family may face financial crisis with no income and unexpected medical and funeral expenses.
A grieving family can seek compensation for its loss when a negligent driver is responsible. Getting the right information about options can help a family investigate the accident, identify all insurance coverage and build a strong case to get the maximum compensation for its loss.
Source: WRAL.com, "Highway Patrol reports 16 traffic fatalities during holiday weekend," Derek Medlin, May 27, 2014