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What damages are allowed in a fatal car accident?

| Nov 15, 2018 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Accidents happen every day in the Cary area. Most car accidents are minor and do not involve serious injuries. But, occasionally a serious accident occurs that leads to a loved one’s death. These situations cannot be anticipated and therefore bring heartache and pain to the deceased’s family. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, the deceased’s family may have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

An unexpected death of a family member can be devastating. The family member was a beloved individual who may have been the family’s breadwinner as well as a constant companion. If the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Many car accidents are the result of negligence, including texting while driving, driving while under the influence, distracted driving, etc. It seems like many drivers do not understand the importance of safe driving so when an accident occurs it is important to hold negligent drivers responsible.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in North Carolina on behalf of a victim by his family. The victim’s personal representative files the lawsuit in order to recover damages for the tremendous loss. The damages can include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and pain and suffering. An attorney who specializes in personal injury can help their client work through what happened to cause the accident and determine who was responsible.

A wrongful death lawsuit is important for families who have been affected by a tragic accident. Although nothing can bring back the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help a family move ahead with their new life.


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