The loss of a family member is rarely easy for those left behind, but the experience is typically much worse when the death resulted from negligence on the part of another. One recent Johnston County accident has probably left one family in anguish and considering what the future holds.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005 fatal car crashes in North Carolina resulted in costs of $1.5 billion. According to that study, which was discussed in an earlier blog post, medical-related costs constituted $18 million of the total loss while work-loss costs were an astounding $1.48 billion. This statistic shows that in addition to the emotional impact of the loss of a loved one, a fatal accident can severely affect survivors financially.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents are one of the top ten causes of death every year in the United States. Drivers and passengers from all age groups, including children, women, men and senior citizens, are vulnerable while using our roads and can become victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
There are many good reasons to travel on the roads: for example, to go to work, to shop or to meet family and friends. However, statistics show that each year, many people are killed in car accidents in North Carolina and all over the United States. But is this a good enough reason to stop using the roads?
Car accidents are a problem on the major highways and minor byways of North Carolina. A leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving which is the result of many risky driving behaviors, such as texting while driving, driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, more widely known as drunk driving. North Carolina imposes strict penalties for those who break distracted driving laws.
Car accidents are a common occurrence across the United States. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol reports, a fatal car accident occurred recently when a 70-year-old woman was killed after her Ford Taurus was hit from behind on Interstate 95 by a negligent driver. Two others suffered injuries.
While the roads are filled with cars traveling safely each and every day, there are unfortunate cases of accidents and injuries that can occur when things go wrong. Incidents involving cars and trucks can at best end in a small dent or scratch. However, there are times when these types of accidents end in much more tragic ways. Such is the case of a recent fatal car accident in North Carolina.
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.
Although most people know intellectually that death is imminent, few think about this most of the time, which can make an actual fatal accident shocking and disturbing when it does occur.
North Carolina residents are likely aware of the deadly combination that occurs when driving, alcohol and drugs are mixed. However, some may be left wondering just what can be done when a loved one is involved in a crash where a drunk or impaired driver is at fault. There are a number of paths that victims can take to pursue compensation and receive some remedy for the tragedies that have been inflicted on them.