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.
The scene that follows a tractor-trailer crash can be chaotic. Frequently, people injured in a truck accident require emergency care. At the same time, emergency crews are busy cleaning up the scene and law enforcement officials are investigating what happened and ensuring that they identify who may have been responsible. This situation is common everywhere, including in North Carolina.
Residents of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina, might remember one of our previous posts, which talked about the rights of a person with a valid motor vehicle license after having a car accident. The post also talked about the North Carolina Contributory Negligence Law, according to which a driver who is even partially at-fault, will not be able to collect damages in a car accident.
When a loved one dies in an accident because of the negligence of another person, surviving family members often choose to file a lawsuit to seek compensation from the party determined to have been negligent. Under North Carolina's laws, the action must be brought within two years of the date of death.
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 not uncommon in North Carolina. The myriad causes of car crashes include driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, intentional speeding and also texting while driving. Sometimes car crashes result in catastrophic injuries and insurmountable pain and suffering for the car accident victim.
North Carolina traffic accidents have been linked to many causes, including inclement weather, bad road surfaces, auto defects and human error. Sometimes people are negligent while driving their vehicles and cause injuries to others. In some cases, driver negligence may also cause the death of another person. Transportation officials have instituted many traffic rules, including putting up signboards and organizing various programs on safe driving. Residents of North Carolina have participated in various activities to highlight the dangers of negligent driving. Many fatal car accidents are due to negligent drivers. One recent victim, a 25-year-old woman, died after she was hit by an oncoming car that had crossed the median.
With traffic accidents on the rise in North Carolina, many residents worry when a family member travels. Many pray for the safety of their parents, children or siblings who commute from one location to the other for school, work or other reasons.
Accidents often leave behind a trail of trauma and serious injuries that may take months and even years to recover from. The pain and suffering can get especially aggravated when these accidents are caused by reckless and drunk driving.