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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Wrongful death and children


Car accidents can affect anyone, including the young and the old. Tragically, far too often a negligent driver causes a wreck that leaves a young child deceased. This can be heartbreaking for a surviving family, and the emotional toll can almost be too much to handle. However, once the family is ready and able to consider their legal options, they may be stumped as to how to show the financial value of their loss. While surviving families of deceased adults can turn to lost wages to calculate a portion of their damages, this cannot be done with children.

Hit-and-run accident leaves teen dead


On a daily basis, very little thought is given to how close pedestrians move in the midst of swiftly passing traffic. The difference can be mere inches. Though North Carolina is populated with responsible and careful drivers who are well aware of pedestrians and the protection the driving practices needed to keep them safe, there is still a significant part of the population that drives recklessly around these vulnerable citizens. As can be seen by a recent case in North Carolina, when this happens the results can be deadly.

Garner accident kills one, leaves three others injured


It is an unfortunate reality, but automobile collisions could happen suddenly, involving multiple vehicles and victims. No matter the degree of negligence, a negligent driver is often the culprit. Additionally, if fault is assigned to a negligent driver, he or she could be held responsible for the injuries, deaths and damages caused by the incident.

Seeking fair compensation after fatal car accidents


In most fatal car accidents, family members and loved ones of North Carolina victims often seek legal recourse with the help of legal professionals. They seek help to initiate a lawsuit against a negligent car driver, as well as their insurance company. In some cases, a civil lawsuit for wrongful death may also be initialed by the bereaved family members. North Carolina laws, however, provide that any such lawsuit has to be initiated no more than two years from the date of the fatal car accident.

Driver charged after fatal accident on wet NC Highway 42


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 loss of a loved one can result in significant financial loss


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.

How North Carolina determines damages in wrongful death cases


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.

The financial impact of fatal accidents on North Carolina


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.

Calculating compensation in wrongful death claims


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?

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