An accident can change your life in a second, leaving you reeling with pain, large medical bills and lost wages. Many people are surprised to find that insurance companies - even their own insurer - are unwilling to fully compensate them for the injuries they've sustained.
Under North Carolina civil law, when a person dies due to another's negligence, the survivors of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against them seeking damages.
A five-car accident in North Carolina has killed a 44-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman. The crash occurred on Nov. 29 when the 44-year-old man's SUV veered into oncoming traffic and struck four other vehicles. Police have indicated that speed was a factor in the crash that also injured two other drivers.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, an accident that involved a tanker truck and multiple vehicles closed I-85 for several hours in north Charlotte. Traffic was backed up on the interstate for miles after the crash.
A 20-year-old woman from North Carolina was killed in an accident that occurred at about 9:41 p.m. on March 14. The Seagrove woman was traveling on Needham Grove Road toward Robbins. The road crested into a hill where authorities say visibility is poor. According to police, as the woman's car crested the hill, she drove slightly left of center. At the same time, a 1994 Toyota 4Runner driven by a 20-year-old man from Asheboro approached. The driver hit his brakes, but his 4Runner still moved towards the woman's car. She tried to turn the vehicle away, but it was struck by the oncoming Toyota.
On Aug. 27 at approximately 1:45 p.m., two North Carolina utility workers were struck by a Ford Explorer on U.S. 17 in Hampstead; one of them was killed. The men were employed by a Holly Springs-based company that installs fiber optic cables. They had put safety cones in the road while they tracked a cable line. The men were standing in the right turn lane prior to the fatal car accident.
A North Carolina man who may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run admitted that a damaged vehicle belonged to him but refused to answer further inquiries. According to the report, the fatal car accident resulted in the death of one 18-year-old woman and caused severe injuries to a second 18-year-old woman.