Vehicle accidents are not uncommon in and around the Rockingham, North Carolina area. Unfortunately, there are times when accidents are so severe that a person loses their life. If you have lost somebody you love due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver, reach out to the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help today. Our Rockingham fatal car accident attorneys have extensive experience handling complex vehicle accidents and wrongful death cases. We want to investigate what happened and help you and your family recover the closure and compensation you are entitled to.
Can you file a wrongful death claim in a Rockingham fatal car accident claim?
In many states, the family members of the deceased are allowed to file wrongful death lawsuits. However, in North Carolina, these claims must be pursued by the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate.
If the deceased individual had a will, then they most likely named a personal representative. This is often a member of the deceased’s family, but that is not always the case. If an individual did not specify a personal representative in their estate plan, the court will appoint an individual to carry out these duties. Often, surviving spouses, parents, or adult children end up being the personal representative.
It is important to point out that the North Carolina wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. The personal representative of the deceased’s estate must begin the claim as soon as possible. A skilled car accident attorney will be able to help family members and the personal representative make the best decisions moving forward in these situations.
How often do fatal accidents occur?
When we turn to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that 1,470 total individuals lost their lives as a result of vehicle accidents in the state during the latest reporting year of data on file.
When examining the data more closely, we can see that there were seven fatalities in Richmond County during the same reporting year.
Two of the main causes of fatal car accidents in North Carolina are alcohol-impaired driving and speed. Alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 23.7% of all vehicle accident fatalities during the latest reporting year across the state. Drivers operating too fast for conditions were responsible for 25.6% of all fatalities during the same year.
Reach out to Rockingham personal injury lawyer immediately
If you have lost somebody that you love in a vehicle accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver in the Rockingham area, reach out to the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help as soon as possible. We will offer you compassionate assistance, and our team has extensive experience handling complex motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death claims throughout North Carolina. Our goal is to help you recover the closure and compensation you are entitled to for your loss and for what happened to your loved one. When you need a Rockingham fatal car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.