Clinton, NC (May 18, 2022) – Two people lost their lives following a crash that took place in Clinton on Wednesday, May 18th. The crash happened along State Road 1004 near Garland.
Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash. According to a report from troopers, a 1998 Ford Econoline van was traveling on SR 1004 when the driver approached a curve in the roadway. The driver failed to negotiate the curve and crossed the center line before leaving the roadway and striking a ditch. The van rolled over several times before coming to rest.
There were eight occupants in the vehicle at the time of the collision. Two of the occupants were ejected after the van rolled over. When paramedics arrived, they pronounced the driver and a front-seat passenger dead at the scene. The identities of the two men have not been released.
Police are still investigating the cause of the collision. It is not believed that speed or alcohol played a role and the actual cause remains unknown.
No further information has been released at this time.
We would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to the family members who lost their loved ones in this fatal car accident in Clinton.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
In 2020, the number of fatal car accidents in North Carolina rose significantly from the year before. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 1,659 people lost their lives in crashes that happened in 2020. In 2019, approximately 1,500 people died in accidents, an increase of greater than 12%. From these numbers, we can determine that our state’s roadways may be becoming more dangerous. The reason for the increase in fatalities could also be attributed to a greater number of motorists and negligent drivers on our state’s roadways.
There is nothing more devastating and heartbreaking than the loss of a loved one in a crash. This is especially true if your loved one was killed in an accident that was not their fault. When a negligent driver is responsible for the collision, family members of the victim are likely to have questions regarding the future. Under North Carolina law, the victim’s next-of-kin can file a wrongful death action against the negligent driver. A wrongful death claim can ask for compensation for a variety of things, including funeral and medical bills, loss of affection, lost wages, and more. Due to the complexity of these cases, they should only be filed by an experienced North Carolina wrongful death lawyer.
At Burton Law Firm, attorney Jason M. Burton can help when you or a family member have been affected by a crash. From our office in Raleigh, we serve clients across eastern North Carolina. Our team will be there every step of the way when you have been affected by a serious crash.
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