Enfield, NC (March 16, 2022) – Two men lost their lives following a car accident in Enfield on Tuesday, March 15th. The accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on Highway 481.
According to Trooper D.P. Efird of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Douglas Whitby of Roanoke Rapids was traveling northbound on Bellamys Mill Road when he failed to yield to an oncoming Dodge Charger. Two passengers in the Charger, 25-year-old Jesus Rodriguez and 28-year-old Moises Orozco were killed in the accident. A third passenger was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Motorists were advised to avoid the area for an extended period of time as officers conducted tests at the scene.
Following the crash, Whitby was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. There is no further information available at this time and an investigation into the accident remains ongoing.
We wish to offer our most sincere thoughts and condolences to those affected by this tragic car accident in Enfield.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
A car accident in North Carolina can be a life-changing event for both accident victims and their families. In 2019, nearly 1,400 people were killed and approximately 80,000 more were injured in crashes that took place across our state. A large majority of these accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Speeding, reckless driving, impairment, and distraction all contribute to the number of crashes that we see daily on North Carolina’s roadways.
When you have lost a loved one in a car accident in North Carolina, you need to have full knowledge of your legal rights. Following a deadly accident, many people wonder if they have the ability to hold a careless driver accountable. Under North Carolina law, victims have the right to bring a claim against the other driver. In cases involving a fatal accident, the victim’s relative or next-of-kin can bring the case as a wrongful death claim. Under our state’s wrongful death law, family members can recover for a variety of damages.
Wrongful death claims should only be handled by an experienced attorney. These cases are extremely complicated and require a lawyer with experience in obtaining the full amount of legal compensation. Following a deadly car accident, it is important to seek the services of a Maxton wrongful death attorney at the earliest possible time.
Car Accident Lawyer in Maxton
Here at Burton Law Firm, we know what it takes to get the job done. Our attorneys have nearly a decade of experience handling some of the most difficult and complex accident claims throughout North Carolina. During that time, we have recovered nearly 40 million dollars in total compensation for our clients and their families. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation for all potential and prospective clients. During the initial consultation, we will go over the facts of your case to allow us to better represent you. To speak with a car accident lawyer in Maxton, please reach out to us at the link on our website or give us a call at (833) 623-0042.
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Disclaimer: Our team of personal injury lawyers at Burton Law Firm has taken pride in being active members of our local business community for more than 8 years. We are always striving to improve the quality of life for our community members and improve the overall safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. We hope that by providing this information about the dangers of driving that we will bring added awareness and drivers will use increased caution when operating a motor vehicle. Our thoughts are with everyone who may have been affected by this incident. This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post should be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos in this post are not a depiction of the actual accident scene.