According to S.D. Parrish of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord was traveling southbound on I-87 at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the median, and collided nearly head-on with a Dodge Dart. The Accord burst into flames following the collision.
The Accord driver, 19-year-old Tre’shon Pope of Washington, N.C. and a passenger who has not been identified were both killed in the crash. The driver of the Dart, 26-year-old Yameer Greene of Knightdale, also died in the collision. There is no word on whether anyone else was injured as a result of the crash. Witnesses described the Accord traveling approximately 100 mph and weaving out of traffic just before the driver lost control of the vehicle. The crash closed down the highway while troopers investigated and cleared away the wreckage from the scene. Motorists near the area were advised to find alternate routes of travel.
No additional information is available at this time.
We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this tragic Knightdale car accident.
Deadly Car Accidents in North Carolina
According to statistics published by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were more than 1,400 fatal car accidents last year in our state. While no one ever expects to be injured in a crash, a North Carolina car accident can happen very suddenly and unexpectedly. Unfortunately, these crashes often claim the lives of innocent victims and are not always avoidable due to the manner in which they take place. While the crash could be prevented by safe and cautious driving, negligent driving behavior such as speeding is frequently the reason for the needless tragedy on our roadways.
If you have lost a loved one in a North Carolina car accident, you should be aware of your rights. As the next-of-kin, you could file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased loved one. In a North Carolina wrongful death case, the family member takes the place of their relative and sues a negligent driver for causing death. Under North Carolina law, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death or they will be barred by the statute of limitations. Failure to act within two years can result in your inability to file a claim for compensation.
Given these time frames and the high stakes involved, it is imperative to contact a North Carolina wrongful death lawyer if you are facing this situation. At Burton Law Firm, Raleigh wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton understands what you are going through. During this difficult period, it is important to have a trusted advocate on your side as you navigate the world following a tragedy.
We are here for you when you need us the most. For your free consultation and case evaluation, please give us a call at (833) 623-0042.