According to Sgt. January of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a car was traveling southbound on N.C. 903 when, for unknown reasons, the driver crossed the centerline of the roadway and clipped and SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction. The car then veered across the roadway and onto the northbound shoulder where it continued skidding. As it was on the shoulder, the car was struck by a construction truck traveling northbound.
A total of four people were inside the car at the time of the accident. All four occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers. Two occupants of the construction truck were taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in stable condition. No one in the SUV was injured in the crash.
The highway remained closed for about four hours while an investigation was underway. It later reopened for traffic. Police are still investigating the accident at this time. So far, they believe that speed may have played a role in the collision but alcohol impairment has been ruled out.
The deceased victims have not been identified pending family notification.
We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the victims following this tragic car accident in LaGrange.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
In 2018, more than 1,400 people lost their lives due to car accidents in North Carolina. While no one ever expects to be seriously hurt or killed in a crash, these serious collisions take place every day. The effects of fatal accidents on the families of victims can be overwhelming as they struggle to deal with the sudden loss of a beloved family member.
A large number of deadly crashes result in innocent victims losing their lives due to the actions of a negligent driver. In these situations, the personal representative of the victim has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible motorist. Under North Carolina law, wrongful death actions must be filed within two years of the date of death. A wrongful death claim alleges that the negligence of a third party caused the victim’s death to occur. There are several types of damages available in a North Carolina wrongful death claim, including payment for funeral and medical costs, lost wages, the loss of companionship, and punitive damages to punish the negligent party in some cases.
A wrongful death claim presents complicated legal issues that must be addressed by a skilled attorney. At Burton Law Firm, PLLC, North Carolina wrongful death attorney Jason M. Burton is here to help during your time of need. We are familiar with the laws surrounding wrongful death claims and we can help you obtain the compensation that you need. While no amount of money will ever replace the loss of a loved one, we can help you pursue justice and recover compensation that will help with some of the sudden financial needs that you could be facing.
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