Onslow County, NC (May 28, 2020) – One person died in a car accident that took place in Onslow County on Wednesday, May 27th. The crash happened on North Carolina Highway 258 in Richlands.
According to Trooper Chris Matos of the Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Jordan Riggs was traveling on Highway 258 near Hawn Branch Road when a collision occurred with a utility truck. His vehicle continued on before striking a second car head-on. There were three occupants in the second vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle was airlifted to Vidant Health in serious condition. A passenger in the vehicle, 81-year-old Earl Lawson, died in the crash. A second passenger, a minor child, was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Riggs was also hospitalized in unknown condition.
Troopers have charged Riggs with involuntary manslaughter, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victims and their families following this car accident in Onslow County.
Fatal Car Accidents in Onslow County
Since 2016, there have been approximately 1,400 traffic fatalities on North Carolina’s streets and highways each year. This number equates to about four fatal crashes every day. A North Carolina car accident can be devastating for both victims as well as their family members.
Under our state law, a negligent driver is responsible for all of the injuries and damages they cause as a result of their actions. In the case of fatal accidents, a victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Under North Carolina’s wrongful death statutes, this claim must be filed within two years after the date of death.
Attorney Jason M. Burton has the experience and knowledge that are necessary to handle a North Carolina wrongful death claim. The law surrounding these claims is very specific and requires a complete understanding in order to present a successful case. Since 2012, we have recovered over 40 million dollars on behalf of North Carolina personal injury victims.
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