Wayne Co., NC (November 15, 2023) – A fatal accident reported in Wayne County claimed at least one person’s life, according to law enforcement. At around 1:20 p.m. on November 12, emergency crews were called to the site of a crash that occurred on North Carolina Route 55.
Reports show that a collision blocked several lanes of the road near Emmaus Church Road, causing delays in the area. Authorities confirmed that at least one person was fatally injured in the accident. At this time, the police department is conducting an investigation into the crash.
We offer our sympathies to the family of the victim killed in this crash.
Fatal Car Accidents in North Carolina
According to statistics from 2022, more than 1700 people lost their lives as a result of fatal crashes in North Carolina. After losing a loved one, families often endure overwhelming emotional, mental, and financial impacts. In order to help alleviate the consequences that these crashes bring, it is crucial for families to take legal action. Filing a wrongful death lawyer can provide financial relief for some of the damages that families face during this difficult time.
According to North Carolina law, specific family members are not permitted to directly initiate wrongful death claims. Instead, the victim’s personal representative is required to file a claim on behalf of the victim’s estate. After the claim is filed, the personal representative may be entitled to a portion of the recoveries. However, the money is typically distributed to the heirs of the deceased victims. The allocation of proceeds from a wrongful death claim under North Carolina General Statutes § 29-14 follows this specified order:
- The surviving spouse
- The child or children of the deceased
- The grandchild or grandchildren of the deceased
- The surviving parent or parents
- A sibling or siblings of the deceased
It is important to take legal action right away to ensure your family has the best chance of getting justice. Filing a claim immediately after the accident can help to ensure you have all of the evidence needed to prove your case. Working with a North Carolina wrongful death lawyer can help to ensure that you are better positioned to get justice and hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and when it happens due to someone else’s negligence, the pain can be overwhelming. At Ted Greve & Associates, we understand the emotional and financial toll this can take on families, which is why we are dedicated to helping them seek justice and obtain compensation for their loss. While no amount of money can replace a loved one, holding those responsible accountable can provide some closure and support for the future. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, we encourage you to reach out to us for a free case evaluation by calling our legal team at (800) 693-7833. Let our compassionate legal team at Ted Greve & Associates help you protect your rights and get the justice your family deserves during this difficult time.