The holidays are the time of year for family and happiness. Unfortunately, losing a loved during this time of year seems to compound the grief associated with such a loss. In the future, the holidays will likely serve as a reminder of the tragic double loss a family suffered as a result of a car accident. After one man was charged with the death of two brothers in North Carolina, the brothers’ family members have the option of filing a wrongful death case.
In late December, a man was driving his pickup in the early morning on a North Carolina road. Police claim that the man crossed the center line. As a result, he crashed head-on into a car driven by a 43-year-old man.
The driver of the second vehicle and his 47-year-old brother, a passenger in the vehicle, were killed as a result of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck now faces two felony charges as a result of the men’s death. He is currently being held in jail until he posts bond.
While no amount of money can mitigate the loss of two loved ones, the family could seek some relief for the financial stresses they will face as a result of the deaths by filing a wrongful death case in a North Carolina civil court. If the family can prove that the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence, the court could order a monetary award be paid to help offset the financial ramifications of the accident, such as funeral expenses and the loss of wages. At the very least, such an award may allow the family to focus on recovery instead of finances.
Source: wavy.com, Raleigh-man-charged-in-wreck-that-killed, No author, Dec. 27, 2013