Fatal Car Accident in Durham
The death of a Duke University student in a car crash brings questions about the curve where the crash happened. The stretch of road in question has had 17 off-road crashes in the last six years. The speed limit along the stretch of Academy Drive is 35 mph. Drivers going 40 and 46 mph is more common than not. Those speeds in that curve typically results in drivers drifting dangerously close to the edge of the road.
Considering the narrow shoulder, any distraction like texting or talking on the phone may be all that is needed to run off the road or strike a cyclist.
Wrongful Death from Car Accidents
When a person’s reckless or dangerous actions cause or contribute to another person’s death, the family of the decedent may have cause for a wrongful death law suit. Laws were enacted to deter dangerous behavior and compensate the family of the victim. Wrongful Death damages can include:
- Medical and funeral expenses connected to the death
- Loss of the victim’s expected earnings between the time of the death and the expected retirement or death
- Loss of benefits like pension plans, medical coverage, and so on;
- Loss of inheritance
- Damages for mental anguish or pain and suffering of the survivors
- Loss of care, protection, nurturing, and companionship of the survivors
- Punitive Damages
Without speaking directly to the accident in question, wrongful death law suits involving younger victims can result in large punitive damages.
Punitive damages are financial awards to the plaintiff to punish the defendant for especially bad conduct. In the states where punitive damages are allowed, the law generally requires plaintiffs to prove that the defendant’s conduct was particularly deplorable by, for example, demonstrating that the defendant’s actions were intentional or malicious. While killing a friend driving drunk may not be intentional, one might argue a college student would be cognizant of the inherent dangers of his actions. In general, we like to think a parent should die long before their child. When a young person is taken is this manor, jurors have responded with compassion when deciding punitive damages.
Durham Car Accident Lawyer
Fortunately most car accidents are not fatal, but they do cause injures that North Carolina laws provides legal compensation. You should not have to shoulder the burden of medical bills, lost wages, ongoing medical treatment or pain and suffering due to another person’s reckless action. If you were hurt in an auto accident, contact The Law Office of John C. Fitzpatrick today. The Durham lawyers at this firm have help others who were injured in car accidents.It is a tragedy a Duke student lost his life in a fatal car accident. The Law Office of John C. Fitzpatrick wants to offer condolences to the family of victim. We should take this opportunity to discuss how Durham car accidents affect our loves and remain hopeful that this incident can bring need attention to the dangerous driving in our town.