Nothing is more emotionally devastating than losing a loved one in a fatal accident. Nothing can prepare you for the psychological grief, the wave of changes, or the financial impacts to your family. If you recently lost a spouse, a parent, or a child in an auto accident in North Carolina, you are likely wondering how you will handle the medical bills, the funeral expenses, and the other financial hardships – but dealing with a hospital or insurance company is the last thing you want to handle while you are in mourning. If your loved one’s crash was caused by a reckless or careless driver, the compassionate and experienced Charlotte car accident wrongful death attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can fight to recover compensation for your family.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our knowledgeable and dedicated team of wrongful death and auto accident lawyers have more than 30 years of combined legal experience filing claims and lawsuits on behalf of surviving loved ones. We know how to hold dangerous drivers accountable and pursue the maximum damages aggressively. We understand that you are going through an incredibly difficult time with much at stake, and pledge to handle every aspect of your case with the utmost level of professionalism, diligence, and care. To schedule a free consultation about your legal options as the surviving spouse, parent, or child of a wrongful death victim, contact our accident law firm online, or call Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. at (704) 377-3737.
Filing a Fatal Car Accident Claim in Charlotte, NC
If your family member was killed in a crash with another driver, you may be able to bring a claim on his or her behalf. North Carolina is an “at-fault” state with regard to car accidents, which means that a crash victim can generally file a claim against a driver whose careless or reckless actions cause a collision or accident. Similarly, North Carolina’s laws also allow certain individuals to file a wrongful death lawsuit when a person is killed in a fatal accident. However, there are strict rules limiting who may file a claim, when the claim can be filed, and what the victim or victim’s representative must prove in order to be compensated.
Because of a law called the “statute of limitations,” there are strict time limits for filing a wrongful death claim in North Carolina. Specifically, the statute of limitations allows two years from the date of death to file a claim. While it is never easy to face, it is important to act as quickly as possible, as delays can seriously weaken the case or even cause the claim to be barred.
Additionally, there are laws controlling who may bring a claim. Though many people can be deeply affected by the crash victim’s death, only the crash victim’s representative has the legal authority to sue for wrongful death after a car accident in Charlotte.
Average Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlements
To receive compensation for a fatal car accident, the plaintiff or claimant must use evidence to show that the following facts are true:
- The other driver breached his or her duty to drive safely by acting in a careless or reckless fashion. Some common examples of this might include driving under the influence, speeding, driving while texting, falling asleep at the wheel, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, following too closely, failing to signal, failing to yield, and other errors.
- The other driver’s actions – or in some situations, the other driver’s lack of action – caused the accident to occur.
- The accident resulted in harm, or “damages,” such as fatal injuries and medical bills.
Obviously, there is no way to put a monetary value on human life, and no amount of compensation can make up for the loss of the person. However, it is important to take many factors into account when calculating damages. The amount of compensation that can be recovered varies from case to case, depending on situational factors like:
- The cost of the deceased person’s medical bills before death
- The deceased person’s age and health when the crash occurred
- The deceased person’s former earning capacity
- The extent to which the deceased person was providing financial support for children and/or family members
Charlotte Auto Accident Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
If your loved one was killed in a car accident in Charlotte or the surrounding region, the attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can offer a shoulder to lean on while guiding you through the process of filing a claim or lawsuit. Our goal is to help put your family on steady financial ground, and even more importantly, help give you the closure and justice you need and deserve.
We handle all types of fatal auto accident claims in Charlotte, including deaths caused by car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, and commercial vehicle accidents. If you have questions about your legal options, we are here to help you. For a free legal consultation, contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. online, or call (704) 377-3737.