Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A.
Call Today for a Consultation
Hablamos Español

How common are car-crash deaths in North Carolina?

Motor vehicle crashes do not always result in deaths. However, when death is a result of a traffic crash, it is important to examine the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine whether negligence was a factor in the crash and resulting fatality.

If someone dies in a traffic crash through no fault of their own, her or his family may be able to seek compensation. In North Carolina, traffic fatalities have been on the rise in recent years.

Traffic deaths on the rise in North Carolina

A study by the National Safety Council noted that motor vehicle crash deaths in 2016 were up 11 percent compared to two years prior. The study showed that although North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in the country, in 2016, it ranked fifth in the country for motor vehicle crash fatalities. The study cited various reasons for the fatalities, including distracted driving such as texting while driving. Distracted drivers not only cause serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents, but death sometimes also results.

Circumstances surrounding wrongful death

A number of factors can contribute to a wrongful death case. For example, in a motor vehicle fatality, negligence by the other driver may be a consideration. If alcohol or drugs impaired the other driver and that factor led to the crash, these factors can play a role in a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Wrongful death claims help family members recover expenses related to the death. These expenses include things like the cost of the funeral, medical expenses and hospital bills. Another area where compensation is often sought is that of lost income due to what the loved one would have made in the future had he or she not died.

If your family member died in a motor vehicle crash and you believe negligence was a factor in the crash, you should investigate your options from a legal standpoint. If there is a wrongful death case based on the circumstances at hand, it is your right as a family member to seek compensation to cover expenses you incur as a result of the death. While nothing can ever bring back your loved one, the law protects your right to seek relief in terms of financial burdens related to the death.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response
  • What Our Clients Say

    “I hired Downer Walters & Mitchener to handle my personal injury claim and I am more then happy to say they got me the settlement I deserved in a timely manner. They showed compassionate and they treated me how I like to be treated. They answered all the questions I had and returned phone calls in appropriate time. I would recommend them and/or use them again. I would definitely give them a five star rating and rehire for any of my future claims thanks you guys you are the best...sincerely” - Kristie Silleman

  • What Our Clients Say

    “I was looking for representation as a young lady after I got into a bad accident and didn't know who to call. I saw Downer Walters & Mitchener on TV and decided to call them up they came to my house immediately and helped me in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend them and use them in the future.” - Shatoine Adams

Contact The Firm

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A.
701 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-594-4354
Fax: 704-333-5248
Charlotte Law Office Map

Review Us