When the thirteen colonies established their legal systems, they generally followed the English common law. One of the significant omissions caused by this practice was the failure to recognize claims for the wrongful death of another. In other words, if a father were killed by the negligent act of another person, the family of the decedent had no cause of action for the loss of companionship and income provided by the father. States began to remedy this injustice early in the twentieth century. North Carolina passed its first statute allowing a claim for wrongful death in 1919, and the law has been modified several times in the ensuing years.
The front passenger seat in an automobile is sometimes ominously referred to as the "suicide seat" because persons who sit in that seat are especially vulnerable to serious injury or death in a head-on collision. A recent head-on motor vehicle accident in northwest Charlotte proved the sad truth of this name.
Every time you drive, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Still, accidents in and around North Carolina are not exactly uncommon. When accidents occur, motorists or passengers often sustain some type of injury. In fact, in 2017, collisions on North Carolina’s roadways caused injuries to more than 125,000 individuals.