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Holding Drunk Drivers Liable for Fatal Crashes

Losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident is never easy. Although monetary compensation can never replace a lost loved one, filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver and pursuing monetary compensation can bring about a sense of justice and closure.

Losing a loved one is never easy – most especially if that loss could have been prevented. When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel of a car or truck while intoxicated, that driver not only violates the law but also creates a serious danger for everyone else who is present on the roadway at that time – including other drivers and their passengers. In the event a drunk driver causes a fatal accident, you may be able to file compensation on behalf of your lost loved one through a wrongful death claim. 

The experienced Matthews wrongful death lawyers at Panchenko Law Firm can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one and pursuing the compensation you need to bring closure and move on with your life. Please call us today to learn more about how we can assist you with filing a wrongful death legal action.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim? 

A wrongful death claim is a civil legal action that results from a wrongful or negligent act caused by someone else. Drunk drivers who cause fatal roadway accidents fit squarely within this definition. In North Carolina, wrongful death claims can only be filed by a designated personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate. 

In cases where the deceased person passes away with a valid and legally executed will in place, the executor who is named in the will is the personal representative of the estate. If the decedent did not have a will in place at the time of death, the estate administrator appointed by the court will serve as the estate’s personal representative. 

Damages that are Available in Wrongful Death Cases 

In wrongful death cases that involve a fatal car crash caused by a drunk driver, the estate may be eligible to recover various forms of monetary compensation. Potential damages in Matthews wrongful death cases include the following:

  1. Compensation for loss of the decedent’s services, including household services
  2. Compensation for medical expenses from the time of the fatal car accident leading up to the decedent’s death
  3. Compensation for loss of the decedent’s care, protection, guidance, and companionship
  4. Compensation for loss of the decedent’s future income
  5. Compensation for the decedent’s burial and funeral expenses

Speak with a Matthews Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash that an intoxicated driver caused, you are not alone. The legal team at Panchenko Law Firm can help you file your wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party in a timely manner. 

For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Matthews wrongful death attorney, please call us today at (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for more information. 


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