North Carolina ranked among the top five states with most traffic fatalities
State crash data shows that traffic fatalities are disproportionately high in North Carolina. In fact, North Carolina is among the top five states with the most traffic fatalities. Only California, Texas, Florida, and Georgia reported more fatal accidents in 2019. That’s despite significantly higher state populations.
The leading causes of traffic fatalities in North Carolina include:
- Impairment from alcohol and/or drugs
- Distracted driving due to cellphone use and multitasking
- Drowsy driving
- Speeding and reckless driving
Statewide traffic fatality figures
Here are the figures from 2019:
- 1,470 people in North Carolina were killed in traffic collisions. That's nearly 2% greater than the 1,442 road deaths in 2018.
- On average, about 4 people died in collisions each day, accounting for more than one death every 6 hours.
- 25.6% of the statewide fatalities were caused by speeding
- 10.5% were caused by distracted driving
- 23.7% were caused by drunk driving
In addition, there were 125,232 injuries that occurred statewide due to traffic collisions. That accounts for 343 injuries per day and 14 injuries every hour.
Local traffic fatality figures
In 2019, there were 4,033 traffic collisions in Wilmington alone. This resulted in 1,610 injuries and 16 deaths.
Overall, there were 9,565 collisions throughout the entire Tri-County Area (Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties). Approximately 4,589 people were injured and 75 people were killed.
What are my legal options if I was injured in a crash or lost a loved one?
If you were injured in a crash, you have the right to pursue economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault driver's insurance company. This may include (but is not limited to):
- Current and future medical expenses
- Wage loss while you're out of work
- Property damage or loss of property
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental trauma
- Punitive damages if your crash was caused by reckless behavior or gross negligence
If you lost a loved one in a crash, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. This means that you can recover damages related to the crash and your loved one's death. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs accrued before your loved one's death
- Loss of guidance, companionship, support, and care your loved one would have provided
- Your loved one's loss of future income
- Pre-death pain and suffering your loved one sustained before death
- Loss of inheritance
Contact our Wilmington law office for help with your car accident claim
The Law Offices of Richard Flexner has more than 35 years of experience helping injured motorists throughout the greater Wilmington area maximize their compensation. Attorney Flexner can gather the facts to support your case, deal directly with the insurance companies, and fight to help you recover every dollar you're entitled to.
Our law firm offers free and confidential case evaluations for our clients. We also work on a contingency fee basis, so you don't owe us any money unless we win your case. To get started on your claim, contact us online or call us.