Durham Wrongful Death Attorneys

We Seek Justice for Grieving Families: Call (919) 701-8132 Now

The Durham wrongful death lawyers at Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau understand that the death of a family member is tragic. Knowing that the person died because of someone’s carelessness or wrongdoing only compounds the grief. When this occurs, surviving beneficiaries are entitled to recover fair compensation for the loss of their loved one.

The law recognizes that wrongful death may be caused by negligence, carelessness and recklessness such as:

  • Tractor-trailer, semi-truck, and other vehicle accidents can cause violent collisions resulting in multiple deaths of innocent people. The at-fault drivers of personal and commercial vehicles should be held accountable
  • Drunk driving accidents are a leading cause of wrongful death
  • Defective or dangerous products, where manufacturers shouldn’t make a profit at the expense of human lives
  • Faulty construction
  • Nursing home abuse, when you’ve entrusted the care of an elderly relative to professionals and they betray that trust, causing wrongful death

Helping Families Find Justice After a Fatal Crash

Car and motorcycle accidents killed more than 1,000 people in North Carolina in 2012, and every one of those deaths had an emotional and financial impact on countless other people’s lives. We work to make sure that the person responsible for the death of your loved one is held accountable.

Our firm has decades of experience with fatal accident cases, including:

  • Car accidents: Wearing a seatbelt makes you up to 45% less likely to die in an automobile accident, but the risk of death remains
  • Truck accidents: These occur on major highways like I-40, I-85 and I-95 as well as on city streets. The cause is often a fatigued and distracted driver
  • Motorcycle accidents: North Carolina has the eighth highest rate of motorcycle deaths in the country, according to a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA)

Leading factors that contribute to fatal accidents include driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, such as when a driver is texting, emailing, and using mobile devices while driving, and speeding, which accounts for one-third of accident fatalities.

Damages for Wrongful Death Under North Carolina Law

If you have lost a loved one because of someone’s negligence and you are a beneficiary of the estate, you may be entitled to recover:

  • Medical costs associated with the death
  • Funeral and burial or cremation costs
  • Loss of the deceased’s expected future earnings
  • Other lost income, such as a retirement fund or pension
  • Loss of companionship, protection and care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Punitive damages

The Durham wrongful death lawyers at Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau believe that those responsible for your loved one's untimely death should be held accountable and that beneficiaries should be fairly compensated under North Carolina law.

Call (919) 701-8132 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.