On the night of August 30th around 9:30 p.m., a car and motorcycle accident occurred near Alleghany Street, on Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte. Four of the crash victims died, and two others suffered minor injuries. Medics pronounced all four victims dead on the scene. They included a 22-year-old motorcycle driver, and three vehicle occupants age 22, 27, and 24 years old.
Officials stated that upon initial investigation, it appears that the car was making a u-turn at Fairhaven Street. The motorcycle was travelling on Wilkinson Boulevard at what is believed to be a high rate of speed and struck the vehicle. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but several of the vehicle occupants were not wearing seatbelts.
Due to the deaths of parties on both sides of the accident, any litigation that ensues as a result is likely to be a complex matter. If the motorcyclist is determined to be 100% at fault, the families of the deceased vehicle occupants may be able to file a wrongful death claim against his estate, and vice versa if the vehicle driver is found to be at fault.
Either way, the families of these deceased victims will likely need knowledgeable legal counsel to navigate these claims. Personal injuries are complex enough, but a wrongful death is a very complex matter that involves substantial financial compensation and damages. Attempting to pursue those claims alone is a chance that any grieving family should not take. In addition to helping gather evidence and present a case, an attorney can act as a family representative during a difficult time, both speaking on behalf of the family as well as watching out for their best interests until they are able to think clearly.