You likely never expected that your wife’s girls’ night out was going to end with you becoming a widower. Your biggest hope at this point is that your wife didn’t suffer when the drunk driver slammed into her. Sadly, you aren’t alone with what happened. Your children have to grow up without their mother. While you so tragically can’t bring her back, you can act to help your financial situation.
Scope of the drunk driving issue
Drunk driving is a huge problem in this country. In the United States, the death rate from drunk driving crashes for all ages is 3.3 people per 100,000 of the nation’s population. If you think that statistic is harrowing, consider this – the death rate in North Carolina is higher. North Carolina’s death rate for drunk driving accidents is 4.2 people per 100,000 of the state’s population. Nobody is exempt from drunk driving fatalities.
No matter what time of the day or night your wife was on the road, she was at risk of being struck by a drunk driver. You must realize that nothing you could have done could have prevented this horrible tragedy.
These drunk driving deaths are preventable. This is what makes them so sad. If the drunk driver simply opted to find another ride home, your wife might have still been alive today. Women in North Carolina die at a rate of 1.7 females per 100,000 of the population. This is much lower than the death rate for men, which is 6.8 people per 100,000. Your desire to avenge your wife’s death might be overwhelming. You can file a wrongful death lawsuit to try to hold the drunk driver accountable for your wife’s death.
Elements of a wrongful death claim
In order to launch a wrongful death claim, the case must include certain elements. Since your wife was a woman, your case already meets the element of requiring the decedent to be a human. Since the cause was drunk driving, your case meets the element of being caused by recklessness or negligence.
Your family is suffering from financial damages because of your wife’s death. The final requirement is that your wife’s estate must have a personal representative, which you likely have covered already. You can opt to seek compensation for your wife’s financial expenses, the loss of her income, and other damages that you suffer because of her death.