This past week, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony for their Celebration of Life Tree. Every year, the department lights a Christmas tree to honor those killed in traffic accidents. The tree is located outside the main office at 400 West Washington Street, in Greensboro.
Victims’ family, friends and law enforcements were all on hand at the ceremony to remember those who were killed in 2010 and 2011 traffic fatalities. WMFY News spoke with one mother whose son died in a 2010 car accident. The mother shared her feelings of sorrow and disbelief over the loss of her son. "I just kept saying this isn't real. This cannot be happening. This isn't real. It's something that after two and half years, my mind still hasn't completely accepted that he's gone," she said.
The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:
In 2010, Guilford County lost 62 residents to fatal traffic accidents. In the same year, 1,319 lost their lives statewide, 32,885 people nationally. Most accidents are caused by preventable circumstances: Drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, running red lights and stop signs, improper lane changes – the list goes on.
As you read the words of the mother interviewed at the tree lighting ceremony, you can feel her pain over losing her son. Two years later that pain has not diminished, not gone away. Families who lose loved ones in fatal car accidents should consult with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what compensation they may be entitled to for the pain and loss they have suffered.
Guilford County Sheriff's Office