Two siblings from south Alabama died at the scene of an accident early on Friday morning.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency identified them as 20-year-old Ozark resident Dominick Latrell Etheridge and 26-year-old Steven Etheridge Jr. of Dothan.
The accident took place on U.S. 29 in the area of mile marker 26 in Covington County around 4:40 a.m.
The brothers were killed when Dominick’s 2001 Dodge Dakota crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. Alabama authorities have not said why the vehicle left its lane.
The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was transported to a nearby hospital.
Law enforcement officials will continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
In 2018, there were 876 fatal crashes in Alabama and they resulted in 953 deaths. This is according to statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Forty-four percent of these resulted in the deaths of people in cars while 32 percent caused the death of occupants of pickup trucks and SUVs.
Meanwhile, 54 percent of fatal crashes involved just one vehicle.
When people die in car accidents, their estate can sometimes file a wrongful death claim in an effort to recover damages.
This is an option if someone else’s negligence caused the fatal crash.
Unlike other states, in Alabama, the family of the victim can’t file a wrongful death claim. Only the personal representative of the individual can do so. However, a family member can be named as a personal representative.
Alabama’s wrongful death statute is also unique in that it doesn’t allow the plaintiffs to claim damages for the loss of their loved one. Instead, the state allows only punitive damages.
If you lost a loved one in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. An Alabama car accident lawyer can advise you.