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Impairment suspected in fatal two-car crash in Charlotte

The front passenger seat in an automobile is sometimes ominously referred to as the "suicide seat" because persons who sit in that seat are especially vulnerable to serious injury or death in a head-on collision. A recent head-on motor vehicle accident in northwest Charlotte proved the sad truth of this name.

According to recent reports, a Dodge Charger was driving southwest on Oakdale Road at about 8:00 a.m. when a Hyundai headed in the opposite direction suddenly swerved into the southwest lane and struck the Dodge head-on. When police arrived, both vehicles were stopped in the southwest lane. The woman riding in the passenger seat - the so-called suicide seat - in the Dodge was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later succumbed to those injuries soon after arriving at the hospital. Both drivers and all of their passengers were also hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

3 types of distractions that impair driving ability

Every time you drive, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Still, accidents in and around North Carolina are not exactly uncommon. When accidents occur, motorists or passengers often sustain some type of injury. In fact, in 2017, collisions on North Carolina’s roadways caused injuries to more than 125,000 individuals.   

Distracted driving is a primary cause of automobile accidents. While you may not be able to control how other motorists behave, you can commit to alert driving. To do so, you should understand the three types of distractions that may impair your ability to drive. 

Underride protector fails to protect driver in rear-end crash

Anyone who has driven on an Interstate highway has undoubtedly wondered about the horizontal bar on the rear of semi-trailer trucks. Why is it there? What does it do? The bars are called underride protectors or rear guards, and they are supposed to prevent passenger vehicles from sliding under the truck in the event of a rear-end collision. As a recent accident in Charlotte demonstrates, they do not always fulfill their function.

Sometimes, underride bars do not accomplish their intended purpose. According to reports, a 23-year old woman was recently killed in an underride collision in Charlotte when her car slid under a semi-trailer that was stopped in traffic. Police attributed the accident to failure to reduce speed, but other data shows that the blame for the death may be shared by other parties. Tests of underride bars conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have demonstrated that underride bars do not always prevent serious accidents, even if they are designed to withstand speeds up to the legal maximum of 35 mph.

Four killed in church van accident

Churches in North Carolina often use vans to transport parishioners, youth groups and church staff to activities at other churches and religious organizations. Such trips are generally safe for all concerned, but occasionally, other drivers create unexpected hazards. On May 28, a church-owned van was carrying a number of parishioners to a revival meeting at another church. The van was turning into the church drive way when a Ford F-450 truck rear-ended it. The results of the collision were calamitous.

As mentioned, the van was turning into the church driveway when it was struck by a large pickup truck pulling a trailer loaded with metal. The van overturned several times before it finally came to rest on its side. The truck and trailer swerved to the side of the road and struck a guardrail.

Fiery bus accident near Uptown Charlotte kills one, injures four

Buses often appear to be very safe, because they are larger than most vehicles that share the roads and strongly built to withstand crashes. Unhappily, buses can experience accidents caused by driver error, lack of proper maintenance and, of course, collisions with another vehicle. A recent bus accident near Uptown Charlotte tragically demonstrated the risks faced by bus passengers.

A bus owned by Victory Christian Center was traveling south on I-77 when the driver lost control of the vehicle. According to the state highway patrol, the bus struck a concrete retaining wall as the driver was attempting to change lanes. The impact ignited a fire in the bus's engine. The bus came to a halt, and most of the passengers were able to escape the burning vehicle. Unfortunately, an 87-year old woman could not extricate herself from the burning bus and passed away. Four other individuals suffered injuries that required hospitalization. The driver is facing criminal charges in the incident.

Alcohol suspected as cause of fatal motor vehicle accident

The exact cause of a motor vehicle accident can be difficult to prove, especially when one of the drivers is killed in the collision. Witness accounts can then become an especially valuable source of evidence. A recent three-vehicle collision in west Charlotte shows how police often turn to witnesses' accounts to establish the cause of an accident.

Shortly before 9 a.m., on May 2, drivers on Freedom Drive and Lundy Lane noticed a Chevrolet Venture speeding down Freedom Drive. According to police reports of events related by witnesses, the vehicle also made frequent lane changes and crossed into the opposite lane several times. Witnesses said that the Chevrolet crossed the yellow lane dividing line shortly before it reached the Lundy Lane intersection. The Chevrolet was struck head-on by a Ford Econoline heading in the opposite direction. A Ford Taurus was unable to avoid the disabled vehicles and crashed into the Venture.

The most dangerous intersections in Raleigh, NC

Most people worry about car accidents when they are on the freeway. However, you face just as much of a risk of a car crash when you travel through a standard intersection anywhere throughout North Carolina. 

Raleigh, as one of the largest cities in the state, is particularly prone to these types of collisions. Certain intersections can become incredibly busy, especially during rush hour. You need to be aware of the most dangerous intersections in this city, according to data collected in 2015. 

Civil and criminal liability may follow a drunk driving accident

Drunk drivers are a menace to everyone on North Carolina roads. It is an unfortunate truth that many Charlotte residents will personally be affected by the damaging harm that drunk drivers can inflict on their victims. Drunk driving is a crime, but criminal sanctions do little to make the victims who are directly impacted by drunk driving accidents whole again.

When a person is under the influence of alcohol and causes a crash with another vehicle, the drunk driver may be arrested for a slew of drunk driving crimes. Those crimes are prosecuted by a lawyer for the community who has an interest in protecting the public good from the dangers that drunk driving presents.

What evidence may be useful in motor vehicle accident claims?

Getting enough compensation after a motor vehicle accident can be important to the recovery of a car crash victim. If a victim does not have the financial resources they need to get proper medical care and rehabilitation, they may be forced to live with the injuries from their accident for the rest of their lives. Therefore, when it comes to pursuing compensation in a motor vehicle accident case, victims in North Carolina can benefit from having the best possible evidence to prove liability.

Evidence from street cameras and police reports can be very useful to victims who wish to recover their damages through an insurance claim. Law enforcement officials often prepare detailed assessments of how accidents happened and the factors that contributed to the causation of the crashes. Those reports and any supporting video evidence may clearly demonstrate that the responsible party in an automobile accident case was at fault.

Rest is a requirement for truck drivers in North Carolina

Everyone knows that driving while distracted or drunk is dangerous. Items like cellphones or the effects of intoxication can significantly alter the attention and focus that drivers give to the roads they are traveling on. In North Carolina drivers can be penalized for engaging in these and other dangerous driving practices.

Drowsy driving, however, is also a danger. Many people, though, still do it regularly. During early morning commutes or long road trips, Charlotte drivers may push the boundaries of their wakefulness to get to where they want to go.

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