North Carolina has many winding and hilly roads that can be very scenic but also very dangerous. Many driveways and smaller roads enter these highways without any traffic signals or other warning. People who live in the vicinity of dangerous spots, such as blind curves or steep hills, are often familiar with the hazards, but people who rarely travel these routes are not. A recent head-on collision near Gastonia demonstrates the kinds of cataclysmic automobile accidents that result from such roads.
Recently, two cars were headed in opposite directions on Union Road near Dawnwood Drive in Gastonia. Without an obvious cause, the two cars collided head-on. Two people were airlifted to a nearby hospital, and three were taken to a nearby hospital in ambulances. None of the medical conditions of the injured were released by police who responded to the accident.
Neighbors told reporters that the spot where the collision occurred has been the scene of frequent accidents over the years. Several parents said they do not let their children into the roadway because of the frequency of accidents. The Highway Patrol said that 313 accidents have occurred in Union Road since 2015. One of the police officers pointed to the number of driveways and hidden turns as possible causes for the high number of accidents.
Sorting out liability in an accident of this nature can be difficult. An exhaustive investigation with interviews of every eyewitness will be necessary. Police accident reconstruction teams will also carefully inspect the accident scene. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident where the cause is not immediately obvious may wish to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages.