Thick Fog Causes Delays and Four Car Crash in Charlotte

Commuters were literally in a fog on their Thursday morning drive when zero visibility on the road caused a four car crash on the Interstate loop of 485.

The car crash occurred near Providence drive and the fog caused big delays as drivers attempted to find their way around the crash. Luckily, no injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Delays due to the fog in were also reported in other areas of Charlotte.  Portions of  Interstate 77, south and north Charlotte, Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, Alexander, northern Iredell, and Rowan Counties all had reports of fog, some even reaching points of zero visibility.

Fog forms when temperature drops to the dew point and the water vapor in the air becomes visible, suspended water droplets.  Fog can reduce visibility for drivers up to 1/4 of a mile or less, creating dangerous driving conditions.  If you cannot postpone your plans until a dense fog has cleared, there are several precautions that you should exercise while driving.  Firstly, drive slowly with your low beams on since high beams will only be reflected back off of the fog, creating more visibility impairment.  Reduce your speed and ensure that you are watching your actual speed on your odometer because fog creates the illusion we are moving slower.  Crack your window so you can hear traffic that you may not be able to see ahead of you. Make use of your wipers and defrosters to enhance visibility.  Importantly, stay calm and be patient.

Whether its rain,shine or cloudy fog, the  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that even most cautious drivers can be injured in a serious car accident.  When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, our seasoned litigators can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best accident attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.

Charlotte Woman Killed in Crash With Three Other Cars

A 27-year-old woman was killed on Friday morning when she lost control of her car at the intersection of East Sugar Creek Road and North Tryon Street.

The crash occurred at around 7 a.m. when the woman, driving a 2002 Toyota Highlander, hit a curb, went up onto the sidewalk and flipped over several times before coming to a halt in a church yard. While the woman’s car was flipping through the intersection, she crashed into three other cars.  Three people suffered non-life threatening injuries from the crash.

Speed is believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash.

The woman was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:21 a.m.

With motor vehicle travel being the number one means of transportation in the U.S., it’s not surprising that motor vehicle crashes were the cause of 90 deaths per day in 2010.  Every trip to the store or drive across town presents its own set of risks, and road conditions and weather can vary those risks significantly.  Therefore, it is necessary to stay informed and take appropriate safety precautions.

Rain or shine, the  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that even most cautious drivers can be injured in a serious car accident.  When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, our seasoned litigators can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best accident attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.

Charlotte Firefighters Injured in Crash

Three Charlotte firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries Monday when the fire truck they were in ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

The truck was headed toward a medical call on Shopton Road West near Westinghouse Boulevard when the truck ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

The firefighters, from Station No. 38, were all treated and released from a local hospitals for their injuries.

There were no other cars involved in the crash.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officers.

The crash caused significant damage to the truck, costing nearly $500,000.

No matter how long you’ve been on the road, it’s never abnormal to feel nervousness from the sound of approaching emergency sirens.  The good news is, that means they’re doing just what they are meant to do which is alert drivers of their presence so crews can safely and quickly make their way to and from the scene of an emergency.  In order to assist firefighters and other emergency personnel in responding to emergencies always to yield to the right-of-way of these vehicles if you hear sirens and/or see lights.  You can do so simply by moving your vehicle to the right.  Also, stay calm and try not to panic.

At Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, we can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  

Two Tractor-Trailer Crash Shuts Down Charlotte Interstate

A crash involving two tractor-trailors blocked two of the three northbound lanes of Interstate 77 in Charlotte Friday.

The Department of Transportation said that it managed to clear one lane for traffic to pass, but all northbound lanes initially had to be shut down.

Several other cars were involved in the crash also.

Some injuries were reported, however the severity of injuries is not yet known.

Studies from 2010 reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks.  During that same year, 276,00 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.  Of the fatalities involving large trucks reported in 2010, 76 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 10 percent were non occupants, and 14 percent were occupants of the large trucks.

Although truck drivers are required to have more skills than the normal driver, the shear size of these vehicles provides reason enough to exercise caution.  When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best accident attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.

Multi-Car Crash Causes Life-Threatening Injuries For Charlotte Drivers

A multi-vehicle crash blocking all lanes on South Boulevard during rush hour left four injured last Friday. The crash occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. just south of Arrowood Road.

According to emergency crews, four people suffered life-threatening injuries were transported to a local hospital.

The crash involved five vehicles and caused major delays for people leaving work on Friday evening.

Crews were finally able to clear the scene and reopen all lanes.

Recent studies reveal the peak hour motor vehicle crashes occur in Charlotte is between 4 and 5 p.m.  Rush hour traffic gets a bad wrap for good reason.  Straight after a full days work people are fatigued, stressed and ready to get home.  Not to mention there are a lot more drivers on the road.  So it’s not surprising that accidents occur more frequently during those hours.  If you are driving in rush hour traffic, be sure to stay alert and be aware of what is happening around you and especially ahead of you.  Try to leave early for your destination so that you wont feel as if you have to rush.  If you know you will be spending time in traffic, find an enjoyable radio station or book on tape to take your mind off of the stress of traffic.

The  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that even most cautious drivers can be injured in a serious car accident during rush hour or any other time of day. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best accident attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.