Highway Patrol Asking Drivers For a Safe New Year’s

With the New Year’s Holiday approaching, North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging motorists to bring in the new year safely by refraining from driving while impaired, remembering to wear seat belts and staying focused while on the road.

Last year, North Carolina experienced ten motor-vehicle fatalities between Christmas and New Year’s.

Already, two fatalities have been reported this year as of 11:59 p.m. Christmas day.

North Carolina troopers have investigated a shocking 5,545 collisions attributed to alcohol impairment this year.  This number is an unfortunate increase from last year’s total.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to ask motorists to practice safe driving techniques while celebrating the New Year. Whether it’s New Year’s eve or any other day of the year, if you are involved in a serious accident, you need competent and experienced representation as you map your most successful path to recovery.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Man Killed While Pushing Stalled Vehicle

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 48-year-old North Carolina man is dead after being struck by a car while he was pushing his stalled SUV on McArthur Road.

The man was pushing his 1995 Ford SUV early Wednesday morning wen he was struck from behind by a man driving a 2013 Hyundai.

The 31-year-old driver of the Hyundai was charged with driving under the influence.

There was also a woman witness who had been steering the SUV.  However, she left the scene after the accident.

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Studies reveal that of the 10,839 people who were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2009 were drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.  The remaining fatalities that year consisted of 2,891 motor-vehicle occupants and 667 non-occupants.  If you plan on consuming alcohol, be sure to make plans for your traveling or arrange for a designated driver.  Unfortunately, drunk driving continues to injure people and take lives, despite widespread action to counteract and prevent its occurrence.  If you have been involved in a drunk driving incident, call the Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

 

Driver Miraculously Escapes Serious Injury in Charlotte Crash

The driver of a box truck is fortunate after escaping potentially serious injuries when his truck crashed and overturned on Interstate 85 Thursday morning.

The crash happened in the southbound lanes of I-85 just before 8 a.m., according to members of North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The truck flipped onto the driver’s side, temporarily trapping the driver.

Rescue crews arrived on the scene just as the man was able to climb from the cab of the vehicle.  He appeared to have injuries from the crash, but was lucky to be treated on the scene.

The crash briefly brought morning traffic to a halt while crews worked to clear the scene and remove the truck from the roadway; however, all lanes were reopened by noon.

Ninety five percent of crashes are caused by human error; however, 75% of drivers say they are more careful than most other drivers on the road.  The fact is, you can only control your own behaviors while on the road, so it’s safer to always practice safe driving techniques.  If you do find yourself in a motor-vehicle accident, no matter what the cause, it’s necessary to have a competent attorney on your side.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

 

Charlotte Teen Dead After Speeding Wreck

A Charlotte teen is dead after a dangerous wreck in Rowan County Sunday Morning.

According to authorities, the single vehicle accident happened around 9 a.m. on Goodnight Road after the 14-year-old driver exceeded the speed limit and struck a tree.

The driver died on the scene.

North Carolina Highway Patrol are continuing an investigation into the crash; however, authorities did say that charges are pending.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, speed is a factor in about one in three fatal crashes.  As the speed of your car increases, the chances of being involved in a car crash increase exponentially.  If you or a loved on is involved in a serious speed related accident, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Interstate 77 Shut Down Due to Dangerous Fuel Spill

Lanes on Interstate 77 were shut down around Statesville after a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled fuel onto the median Wednesday night.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer broke an axel when it crashed on the north-bound side of the highway near Exit 50, at around 8:30 p.m.

Both sides of I-77 were shut down for hours while crews worked to clean up the fuel.  There is no word of serious injury yet.

Studies reveal that in 2010 alone, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes involving trucks.  When driving around thise large vehicles, it’s important to stay alert and try to stay visible to the drivers.  If you or a loved one is involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or otherwise, call the Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.