Five crash victims were airlifted after crashAll lanes on the Interstate 485 inner loop were shut down Sunday afternoon after a car lost control, injuring several of its passengers.

According to emergency crew-members, a Honda Civic was traveling along the I-485 inner loop and ran off the road into a guard rail, hit a steel pole, and flipped over.

Five patients were airlifted to area hospitals.  A ten-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car.

Although alcohol was not determined to be a factor, police believe that other impairing substances may have had a role in the crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a seat belt is the single most effective safety precaution drivers and riders can take in preventing death and injury in motor vehicle travel.  In fact, wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of injury by 50 percent.  Drivers and passengers should always take appropriate safety precautions by wearing a seat belt.  Furthermore, parents should always ensure that children are wearing safety belts or the appropriate restraints.  If you have been injured in a serious accident, call call the experienced attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll free.  Our attorneys can help you and your family get through the difficult times after a serious accident.