Two people were injured in a crash involving three vehicles, one of which was a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department cruiser Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 77.

The crash occurred near mile marker 12 on the northbound lanes of I-77 around 4 p.m.

An officer had stopped a white sedan on the shoulder when a black truck crashed into both the sedan and the patrol car.  Luckily, the officer was able to jump away from the wreck, suffering only an abrasion to his right forearm. According to officials the 36-year-old woman driving the black truck was charged with failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to a stopped emergency vehicle.

Two of four lanes were blocked as a result of the crash.  Backups extended up to the Clanton Road exit.

Two people were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys

With motor vehicle travel being the most common 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.  In fact, an alarming 32,885 people were killed in the estimated 5,419,000 police reported motor-vehicle crashes that occurred that year.  There are precautions you can take, however, to help protect yourself and your family and to also help decrease the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways.  Firstly, never drink and drive.  It’s always safer to call a cab or a friend.  Also, obey posted speed limits.  The faster you drive, the more you increase your risk of being involved in a crash.  Try to avoid distractions like eating, texting or fiddling with electronic devices.  Stay alert and never drive while you are feeling fatigued or drowsy.  Lastly, always be sure that you and all of your passengers are wearing a seat belt or are properly restrained before you begin your drive.

Taking the right precautions can make the difference of life or death.  However, even the most vigilant of drivers can be involved in a serious accident.  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.