A passenger of a recent one-car accident in Asheville was killed. According to Asheville Police, the accident happened on I-240 East at the on-ramp leading to Interstate 40 East, just after 2 a.m.
According to police records, the woman was driving when she swerved off of the roadway, up onto an embankment and flipped. The passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was transported to Mission Hospital and was listed in serious condition. Officers report that impairment and speed were factors in the crash. According to News Channel 7, officers are still investigating the accident and charges against the driver are pending.
Our Asheville car accident attorneys understand that the Interstate can be a dangerous place to travel, even when you’re not speeding or impaired. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were nearly 11 million traffic accidents that happened on U.S. roadways in 2009. During that same year, there were more than 1,300 traffic-related fatalities in the state of North Carolina. An alarming number of these accidents and fatalities occurred on Interstate roads. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can follow to help to reduce your risks of an accident on the fast-paced roadways.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) offers the following safe driving tips:
-Always stay alert. Whether you’re driving on an Interstate or a residential roadway, it’s important for you to place all of your attention on driving.
-Be sure you always buckle up. A seat belt can help to reduce your risks of injury or death in the event of a traffic accident.
-Never drink and drive. You’re reactions and ability to safely navigate our roadways is drastically hindered when you consume alcohol.
-Make sure your children are using the correct child restraints during every car ride.
-Be patient. Don’t rush. Rushing leads to road rage, which leads to dangerous driving and accidents.
-Always abide by the posted speed limit and remember that these speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. When weather is poor, consider slowing down.
-Never tailgate the vehicle in front of you. The closer you’re following another vehicle, the less time you have to react to danger.
-Keep a lookout for road debris. Always be ready to react.
-Avoid the distractions. Driving is not a time to make calls, text message or surf the web, nor is it the time to groom yourself, eat or partake in any other activities that take your attention off of the roadway.
-Always leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare. Avoid rushing. Try to travel at non-peak times.
-Consider using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.
-Check out the Traveler Information Management System before leaving to learn about any traffic congestion or any road closures.