Intersections particularly hazardous for pedestrians and North Carolina drivers

A 15-year-old boy was left with two broken legs, a dislocated hip and head injuries after being struck by a Honda driving below the speed limit through the Harnett County intersection at N.C. 87 outside the Linden Oaks subdivision. The six lane intersection has a 55 m.p.h. speed limit and no pedestrian signal or crosswalk. The driver was not charged and the teen is recovering at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

Our North Carolina car accident lawyers know that 20 to 25 percent of all fatal car accidents happen at intersections. In fact, 7,043 people were killed in intersection-related fatal car accidents in 2009 nationwide. The good news, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is this number represents an almost 10 percent decline from 2008 intersection-related fatal crash statistics. During that same time, the number of North Carolina car accident fatalities also dropped 8 percent, or from 1,428 in 2008 to 1,314 in 2009. This downward trend is nationwide and reflects a near 60-year low in the number of fatal and injury car accidents across the country.

Also occurring last weekend about two hours away in Pender County was a second intersection-related crash – this one a fatality. The accident, according to CBS-9, occurred at the intersections of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 53 and involved a pickup truck and an inmate transport vehicle. The driver of the pickup was killed and the six others were sent to the hospital for evaluation. Two deputies and four inmates were treated and released.

The North Carolina car accident attorneys with Lee & Smith only represent injured people. We never represent insurance companies or big business. We understand that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating and that traveling to meet with an attorney can be a challenge. That’s why our staff will come to you.

We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights. Serving clients throughout North and South Carolina, including Gastonia, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Hickory, Lenoir, Lincolnton and Morganton.

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