Bad things can and often do happen when a vehicle reaches a speed in excess of 100 mph on North Carolina roadways. In 2009, speed-related accidents in Charlotte, and elsewhere in the state killed more than 500 people. Traveling at high rates of speed can cause a motorist to lose control or take a corner too fast before causing a rollover accident or collision with another vehicle or object.
IndependentMail.com reports of a fatal crash involving a motorist who was allegedly operating his vehicle at 114 mph. The three-vehicle collision happened on a Friday in July during the middle of the day. A South Carolina state trooper recently testified in a preliminary hearing that the excessive rate of speed was estimated based on the skid marks that were left on Interstate 85 following the crash.
A Georgia man on his way home from visiting his girlfriend in North Carolina died of head injuries when his 1988 Lincoln was hit by the BMW SUV driven by the speeder. It is believed that the driver of the Lincoln was also speeding at the time the crash occurred. The impact of the collision caused the BMW to hit a center median which caused a rotating spin of 360 degrees.
A third vehicle driven by a 41-year-old female was then hit by the BMW that was spinning out of control. The female driver and the defendant were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the BMW has been charged with reckless homicide. The judge has ordered to move ahead with the charges based on court records that indicate the defendant has been guilty of several previous traffic offenses in Greenville and Anderson counties. If convicted, the driver would face up to 10 years in jail and a $5,000 penalty.
The Governors Highway Safety Association stipulates that any driver in North Carolina who speeds or drives carelessly without regard for the rights or safety of others is considered reckless when committing two or more of the following violations: tailgating or following too closely, running through a stop sign or red traffic light, failing to yield the right of way or passing another vehicle illegally.
Speed is often a factor in reckless driving violations. For example, a motorist pulled over for speeding at 15 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit can be charged with reckless driving. The same goes for a motorist who is traveling at 75 mph in a 70 mph speed zone. Reckless driving is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor in North Carolina and can be punishable up to 60 days in prison. A driver who is convicted of reckless driving may also face fines up to $1,000, be subject to a license suspension up to 12 months and have four points added to his or driving record.
Reckless drivers put pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists at risk of severe injury or death when a collision occurs. Motorists should reduce their speed, drive distraction-free and be in complete control every time they sit behind the wheel to operate a vehicle.
Lee Law Offices, P.A. offers free consultations to accident victims and their families in North Carolina and South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney today.
Trooper says driver in fatal crash was going 114 mph, by Kirk Brown, IndependentMail.com.
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