According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, two of the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 had to be closed because of a fatal trucking accident in Charlotte. News Channel 36 reports that the roadway was closed at Exit 29, Sam Wilson Road.
What happened, according to authorities, was that a box truck ran into the back of a tractor-trailer near the weigh station located at Exit 29. The accident killed one motorist. Commuters were advised to take Interstate 485 to Wilkinson Boulevard to avoid delays.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that wasn’t the only Monday morning accident causing delays on our roadways. Another accident happened on East Independence and knocked down some power lines. The downed lines caused the roadways in both directions to be closed for several hours. That accident happened just before 2 a.m., where Independence crossed Sardis Road North. Officials reports the driver lost control of his vehicle and ran into a power pole. Traffic lights in the area were disabled. All lanes were expected to be open in about 6 hours.
Drivers are urged to be cautious when traveling along our roadways, regardless of the time of day. Risks for accidents are heightened in some scenarios. Accidents are more likely during morning and evening rush hours, as well as along Interstates that are packed with heavy, fast-traveling traffic. Drivers are asked to plan ahead to help prevent an accident during any of these times. Consider daily rush hours when setting out, and think about traveling at a different time of the day or taking a route less-traveled to avoid the dangers of heavy traffic. It’s also a good idea to check out the traffic conditions in North Carolina before setting out. This will help you to avoid any serious backups.
North Carolina Traffic Accident Statistics, 2010:
-Nearly 1,000 people died.
-Nearly 90 of these fatalities were pedestrians.
-More than 10 of these fatalities were bicyclists.
-Nearly 130 of these fatalities were motorcyclists.
-In 2009, there was one more traffic accident fatality recorded than in 2010.
-The total number of car accidents increased by nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.
-There were more than 1,381 car accidents reported in 2009.
-Experts believe that the number of police-reported car accidents is fairly insignificant in comparison to the number of car accidents that weren’t reported.
-Drunk driving contributed to nearly 200 fatal car accidents.
-Drunk driving car accidents account for about 30 percent of all traffic accident fatalities.
Among all of the fatalities that resulted from motor-vehicle accidents, nearly 70 percent were because of roadway departures, about 20 percent were intersection-related and more than 10 percent involved a large truck.
The Carolina injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. represent the victims of car and trucking accidents in both North and South Carolina. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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“Laura’s Law” to Help Convict Drunk Drivers in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 31, 2012
Trucking Accident in North Carolina Leaves Trucking Dangling from Overpass, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 17, 2012