Speeding Driver Kills Passenger in Union County Car Accident

A recent speed-related car accident in Union County killed a local motorist. According to WCNC, the accident happened as the driver slammed his vehicle into the back of parked roll-back tow truck. Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that the accident happened on Ansonville and Anustin Chanel Road around 3:00 p.m. After colliding with the tow truck, the passenger vehicle ended up in an empty field nearby as the driver fled the scene of the accident. He was later picked up by officers round 5:00 a.m.
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“We usually don’t have to do our own [tows],” said Scott Propst, Crossroads Body Shop of Wingate owner.

Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand that tow trucks and other roadside vehicles pose serious threats to motorists. Luckily, these threats can be minimized with just a few simple safe driving habits. According to this recent accident report, the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the tow truck as it sat on the side of the road. Officials report that the collision was so forceful that it forced the 15,000 pound truck to move.

The driver, 23-year-old local, was later located and is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter. His 22-year-old passenger died in the wreck.

According to Trooper W.L. Winchester, the driver was probably going around 90 mph when the accident happened. Officials do not believe that alcohol played a role in this accident.

According to the United States Census Bureau, there were more than 33,800 traffic-related fatalities across the United States in 2009. Of these car accidents, nearly 11,000 of them happened in an accident that involved a speeding driver. In the state of North Carolina, more than 500 of the 1,300 fatal car accident fatalities involved a speeding driver.

When a driver increases their speed behind the wheel, they’re simultaneously increasing their risks for death in the event of an accident. The faster you’re traveling at the time of impact, the higher your chances are for death. Drivers are asked to slow it down and abide by the posted speed limit, a limit designed to keep you safe behind the wheel.

According to SmartMotorist.com, traffic engineers look at each roadway and its traffic flow to determine the maximum speeds allowable for safe travel on that particular roadway.

Speeding is a deliberate and calculated behavior where the driver knows the risk but ignores the dangers. According to recent polls, about 90 percent of drivers speed at some time in their lives, about three quarters of drivers admit to doing so regularly. We’re asking all motorists to be cautious and mindful of their speed on all roadways across the state. Speed is a dangerous thing to flirt with and accidents involving this bad driving habit oftentimes return fatal results. Be cautious and drive the speed limit to help to prevent serious and fatal accidents on our roadways.

The North Carolina car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to victims and the family of victims of speed-related car accident in Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville or in any of the surrounding areas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free appointment with an experienced accident attorney today.

More Blog Entries:

Teen Driving Safety in Ashville & the DSFL Program, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 12, 2012

Car Accidents in Greensboro and Elsewhere Prevented by Safe Habits, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 4, 2012

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