If you have ever been traveling at highway speeds when all of a sudden something goes wrong with your car, you know that is a truly scary experience. In some cases, you might be dealing with a tire blowout or problem with the steering where you completely and unexpectedly lose control of your car. While the event may only take a matter of seconds, it may seem like much longer as your car spins out of control, and you brace for impact.
In other cases, your car might simply stall or shut off while driving. This obviously happens more often in a manual transmission car or truck, where the driver makes a mistake. When a car with an automatic transmission shuts down, the cause can be any number of things, but on a highway, the result is often still the same scary feeling of helplessness. If the entire electrical system is powered down along with the engine, you may not even be able turn the wheel, since the power steering pump will be off, as well, and modern cars were not designed to steer manually. Hopefully, you will be able to pull off to the side of the road, but this is not always the case.
According to a recent news article from WFMY 2, two teenagers and two adults were rushed to the hospital following a serious car accident in Greensboro. Authorities have reported that a vehicle was driving along Interstate 40 when it stalled. At this point, the car was completely disabled, when a van slammed into the rear of it. The man driving the stalled vehicle allegedly did not have a valid driver’s license and was cited for this violation. The driver was injured as a result of the car accident and was treated by first responders before being taken to a local hospital.
The driver of the van, meanwhile, was cited with a moving violation for failing to reduce his speed to prevent hitting the disabled vehicle. As a general rule, if a driver hits another vehicle from behind, the driver in the rear vehicle will normally be cited with a moving violation. Greensboro car accident lawyers and claims adjusters who work at insurance companies often call this type of accident a “clear liability” case. However, this is only a general rule, and, since every case is different, you should speak with your car accident attorney about the facts of your particular situation to see if there is a question as to liability.
After the van collided with the disabled vehicle, EMTs on the scene also determined the adult driver and two teenagers in the van were also injured, and they were all transported to a local Greensboro hospital. Authorities believe all four people injured in this car accident will survive, but they did not give any information as to their current conditions or if they suffered any permanent injury as a result of this car crash. It should be noted that there have been no claims of liability in connection with this case as of this writing.
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4 Taken To Hospital After Stalled Vehicle Crash On I-40, October 2015, WFMY News 2, by News Desk
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