A Charlotte crash just before Thanksgiving that killed three people is being attributed to speed, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. WSOCTV-9 reports the crash happened at around 2:30 a.m. on Steele Creek Road when the driver of a Crown Victoria lost control, careened off the right side of the road, went airborne, and slammed into several trees.
The decedents included two passengers, ages 34 and 38, who were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The 29-year-old driver was transported to a local hospital, where he too was pronounced dead.
Tragic as this outcome is, the fact that speed was a factor in a fatal crash is not surprising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports speed is one of the most prevalent causes of serious and fatal crashes. It was cited in fully one-third of all deadly crashes in recent years, with the percentage steadily climbing.
Recently, as part of World Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, North Carolina Vision Zero organized a memorial at North Carolina State University (Centennial campus) to memorialize the lives of those lost in senseless – and preventable – traffic accidents and also to raise awareness of the ongoing problem. The memorial involved lining the streets with shoes, each representing all the individuals killed on North Carolina roads in the last year.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the number of reportable traffic crashes increased more than 11 percent last year, and the number of fatal car crashes last year rose by more than 8 percent. There was also a 13 percent increase in the number of motorcyclists killed, while the number of bicyclists increased by 6 percent. Also, the number of teen drivers who were speeding climbed by .5 percent.
There were a total of 1,380 people killed in North Carolina crashes. Another 124,000 were injured, and there were 252,000 crashes reported. About a tenth of those involved out-of-state drivers.
Speed-related car accidents accounted for 31 percent of all North Carolina car accident deaths.
Historically, October, November, and December account for the most fatal car crashes each year.
The state’s Vision Zero program involves advocating for a series of strategies and initiatives with the goal of driving down the number of crash-related injuries and deaths to zero.
Following the NCSU event, the donated shoes are going to be used for numerous upcoming awareness events, including the teen driver program, which highlights the number of teen drivers killed in traffic accidents.
Although teen drivers aren’t the only ones injured in speed-related accidents, they are often more susceptible because they often fail to recognize the possible risks. They are also inexperienced.
Earlier this year in South Carolina, three teens were killed and a fourth critically injured in South Carolina while speeding at 100 mph on I-95.
Here are some tips to help drivers avoid speeding, particularly as we head into the holiday season rush:
- Check the speedometer. Be mindful of it throughout your drive.
- Remove distractions. These are dangerous and lead to accidental speeding.
- Leave earlier. Drivers have more of a tendency to speed when they are running late.
- Set the cruise control.
If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a speed-related crash, our attorneys can help.
Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Police: Speed factor in triple fatal crash that blocked Steele Creek Road, Nov. 20, 2016, Charlotte Car Accident Lawyer Blog
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