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The five Corinth Holders High School students had departed together after their fourth day back to school. It’s not clear exactly where they were going, but we know the 16-year-old driver was determined to get there fast.
According to authorities in Johnston County, the teen was driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on Thanksgiving Fire Department Road in Selma, N.C. When the teen entered a curve about a half mile south of a nearby highway, he was traveling too fast to properly negotiate it. He lost control of the car, which launched onto the road shoulder and then into a field, overturning at least once before striking a utility pole. This resulted in one of the backseat passengers being ejected from the car.

The ejected passenger, 16, was transported to a hospital in Raleigh in critical condition. No one in the back seat had been wearing their seat belts. The other three passengers – two age 16 and one age 15 – were also treated at the Raleigh hospital, though their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
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A 20-year-old University of North Carolina Student has been arrested on three charges of second-degree murder following the deaths of three people in a wrong-way drunk driving crash on Interstate 85.
The young man was previously charged with DUI, driving the wrong way on an interstate, reckless driving, driving while impaired as a minor, possession of alcohol as a minor and having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

Witnesses say he was driving the wrong way on the highway for nearly six miles when he collided with a vehicle, killing a a 49-year-old woman, her 6-year-old granddaughter and the woman’s 46-year-old friend. The driver’s 9-year-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle, survived but with serious injuries.
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Many car accident lawsuits are resolved through an out-of-court settlement before the case reaches the trial phase. However, these agreements must be clear as to the exact terms, including who is released from liability, and who is not.
The recent case of Cline v. Homuth, before the California Court of Appeals for the Third Appellate District, is one such case where this became apparent.

Court records indicate the incident that started this case was one involving a teen driver and a motorcyclist. The teen had a provisional driver’s license, and was operating his parent’s vehicle. In the passenger seat was his grandmother, the only other person in the car.
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New research reveals distraction among teen drivers is a bigger issue than previously reported. cardashboard.jpg

The study analyzed in-car videos of more than 1,600 crashes involving Midwest teen drivers between August 2007 and July 2013. The results indicated that distraction was a primary factor in 60 percent of crashes in which a teenager was behind the wheel. Additionally, distraction was to blame in 90 percent of the cases in which a teen motorist careened off the road. It was also indicated in three-fourths of the cases in which a teen rear-ended another vehicle.

On average, young drivers tore their eyes from the road an average of 4 seconds prior to each accident. In most cases, it was a cell phone that had captured their attention. In fact, in 50 percent of cases where there was a rear-end collision, the teen driver didn’t even attempt to brake or swerve to avoid the car in front.
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A 19-year-old girl from Hertford County was killed after she reportedly lost control over vehicle after hitting a patch of ice on a recent Tuesday night.
The fatal crash prompted Gov. Pat McCrory to issue a warning to motorists regarding the dangerous winter weather road conditions.

Officials say the teen in this case was approaching a slight curve. She slid into oncoming traffic, and was struck by a pickup truck traveling the opposite direction. The other driver was unhurt.
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A $14 million dollar product liability judgment favoring the parents of a teen severely injured when his vehicle side air bag failed to inflate in a crash was reversed recently by the Virginia Supreme Court, which found plaintiff’s expert witness testimony lacking.
Specifically, the court found the expert witness had failed to conduct adequate testing proving his theory that if the airbag sensor had been moved to a different location in this model of vehicle, it would have prevented the teen’s injuries. The expert had opined the location of the side airbag sensor had rendered the vehicle unreasonably dangerous.

The case, Hyundai Motor Co. v. Duncan, stemmed from a single-vehicle crash in which the teen lost control of the car, careened off the road, struck two snow banks, a bale of hay and finally, a tree. His side air bag did not deploy, and the teen suffered serious and debilitating head injuries.
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The story of one Lexington, N.C. father is wrenching. Days before Thanksgiving, he learned he will never again see his teenage son, a high school student killed instantly in a crash just down the street from the family home.
As WFMY News 2 reported, the father passed the crash scene just moments after it happened. He didn’t recognize the vehicle, but started texting his son anyway, wanting to make sure he wasn’t involved.

“Where are you?” read the first. The second, “John, answer me right now. There has been a very serious wreck… I want to know it isn’t you.”

A trooper called from his son’s phone several minutes later to confirm his worst fear. His only child, age 18, was dead. The driver, 16, has been cited for numerous misdemeanors related to careless driving and being a novice driver with too many teens in the car, a violation of the state’s graduated driver’s license laws. A 15-year-old girl in the vehicle was also killed. Her brother, 17, was seriously injured and reportedly fighting for his life.
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A couple in Raleigh and their son are facing criminal charges, after authorities say an 18-year-old was served alcohol in their home and then drove drunk, leading to a fatal crash.

Investigators would later describe the gathering as a wedding-related celebration. The arrests have struck home for many parents who may have assumed underage alcohol consumption is legally sanctioned in North Carolina in some instances. It is not.

Our Charlotte drunk driving accident attorneys recognize that in a case like this, even though it was a single-car crash and the driver was at-fault, the adults who served him the alcohol leading to his intoxication may be held liable in civil court, as well as convicted in criminal court. The law offers no exceptions for certain types of functions.

Two teens were killed and two others seriously injured in a South Carolina car accident as the four students were driving to school.
Hundreds attended a joint funeral for the 18-year-old and 17-year-old, as their companions, age 17 and 16, remained in a Hilton Head hospital recovering from potentially life-threatening injuries. Officials were still investigating the crash, but say the driver apparently struck a culvert, went airborne and then slammed into a tree.

While the final accident report has not yet been released, our Greenville injury attorneys see this as an important time to revisit some of the primary causes of wrecks involving teens, and how parents can help to reduce the risks as we approach graduation and the start of summer break.
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Police are looking into a single-car collision in east Charlotte that took the life of a 14-year-old and left four other injured, according to the City Metro. It happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. alone Camp Stewart Road.
Police report that the 18-year-old driver was taking a curve on that road when he lost control of his SUV, over corrected and flipped a number of times. The driver and the front-seat passenger were both ejected from the vehicle. Neither of them were reportedly wearing a seat belt. The passenger was pronounced dead later at Carolinas Medical Center-University. The driver was reportedly seriously injured. The three passengers in the back of the SUV all suffered minor injuries. The driver has been charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Our Charlotte car accident lawyers note there were more than 185 people killed in crashes involving teen drivers in North Carolina in 2011. Teen drivers are some of our most vulnerable drivers out there. They have higher accident rates than any other driver and these accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens nationwide. Thankfully, North Carolina’s three-stage licensing process allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The limited learner’s permit and limited provisional license are key steps. But this system is only effective if parents jump in to help enforcement and the education process.
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