A multi-vehicle crash on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, injured two people and killed another. According to police, the accident happened at approximately 4:15 p.m., when a 2002 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 crossed over into the lane of two other vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.
The other vehicles were also travelling on Ardrey Kell Road between Providence and Tom Short roads. The Mercedes apparently veered into the lane of a 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup, sideswiping it and then having a head-on collision with a Toyota Sequoia SUV.
The roadway at the scene of the impact was a two-lane paved roadway with shoulders, one lane traveling in each direction divided only by a center stripe. There was a slight curve in the roadway where the collision happened. Based upon the extent of damage to the vehicles, speed and inattention could have been factors in the accident. Neighbors in the area said that vehicles using that road often travel much faster than its 45 mile per hour limit. From the photographs at the scene, all vehicles appeared to be total losses.
Investigating officers related that both the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Sequoia drivers were transported by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. They are both expected to survive.
The driver of the Mercedes was flown by MedCenter Air to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she died at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is continuing to investigate the cause of this tragic accident.
Our experienced North Carolina attorneys know that there can be several reasons for the driver of one vehicle to veer into the lane of another vehicle coming from the opposite direction. Some of the reasons are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speed, driver inattention, falling asleep and driver distraction.
With all of the technological advances we have, there are many things to cause drivers to be distracted from the task of driving. Some of these distractions are the GPS, cell phone, I-phone, I-pad, head phones, satellite radio, stereo and last but not least, texting.
The problem is so significant that 15 people are killed and over 1,200 are injured every single day because of a distracted driver. As a matter of fact, over 50% of all drivers in the United States between the ages of 18 and 29 have admitted to texting, e-mailing or searching the web, “regularly or quite often,” while driving in the last 30 days.
Unfortunately, head-on collisions are serious impact collisions with two or more vehicles colliding with little or no time for evasive action. The results are generally catastrophic, as in this case.
If you or a family member have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in a head-on collision, you need to get in touch with a North Carolina attorney who is experienced in handling head-on coilisions.
The Law Firm of Auger & Auger has three offices in Charlotte and one each in Raleigh and Greensboro. We have over 40 years of experience and are dedicated 100% to handling nothing but injury and wrongful death cases. Let our experienced car accident attorneys in Charlotte help you like we have helped thousands of others.
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Details emerge in S. Charlotte wreck that killed woman , WCNC News, February 6, 2013
Distracted Driving, CDC
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