About one in three fatal crashes are caused by excessive speeding. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) it is the third leading contributing factor to traffic crashes.
In Charlotte, speed seems to be the factor in the death of a 24-year-old driver. Reports indicate that Yoan Alberto Hernadez Tosca was driving a Honda Accord through traffic at a high rate of speed on Sunday afternoon when the driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle. The car slid off the road at the intersection of Winterhaven and Albemarle where it stopped after striking a tree. Both the driver and the passenger were trapped inside the vehicle.
Around twelve firefighters worked to extract the driver and his passenger, 30-year-old Rangel Garcia Cabrera from the vehicle. Both were transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.
It’s unclear if alcohol was a factor in the one vehicle accident. It is also unclear as to why the driver was traveling at such a high rate of speed while weaving in and out of traffic. Reckless driving not only puts the lives of the vehicle’s occupants in danger, it also puts in danger all of the other drivers and passengers on the road in the vicinity of the reckless driver.
Statistics show that young male drivers are more likely to speed and be involved in crashes than any other gender or age group. In 2007, the NHTSA found that 39 percent of male drivers, 15-20 years-of-age, were speeding when involved in a fatal accident.
Though this accident was tragic, it could have been a lot worse. Other vehicles could have been involved and other injuries or deaths could have resulted from one driver’s careless decision to drive recklessly.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault you are entitled to be compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages that are a result of your injuries. Even as passengers in one vehicle accidents, you are entitled to be reimbursed for losses suffered as a result of another driver’s negligence. We at Auger & Auger understand how accidents disrupt lives. If you were involved in an accident let us help you build a strong claim against the parties responsible. Call us today. We will give you an honest evaluation of your claim.