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Five Injured, One Critical in I-85/US 64 Crash

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported five people were injured in a crash on U.S. Highway 64 near Interstate 85 North. The accident left one person in critical condition and four other victims hospitalized.

Troopers say that a van driven by a 32-year-old Chapel Hill man was traveling north on I-85. The man got on U.S. Highway 64 but never slowed his vehicle down as he took the exit. He drove the van across the highway and hit a Ford Mustang that was traveling east. The accident investigation showed the van was traveling at least 60 mph when it slammed into the Mustang.

One of the Mustang’s passengers, a 26-year-old Randleman, was pinned into the vehicle and was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver and two other passengers were all taken to Wake Forest Baptist, where they were listed in stable condition.

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The driver of the van was thrown from the vehicle but was listed in stable condition. He was not wearing his seatbelt when the crash occurred. Police have charged the man with driving while impaired, driving without a license, careless and reckless driving, and driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Fatal Car Wrecks

According to national statistics, more than 40,000 people are killed each year in car accidents. Study after study reveals common causes of car accidents where the victims die or are left with long-term or permanent disabilities. The two most common actions of drivers that cause auto accidents that are so severe people are killed are drunk driving and speeding.

Other common causes of deadly car crashes include:

  • Driving on the wrong side of the road;
  • Failure to adjust to a road obstruction;
  • Failure to adjust to the road surface;
  • Failure to use the required equipment;
  • Improper turning;
  • Overcorrecting; and
  • Reckless or careless driving.

One study examined these bad driving behaviors per state and tragically, South Carolina appeared time and time again in the top five states.

South Carolina was at number five in states with the most fatal drunk driving crashes; number two for the most fatal road rage crashes; number three for in fatal crashes caused by erratic or improper lane changes, number two for failure to lead right of way crashes, and number three for fatal crash is caused by driving on the wrong side of the road.

Contact a Carolinas Accident Attorney

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, contact a Carolinas car accident attorney. Our Carolinas personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have helped many victims and their families obtain the compensation they were entitled to for the losses they suffered.

Randy E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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