A Honda Accord ran out of gas and pulled over on the side of the road in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) but left the tail end of the Accord sticking out in traffic. When a man drove by in a Nissan Altima, he struck the tail end of the Accord. The Accord was pushed off the road while the impact sent the Altima spinning into the road. Another Altima, whose driver did not see the initial impact, slammed into the first Accord.
According to WRAL, the first Altima was torn in half and burst into flames. The driver of the first Altima was killed as a result. He was only 23 years old. Three people in the second Nissan Altima suffered serious injuries.
During the course of the investigation, police determined that the Accord had its hazard lights on, but no headlights. The first Altima, they believe also had no headlights making it hard for the third car to see the accident.
Police have charged two of the drivers with DWI, according to newsobserver.com.
The North Carolina Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
The victims involved in this tragic car accident should consult with a North Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss their legal options. Some of the injured victims were passengers who did not have control of the vehicles involved in the wreck. Passengers who suffer serious injuries have grounds to pursue a claim seeking restitution against the at-fault driver, or drivers in this case.