Teenager Charged With Manslaughter Following Crash That Killed Two Friends
In Davie County, NC, an 18-year-old is facing two felony involuntary manslaughter charges in the wake of an accident that claimed the lives of his two friends who were riding in his car, WX1112.com reports. Another two teens were in his car when he crashed along Country Lane Thursday evening but survived the wreck.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers the driver was speeding, going 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. His speed caused him to lose control and run off the side of the road. He then overcorrected and hit a car heading in the opposite direction, according to WX1112.com, before hitting a tree. The crash killed passengers aged 18 and 17.
Sadly our experienced North Carolina personal injury attorneys see far too many young lives lost because of excess speed. Last year we reported on how a combination of speed, alcohol and not wearing a seat belt led to the death of a 19-year-old who was a passenger in a wreck in Hampton, Virginia (VA).
When you drive at excess speed there is less time to correct an error if something goes wrong. In 2009 our North Carolina and Virginia personal injury attorneys reported on how two speeding motorcyclists in Chesapeake, VA, crashed into each other, killing one and severely injuring the other.
The potentially devastating effects of speed were evident last year in North Carolina (NC) when the North Carolina Highway Patrol said speed was to blame for a car accident that killed three people on Highway 421 in Liberty, North Carolina. Police said the driver was traveling close to 100 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time of the accident.
To be safe, drivers should make sure to closely follow posted speed limits. These limits are not arbitrary. They have been tested and proven to be a safe speed for the road in question. Following the speed limit will reduce a driver's chances of being involved in a car accident and while crashes do occur at lower speeds, injuries are often less severe.