Three teen girls were injured when the vehicle they were in went off the road, down an embankment, and slammed into a tree. Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two of the girls unconscious and the vehicle’s engine on fire.
According to law enforcement reports, the teens – all 17 years of age – were traveling east on Shaw Street in Randleman in a 2004 Nissan, at approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17. Witnesses say the vehicle crossed over the center line, into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the driver overcorrected the vehicle, sending it down the 28-foot embankment and into the tree.
The girl in the back seat of the vehicle managed to climb out of the vehicle and up the embankment. Police found her lying in a yard across the street from the accident scene. The driver and the front seat passenger were unconscious in the car. All three girls were transferred to Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. One of the victims has been treated and released. The other two were admitted, with the driver listed in good condition and the front seat passenger’s condition listed as fair.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 95 percent of car accidents are a result of human error. With that in mind, many vehicle manufacturers are equipping new vehicles with different types of safety technology. The goal is to address the common mistakes drivers make on the road and decrease the risk of crashes.
One of those new technologies being developed is lane departure warning (LDW) systems which detect road markings and warn drivers if they begin to drift out of their lane. Other technologies that may soon be available include automatic steering assistance that can help drivers say centered in their lane and warnings if another vehicle is detected in the vehicle’s blind spot. One study found that lane navigation assistance systems could reduce the rate of fatal head-on, sideswipe, and single-vehicle accidents by 86 percent.
Other technology that is being developed includes:
- Backup and parking assistance: Cameras will provide drivers with a complete view of the back of their vehicle. Cars could also be equipped with brakes that would automatically work when something is detected in the rear of the vehicle.
- Forward collision warning: The vehicle can detect when there is a vehicle that is stopped or moving slowly in front them. The vehicle could also detect when a pedestrian is walking in front of them. In each case, a warning would be given to the driver or there could also be automatic braking. This type of protection could cut the number of rear-end collisions in half.
- Safe distance: Another system currently in development would automatically speed up or slow down in order to keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
Contact a Carolinas Personal Injury Attorney
Whether from driver error or reckless driving behaviors, if you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal options you may have.
Our N.C. injury firm will work with you to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries, including damages for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, emotional distress, and other losses you have suffered.