A chain-reaction crash north of Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC), damaged four vehicles and claimed one life on the morning of May 10, 2015. The fatal wreck started with a rear-end collision at a stoplight on U.S. 401. According to reports, a car ran into the back of a SUV whose driver was waiting to turn off the highway. The force of that initial impact pushed the SUV forward into another car, which, in turn, struck a fourth vehicle. The woman behind the wheel of the sandwiched SUV lost her life.
The driver of the car who set the deadly crash in motion also sustained injuries, but no one in the other vehicles got hurt. Police have charged the at-fault driver with causing a death, but law enforcement officers have not released details on why the man drove into the back of the SUV. Possible reasons for a rear-end collision at a traffic light include distracted driving, speeding, driving while intoxicated and falling asleep at the wheel. Whatever happened, the collision most likely could have been prevented by a more alert, attentive and responsible driver.
My North Carolina wrongful death and traumatic brain injury law firm colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family members of the woman killed in this rear-end collision. We know from helping many victims of crashes like this one that the suffering created by negligent and reckless drivers who fail to slow for red lights or to even notice stopped traffic that almost no excuse for such wrecks can be acceptable.