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Teen killed in car accident in North Carolina

A student at a local high school died following a tragic car wreck in Bladen County, according to local sources. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of an 18-year-old man in the afternoon crash on March 11. Charges against the driver involved are apparently pending, though police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the car accident. 

According to the accident report filed by Highway Patrol, it appears a 17-year-old male was driving on Butler Mill Road around 1:50 p.m. when he attempted to navigate a curve in the road. The driver lost control of the vehicle, running off the roadway on the right-hand side. The driver overcorrected and left the left-hand side of the road, entering a ditch. The 18-year-old passenger, who was apparently not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was ejected from the car. 

Fatal car accident claims 1 life in North Carolina

A 63-year-old woman is tragically dead following a serious car accident in north Charlotte, according to local sources. North Carolina police are in the process of filing charges against a 46-year-old male driver involved in the car accident. He has contended that the lowered visors in his SUV impeded his vision, leading to the initial collision. 

According to the accident report, around 5:45 p.m. the man was driving his SUV northbound on Interstate 485 when traffic ahead of him on the highway began to slow down as a result of congestion. The 63-year-old woman had slowed her vehicle to approximately 15 mph when she was struck from behind by the SUV, which failed to slow down in time. The force of the impact sent her car spinning across open lanes before it was struck by another vehicle. 

Car accident kills 10-year-old in North Carolina

A tragic crash has claimed the life of a boy who was just about to turn 11, according to police in Asheboro. North Carolina authorities reported the horrific news of the car accident that killed a 10-year-old boy and injured two other children and an adult. Police say charges are pending against at least one of the drivers involved in the crash. 

According to the accident report, around 7:43 the morning of Feb. 13, the boy was riding in a passenger vehicle with three other children and an adult driver. The children were carpooling to school when the driver made a turn onto an adjoining street. The driver reportedly did not see an SUV, which police say had the right of way, causing a collision in which the SUV struck the right rear side of the passenger car. 

Driving habits to keep you safe around tractor-trailers

Tractor-trailer crashes can cause devastating injuries to the occupants of passenger vehicles. To prevent crashes between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set safety regulations for truckers.

However, sometimes crashes can happen when drivers of passenger vehicles do not understand some of the operating limitations of commercial vehicles. To further avoid accidents between tractor-trailers and smaller vehicles, the FMCSA also recommends several safety practices for drivers of passenger vehicles.

Car accident kills teen in North Carolina

A tragic accident caused the death of a 17-year-old boy in Catawba County in the early morning of Jan. 30, according to local police. The driver involved in the single-car accident managed to survive the crash that killed his passenger. The accident is still being investigated by North Carolina police, but alcohol and road conditions are not believed to be factors in the fatal crash. 

According to reports, the 19-year-old male driver apparently swerved while driving on Kool Park Road around 5:30 a.m. The man told police he was swerving to avoid another vehicle, but that vehicle has not been located at this time. The swerve caused the man to lose control of the vehicle, which left the road and crashed into a creek before overturning. The driver managed to escape the vehicle and seek help at a nearby home. 

16-year-old charged in car accident

A 16-year-old in Huntersville is facing charges after a serious accident killed one woman and injured several other people. Two dogs were reportedly also injured in the car accident. The minor is due in a North Carolina court on Jan. 28 to face charges, including involuntary manslaughter. Due to his young age and the seriousness of the accusations, special attention to his criminal defense will be necessary. 

Details about the accident are still scarce, but it has been confirmed the crash took place on Dec. 30 on a local road. Apparently, for reasons unknown, the vehicle driven by the 16-year-old crashed head-on into an SUV headed the other direction. Photos from the accident site show the passenger car he was driving totaled by the force of the impact. Both he and a 16-year-old passenger were injured in the crash and were taken to a local hospital. 

Car accident in North Carolina send 2 to hospital

A single-car crash on the afternoon of Jan. 3 has left two people in the hospital, according to state authorities. North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the car accident that injured two people, one seriously. So far, they have not chosen to file charges against the driver involved, as their investigation is still underway at this time.

According to the police report, the vehicle carrying a male driver and a female passenger (both unidentified) was headed north on Interstate 85 when their vehicle abruptly left the road, crashing into a wooded area. AirCare was dispatched to collect the injured victims, and emergency crews worked to close the highway to facilitate the landing. The female passenger was transported with non life-threatening injuries to a local medical facility.

Drunk driver charged in accident in North Carolina

A 57-year-old man is facing charges after the tragic injury of two children and two adults in a Gastonia crash. North Carolina police say the man is believed to have been intoxicated behind the wheel when the car accident occurred. The alleged drunk driver is facing charges, and the injured parties are currently recovering in hospital. 

According to the accident report, the crash happened just before 7 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 20. A vehicle carrying two children, aged 11 and 7, was stopped at a stop light when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck operated by now-accused driver. The force of the impact slammed the struck vehicle into a third vehicle in front of it. The driver managed to escape the vehicle, but the children remained stuck in the back seat. 

2 dead in North Carolina car accident

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Camden County, according to law enforcement authorities. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the car accident took place around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 23 on U.S. 17 in the South Mills area. One of the drivers was among the fatalities, and no charges have been filed against the other driver at this time. 

According to the State Highway Patrol report, a 70-year-old woman from Chesapeake was attempting to navigate a turn onto U.S. 17 South when her vehicle struck another southbound car. The force of the impact damaged both vehicles and killed the 70-year-old driver as well as a 46-year-old female passenger. Two other people, another 46-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl, were both injured in the crash, but were expected to recover. 

Staying safe on the roadways

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2017, 40,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents and thousands more were injured.

Driving safely should be a concern for all of us and it’s crucial to practice the rules of road safety every time you get behind the wheel. These accidents are largely preventable when drivers avoid risky driving behavior.

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