Distracted driving continues to be one of the first things considered when a driver crosses the center line, resulting in a crash. It's one possibility being investigated regarding a North Carolina car accident that left a 20-year-old female driver dead and others injured. Although the cause of the accident is currently unknown, police are trying to ascertain if her crossing the center line into oncoming traffic was the result of texting behind the wheel or even bright sunlight in her eyes. Police have said they have no reason to believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The woman, driving a Mercedes ML320 was heading west late in the afternoon on her way to meet a friend less than a mile from where she collided head on with another vehicle driven by a 40-year-old man. She sideswiped that vehicle, which was heading in the opposite direction. She then crashed into another vehicle driven by a 63-year-old man, hitting it head-on.
Although she was flown to a nearby hospital, the driver died from her injuries later that evening. The two men in the vehicles her car collided with were both taken to another area hospital and treated for their injuries. Both are expected to recover.
A resident of a nearby subdivision commented that people drive too fast on the street where the accident occurred, noting the speed limit is 45 mph but people typically drive 55 or 60 mph.
While drivers may be exceeding the posted speed limit, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, this is the first fatal accident they have investigated on a road where less than 10 accidents have occurred in the past five years. In any car accident, it can be crucial for victims and their families to work with an attorney who has the resources to investigate a crash and determine what factors contributed to the serious injuries or fatalities that have been suffered.
Source: WCNC, "Details emerge in S. Charlotte wreck that killed woman," Feb. 6, 2013
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