An 18-year-old motorist was fatally injured in the early morning of Sunday, March 29th following a car accident that Police say was caused due to excessive speed. The teenage driver also had two passengers with him in the car that morning, both of whom sustained only minor injuries.
Tragically, the excessive speed of the vehicle, combined with the fact that the motorist was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, caused the driver to be thrown from the car and fatally injured. His two passengers, ages 15 and 13, were both wearing their restraints and survived the accident.
North Carolina Police are pointing to this tragic incident as another terrible example of excessive speed leading to deadly and preventable accidents. In an effort to raise awareness and encourage drivers to slow down on North Carolina’s roads and highways, North Carolina Police and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have announced that they will be emphasizing speed limit enforcement throughout the week.
The campaign is being called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,” and will run until Sunday, April 5th. During this time, enforcement efforts of posted speed limits will be a special focus for Police Officers across the state. Areas known for excessive speed will be strictly monitored, and fines will be heavily enforced for the duration of this campaign.
As part of the effort to raise awareness about the importance of obeying the posted speed limit, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has released some sobering statistics about the amount of accidents that occur statewide as a result of excessive speed.
- Speeding was responsible for 345 fatalities in North Carolina in 2014
- So far in 2015, 56 motorists have lost their lives in accidents caused by excessive speed
- In 2012, an estimated 245 car accidents in North Carolina involving teenage drivers listed excessive speed as a factor.
If you are the parent or guardian of a young driver, talk to your kids about the importance of paying attention to posted speed limit signs. Too many North Carolina residents have been injured or killed already this year as a result of excessive speed. Let’s start the conversation with young drivers so that they can form the proper safety habits on North Carolina’s roads and highways.
At Daggett Shuler, North Carolina Accident & Disability law firm, we have seen how deeply devastating car accidents can be for victims and their families. We would like to remind everyone to obey the rules of the road, drive defensively, and make sure you arrive at your destination safely and without incident.
Unfortunately, even with the proper planning and care, accidents can still happen.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless, negligent or intoxicated driver in an accident that was not your fault, you will need the committed and experienced service of Daggett Shuler Law. Our North Carolina Car Accident attorneys know how to stand up to the insurance companies to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your serious injuries.
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