Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “What exactly is a wrongful death claim?”
Police in Charlotte say that a recent deadly accident likely involved high rates of speed and alcohol. Law enforcement officials say they believe the two risky behaviors combined to cause the death of a four-month-old girl as well as injuries to five other people.
Police officers say that a 21-year-old driver was seriously injured in the accident and is believed to be responsible for the collision. The man, Thabiti Ashim Pierre-Louis, has been charged with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The wreck happened around three in the afternoon when Pierre-Louis was in his 2000 Nissan Altima heading north along Old Statesville Road. Investigators say they believe that the 21-year-old then tried to pass another car, but eventually lost control and crashed into a telephone pole located near the driver’s door.
The force of the collision resulted in the car being flipped, landing on its roof. Given the position of the car, it’s understandable why the accident resulted in such severe injuries to passengers. The four-month-old child sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by emergency medical responders.
The accident shows the consequences of reckless behavior and how one person’s poor decisions can lead to devastating harm to others. Study after study has shown that driving under the influence of marijuana or alcohol can severely impair a driver’s judgment and physical ability to control the vehicle. Reaction time increases, judgment becomes cloudy and the person’s appetite for risk-taking increases. This can lead to a dangerous culmination in the form of a serious car accident.
When these factors are combined with high rates of speed it can be a recipe for disaster. When drivers exceed the posted speed limit they make it much more difficult to safely control their vehicle. Road conditions may simply not allow drivers to go faster than the speed limit. When a person does so, especially when that person is under the influence of an intoxicating substance, the risk of a serious accident rises exponentially.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.
About the Author:
Mr. Arnold was raised in Charlotte, where he graduated from Providence Senior High School. He attended Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated cum laude, before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship.
In his free time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.
“Police: Alcohol involved in accident that killed baby,” published at WCNC.com.
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