Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “Can I wait a few months to pursue a personal injury claim?”
A terrible accident in Charlotte left one man dead and another person severely injured. According to officials with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the accident happened around three in the afternoon last Monday. The wreck occurred on the 5600 block of West Boulevard near the intersection with Arff Road.
Authorities say that the driver of a ’79 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling towards town along West Boulevard when he lost control of his car. The Pontiac then crossed out of its lane and into the path of an oncoming Nissan Xterra driven by Marco Cesped. Given the position of both vehicles, Cesped’s Xterra ended up T-boning the Pontiac.
Tragically, the driver of the Pontiac was ejected from the car, causing extensive and traumatic injuries. The force of the crash was so severe that the Pontiac’s gas tank ruptured and caught on fire, eventually burning some nearby brush as well as the driver of the Pontiac.
Emergency responders say they arrived on the scene quickly and rushed the driver of the Pontiac to a local hospital by helicopter, but it was too late and the man succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital. Police have not yet released the victim’s name.
The driver of the Xterra also suffered injuries in the accident and received medical attention for them. According to police, speed appears to have been a factor in the accident, though they do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role. Investigators with CMPD’s Major Crash Unit say they are continuing to hunt for clues about what may have led to the accident.
Sadly, this recent incident highlights the reality that accidents where someone is ejected from a vehicle almost always end in death. In this case, the driver of the Pontiac was not wearing his seatbelt at the time and the force of the collision was enough to throw him through his windshield and out onto the pavement below.
Seatbelts exist, in part, to hold occupants inside a vehicle. When seatbelts are not worn, there’s nothing to absorb the force of the crash and the person’s body continues moving forward despite the fact that the car has come to a sudden stop. This leads the person to be thrown from the car and almost always results in catastrophic injuries.
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:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“Man ejected, burned in fiery, fatal West Blvd. crash,” published at WCNC.com.
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