Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “The insurance adjuster is saying I am partially negligent what does that mean?”
Police in Charlotte have said they are currently searching for the driver of a gold Cadillac which they believe might have been responsible for a recent accident along Brookshire Boulevard that sent four people to the hospital.
The accident took place on the morning of November 11 near the 5700 block of Brookshire Boulevard near Hoskins Road. Police say that a 1998 Honda Civic was heading inbound on Brookshire when its left tires ran off the road into the grassy median. The driver, afraid of driving off the road, overcorrected and ultimately lost control of the vehicle, with the Civic sliding across the median into oncoming traffic.
Police say that the Civic then collided with the front of an oncoming 2005 Ford Expedition that was heading inbound. The accident was almost completely head-on, a very dangerous variety of accident that often results in serious injuries or even death. In fact, studies have shown that while head-on accidents only make up about 2 percent of all car accidents, they account for 10 percent of all fatal accidents.
Police say that in this case the driver of the Civic was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with critical injuries. The driver of the Ford, as well as two children that were traveling in the vehicle, were also taken to Carolinas Medical Center, thankfully for less serious injuries, and have all since been released.
Police say that after interviewing several witnesses to the crash they were told that another vehicle was involved in the accident, but that the driver chose to flee the scene of the wreck. Officers say they were told that a gold or tan Cadillac merged into the Honda’s lane of traffic, which then forced the driver of the Honda to veer off the road into the median and ultimately lose control. Police say they do not yet know if the Cadillac and the Honda hit one another or not, but are eager to locate the driver of the vehicle.
The driver of the Cadillac may face criminal charges for his decision to leave the scene of the accident, especially if it is determined that his actions were the cause of all the serious injuries. In North Carolina, not only is it wrong to leave the scene of an accident, it is illegal and anyone who decides to do so faces the risk of not only criminal sanctions but hefty civil claims for damage.
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.
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.
“Police looking for driver in crash that injured 2 children, 2 adults,” published at WBTV.com.
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