Several people sustained injuries in an accident in University City. The crash happened on North Tryon Street at Mallard Creek Church Road when a vehicle struck an ambulance that was stopped at the site of a different incident. The ambulance was stopped with its lights on, and the medics were treating a patient when they were hit by a vehicle from behind. The ambulance, MEDIC Unit 62, was hit by a 2016 black Nissan Altima. The Altima was driven by a 19-year-old who was allegedly speeding.
Serious Injuries Sustained
The medical team was working on a patient in the ambulance when it got hit. Several of the employees sustained injuries, including some that were serious and life-threatening. In addition, a passenger in the Altima suffered life-threatening injuries. The original patient in the ambulance also sustained life-threatening injuries. All those injured were transported to the hospital for treatment. Jon Studnek, the Deputy Director at Mecklenburg EMS, stated, “It’s a tremendous amount of force. Very, very dangerous.”
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Speed a Factor
At the time of the crash, the ambulance was parked to the right with its lights flashing. The car hit the ambulance with such great force that it caused it to come off the frame and fall over on its side. According to investigators, speed played a major role in the crash. The Altima ran a red light and was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the ambulance. Luckily, the inside of the ambulance was still mostly intact because of the inherent safety features.
Driver Facing Charges
The police have charged the driver of the Altima with several offenses. Detectives obtained warrants for the driver for felony failure to move over and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. When a driver sees flashing lights from an emergency vehicle or police vehicle, he must move over. Failure to move over results in a felony charge, as in this case. The driver is also facing assault charges. A vehicle is considered a deadly weapon, and in this instance, the driver assaulted those in the ambulance, which are also felony charges.
Negligence in Car Accidents
The driver in this car accident was clearly negligent. Failure to obey a signal, speeding, and failure to move over are all negligent acts. When someone is hurt in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, the negligent party is responsible for the resulting damages. The driver does not need to be charged criminally to be negligent, although in this instance, he was. The victims of the incident can seek compensation for their damages which could include medical costs, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering, among other things.
If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, the negligent driver may owe you money for your damages. We will help you get the justice you deserve. Contact our legal team at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, at (704) 370-2828 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
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