North Carolina Accident Leaves Young Newlyweds Dead And Limo Driver Facing Charges :: Personal Injury Attorneys and Lawyers in Charlotte, NC

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A tragic car accident outside of Asheville, North Carolina earlier this week left two newlywed teachers dead. The accident occurred when a hired limousine the couple was riding in lost control and slipped off the road and into a tree.

Thumbnail image for Black Limo Car Charlotte North Carolina Personal Injury Wrongful Death Lawyer Attorney.jpgPolice say that 26-year-old Will Reid and 25-year-old Jamie Reid both died in the wreck, with Jamie dying immediately and Will only later succumbing to horrific injuries. Emergency responders say that at the time of the wreck the husband pleaded with paramedics to save his wife who was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Unfortunately, his wife, who was carrying sonogram pictures of their child in her purse, was already dead.

The couple was married at the end of May and was in North Carolina visiting for a friend’s wedding. Police say that they were in a rented limo when the driver, Rodney Koon, somehow left the road and crashed at a high rate of speed into a tree. Police say Koon remains in the hospital following the accident. Though he has not yet been charged with the deadly crash, authorities say he may be depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation. According to a search warrant filled out by police investigators earlier this week, Koon’s actions are believed to have directly contributed to the accident.

Head-on collisions with a stationary object occur when a moving vehicle hits a stationary object such as a tree, light pole, freeway wall or median, or a non-moving vehicle. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous type of car accidents given the force of the impact being absorbed by the moving vehicle.

In a head-on accident with a stationary object, the moving vehicle often absorbs the full impact of the accident, as many stationary objects, such as freeway walls, medians or trees are large and do not move or crumple to absorb the impact. All the force of the accident is then transferred to the moving vehicle, increasing the chance for serious injury.

Head-on accidents typically result in severe injuries and even death given the force of the collision. Knee injuries, wrist injuries, fractures and internal damage are common, but the most dangerous variety of injury from a head-on collision is a head or brain trauma. These head injuries are caused by the occupant being forced forward into the steering column, dashboard or even being thrown from the vehicle.

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:

ARNOLD&SMITH_243 3.jpgMatthew 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.


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