Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “If I am injured in a car accident what should I do?”
Police in High Point, North Carolina reported a terrible accident that occurred late last week when a postal worker was seriously injured after being struck by another vehicle. According to authorities, the accident happened at the intersection of Wise Avenue and Pershing Street just after noon.
Authorities say that the postal worker, whose name has not yet been released, was inside her mail vehicle and was making a U-turn at the intersection when an oncoming vehicle struck her. The other vehicle was a pickup truck, which was heading east on Wise Avenue prior to the crash.
Police officers say that the force of the accident was serious enough that the postal worker was ejected from the vehicle, something that was likely responsible for the severity of her injuries. Emergency responders say the woman was taken to High Point Regional Medical Center and then, as her condition was discovered to be critical, was taken immediately to Wake Forest Medical Center for further treatment.
Police officers say that they have not yet filed charges against the driver of the pickup, but believe that charges could be forthcoming depending on the conclusion of the ongoing accident investigation. Early reports indicate that the driver of the pickup truck was traveling at a very high rate of speed prior to crashing into the postal worker.
Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that in fatal accidents, speeding is the third leading contributing factor. That means that speeding ranks just after distracted driving and impaired driving as being responsible for thousands of deaths every year. In fact, statistics show that 13,000 lives are lost across the country every year due to speeding.
Many people assume that fatal speeding accidents take place on interstates or highways, however, the numbers reveal that is not always the case. Studies indicate that 47 percent of all speeding happens on roads where the speed limit is less than 50 miles per hour. An additional 20 percent of all speeding occurs on roads where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.
The problem with speeding is that the time you have to react to changing road conditions, such as another vehicle making a U-turn, is dramatically reduced. This means that drivers who are speeding often find themselves unable to slow down or steer out of the way of a potential hazard and are involved in serious car accidents as a result. Speeding also leads to a dramatic increase in the distanced needed to safely stop a vehicle, something that can be especially problematic on wet or icy roads.
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.
“Postal worker injured in accident,” published at News-Record.com.
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