A serious crash left one teenager dead and others seriously injured in Charlotte. The accident happened on Raintree Lane and Rounding Run Road in the Cedarwood Country Club area, near NC 16 and NC 51. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department (CMPD) and Medics responded to the accident, which happened in the late evening hours. The accident happened between two vehicles, when a speeding vehicle crashed into another, according to the police. Four injured people were transported to the hospital. One of the people, a teen, was transported in critical condition and later died.
Speeding and Alcohol Played a Role in the Accident
According to reports, the police stated that the teen driving the vehicle that caused the accident was speeding and also had consumed alcohol. In North Carolina, drivers must have less than 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration) to drive. However, teens are subject to a strict zero-tolerance policy. Teen drivers cannot have any amount of alcohol in their system while behind the wheel. Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 must have a BAC of 0. In this case, CMPD reported that they arrested the 17-year-old driver for consuming under 21 and reckless driving. Additional charges could be made.
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Teenage Girl Died as a Result of Her Injuries
A teenage girl died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident. Her parents posted on social media that she died later at the hospital. The girl was a 10th grader at Providence High School. The school is providing grief counseling to students and others who were impacted by the girl’s death. Several other teens were also hurt in the crash, however, they did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The driver who caused the accident was arrested and was reportedly uninjured in the crash.
Negligence in Car Accidents
In North Carolina, the negligent party is liable for damages in cases where the injured party was not at fault. In this case, there will likely be a full investigation of the crash, however, preliminary reports indicate that the teen driver was negligent. Not only was he driving at a fast rate of speed, but had also consumed alcohol. In addition to criminal charges, the teen could be held responsible for the injuries and death that were incurred as a result of his negligence. Damages could include such things as medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more. Injured parties could make a claim for damages.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you could be owed money for your damages. Always call the police to report the accident. The police will investigate the crash, gather information, and take witness statements. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and keep copies of all your medical records and bills. Contact an attorney to determine whether you should pursue a claim. If your injuries are severe, they will likely require ongoing care and this will be extremely costly. The negligent party should pay for any and all costs that you incurred because of the accident.
If you were hurt in an accident, do not delay. Contact us at Arnold & Smith, PLLC at (704) 370-2828 to schedule a consultation today.
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