Teen Killed in North Carolina Car Accident

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A car accident came to a tragic end when a vehicle had to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle, but ended up plunging off of a bridge and into a creek, according to WSOC TV. A 17-year-old died at the scene of the accident when the vehicle he was a passenger in was trying to avoid crashing into another vehicle on the road. First responders reported that the vehicle flipped over a bridge and landed upside down in the creek below.


crash-car-wrongful-death-car-accident-lawyers-Charlotte-Monroe-Lake-Norman-300x242The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old, was able to crawl away from the car and walk to a nearby house for help. Nearby neighbors took the driver in and went to try and help the passenger stuck in the vehicle. However, the 17-year-old passenger was dead at the scene. The second driver involved in this accident has yet to be located.


This accident happened in Catawba County between 16th Street NE and Spring Road. Local residents report that this is not the only deadly crash that has occurred on this road. A local resident insists that guardrails need to be put up so that drivers would hit those instead of landing in the creek.


Unfortunately, the above story is not uncommon. Accidents happen every day and it is important that you take precautions to guard yourself against them and know what to do in the event you are in one. If you have been involved in an accident, the following are the recommended steps to take:


  • Seek Medical Attention: First and foremost, seek medical attention for you or anyone involved in the accident needing it. Call an ambulance to the scene or, if you do not want immediate care, make a plan to go to a doctor as soon as possible.
  • File a Police Report: North Carolina law requires that driver report accidents to law enforcement “immediately, by the quickest means of communication.” This police report will be instrumental in any subsequent legal action.
  • Keep Records: Keep a record of the police report, doctors’ bills and appointments, witnesses to the accident, and any other personal record you have made in regards to the accident. At the scene of the accident, it can be extremely helpful to take photographs and notes of circumstances surrounding the accident or the causes of the accident.
  • Contact an Accident Attorney: After an accident, it is important to reach out to an experienced accident attorney to help you with any claims that result from the accident.


The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you if you are in a car accident. We know that accidents can cause devastating consequences in your life. Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up after an unexpected injury. Let us help you receive the compensation to which you might be entitled. Personal injury suits are an avenue for victims of accidents to seek damages from the responsible parties. Contact us today for a consultation and find out what options are available to you to receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.







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