An early Saturday morning single-vehicle accident in Brunswick County killed three and sent one passenger to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he remains in stable condition. Law enforcement believe that alcohol, speeding and a failure to buckle-up were factors in the fatal North Carolina car accident. The three victims, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the 2001 Chevy pickup, which rolled at least twice before stopping, the Star News reports.
North Carolina ranks among the top-five states in the nation for highest speeding fines – hitting speeders with up to $500 for a first offense, and a chance at jail time, Forbes reports. In 2009, 517 people were killed in North Carolina speed-related car accidents. Nationwide, speeding is among the most common causes of car accidents with an estimated economic cost of $40.4 billion per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2008, speed-related car accident across the U.S. were linked to 31 percent of all fatal crashes — claiming 11,674 lives. Mixing alcohol with speeding is a particularly deadly combination and was responsible for 41 percent of car accident fatalities nationwide. Young men aged 15-25 are most likely to be killed due to speeding and were involved in 37 percent of fatal car accidents in 2008. They were also less likely to be wearing seat belts than their non-speeding counterparts which further increases their chances of not surviving a car accident.
North Carolina car accident attorneys with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a car accident where alcohol and speeding played a role, or losing a loved one in a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.