North Carolina community reeling after recent rash of serious and fatal Western Carolina car accidents

Our Asheville car accident lawyers mourn with the community after a spate of Western North Carolina car accidents have left 12 dead and nearly two dozen injured. The latest accident happened last Monday in Transylvania County, killing a 65-year-old retired railroad track inspector and sending his wife of 18-years to Mission Hospital, the Citizen-Times reports.

During the last 30 days there have been seven fatal North Carolina car accidents in the region.

Local law enforcement indicates that while four of the seven accidents are still under investigation, they have yet to find a common link among them, although most of the accidents happened in the evening and during the weekend. With that said, speeding – which is the leading contributor to fatal North Carolina car accidents – has been linked to two separate October crashes that killed three teenagers.

Once investigations are complete and findings are recorded, there is still a close-knit community reeling from the loss of 12 friends and family members. Hundreds of people attended separate services for the teens killed in late October, and parents and school officials are now working to implement preventative measures to keep school-age drivers and passengers from adding to fatality and injury statistics.

In 2008, North Carolina motorists reported 214,226 traffic accidents that claimed 1,448 lives and injured 112,348, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reports. To date, these numbers represent a 15 percent drop in fatalities, a six percent drop in the number of injury-causing crashes and a nearly five percent drop in the overall number of reportable traffic accidents since 2007.

The top 10 deadliest counties for North Carolina drivers in 2008 were:
1. Mecklenburg County @ 76 fatalities
2. Wake County @ 74 fatalities
3. Guilford County @ 72 fatalities
4. Robeson County @ 58 fatalities
5. Cumberland County @ 39 fatalities
6. Johnston County and Forsyth County @ 33 fatalities
7. Davidson County and Onslow County @ 31 fatalities
8. New Hanover County and Rowan County @ 30 fatalities
9. Iredell County @ 28 fatalities
10. Columbus County @ 27 fatalities

The Rock Hill car accident attorneys with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to 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 from Anderson to Asheville anywhere else across the state, you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.

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