Regular readers of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog know that we recently published a post about a series of crashes and tragedies on Interstate 485 in Charlotte. Five people were killed in the crashes, including two girls, just 12 and 7 years old. The girls’ mom and dad also died.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol now says the man who triggered the crashes was driving in excess of 100 mph at the time.
Officials say his vehicle clipped a box truck, sending the truck across the median and into oncoming traffic, where it slammed into the vehicle carrying the four family members.
The National Safety Council says that despite the drop in traffic during the pandemic, motor vehicle fatality rates have risen due to speeding, racing and other driving behaviors.
Preliminary data suggests that despite the reductions in traffic and conventional motor vehicle crashes, there has been a surge in high-speed crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that speed is a factor in about one-third of all roadway fatalities.
The federal agency says excess speed has a number of negative effects, including:
- Increased crash severity, resulting in more severe injuries
- Increased potential for loss of vehicle control
- Effectiveness of occupant protection equipment is reduced
- Increased vehicle stopping distance
Before the pandemic, one of the common reasons for speeding was frustration with traffic congestion. Experts do not yet know why there has been an increase in speed and extreme crashes during the pandemic.
If you see a speeding vehicle, the NHTSA advises you to give it plenty of space. Too often, drivers lose control at high speeds, as in the series of crashes and tragedies.