A 33-year-old Charlotte man has been hospitalized after a three-vehicle accident. The accident occurred on I-85 North near mile marker 90 when another car, driven by a 29-year-old woman, collided into the rear of a Hyundai, traveling into the center lane, and was then struck in the rear by a Ford. The three vehicles then came to a stop in the median.
Police report that the Hyundai was traveling at approximately 10 m.p.h. due to a flat tire prior to the collision. Several people were taken to area hospitals, including several child passengers. Officers report that the flat tire circumstance and inattention were contributing factors that led up to the crash. One of the drivers was charged with driving with no operator’s license. Studies have been reported, by NHTSA, that the highest frequency of fatal traffic accidents occur between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. In other words, during the evening commute.
North Carolina adheres to the Contributory theory of negligence. This means that if the plaintiff is 0.01% at fault, that person will not be eligible for damages as a result of a car crash or accident of any kind. Here, it may be found that the driver of the Hyundai was less at fault; however, due to the theory of Contributory Negligence, that person will not recover damages because they were also negligent. Due to this very strenuous standard, it is important you have an experienced accident attorney on your side. Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken and Hightower, LLP at our Charlotte, North Carolina office at 704-499-9000 or toll-free at 877-374-5999.