Throughout North Carolina, Serious and Fatal Car Accidents Happen on Dangerous Roads

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline.

In 2021, North Carolina had record-high traffic fatalities, the highest numbers in five decades. Based on North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) data reported by ABC 11, 1,755 people died on the state's roadways last year. And the record-high car accident death toll was due to increased speeding, distracted driving, and less seatbelt usage. As a result, some of North Carolina's roadways are more dangerous to drivers than ever.

Tragedy on North Carolina's highways

It's much easier for a driver to lose control of their vehicle while speeding. And in the case of an accident, the impact is much more severe at higher speeds. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened in September 2020. A driver going 120 miles per hour killed five people in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer. The driver switched lanes and collided with a box truck and two other cars.

In another fatal accident this past month, a woman was killed in Iredell County when she ran off the road and collided with a tree. According to WBTV, she was not wearing her seatbelt, and an investigation by law enforcement indicates speeding was a factor in the crash.

N.C.'s dangerous roads

Speeding accidents can happen anywhere in North Carolina, but some areas are more dangerous than others. With a combination of 20 serious and fatal accidents, I-85 between Statesville Street and Graham Street in Charlotte is one of North Carolinas more dangerous intersections. NC 143, SR 1150, and SL-TN also saw around 20 fatal crashes in the last decade. Many dangerous roads are found in downtown Raleigh and Greensboro as well. According to Fox 8, North Carolina's seven deadly highways include:

  1. I-85 in Charlotte, between exits 36 and 41T
  2. I-77 in Charlotte, between Remount Road and Exit 13A
  3. I-240 in Asheville, between exits 1B and 6
  4. S. 29 in Greensboro between Joe Brown Drive and East Florida
  5. I-95 in Rocky Mount, between State Road 1603 and exit 138
  6. I-40 in Greensboro, between Mile Points 216 and 221
  7. I-85 in Gastonia, between exits 14 and 19

Revamping safety measures

Vision Zero, a safety campaign to eliminate all traffic deaths, focuses on changing individual driving behaviors as well as redesigning our nation's roads. Many parts of North Carolina, like Raleigh, Durham, Apex, and Chapel Hill, have signed an initiative to rethink their area's road designs.

To reach the goal of zero traffic deaths, the construction of vehicles also has to be rethought. Marianna Karth, a mother who lost her two daughters in an underride truck accident, has been fighting so no one else has to suffer what she did. Last year, her hard work paid off when a trillion-dollar federal infrastructure bill was passed. The bill included a law requiring trucks to add stronger rear guards and a push for deeper research in preventing underride accidents.

Contact a North Carolina car accident attorney today

All it takes is a second for a deadly crash to happen. If you were hurt or a loved one died in a car accident in North Carolina, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.

The car accident attorneys at Brent & Adams Associates have years of experience fighting for crash victims in North Carolina. We know what it takes to build a strong case that gets results.

To learn more, contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We have offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Dunn, and Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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