The Charlotte Observer recently released an article with Charlotte’s top 10 most dangerous intersections. The observer states that many of these accidents are a result of tight urban areas. More intersections and less space for maneuvering allow little room for error. As you can see from the data, the most dangerous areas to drive are in Uptown:
- 1) 8th Street & N. College Street
- 2) Church Street & W Hill Street
- 3) 9th Street & N. College Street
- 4) 12th Street & N. College Street
- 5) 7th Street & N. College Street
- 6) 4th Street & Kings Drive
- 7) E Sugar Creek Road & North Tryon Street
- 8) 6th Street & N. McDowell Street
- 9) David Cox Road & Lakeview Road
- 10) Cambridge Commons Drive & Harrisburg Road
The Observer’s calculations are based on the number of accidents compared to the amount of traffic volume. The number of injuries and deaths were not factored into their findings.
When is a Personal Injury Suit Necessary?
Car accidents are a common occurrence in Charlotte and sometimes no one is at fault. But, other times, the accident is caused due to the negligence of another person. When that happens, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
How Do I Prove Fault?
In order for a driver to be considered negligent, it must be proven that that person did not operate under their expected duty of care. This includes:
- Driving under the influence
- Breaking traffic laws – speeding, illegal lane change, etc.
- Distracted driving – texting, applying makeup, etc.
- Not properly maintaining their vehicle – as an example, if a person has cargo in the bed of their pickup truck that is not secured properly and it flies onto the road and causes an accident, this is negligent.
It is best to obtain a police report to document events, eyewitness statements and establish the cause of the accident. Always request that a police officer is present after an accident, no matter how minor it may seem at first.
What Will I Be Compensated For?
Should you win your personal injury claim, you may be entitled to the following:
- Medical expenses – the negligent person must pay for past, current and future expenses that you have incurred as a result of their actions
- Income – if you have lost the ability to work for any period of time, you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages.
- Pain and suffering – punitive damages may be awarded for pain, discomfort and/or psychological trauma suffered as a result of the accident.
- Loss of consortium – if a loved one dies as a result of this accident, the negligent party may be required to pay for your loss of companionship.
Call a Charlotte Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you should consider contacting an accident attorney you can trust. Thomas D. Bumgardner has years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases. For a free consultation, please contact us at (704) 870-4779.