North Carolina Vehicle Accident Report: December 2018

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Auto accidents can produce catastrophic injuries and, in some instances, result in the wrongful death of a family member. Every year, about 2 million motorists that are involved in an automobile accident experience permanent injuries, according to Driver Knowledge.   

If you or a loved one sustained life-altering injuries, contact our North Carolina car accident lawyers at Mike Lewis Attorneys. We believe injured victims should obtain compensation for the injuries they suffered, as well as property damage due to someone else’s careless actions.  Listed below are some of the tragic accidents that occurred in North Carolina in December 2018.

Tractor-Trailer Crash Killed Man in Person County

A man driving a Mazda was traveling on N.C. 49 when he crossed the center lane and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. The Mazda driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the tractor-trailer driver did not sustain any injuries.  

Former Football Player at South View High School Killed in Collision

Jonathan Gilmore was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Bingham Drive, along with one other person. Jonathan had played football for Winston-Salem State University as a tight end. The season ended, and he had decided to come home to watch the playoffs at his former high school.

Tina Ward, Jonathan’s mom, stated, “He was home Friday night, and got to stand on the sidelines with his teammates. He enjoyed it and had a good time,” according to ABC 11.

The police are still investigating to determine what caused the collision to occur, however, his parents believe he may have had a seizure. “We’re not totally sure, the investigation is still ongoing, but we want to think he may have had a seizure,” Ward mentioned.

Four Injured and One Dead After Two-Vehicle Crash

A fatal crash that occurred on 2300 Block of Union Cross Road killed one man and injured four others. 34-year-old, Fred Thomas Holder, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet when he crossed into the eastbound lane and crashed into a 1997 Ford pickup driven by Jeyson Keeny Silva, 26-years-old. Jeyson had three other passengers in the vehicle when the accident occurred. All the passengers survived but did suffer injuries. Holder later died from his injuries at the hospital.  

Tanker Crash Resulted in Lane Closures on Interstate 73

A tanker truck crashed on Interstate 73 and caught fire. The accident may have occurred due to speeding and icy roads. The truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when the collision took place.

Carl Throckmorton II, who was driving, was able to safely leave the truck before it burst into flames. He is charged with excessive speeding. “The driver is lucky to get out of that alive with as much fire as he had. Passersby are lucky, there was so much gasoline dripping down below and coming out of different locations that made visibility hard. Also, when he hit the side, there was concrete that went down, probably the size of basketballs, on the road below, so there are a lot of very lucky people,” said the Fire Chief, Steve Allred, who works for the Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department.

Hazardous Roads Cause over 500 Accidents

In North Carolina, weather conditions have drastically impacted the roadways and caused numerous accidents. A snowstorm that resulted in over a foot of snow created dangerous travel conditions for residents, leading to over 500 car wrecks.

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At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we understand the challenges and frustrations an injured victim may face after a collision. Car accident claims have various factors that must be evaluated in order to determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for what you endured.

Compensation is intended to help cover a victim’s medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, we are fully aware that insurance companies typically don’t play fair. Insurance adjusters don’t seek the best interest of the injured victim but, instead, attempt to pay out as little compensation as possible. They will insist that their first offer is the best compensation they can give you, however, our attorneys won’t allow you to settle for less than what you deserve.

Instead of trying to handle the insurance company alone, our North Carolina car accident lawyers will focus on the insurance company, while you concentrate on recovering. Compensation may be available for your case. Call our law office today at (336) 765-7777 or fill out our free consultation form.

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