A negligent left-hand turn set the stage for a four-vehicle collision in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC), that killed an innocent driver and sent four people to hospitals with injuries. The deadly multivehicle wreck happened at the intersection of Greylyn Business Park Drive and Monroe Road just before 5 pm on May 11, 2017.
The deceased victim is identified in multiple news reports as 71-year-old Barbara Dennis. She was one of three drivers cut off by the at-fault driver, who faces a preliminary charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
That man suffered serious injuries, as did the drivers of the two other vehicles involved and a passenger. Details on the injured victims’ conditions and prognoses for recovery were not made public.
According to section 20.141-4(a2) of the North Carolina Code of Laws, a driver can be charged with a misdemeanor for causing another person’s death when he or she commits a moving violation like failing to yield right of way when attempting to make a left-hand turn, is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the crash led directly to the victim’s loss of life. The elderly woman who died as a result of the crash on Monroe Road in Charlotte passed away before being transported to a hospital for medical treatment.
Failing to yield to drivers traveling straight through intersections is a common cause of fatal collisions. A study of two-vehicle wrecks involving motorcycles that was conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that “35 percent of the driver-related factor was failure to yield right-of-way.” An analysis of deadly crashes involving only cars or only cars and trucks would, no doubt, produce a different percentage, but the seriousness of failing to yield right of way would still show through the data.
In addition to assigning fault, the victims of this tragic traffic accident in Charlotte will need to be concerned with the coverage limits in the insurance policy held by the man who made the negligent left-hand turn. Fair settlements for a wrongful death claim and multiple personal injuries are sure to far exceed whatever liability coverage the at-fault driver carried.
Working with an experienced Carolina wrongful death attorney and personal injury lawyer will help the people harmed by the negligent driver access underinsured motorist provisions of their own car insurance. Such coverage operates much like other kinds of auto insurance, which means that the insurer will investigate and, possibly, challenge claims as vigorously. Enlisting assistance from a caring plaintiffs’ attorney will make dealing with insurance company representatives easier.