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On Tuesday March 3rd a single vehicle accident occurred when a lone driver slid off of U.S. 264 during a snow shower near Rocky Mount, North Carolina (NC). The driver struck and hit a tree causing the vehicle to burst into flames immediately. Reporters at the scene say the driver was severely burned in the car accident.

The accident report indicates the car driver was traveling about 55 mph, which was 15 mph under the speed limit of that stretch of U.S. 264 which is just outside of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (NC). It also showed that the driver drifted off the highway, slid down a snow-laden embankment struck and hit the tree. The patrolman at the accident scene said there were no signs that the driver had lost control of the car before veering off the highway, and it’s still uncertain as to whether the unidentified driver may have fallen asleep or had a medical condition. When a pre-existing medical condition causes a driver to lose control, or cause a car accident, usually the driver is considered negligent, in civil injury lawsuits over injuries resulting from such acts. Here, it was unclear if the driver caused any property damages besides his own unfortunate, tragic death.

According to all The National Weather Service in Raleigh it was reported that no more than 1 inch of snow in the Rocky Mount, North Carolina (NC) area on Monday night and 2 to 3 inches of snow over the last two days. Overnight snow showers on Monday were a factor in more than 60 motorists spinning into ditches, medians and guardrails throughout the Northeastern North Carolina (NC) counties. The National Weather Service dropped its winter weather advisory Tuesday morning soon after conditions warmed enough to reduce the threat of dangerous black ice on the roads.

Sgt. Eddie Thomas of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the car was registered to a Wake County NC resident. The Sergeant said officials think they know the driver’s identity, but they were not releasing the name until they were absolutely certain. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. in the westbound lane of U.S. 264 Middlesex, North Carolina (NC).

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects.

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