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A wrong way car accident in Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC) led to serious, potentially life threatening injuries and one tragic fatality, and this is a topic of various prior posts highlighting the dangers of wrong way drivers.

Robert Brigman was traveling north on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC) when his car traveled over the center lane and hit a van head on. The van was driven by 72-year-old James Reeves. Reeves was airlifted to University of North Carolina Hospitals where he is being treated for serious injuries. Tragically, Robert Brigman died at the scene of the car accident. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Head on collisions are often fatal. Statistics show that head on collisions account for 2% of all car accidents but make up 10% of all car accident fatalities. In a typical head on collision, neither driver has the time to brake. This means that the impact of the crash is doubled which results in serious injuries or even death.

James Reeves was likely hit without about a fraction of a second warning. While the final investigation has not been completed by North Carolina police investigators, the scope of Reeves’ injuries imply the accident was sudden. Reeves likely faces a lengthy hospital stay and significant recovery time due to his age and the nature of the car accident. Tragically, Reeves and his family may face a large hospital bill, missed work hours, and a difficult recovery period.

Under NC statutes, a driver that crosses the center line or a lane of travel, and enters the other driver’s lane, is in violation of the law (unless some sudden emergency can be proven). A personal injury attorney can prove the liability of the at fault driver, and investigate all available sources of insurance recovery.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law. Our law firm has offices in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC) as well as Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys have handled thousands of automobile negligence cases like these. We would be pleased to send you one of our FREE reports about car accident cases, including our special report on distracted driving or our Best Guide to Car Accident Injuries in North Carolina. Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, VA, SC, WV, KY and DC. We provide free initial confidential injury case consultations by phone, so call us toll free at 1-800-752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard, as well as the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.


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