According to statistics gathered by the Highway Patrol, four people were killed in car crashes over the recent holiday snowstorm in North Carolina. Initial reports confirm that a Greenville, North Carolina (NC) boy died in a Cleveland County car wreck and there was also a fatal car crash in Onslow County, North Carolina during the storm. WITN News reported that the 6yr old Greenville, North Carolina boy was riding in a truck with his mother when it hit a patch of ice on an overpass on U.S. 70 near Clayton in Johnston County. The vehicle flipped which lead to the child’s death.
In Onslow County, North Carolina, one person was killed in a single car wreck on Highway 210 near Snead’s Ferry, NC Additionally, there were two other deaths in Charlotte and in Sanford, where a 7-year-old old pedestrian was killed. The victim in the Onslow County crash has been identified as 49-year-old David Stuchal Jr. Authorities say his father, 76-year-old David Stuchal, was driving when the vehicle slid off the road and overturned.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions. It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
As with all serious injury or wrongful death cases, it is especially crucial to seek out professional legal advice in car accident cases and we have the experienced injury attorneys to evaluate your claim. Our firm is ready to assist you in reviewing your specific situation to see if your claim meets our criteria. In North Carolina, as well as every other state, there are laws on how long you have to file a suit also. Don’t hesitate, call our toll free number and get confidential legal advice. We cannot usually assist a driver who merely loses control of their own car in ice or snow, but do not overlook that all passengers may have claims against a driver that fails to keep their car or SUV under proper control, and bad weather requires extra caution and slower speed of course.
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