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A gentleman named Timothy Dickens was tragically killed in a pedestrian versus vehicle crash on NC Highway 109 on Saturday morning.  The wreck happened as Mr. Dickens was walking along the fog line on the edge of the roadway when a Chevrolet pickup drifted over and struck him.

The pickup has been impounded and police are looking for the driver who was not identified.  Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at 800-233-3151.

 

A young man named Lucas Wigfall was tragically killed on Tuesday morning in a Fayetteville, North Carolina collision involving a stopped tractor-trailer.

The wreck happened on Raeford Road near Pinewood Terrace.  A tractor-trailer apparently became stuck on the side of the road and left its trailer portion protruding into the roadway.  The driver of the tractor-trailer had apparently failed to place any type of warning markers around his truck as required by USDOT Regulations as adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Mr. Wigfall, who was 26 years old and from Fayetteville, was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle that struck the trailer.  The driver of the vehicle, Janet Jackson, and two additional passengers were injured in the crash and taken to the hospital for treatment.

A very serious crash in Harnett County, North Carolina near Lillington and Buies Creek has resulted in several serious injuries including injuries to two Campbell University students.

The wreck happened at the intersection of Old Buies Creek Road and Sheriff Johnson Road when a car failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck.  Two victims from the crash were life-flighted to Duke University Medical Center and UNC Hospitals.  Two other victims were seriously injured.

Two of the victims are students at nearby Campbell University.

A very serious collision in Gastonia, North Carolina involving a tractor-trailer has resulted in one death.  The wreck happened around 6:50 pm on East Ozark Avenue near Pear Street not far from the Interstate 85 on-ramp.

Apparently, the tractor-trailer was pulling out of a parking area when a man driving a 2010 Pontiac hatchback went under the trailer as the tractor-trailer entered the roadway. The man driving the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene.

Our firm has handled similar cases where our client was killed in what is commonly known as an under-ride collision.  In these cases, it is important to gather evidence at the scene including information as to whether the trailer was sufficiently conspicuous to the on-coming vehicle.  In addition, understanding site lines for the two vehicles is very critical to understanding the potential liability of the drivers.

A young man named Gavin Johnson was tragically killed in a moped crash on Tuesday, November 19, near Franklin, North Carolina.

There is very little information available about this crash other than it involved a pickup truck and Mr. Johnson’s moped.  If we learn additional information about what happened in this crash, we will update this post.

A very serious accident in High Point NC has resulted in the death of a gentleman named Ronald Adams and injuries to his wife Miriam Adams.

The wreck happened on Thursday morning as Mr. and Mrs. Adams walked down a residential street.  As they were walking, they were hit by a woman who had failed to defrost her windshield before driving and, therefore, apparently did not see the Ronald and Miriam Adams.  The driver apparently crossed over the centerline and struck the two pedestrians.

This is a very sad case and this accident appears to have been preventable had the driver taken the time to ensure that she could see before driving.  Charges are pending against the driver.

A woman named Dorothea Ridenour was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Laurinburg, North Carolina last Wednesday.  The wreck happened around 5:30 am as Ms. Ridenour walked to work along US Highway 74 Business.  According to available information, as she was walking, a man driving a pickup hit her from behind knocking her into a ditch.

Available information indicates that Ms. Ridenour was wearing reflective clothing including a reflective shirt and a reflective hat.  She was found by co-workers from the plant where she worked when she did not make it into work that morning.

Police have located the vehicle involved in the collision and the vehicle is associated with Aberdeen Coca-Cola Bottling Company.  The driver of the vehicle is expected to be charged in the collision.

A series of motorcycle accidents on Interstate 77 near Huntersville, North Carolina is being attributed to uneven pavement on the roadway.  Huntersville, North Carolina police have indicated that as many as 5 separate motorcycle accidents along the stretch of Interstate 77 near Hambright Road are the result of uneven pavement including one accident that resulted in a fatality last Saturday night.  The company that is serving as the general contractor for the project has been fined almost $7 million for the project.

There are number of NCDOT regulations that apply to to resurfacing operations that are often violated during pavement operations.  Among other regulations, for any pavement deviations of 2 inches or less, all resurfaced lanes must be brought to the same elevation within 72 hours.  If the lanes are not brought to the same elevation within 72 hours, UNEVEN PAVEMENT signs must be placed in advance of the uneven pavement and along the uneven pavement section of the roadway.  Also, for any paving lifts greater than 2 inches, all lanes must be brought to the same elevation within the same level by the end of the work day.

At this time, we cannot determine whether the uneven pavement was appropriate under the NCDOT rules and regulations.  However, the excessive number of motorcycle crashes is very concerning.  Our firm is currently litigating a series of motorcycle crash cases involving uneven pavement at a highway resurfacing operation on a highway in western North Carolina that appears to be very similar to the situation on Interstate 77.

Roadway defects and highway defects in North Carolina can cause very serious injuries.  Uneven pavement during resurfacing operations is one type of roadway defect that has resulted in numerous serious crashes in North Carolina.  Other types of roadway defects that have resulted in serious crashes include shoulder drop offs, excessively sharp curves, potholes, improper road design causing pooling of water due to lack of drainage, excessive gravel or debris on roadways.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has very specific rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure proper roadway construction and maintenance.  However, not every contractor employed by the NCDOT follows the rules and serious accidents are sometimes the result.  Our firm is currently litigating a very significant roadway defect case arising from an improper resurfacing project that resulted in serious injuries and one death.

The lawyers at Hendren Redwine & Malone work hard on roadway defect cases to ensure a fair recovery for injured victims.  Attorney Mike Malone has multiple degrees in civil engineering including a PhD from NC State.  Our lawyers put our knowledge and experience to work in each North Carolina roadway defect claim.  We work with top engineers to ensure that every roadway defect claim gets the best representation possible.

A UPS driver has now been charged in the accident that killed a woman named Julie Jenkins on Halloween night in Burke County, North Carolina.

The wreck happened in Interstate 40 when the UPS truck rear-ended the car that Ms. Jenkins was riding in.  The UPS driver has been charged with a failure to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The limited information about this wreck does not provide any additional facts about why the UPS driver may have failed to reduce speed.  If we learn more information about this tragic wreck, we will update this post.

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