4 People Dead and 1 Critically Injured in Crash on NC 42 in Edgecombe County
Speeding was probably a factor in an accident on NC 42 east of Pinetops that killed 4 people and injured one, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The Edgecombe County accident is still under investigation.
Speeding is a factor in about 30 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Speeding is defined to include crashes in which:
- the driver was issued a traffic citation for speeding; or
- the driver-related factors indicated speed as a factor (driving too fast for conditions, racing or exceeding the posted speed limit).
To determine if a driver was going too fast for conditions, several factors are considered, including the weather, whether the car was approaching a hill crest, whether the road was narrow or winding, whether it was a construction zone, and road hazards.
Our lawyers look at tire marks on the road and other evidence at the scene of the accident to determine if the at-fault driver was speeding. These markings (or the lack of them) can also provide evidence as to whether the driver was distracted.
The preliminary investigation found that the driver of a Toyota sedan was heading east on NC 42 when he crossed the center line and hit head-on a Mazda sedan traveling west. 4 people were killed. The families of the passengers have wrongful death claims, and can seek compensation and justice from the driver’s insurance company and possibly others. One man was airlifted to a hospital with serious personal injuries.