Tuesday, 11 of December of 2018

Deadly Asheville Accident Blamed On Driver Juggling Three Cellphones

By Jim LewisVA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

A deadly accident in Asheville, NC was likely caused by a driver trying to juggle using three different cellphones during morning rush hour. The accident, which occurred earlier this month on I-40, involved three vehicles and left two people with injuries and the distracted driver dead.

Officials with the Asheville Police Department say that investigators discovered three cellphones in the car of the vehicle that caused the accident. Two of the phones were open and found on the floor in front of the driver, Donna Evans May, and a third was found in the woman’s purse.

Police say that May was headed east on I-40 in thick traffic in her Ford Thunderbird when she rear-ended a Land Rover and pushed it into a third vehicle, a Ford minivan. May was going too fast for the traffic conditions and did not see that the Land Rover had come to a stop given that she was paying attention to her multiple phones. Two passengers in the Land Rover were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. May was critically injured and was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

According to AAA, using a cellphone while driving more than quadruples your risk of being involved in a car accident. Every day distracted driving contributes to more than 8,000 car accidents, far too many given how easily prevented the accidents are.

The recent accident should serve as an important moment to remind North Carolina drivers about remaining focused when behind the wheel. Given the endless distractions available to us all, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous driving is, especially for young and inexperienced drivers. Being alert, avoiding unnecessary distractions and remembering the rules of the road will help keep everyone safer on North Carolina highways.

Helpful Info:

If you lost a family member in a terrible North Carolina car, motorcycle or truck wreck caused by a distracted driver, it’s critical that you reach out to an experienced attorney who has successfully handled similar cases. The attorneys at my firm recently recovered nearly $70,000 for one of our clients, a student at a university in Norfolk, VA, who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a distracted driver.

If you’ve been injured in a North Carolina (NC) car crash, consider reading this article which covers many of the basic questions and concerns raised by those involved in auto accidents.

Have Questions?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a North Carolina car accident you likely don’t know where to turn for advice. The following answers to common frequently asked questions can help provide some basic information about why it’s important to obtain legal counsel after suffering an unexpected car accident.

Here’s a map showing the location of the I-40 accident:

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