Police say an accident that left two North Carolina residents hospitalized was caused when one of the motorists lost control of his car when it hydroplaned. According to police reports, that accident occurred shortly after 6:21 p.m. when a 19-year-old man's car hydroplaned, causing it veer over a median and into oncoming traffic. The car then struck a pickup truck with a glancing blow before slamming head-on into a sedan.
The sedan's 23-year-old driver suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby medical facility, where he remained in critical condition at last report. The other driver sustained minor injuries; he was treated at the scene before traveling to the hospital to be with his 19-year-old passenger, who was transported there to be treated for minor injuries. Police say the 54-year-old driver of the pickup truck was not hurt in the accident, though his truck incurred minor damage.
Investigators believe the poor state of the vehicle's tires likely contributed to the serious accident. While police reportedly ruled that drugs, alcohol and electronic devices were not involved in the crash, one driver was cited for operating a vehicle with no insurance and driving at unsafe speed for heavy rain.
Investigators estimate that both vehicles involved in the head-on crash were traveling at about 50 miles per hour in the moments leading up to the crash. It is unclear whether any of the injured parties were wearing safety belts at the time of the accident.
Thousands of people are hurt in traffic accidents in North Carolina every year, some of whom suffer such catastrophic injuries as spinal fractures, brain damage and severe soft tissue wounds. In some cases, such victims may be able to secure compensation for their injuries by filing personal injury lawsuits. Individuals interested in such a course of action should contact a qualified legal representative to learn more.
Source: The Dispatch, "Vehicle hydroplanes, head-on collision occurs," Darrick Ignasiak, Dec. 20, 2012