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Wrong-way driver causes head-on crash on I-40 in North Carolina

Accidents often leave behind a trail of trauma and serious injuries that may take months and even years to recover from. The pain and suffering can get especially aggravated when these accidents are caused by reckless and drunk driving.

According to statistics, in the United States, nearly 30 people die every day in crashes involving alcohol-impaired driving. In North Carolina alone, there have been several accidents due to negligent driving this year.

An alleged drunk driver drove the wrong way for several miles down Interstate 40 in Orange County, North Carolina, before colliding head on with a pick-up truck in the wee hours of the morning in early May 2014. The truck driver swerved, trying to avoid the oncoming Honda Civic when the crash occurred. State troopers say that two people, including the woman driving the Civic, were injured. The latter was in the ICU recovering from serious internal injuries and a broken wrist when reports last came in.

Troopers added that the accident resulted in major traffic problems. Westbound lanes of the Orange County interstate remained closed for almost an hour.

Stringent and effective measures are needed to prevent crashes involving alcohol-impaired driving. One such measure is to increase the number of sobriety checkpoints. Assessing the level of a driver's impairment at traffic stops by law enforcement officers more frequently could help reduce alcohol-related crashes significantly.

If one is involved in such an unfortunate accident, it is critical to consider immediately contacting an attorney. With an experienced attorney's advice and guidance, it may be far easier to deal with the injuries, medical expenses and lost wages that are bound to follow these accidents.

Source: ABC Local"Wrong-way driver accident shuts down I-40 in Orange County,"May 2, 2014

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