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Driver charged in Charlotte traffic jam death

Many drivers may think of the winding roads in the Great Smoky Mountains or the crowded avenues near the ocean when they are concerned about driving hazards in North Carolina. But one of the largest dangers to drivers are the busy interstate highways and other multilane roads that combine several types of vehicles and unexpected slowdowns.

Delays are common on the Outer Loop, a ring road that wraps Interstate 485 around metropolitan Charlotte. Cars backed up from an exit in the northern part of the city onto the highway. A sports utility vehicle came up to the jam too quickly and struck the back of a sedan, which then spun across open lanes to be hit by another car. The driver of the first car was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Charlotte-based 46-year-old driver of the SUV was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The driver told officers that his visors, which were lowered to screen the evening sun, blocked his view of traffic at a farther range. Although drivers are generally solely responsible for their behavior on the road, design flaws may also be considered causes for specific types of accidents.

Victims of car accidents and the surviving family of people killed on the road have the right to claim the financial damages they need to recover. This can include reimbursement for related expenses as well as compensation for pain or loss of companionship. An attorney can help weigh these options from a new perspective and offer the required legal assistance.

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