TV 10 and Wavy.com reported, in December 2013, that a ceremony was held in Raleigh, the State Capitol of North Carolina, to remember those who were killed in 2012 traffic accidents. A “Tree of Life” had 1,271 white lights on it to honor those who were killed. There were an additional 442 red lights to honor those who were killed in North Carolina crashed that were alcohol related.
Sadly there will have to be another “Tree of Life” for 2013 victims. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the numbers of traffic-related deaths for 2013 are worse than for 2012. The good news is that, for 2013, the number of impaired driver fatalities is almost one-third less than it was for 2012.
The statistics for 2013 may get worse, though. AAA Carolinas estimates that close to 3 million North Carolinians will have traveled 50 miles or more for the Holiday period running from December 21, 2013 through Jan 1, 2014. The long distances combined with many drivers celebrating by drinking are likely to add to the fatalities. In 2012, 37 North Carolinians were killed during the 11- day Winter Holiday period. Over a third of the deaths involved a driver who was drunk. Over 40 percent who died were not wearing a seat belt.
If you’ve been injured in an accident this winter, or any time, you need the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Joe Miller has handled hundreds of accident cases for North Carolina and Virginia victims, and can put this experience to work for you. For the legal help you need for your car accident case, contact attorney Joe Miller of Joe Miller Law, Ltd., at (888) 694-1671 today and learn more about the legal options you have available to you in this situation.