Tragic Three-Vehicle Crash Kills One on Sunset Road in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC)
CHARLOTTE, NC- Wbtv.com writes that one person died following a wreck that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The incident occurred in the afternoon when a man in a Chevrolet Avalanche struck a westbound Nissan Altima from behind. The impact sent the Altima spinning into the eastbound traffic lanes and caused it to collide with the motorcycle.*
The victim, a 52-year-old man, died at the scene of the wreck. Police filed multiple charges against the man operating the Avalanche, including misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and multiple drug-related offenses. One of the other victims in the collision sustained severe life-threatening injuries. In total, two of the victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. The intersection remained closed for several hours while crews worked to investigate and clear the wreckage.
One way that driving is becoming safer is through improving technology. Forward collision warning systems are a type of technology that can reduce the chances of a crash by alerting the driver of the need to stop or slow down prior to an impact. If the driver is getting to close to something, the vehicle's sensors will activate an audio and/or visual display, which is often enough for a distracted driver to refocus and act before it is too late.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends these systems for all drivers as they have the ability to prevent collisions and potentially save lives. These systems do not actually activate the brakes themselves, though. Automatic emergency braking systems are able to brake even if the driver fails to react to warnings. The NHTSA also recommends these systems.
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