Dare County, NC (May 16, 2021) – A teenager is dead and his father injured after a fiery car crash at the Outer Banks on Saturday. The accident took place around 2:50 p.m. on the Wright Memorial Bridge near Powells Points.
According to Kitty Hawk Fire Chief Mike Talley, a 17-year-old boy was driving a Jeep on the bridge when he lost control of his vehicle. The Jeep flipped over and came to rest before catching fire on the bridge. The teen became trapped inside the vehicle and died at the accident scene. His father, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Outer Banks Hospital with unknown injuries.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. According to 1st. Sgt. E.J. Forbes, the crash may have been caused due to a problem with the tires of the Jeep. Traffic in the eastbound lanes of the bridge was diverted to the westbound lanes while police investigated the crash. Motorists were told to expect delays.
There is no additional information available at this time.
We would like to offer our thoughts and most sincere condolences to the victims of this tragic car accident in the Outer Banks.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
Fatal crashes in North Carolina occur up to several times per day. In 2019, nearly 1,500 people tragically lost their lives due to car accidents on our roadways. The cause of each crash varies and must be carefully investigated by authorities at the scene. Vehicle equipment malfunctions, including tire blowouts, account for a percentage of serious and fatal crashes across our state each year. These collisions are often very serious in nature as the driver loses control of their vehicle. Tire blowouts can be caused by many factors, including improper installation, improper wear, extensive use, and poor design of the tire itself. Tire blowout accidents must also be carefully investigated in order to determine why the crash took place.
If you or a family member has been accident by a fatal car accident in North Carolina, you should seek legal help as soon as possible. Fatal accident cases tend to be extremely complicated and can involve many different factors. Often, an expert investigation is needed in order to develop facts about the crash that can support your legal claim. Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by your side is crucial when there is so much at stake.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton understands how to handle some of the most difficult accident cases. Mr. Burton has practiced in the area of car accidents and personal injury cases for nearly a decade. During that time, our firm has successfully recovered nearly 40 million dollars in total compensation for innocent victims and their families. We proudly represent crash victims who have been injured by the negligence of another person.
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