Most everybody understands that drinking and driving are incredibly dangerous. Drunk driving accidents are often severe and regularly result in victims sustaining significant injuries. Unfortunately, people lose their lives all too often in drunk driving crashes, as was the case for a local Charlotte woman involved in a recent crash. Here, we want to discuss what happened in this recent DUI crash as well as what you can do if you or a loved one are injured due to the actions of a drunk driver.
Tragic drunk driving accident in northeast Charlotte
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department most called to Reagan Drive and Ventura Way just after 6 p.m. on December 4, 2020. There, they found two cars with serious damage. Inside one of the cars was Malonda Caldron, 44, who was in the vehicle with her 3-year-old son. They were driving to the home of Caldron’s mother.
Police say that Caldron was stopped in the westbound lane of Reagan Drive and waiting to turn left onto Ventura Way Drive. That was when, according to police, Anthony Abron Jr., 62, slammed into the back of Caldron’s vehicle as he was traveling at a high rate of speed on Reagan Drive.
Brenda Caldron, Malonda’s mother, said that they had to cut Malonda out of the car. According to Brenda, “While they were cutting her out of the car, her heart stopped.”
Medical units rushed Malonda to the hospital, but she did not survive. Her son was also taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.
Drunk driving crashes are often severe
When we turn to data available from there North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that there were 15,500 total crashes across the state involving alcohol-impaired drivers during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 377 fatalities and 8,550 injuries.
Drunk driving crashes accounted for more than 25% of all traffic fatalities in North Carolina during the latest reporting year.
Those who do survive drunk driving crashes often sustain severe injuries. It is not uncommon for drunk driving crash victims to sustain the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Spinal cord trauma
- Other severe neck or back injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Additionally, drunk driving crash survivors often suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the incident and their injuries.
Contact our Charlotte DUI accident attorneys for help today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a drunk driver, contact an attorney for help with your case immediately. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team has extensive experience handling these tragic cases, and we have the resources necessary to help you and your family secure the compensation you are entitled to. This includes coverage of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Charlotte drunk driving accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.