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Death of 11-year-old shows mailbox danger zone

| Sep 15, 2010 | Car Accidents |

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The recent tragic death of an 11-year-old girl who was struck in a hit-and-run accident near Lexington, North Carolina, is an example of a hazard that everyone should keep in mind. It’s a place where drivers and pedestrians regularly come in close proximity:

The roadside mailbox.

According to the Highway Patrol, Emily Nicole Locklear was crossing N.C. 150 to go check the mail just after 6 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2010 at the entrance to Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park. She was struck by a 2002 Acura being driven southbound by 19-year-old Chrystal Michelle Luck, news reports said.

The impact was so severe that the child was thrown over 100 feet, and her shoes were knocked off her feet.

The Highway Patrol said Luck failed to remain at the scene and charges are pending against her, news reports said. A spokeswoman for the Highway Patrol said a preliminary report indicated that hit-and-run driving was involved.

Mailbox-related crashes are common. Some facts about them from the Federal Highway Administration:

  • They are more likely to happen to children and the elderly.
  • They are likely to occur in rural areas.
  • They usually happen on higher-speed roads.
  • They are more likely to result in serious or fatal injury.

Everyone should be aware of the mailbox as a danger zone.
Motorists should remember as they drive that mailboxes are a likely place for a pedestrian to appear. Not only should drivers be on the lookout, but the presence of mailboxes should be a warning to slow down.
People walking to and from their mailbox should be aware that they in a dangerous place. Keep careful watch in both directions, and don’t linger in front of your mailbox. How many times have you seen people take a moment to flip through their mail while standing on or near the roadway (or even done it yourself)?

If you have kids or elderly relatives who walk to get the mail, make sure they know the rules of staying safe. Very young children and older people who have issues with memory and awareness should not be out there.

The news is full of stories of people being hurt or killed at their mailboxes. And these don’t necessarily have to be high-speed accidents. Slow-moving vehicles such as a car that has stopped and has started moving again, farm equipment, or a city truck backing up can be a deadly hazard as well, as these linked stories illustrate.

Has your life been disrupted by an accident causing serious injury or death? Do you or someone you know need a lawyer’s counsel? You can get help at the Egerton Law website. The Egerton Law firm and its personal injury attorneys want to help you. Call us at 336-273-0508 or 800-800-4LAW. E-mail us at [email protected]

Facts about the Egerton Law firm:

  • We have built a tradition of helping injured people and their families since the firm was established in 1956.
  • We have handled cases in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, New York, the District of Columbia, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and U.S. District Court. We have fought cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Firm founder Lawrence Egerton has a personal understanding of the challenges someone faces after being hurt in a wreck, having suffered a serious injury in a rear-end collision in 1996.
  • Our website offers resources on legal issues, informational videos, and a free download of Lawrence’s book “Don’t Follow Too Close.”

 

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  • Pressuring you to give a statement? (Don’t give a statement without consulting us.)
  • Refusing to get you a rental car?
  • Making it hard for you to get medical payments?
  • Generally giving you a hard time?

 

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