Distracted driving accidents on North Carolina roadways cause many injuries each year, and the National Safety Council says that texting while driving plays a role in about 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The success of the iPhone has allowed Apple to earn the business of 40 percent of American smartphone buyers, but that market dominance could come at a cost if a group of California residents prevail in a class action lawsuit filed against the company.
Motorists in North Carolina and around the country who get behind the wheel after only four or five hours of sleep have approximately the same chances of being involved in a collision as drunk drivers, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released on Dec. 6. This level of fatigue makes a crash four times more likely according to the research group, and even motorists who sleep for five or six hours before driving are twice as likely to be involved in an accident.
Many people travel to different states during the holiday period to visit family and friends, and with more cars on the road, the risk of accidents increase. A car insurance website has examined 2015 statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to create a ranking of the states with the worst drivers. North Carolina residents will be interested to learn that their southern neighbor, South Carolina, is third on the list. Texas and Louisiana are tied for first place.
North Carolina motorists who drive aggressively place themselves and others around them at a heightened risk of being involved in traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving occurs when a driver commits several traffic offenses in a way that endangers the lives or property of others.
Smartphones are a daily part of life in the 21st century, but several government studies show that these gadgets are also making highways more hazardous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics that show that after years of declining, the number of traffic fatalities in 2015 increased by more than 7 percent from the prior year. North Carolina parents of teenage drivers may be dismayed to learn that the number among that young demographic increased by 10 percent, which was the highest percentage increase of any age group.
On Oct. 5, U.S. Department of Transportation officials laid out a plan that could ultimately set the bar for safety on roadways in North Carolina and elsewhere across the country to the highest possible standard. The department's statement was released in connection with the Obama administration's goal of eliminating all vehicle-related injuries and deaths in this nation within the next three decades.
Automakers are rolling out smarter cars that boast advanced technology and innovative safety features at a time when members of the baby boom generation in North Carolina and across the nation are first beginning to reach 70 years of age. According to the associate director of the New England University Transportation Center and research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab, technology that cuts down on the likelihood of an accident or that enhances the mobility of this next generation of older adults can help keep the elderly behind the wheel longer, which could preserve their sense of autonomy and independence.
With the advent of improved safety features and better enforcement of traffic laws, accidents have declined in North Carolina substantially over the numbers from 20 years ago. However, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents around the country actually increased over the number of people who were killed in collisions in 2014.
A North Carolina driver who has been in a car accident might want to retain a lawyer. Such victims should understand that there are a number of documents a lawyer may want to see. Being prepared with all the necessary information could help facilitate the legal process.
A head-on accident involving three vehicles on the morning of Aug. 18 on North Carolina Highway 68 left two road users dead and debris scattered across the busy roadway. An additional two vehicles were damaged when their drivers were unable to avoid pieces of the wreckage. The accident caused traffic to be halted in both directions as rescue workers and investigators went about their duties.