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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

Distracted driving said to have same effect as hangover

Drivers may experience a so-called "hangover effect," where their brain remains distracted for up to 27 seconds after talking or texting, according to a study prepared by the AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety. Accordingly, distracted driving is joining other reckless conduct like drunk driving and speeding as the cause of many traffic accident deaths and injuries.

This hangover effect has previously unforeseen consequences. Text messaging, making phone calls or updating social media while parked or at a stop light still impedes the driver's concentration after the car begins moving again. This often causes inattention blindness, where a distracted driver is looking at the road but is still not seeing pedestrians, other vehicles, cyclists, traffic lights, stop signs or anything else in front of them.

Age and distractions drive up traffic deaths

Recent car accident statistics provide distressing news for drivers in this state. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported an 8.1 percent rise in traffic deaths from car accidents between 2015 and 2016.

The NCDOT found that there were over 1,600 fatal car accidents in the state in 2015, which was an increase from the 1,385 deaths reported one year earlier. The number of car accident injuries also grew by 12 percent for that period. This increase was attributed to distracted driving and older drivers. A spokesperson for The Insurance Federation of North Carolina said that these statistics were alarming. These figures are also consistent with national trends, according to the IFNC.

Raleigh police chase leaves adult, teenage girl dead

A police pursuit in the Raleigh area ended in tragedy recently, with two people dying. The young man who started the police chase by driving away from officers is also in serious condition, although he is expected to survive and face multiple criminal charges for his actions.

Police attempted to stop the young man after catching him speeding. Although he initially pulled over, he took off again before police could approach his vehicle. During the chase, the driver traveled at about 75 miles per hour and also drove the wrong way, ran a red light, and even went off the road to avoid a police roadblock.

Motorcycle accident victims need help recovering from injuries

A previous post on this blog reminded Cary, North Carolina, residents to be on the lookout for motorcycles on the area's roads as the weather warms up during the spring months. Unfortunately, although it is a relatively simple thing to watch out for motorcycles, many North Carolina motorists will forget to do so and thereby cause an accident.

Serious injuries can and often do result from a motorcycle accident. For instance, even when a rider wears a helmet, and especially if he or she chooses not to, there is real possibility for serious head injury. The most serious head injuries can leave a person dead or permanently comatose, but brain injuries can affect people's lives in many other ways.

Handling a workers' comp denial in North Carolina

As a law enforcement officer, you know that your job comes with inherent risks. Getting injured while on the job is fairly high probability. Perhaps you recently injured your back while trying to handcuff a suspect that was resisting. While you only required a bit of rest and relaxation after the strain, what happens if you suffer a catastrophic injury? You know that you are entitled to workers' compensation if you suffer an injury while on duty, but what do you do if the insurance company denies your claim?

Workers' compensation denials happen more often than you might think. Fortunately, you do have rights and options when it comes to receiving compensation for a work-related accident. A local North Carolina attorney with personal injury experience can help you if the insurance company denies your workers' compensation claim. Read further for the next steps you should take after a denial of benefits.

Motorcycle season is on the horizon - stay alert

With the warmer weather of March soon arriving in the Cary, North Carolina, area, motorists need to remind themselves to be on the alert for motorcycles on the area's roads. After all, a motorcycle accident involving a larger vehicle can easily, and often does, leave a motorcyclist seriously injured or even dead. It is therefore important at this time of the year for other driver to refresh themselves on some important safety tips for sharing the road with motorcycles.

Perhaps the two most important tips for other motorists are to make sure to give motorcycles plenty of following distance and to be particularly mindful of the presence of motorcycles when making a left turn.

Speeding suspect in area injury car accident

It is often easy to focus on drunk or distracted driving as the cause of serious and even fatal accidents in the Cary, North Carolina. Sometimes, however, a serious accident can result from just driving too fast for the conditions.

After all, speed limits are posted, alongside North Carolina roads not just to give police a reason to write tickets. They are posted as warnings to people that going over those speed limits is likely to endanger other motorists. People who choose to speed on North Carolina's roads do so not only at their own risk, but also to the detriment of everyone else on the road.

School bus safety, an ongoing North Carolina problem

Although this blog has discussed the possible devastating losses a bus or other commercial vehicle accident can cause, some residents of Cary, North Carolina, may not think about school bus accidents. This is especially true for those accidents involving unprotected children moving toward or away from the bus.

Too many people in North Carolina ignore the rule about stopping in the presence of a school bus when its stop arm is extended. In recent years, bus drivers reported that over 3,000 vehicles illegally passed or otherwise failed to stop for a school bus when they were legally required to do so. This statistic only marked an ongoing problem with people frequently ignoring both North Carolina law and basic concepts of safety and good sense.

Representing spinal cord injury victims after truck accidents

A previous post on this blog discussed the potential impact spinal cord injuries can have on a Cary, North Carolina, resident after he or she suffers one in the course of a serious car or truck accident. Indeed, while serious spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of contexts, one need only think about the sheer size of a truck compared to car to realize the risk of a serious injury to the back or neck whenever a truck is involved in an accident.

In serious spinal cord injuries, the victim will suffer quadriplegia or paraplegia, that is, complete and permanent paralysis of all four limbs or from the waist down as the case may be. At a minimum, this type of injury means having to use a wheelchair for life, and it can also mean needing help with even the most basic things like eating.

"Microsleep" can cause commercial vehicle accidents

Last week's post discussed the rules North Carolina truckers must follow on how long they can drive before stopping for an extended break. The idea of these regulations is that fatigued driving is dangerous, so those who driver large vehicles must stop to sleep from time-to-time to avoid commercial truck accidents.

Especially for the truck driver on a tight delivery schedule, however, there is still the temptation to believe that someone who is tired is simply a little slow on the draw and bleary eyed. In other words, some might think lack of sleep is nothing that cannot be cured with a shower, a large cup of coffee and a little bit of heightened attention behind the wheel.