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North Carolina considering bill to alter trucking regulations

Many people think that trucks are safer than all other forms of transportation due to the fact that most truckers are more experienced and better trained than other drivers who drive personal vehicles. On the other hand, a truck accident also has a greater chance of causing extreme devastation, accidents and fatalities due to the size of the vehicle.

A new trucking law has been proposed in North Carolina that states that the truckers are allowed to operate the truck on the road for a longer time period than what was allowed previously. The new law would also increase the maximum length of trucks that are allowed on state roads. However, the new law has encountered opposition by many Raleigh residents who believe that the proposed change would create more truck accidents than before.

Reckless driving is one of the major causes of car accidents

Reckless driving is one of the worst forms of traffic violations. Traffic violations involving reckless driving include speeding, not stopping at traffic signals, tailgating and randomly changing lanes without using the proper signals to warn other drivers on the road. Such reckless driving has the potential not only to cause accidents with other vehicles, but also accidents that involve pedestrians.

At our law firm we have seen many cases in which the victim of a car accident that was caused by reckless driving was able to recover compensation because the person experienced personal injury. This is often the case even when the law enforcement officials did not cite the driver for any criminal charge.

Liability in the event of a North Carolina tour bus accident

Many tourists visit North Carolina's attractions and beautiful countryside every year, and oftentimes they come in large groups that hire tour buses to explore the various points of interest found in the state. A tour bus involved in an accident can be damaging on many fronts, because out-of-state victims may not know state motor vehicle laws or who to contact in case of an accident. Tour buses, much like any other large vehicle, can cause greater destruction in the event of accident as opposed to smaller personal vehicles.

Liability for tour bus accidents is mostly similar to that of any other large commercial vehicle, such as a truck or commuter bus. Commercial drivers are subjected to more stringent driving regulations due to the nature of their jobs. For commercial drivers of any type of vehicle, the legal permissible level of blood alcohol is 0.04 percent, as opposed to the 0.08 percent limit set for adult non-commercial drivers.

MAY IS BIKE MONTH

As the weather warms up, more and more bicyclists are sharing the road with motorists. Because bicycles are vehicles, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other drivers, this includes DWI laws.  Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane.

Driver charged after fatal accident on wet NC Highway 42

The loss of a family member is rarely easy for those left behind, but the experience is typically much worse when the death resulted from negligence on the part of another. One recent Johnston County accident has probably left one family in anguish and considering what the future holds.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 33-year-old Clayton woman was killed and her teenage daughter was injured on North Carolina Highway 42 when the woman's sports utility vehicle struck a utility trailer. The fatal accident happened when an eastbound pickup truck was speeding and passed several vehicles while trying to merge with traffic. With road surfaces wet from rain, the pickup driver lost control and his vehicle crossed traffic, striking the guardrail of the westbound lane. His truck and trailer ended up in the westbound lane where the trailer was struck by the victim's vehicle. That impact of collision caused the trailer to detach from the pickup; the trailer was then struck by a third vehicle.

What does North Carolina law say about texting and driving?

Every year many car accidents occur in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the rest of the county, as a result of distracted driving. Nowadays, one of the major reasons for such distractions is mobile phones, which most people have with them all the time. Receiving frequent texting and social media messages on mobile phones means that such people are often unable to put devices away when they are supposed to be concentrating on driving.

Authorities in North Carolina and in the rest of the country understand the seriousness of the threat posed by texting and driving. Many state laws ban the use of handheld devices for texting while driving a motor vehicle. The laws pertaining to texting and driving in North Carolina are listed under Statutes § 20-137.4A.

The right approach when handling truck accident cases

The scene that follows a tractor-trailer crash can be chaotic. Frequently, people injured in a truck accident require emergency care. At the same time, emergency crews are busy cleaning up the scene and law enforcement officials are investigating what happened and ensuring that they identify who may have been responsible. This situation is common everywhere, including in North Carolina.

Figuring out who or what caused a truck accident and who is liable for compensation for medical expenses and property damage can be difficult. Victims and their families are understandably busy dealing with injuries, and surviving family members are dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one.

Can train-truck coordination avert truck accidents?

Truck accidents, whether they occur in North Carolina or anywhere else in the nation, can be quite disastrous. A truck accident can injure or kill more people simply because of the truck's sheer size. In North Carolina, tractor-trailer and railroad accidents have, unfortunately, become far too common. Although the U.S. has rolled out a high-tech system to stop train-tractor crashes, it may still take five more years for that system to be implemented.

Some railroad experts believe that a train and truck accident cannot be averted with this high-tech system. They believe in a common sense solution, and that both truck and train companies should talk to each other when trucks approach railroad crossings. In a recent accident in North Carolina, an Amtrak train struck a tractor-trailer at a crossing, injuring 55 passengers. There was no advance warning that the truck had stopped on the track.

What are the steps for getting a CDL in North Carolina?

Residents of North Carolina understand that driving a commercial vehicle requires different skills than driving a non-commercial vehicle. Because of their sheer size, a commercial vehicle accident, delivery truck accident or a garbage truck accident is more likely to result in severe injuries, or even death, than a non-commercial vehicle accident.

In order to get a Commercial Drivers License, or CDL, a commercial vehicle driver needs to get a CDL learner permit first. A CDL permit is valid for six months and has a limit of two permits over the course of two years. A person seeking a CDL learner permit needs to be at least 18 years of age and must possess a valid classified driver license. For operations requiring a medical card, only drivers who are 21 years of age can apply for CDL learner permit. Another requirement for a CDL learner permit is to be accompanied by a licensed CDL driver who has the proper license class.

Attorneys help North Carolina motorcycle accident victims

Any North Carolina resident who has ridden a motorcycle for any length of time probably has a tale or two of a close brush with death. Despite the freedom and sense of adventure they offer riders, motorcycles also hold out the possibility of injury and death because they provide little in the way of protection to riders.

In fact, the possibility of being seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident is much higher than in crashes involving other motor vehicles. Injuries can be severe and may require long-term medical care and treatment. In many cases, motorcyclists are left with permanent disabilities and are unable to work again. Huge medical bills and loss of income can mean big financial problems for a family.