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What actions should a victim take after a car accident?

Every year, North Carolina residents often witness their fair share of car accidents on the road. Although police and transportation safety authorities implement measures to help keep motorists and pedestrians safe, these measures may not be enough. A car accident may result in severe injuries and in the subsequent period of time that follows, it may be essential to keep certain facts in mind.

One of the most important things to remember is that leaving the scene of an accident, especially one that may have resulted in death or injury, can cause serious legal consequences. It may, therefore, be considered a wise decision to leave the scene of the accident at the appropriate time, after the police have arrived.

Employers' role in preventing commercial vehicle accidents

A commercial vehicle accident can have a greater number of legal implications than a personal car accident, given that the incident may also directly affect the driver's employer. A report from 2010 showed that motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of work-related fatalities and accounted for almost one-quarter of occupational injuries that were fatal.

Commercial vehicle accidents also seem to have a huge financial impact on the employer of the injured party. Studies showed that, on average, an employer may have to incur costs of nearly $200,000 for each incident of property damage and personal injury.

What issues can cause a vehicle to be recalled?

There are many factors that can lead to a car accident. In many situations, a driver may do something negligent, such as failing to observe a stop sign or speeding, which can cause a collision. However, despite the fact that many accidents are attributed to those involved, it is important to remember that vehicles themselves can have issues, either in design or in manufacture, which can also cause accidents.

To combat these types of issues, Congress granted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- a division of the Department of Transportation -- the authority to require recalls for vehicles. There are two main things that can lead to recalls. First, there may be a defect in a vehicle or related equipment that can cause a safety hazard. Second, a vehicle or related equipment may not meet the minimum standards set forth by the federal government.

Federal regulations to prevent North Carolina truck accidents

North Carolina traffic ccidents involving massive vehicles, like trucks, can easily lead to disastrous injuries or death, simply due to the enormous force of the impact.

There are many reasons why events might conclude in a catastrophic truck accident, which then often requires a victim to speak with an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. Such incidents can sometimes be attributed to truck driver fatigue. Given the nature of their jobs, truck drivers might often ignore getting the necessary amount of sleep in order to meet delivery deadlines.

How can a motorcycle accident be prevented?

Due to the unique nature of a motorcycle and its rider, there are a variety of causes of motorcycle accidents. A motorcycle may give the rider freedom unavailable to car drivers, but the dangers motorcycle riders have to encounter are not the same as other vehicles.

One peculiar issue faced by motorcyclists is the problem of visual recognition by other drivers in poor weather conditions. In addition, road hazards such as puddles, potholes, debris, oil slicks, ruts, railroad tracks, uneven pavement, or large objects on the road are more dangerous for motorcyclists. The rider's skills often come into play while riding a motorcycle.

Fatal North Carolina car crash leaves passenger hospitalized

Authorities in North Carolina have implemented various safety measures in order to reduce the number of car accidents that cause injuries or deaths. Car crashes are often the result of intoxicated driving, inattentiveness, negligence and inexperience, among other reasons.

In numerous road accidents occurring over the past few months, many North Carolina drivers and passengers have been injured or have lost their lives. Even after road safety and security measures were tightened by state troopers, accidents seem to continue to be a common occurrence on North Carolina roadways.

DOT targets commercial vehicle accident reduction

In the wake of an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in North Carolina and the rest of U.S., the time has come for authorities to analyze the reasons and circumstances under which such collisions occur. In order to ensure the safety of commercial vehicle drivers, as well as all drivers on the road, necessary steps are imminent and steps are already being taken to reduce commercial vehicle accidents.

Recently, one such measure has been initiated by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The department has asked commercial vehicle drivers to get their USDOT physicals performed by certified medical professionals. It has mandated that the health professionals be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Woman charged after fatal motorcycle accident in North Carolina

Motorcycle crashes are often caused by the negligence of other drivers. This negligence can take the shape of excessive speeding, failure to maintain control of one's vehicle, general unawareness on the road or failure to yield, among other reasons.

In a recent motorcycle accident in North Carolina, a woman was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. According to police reports, the woman was driving at excessive speed when the accident occurred. The victim of the accident was on a moped when the accused struck him with her car.

Multi-vehicle crash in North Carolina leaves two dead

Motor vehicle accidents account for large number of fatalities every year throughout the United States, including North Carolina. These accidents can be attributed to a multitude of factors including reckless driving, drunk driving, and distracted driving, among others.

Around 3 p.m. on the afternoon of July 15, a three vehicle crash in the Fort Bragg Training area in North Carolina claimed the lives of two people. The civilians who died in the crash were not affiliated with the military, according to the news release from Fort Bragg. A police investigation revealed that one of the victims, 28-years-old, was driving down Vass Road west-bound, when he reportedly attempted to pass another vehicle and collided head on with a car travelling in the opposite direction. Following the collision, a semitrailer truck struck the two vehicles, splitting the cars in half.

North Carolina multi-vehicle crash leaves six injured

Car accidents are not uncommon in North Carolina. The myriad causes of car crashes include driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, intentional speeding and also texting while driving. Sometimes car crashes result in catastrophic injuries and insurmountable pain and suffering for the car accident victim.

Recently, however, a different story unfolded altogether. The end result of an early morning chase by police was a multi-vehicle accident. According to reports, the police had information regarding a crime suspect staying in a local inn, which led authorities to promptly initiate pursuit. The wanted man attempted to escape from the police who kept up the chase until it ended on a local highway with a crash injuring several people, including the suspect.

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