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The financial impact of fatal accidents on North Carolina

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are one of the top ten causes of death every year in the United States. Drivers and passengers from all age groups, including children, women, men and senior citizens, are vulnerable while using our roads and can become victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Residents of Cary, North Carolina, probably know that more than 1,000 North Carolinians lose their lives in fatal accidents every year. This not only impacts the victim's family and friends emotionally, but financially, as well, since medical costs can run extremely high. In the event of the death of a young adult, this loss is more acute since the person could have contributed to the workforce for many years in the future.

Pursuing compensation in North Carolina

Most North Carolina residents would agree that they work hard to earn money in order to be self-sufficient and give financial security to their loved ones. However, accidents do not wait for an invitation and can happen at any time or place. Serious injuries to a loved one can impact a family in a big way, both financially and emotionally.

North Carolina residents may understand the trauma of a family dealing with a loved one getting seriously injured in a truck accident or car accident. It can cripple a family with huge medical expenses and loss of wages, as well as an uncertain financial future, more so if the victim was the main contributor for the financial needs of the family.

Hit-and-run driver surrenders to police in North Carolina

Residents of Wake County, North Carolina, know that fleeing the scene of a motor accident can have serious consequences, possibly including a prison sentence for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run case. It may also lead to a permanent criminal record.

A person sought by authorities surrendered to Concord police after being involved in a hit-and-run accident recently on Weddington Road. The accident left a motorcyclist critically injured. He told police that he did not stop after the accident because his driving privileges in North Carolina were revoked and he did not want his child, who was with him in the car, to see him arrested by police.

What to do after a car accident in North Carolina

Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere, and every person who travels North Carolina's streets, roads and highways is a potential accident victim. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the authorities over the decades to educate drivers on how to drive safely, many people are still injured and some are killed every year around the state.

After a car accident, any driver is expected to do the following: if the accident is blocking traffic, remove the vehicle involved in the accident to a safer location; call the police if there are injuries or if the accident involved a hit-and-run driver; and get details from the other driver, such as name, address, contact number, insurance information, driver's license number and car license plate number.

Interstate 95 one of the most dangerous highways in U.S.

Motor accidents involving commercial vehicles have become a big concern for authorities across the United States, including those in North Carolina. Interstate highways are the site of many motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles every day and sadly, many lives are lost in these accidents.

That is particularly so for Raleigh and Wake County because Interstate 95 is one of the most dangerous corridors in the U.S. with the highest crash rates in North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Studies have found that one of the major reasons for the high number of commercial vehicle accidents is that truck drivers fail to stop in time after noticing either a moving or stationary vehicle ahead of it.

Calculating compensation in wrongful death claims

There are many good reasons to travel on the roads: for example, to go to work, to shop or to meet family and friends. However, statistics show that each year, many people are killed in car accidents in North Carolina and all over the United States. But is this a good enough reason to stop using the roads?

Although we cannot stop using roads because we fear accidents, we can use safety measures while traveling in a vehicle. Observing the rules of the road, signaling while changing lanes and turning, not drinking and driving and following other traffic laws can help us to remain safe on the roads. However, there are situations when nothing that we do can save us from being involved in a fatal accident.

Truck accident in North Carolina involves child

While operating a vehicle in North Carolina, the driver is expected to drive cautiously as any negligence on the part of the driver can cause serious injuries to others on the road. The severity of these injuries can increase significantly if the accident involves a truck. Therefore, there are various laws in North Carolina that are designed to ensure that the trucks that drive in the state are well maintained, and the drivers are qualified and rest appropriately.

Despite the laws and safety mechanisms in the state, truck accidents still occur. One of the most recent accidents occurred when a garbage truck ran over the foot of a teenager. The teenager was on his way to school and was about to board the school bus when the incident happened.

Can a helmet help a motorcyclist minimize accident injury?

For decades, motorcycle helmet use has been emphasized in North Carolina and around the county. It is recommended by state and safety officials that every biker wear a helmet while riding a bike to minimize injuries when involved in a crash. However, sometimes a biker prefers not to wear a helmet for short distances or for convenience; but, a rider should always keep in mind that accidents can happen anytime and anywhere.

Accidents can happen due to a variety of reasons and can lead to serious injuries. However, if riders take safety measures the extent of an injury can be minimized. Statistics show that motorcycle fatalities have increased 55 percent in the last 14 years and in 2010 more than 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle accidents. According to sources, if riders and passengers wear helmets, the extent of head injuries can be minimized which will reduce the fatality rate for motorcyclists. It is estimated that helmets can prevent 37 percent of deaths from motorcycle accident injuries for drivers and 41 percent of fatalities for their passengers.

Liability of an impaired driver who causes a car accident

Car accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. One major cause of car accidents is traffic rule violations. Distracted driving, in which the driver's ability to drive safely is compromised due to various diversions, is also a leading cause of car accidents in North Carolina.

North Carolina, with the governor's support, has enacted very strict rules and laws that address impaired driving or driving while intoxicated. The state has a history of tough responses to impaired driving with various levels of DWI charges. Even prior to this initiative, the state had often confiscated and sold a car if its driver was found to be a habitual DWI offender. The state believes the initiatives are necessary to curb drunk driving car accidents.

Securing compensation for a truck accident injury

Driving a truck loaded with cargo is not an easy task. Due to the sheer size of the vehicle and the load it carries, it becomes all the more necessary for a truck driver to exercise caution while operating this type of vehicle. According to trucking regulations followed in North Carolina and elsewhere, truck drivers are required to take adequate breaks to avoid driving fatigued.

However, to ensure that deadlines are met, some truck drivers take very few rest breaks and also resort to speeding. This leads to a dangerous situation for the occupants of the truck and for others who may be harmed while sharing the road with a reckless truck driver.

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