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Distracted driving still a real problem in North Carolina

Cary drivers understand that safe driving is important for everyone on the roads. When drivers understand how important safety is, they can help ensure that car accidents become a thing of the past. Unfortunately, distracted driving is still a concern on North Carolina roads.

Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver's attention away from driving. It can include eating, putting on makeup, changing the radio station, and the most common one, cell phone use. Texting, navigating, and surfing the internet are major causes for distracted driving. Although a driver may think that they can take their eyes off the road for a few seconds to read or respond to a text, their lives and the lives of others can change in a split second.

Have you been injured in a truck accident?

Drivers in the Cary area understand the importance of driving safely. But, even the safest drivers can find themselves in serious situations. A truck accident is one situation that can often lead to a serious or catastrophic injury.

There are many trucks on the road in North Carolina. Trucks are important and necessary vehicles to deliver goods across the country. But, they can also cause accidents that lead to serious injuries or even death. There are many ways a person can be involved in a truck accident. The truck driver may fall asleep and drift into the other driver's lane, the truck driver may fail to brake and hit the cars in front of them, or the truck driver may fail to secure their load, which can cause the load to fall off.

13 workers die every day

Thinking that the workplace is safe now with modern regulations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?

It's all a matter of perspective. Is it safer than it used to be? Certainly. Does that mean there's no risk? Absolutely not. In fact, according to OSHA itself, there are an average of 13 fatal accidents in the workplace every single day.

What must be proven to prevail in a truck accident case?

Large trucks carry goods all throughout the country and to stores and retail centers right here in North Carolina. Though most trucks and commercial vehicles safely make it to their destinations, others are involved in serious vehicle accidents while out on roads and highways. This post will examine some of the general elements that victims of truck accidents must prove in order to win their civil cases; readers are cautioned, however, that as every truck accident case is different, consultation with personal injury attorneys is imperative to understand how particular cases will be addressed under the law.

First, an individual harmed in a truck accident must demonstrate that the party they are suing owed them a duty of care. Generally, anyone who takes to the roads owes everyone else a duty to conduct themselves reasonably given the circumstances and, as such, demonstrating this element may not pose many challenges to a victim's case.

What compensation can a person expect from a car accident?

Cary residents understand a car accident is a common occurrence in the area. Almost every driver will be involved in at least one car accident during their driving career. Luckily, these are usually minor accidents and don't involve serious injuries, but, occasionally, an accident occurs that causes the victim severe injuries.

When a person is involved in a car accident, it is sudden and unexpected. No one drives around hoping that they will be hit by someone else. There are many injuries a person can suffer in a car accident. Whiplash is common when there is sudden movement to a person's neck. Or, a person can suffer from a serious head injury, damage to the spinal cord, a herniated disc, broken bones, and many other injuries. Some injuries may not even show up until much later. Many of these medical issues require expensive treatment and years of rehabilitation. These medical expenses can severely affect a family's finances.

Hit-and-run driver injures pedestrian near high school

School zones are especially busy places in North Carolina. There are students coming to and from school, while many are walking. A recent accident near a high school stresses the importance of remaining vigilant in these busy areas.

Recently, a 17-year-old girl was struck by a car as she was walking to school in Wake Forest. The teen was in the crosswalk on Stadium Drive when a car driven by a 16-year-old girl attempted to make a left turn and hit the teen. She drove off and left the scene but did return later. The driver has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, hit and run, and a movement violation. The victim was taken to a local hospital. Police say the driver was distracted at the time of the incident.

Have you or a loved one been injured by a drunk driver?

Most drivers in the Cary area are safe and understand the consequences of driving after they have been drinking. When a person makes the bad decision to drive after they have been drinking they put their lives at risk, along with everyone they meet on the road. An accident involving a drunk driver is completely preventable if the driver would have not chosen to drive.

When a person is hurt in a car accident because of a drunk driver, their lives can be torn apart. In an instant, they could be seriously injured and face a long road to recovery. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States, affecting thousands of families each year. These families suffer from expensive medical bills and lost wages, and can also suffer from physical pain and emotional stress.

5 reasons people keep causing auto accidents

Car accidents are not really accidents. They're not random. In most cases, they're caused by human error.

Wouldn't you think that would make it easier to put an end to them? If people realized that they were making thousands upon thousands of deadly mistakes every year, wouldn't they work harder to stop?

Dangerous driving is common around Cary schools

With school back in session in the Cary-area, parents and school employees worry about children's safety. Drivers often aren't paying attention to school buses and children who are going to and coming from school. This inattentive and other dangerous driving can lead to children suffering serious injuries.

Cary residents have reported many driving violations that have occurred near schools. These include cars driving around stopped school buses, driving through crossing guards, and speeding in school zones. These drivers are often distracted by their cell phones and not paying attention to what is going on around them. Cary police officers are out watching for these violations. They have conducted speed enforcement operations, provided crossing guards, and promoted bike and pedestrian safety.

Motorcycle accident injuries are often very serious

There are many people who own motorcycles in the Cary area. Motorcycle riders love the freedom, fun and excitement these vehicles provide. But, for those individuals who are involved in a motorcycle accident, these vehicles can also cause a person to suffer from serious injuries.

Motorcyclists are often safe when they are out on the roads. These riders know the dangers they face from obstacles on the road and from other drivers. Despite being attuned to all the hazards around them, motorcycle accidents still occur. Because of the limited amount of protection a motorcycle affords its passengers, serious injuries often occur.