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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.

High school student killed in North Carolina fatal car accident

Car accidents are a problem on the major highways and minor byways of North Carolina. A leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving which is the result of many risky driving behaviors, such as texting while driving, driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, more widely known as drunk driving. North Carolina imposes strict penalties for those who break distracted driving laws.

Recently, a three vehicle fatal car accident claimed the life of a 15-year-old North Carolina high school sophomore and injured three others. The teenage driver, sister of the fatality, was making a left-hand turn when her car crashed into one car which, in turn, hit another. This busy intersection, which has been the cause of many road safety discussions, does not have a traffic light, which may have contributed to the accident's cause. The department of transportation in North Carolina has agreed to install a traffic signal to increase safety and security for commuters on this busy road.

Truck accidents: a major concern for North Carolina residents

Semi-trucks represent some of the largest vehicles on the roads of North Carolina. And in many cases, accidents involving these vehicles can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. Many truck accidents can even lead to a multiple rollover crash with other vehicles, thereby setting off a tragic domino effect.

There may be various causes to a truck accident. A distracted truck driver may be found to be driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or even driving while texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck accidents have reportedly risen in recent years, and a 4 percent rise in fatalities occurred in the United States between 2011 and 2012. Truck accident injuries had also increased by 18 percent from 88,000 injured in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012. In most cases, however, it was found that most of the injured were occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

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.

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