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The loss of a loved one can result in significant financial loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005 fatal car crashes in North Carolina resulted in costs of $1.5 billion. According to that study, which was discussed in an earlier blog post, medical-related costs constituted $18 million of the total loss while work-loss costs were an astounding $1.48 billion. This statistic shows that in addition to the emotional impact of the loss of a loved one, a fatal accident can severely affect survivors financially.

According to the CDC report, work loss costs are calculated by adding salary and fringe benefits that a deceased person would have earned had he or she lived their expected life span as well as the value of household work the average person of the same age and sex performs for life. This calculation shows the work loss due to the death of a young person is greater than work loss for an older person.

You've been in a car wreck. Now what?

Car wrecks are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful driver can be in a wreck.

Immediately after the wreck:

  • Take a breath and stay calm.
  • Call 911.
  • Turn on your car's hazard lights.
  • Check for injuries - yours and your passengers.
  • If you are able to move safely, check on the drivers and passengers in the other car(s).

Motorcyclist killed in Raleigh after collision with pickup truck

Motorcyclists in Raleigh, North Carolina, understand that the consequences of being involved in an accident while on a motorcycle can be severe. In order to counter those risks, motorcyclists take a number of safety precautions but still, every now and then, a motorcyclist is injured or killed in an accident. One such fatal accident recently occurred in Raleigh.

According to police, the incident happened when a 32-year-old motorcyclist, moving south on a local road near the Wake County School bus maintenance facility, was struck by a pickup truck that was making a turn from the northbound lane. The collision claimed the life of the motorcyclist at the scene. The driver of the truck did not sustain injuries in the crash.

Requirements a school bus driver must meet in North Carolina

Every day, thousands of children in Raleigh go to school by bus. If even one of these buses is involved in an accident, the consequences can be very serious, especially because there are children on board most times. Recent examples of such accidents in the North Carolina can be found on the blog site. In order to prevent such bus accidents, the state's Department of Transportation has a set of requirements that school bus drivers must meet before operating a school bus.

A school bus driver must be at least 18 years old and be in possession of a valid commercial driver's license issued by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. That driver must also have at least six months' experience as a licensed motor vehicle operator and a valid health certificate. It is also important for drivers to establish that they do not hold more than one commercial driver's license and that their license is not disqualified, suspended or revoked for any reason.

How North Carolina determines damages in wrongful death cases

When a loved one dies in an accident because of the negligence of another person, surviving family members often choose to file a lawsuit to seek compensation from the party determined to have been negligent. Under North Carolina's laws, the action must be brought within two years of the date of death.

Compensation or damages for wrongful deaths are awarded by courts on the basis of certain criteria as mentioned in state statutes. The compensation can be provided for medical costs in treating the person from the time of the alleged negligent incident or event until the person died. Loved ones can also seek damages for the loved one's pain and suffering before death. They can seek reasonable compensation for the costs incurred in all funeral arrangements and ceremonies.

What are the rules for drivers involved in truck accidents?

Accidents in North Carolina that involve large vehicles, like trucks, can be disastrous. Truck accidents often cause death simply because of their sheer size. Commercial vehicle drivers need to follow the same procedure as private vehicle drivers when it comes to accidents. If a person dies because of an accident, or there is estimated damage of $1,000 or more, North Carolina law requires that the police are notified immediately.

There are certain rules and regulations that must be followed if any truck driver is involved in a truck accident. If a commercial driver is involved in an accident, the driver needs to stop the vehicle immediately and take action to prevent further accidents. If the truck accident involves any dangerous chemicals, the highway sheriff's office should be notified immediately. If the truck accident involves dangerous chemicals, emergency procedures need to be followed. The commercial vehicle driver is also expected to provide assistance to injured parties. It is advisable not to move and injured person if there are risks to the victim's life.

Man charged with hit and run in fatal Raleigh pedestrian accident

When an accident involves a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, it usually means bad news for the pedestrian. Even the slightest nudge from a motor vehicle can result in serious or even fatal injuries for a pedestrian.

Hold a negligent driver accountable after a Raleigh car crash

Many Raleigh, North Carolina residents may know that negligent driving is one of the major reasons behind motor vehicle accidents. This negligence not only results in vehicle damage but also injures, and sometimes kills, the occupants of other vehicles involved in an accident. Negligent drivers cause many people to believe that city roads are no longer safe for pedestrians or bicyclists or even other motorists, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.

One form of negligent driving that is currently very common is caused by the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle. Current motor vehicle laws prohibit use of cellphones but still many people choose to ignore these laws. This ignorance results in a lapse in attention, which can have serious consequences both for the texting driver as well as other people on the roads.

How can North Carolina motorcyclists avoid crashes?

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident with a bigger vehicle, the risks of injuries and fatalities are increased; as a result, taking all possible precautions while riding a motorcycle is extremely important. In order to help motorcyclists throughout the state, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a Motorcyclists' Handbook that not only tells a rider how to avert crashes, but also provides plenty of other information that can be useful in a number of situations.

Probably the most crucial thing that a motorcyclist must do when in a tight spot is to brake and swerve to avoid an accident. However, studies show that most bike crashes occur because of under-braking or failing to swerve, when it would have been appropriate. Therefore, riders must know that to avoid being in a crash, they must ensure that their control over their motorcycle is adequate and they can apply brakes or swerve appropriately when required.

Bus driver facing charges after fatal accident in North Carolina

Usually, when two vehicles of unequal sizes collide in an accident, the extent of damages that the smaller vehicle is likely to sustain is much greater. For that reason, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are always at a greater risk of injuries and even death. One such recent accident, which involved a bus and a sports utility vehicle, occurred in Highway 70 near North Carolina 581.

The accident happened when a bus driver was attempting to make a U-turn on Highway 70. Reports state that while attempting to make the U-turn, the driver failed to yield and the SUV struck the side of the bus. The driver of the SUV, a 40-year-old man, was killed in the accident. The impact was so severe that the rescue crews at the scene had to extricate the SUV driver from the wreck. North Carolina troopers charged the bus driver with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield.

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