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April 2016 Archives

Weren't wearing a helmet? We can still help

As last week's post discussed, sometimes, there is a public misconception over motorcyclists and their use of helmets. Specifically, the misconceptions is that North Carolina motorcyclists, who are involved in a serious motorcycle accident with another vehicle, are not entitled to compensation for their injuries if they chose not to wear a helmet at the time of the accident. This is simply not correct.

Could later high school start times improve road safety?

For many teenagers, getting a driver's license and having access to a car is a dream come true. It can provide young people in this age range with a new found freedom. While this change may be one of the most exciting things in the life of a teen, for many parents the feeling is the exact opposite. There is good reason for this since some of the activities kids this age engage in could lead to car accidents. These crashes could leave those involved with serious injuries.

Recent statistics on motorcycle accident causes

According to a recent report, there were 4,586 deaths in connection with motorcycle accidents in 2014. While this marked a slight decrease in fatalities from the previous year, the number is still remarkably high. In fact, a North Carolinian traveling on a motorcycle is 26 more times likely to die in an accident than a person who is traveling in a passenger car.

Holding tired or distracted commercial drivers accountable

Last week's post on this blog discussed how a commercial driver who experiences sleep apnea can easily become dangerous both to any passengers he or she is transporting and to other motorists on the road. A driver with sleep apnea is more likely than another driver to be experiencing exhaustion since he or she will not ordinarily get quality sleep at night.