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Many drivers on North Carolina roads are impaired

Most drivers in our state understand the importance of safe driving. Safe driving is when a driver is not distracted, drives the speed limit and is not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, not every driver on the road understands how important safe driving is in not causing a serious car accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a survey that estimates 20 percent of drivers on the road are driving while impaired. These drivers are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. Impaired driving affects a driver's attention and the ability to make quick decisions while driving. It also affects their ability to react to changes in the environment and make difficult maneuvers. Impaired driving is dangerous and can also be lethal.

Several injured in major Raleigh accident

Unfortunately, many Cary area families have been affected by a car accident. Although, most of these car accidents are not serious, the ones that are can turn a family upside down.

A serious car accident recently occurred in downtown Raleigh. Two cars crashed at the intersection of North Salisbury and West Edenton Street. One of the cars that was hit went up on the sidewalk where it hit many pedestrians. One of the pedestrians became pinned under the car and had to be rescued. Seven people were injured and five were taken to a local hospital. Law enforcement is investigating the cause of the accident and reviewing security tapes. Charges may be filed once the cause of the accident is determined.

These road trip safety tips will keep you out of trouble

When you take to the road for a long trip from North Carolina, you can expect to run into some challenges along the way. You hope this never happens, but you're likely to be thrown for a curve every now and again.

Since you don't want anything to spoil your good time, there are some key road trip safety tips to follow. Here are five that should never slip your mind:

  • Wear your seat belt: Seat belts save lives, so you should strap yourself in before you put your car in drive. Not only does the use of a seat belt reduce the risk of an injury in an accident, but it can also help save your life.
  • Rest before leaving home: The longer the trip, the more likely it is that you will become drowsy at some point. To protect against this, get as much rest as possible before leaving home. Furthermore, if fatigue sets in, pull to the side of the road to re-energize.
  • Inspect your vehicle: A well-maintained vehicle is one that you can trust to get you from point A to point B without incident. From your tires to your brakes, from your windshield wipers to your GPS system, be sure that everything is in good working order.
  • Avoid distractions: As you take on one mile after the next, it's natural for distractions to come into play. Maybe you decide to check your smartphone for text messages and emails. Or maybe you partake in a detailed conversation with your passengers. All distractions are dangerous so avoid them at all costs: God forbid the worst happens due to an irresponsible distraction: You'll have wished you focused on safety first.
  • Don't drink and drive: It should go without saying, but there's never a good time to drink alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. Just the same, watch for others who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Car accidents and brain injury

Almost every Cary resident will experience a car accident during their life. Fortunately, most car accidents are just fender benders. But, thousands of families are affected by a serious car crashes each year. One of the more critical injury a person can face is a brain injury.

A brain injury from a car accident is serious. A brain injury can range from a mild concussion to damaged brain tissues from a puncture wound. There are many symptoms of a brain injury. They can include memory loss, confusion, headaches, dizziness and personality changes, among others. Brain injuries often require long-term convalescence and treatment can be expensive.

Four killed in truck crash

North Carolina residents understand that they have to share the road with many types of trucks. Usually, this can be done safely, but occasionally, a serious truck accident occurs. When a car gets into an accident with a truck, the injuries are often severe just because of the size difference between a truck and a car.

A tragic car accident recently occurred in Warren County. A husband and wife and their two children were traveling on I-85 when they came up on another car accident. Traffic was stopped because of the accident, but a semi-truck traveling behind the family did not stop and slammed into the back of their SUV. The impact of that crash pushed their SUV into a van and underneath another tractor-trailer.

Typical car accident injuries

Although no one wants to be in a car accident, many Cary residents will unfortunately experience one. Car accident injuries can range from mild to serious, even death. Typical car accident injuries can either show up right away or take days to appear. Accordingly, car accident victims should be aware of the types of injuries they may suffer.

One common car accident injury is head and back injuries. Head injuries are serious and can occur when a person's head strikes a windshield or the steering wheel. They can cause concussions or a traumatic brain injury. Head injuries can last for several months, years or even a lifetime, and they can require extensive treatment.

Two car crashes kill 3 people in Johnston County

Most Cary area residents are careful drivers. Everyone knows how important it is to remain focused on the road and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, serious and fatal car accidents happen when drivers make mistakes. Serious car accidents can cause heartbreak in families, along with unexpected financial distress.

Two serious car accidents recently occurred in Johnston County due to the same negligent driver. The car accidents killed three people and injured several others with a total of nine cars involved. In the more serious accident, the driver of a flatbed utility truck failed to slow down for stopped traffic, which caused him to hit several vehicles and cause a chain reaction of accidents. A witness to the accident believes that the driver did not even hit his brakes before running into the cars. The driver of the flatbed utility truck has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor death.

Drowsy driving: Important points of emphasis

It's easy to understand the risks of drowsy driving, but much more difficult to prevent getting tired while at the wheel. Even if you feel alert before hopping in your car, there's always a chance fatigue will set in at some point.

Drowsy driving remains a major problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 25 drivers aged 18 or older report having fallen asleep while driving over the past 30 days.

Insurance claims and car accidents

Unfortunately, most Cary area residents will be involved in a car accident at least once in their driving career. Car accidents are emotionally traumatic events and can also cause serious injuries. When there is a car accident, there are often insurance claims that need to be filed.

If a person has been injured in a car accident, one of the first things they need to do is file an insurance claim. This claim is necessary in order to be compensated for medical expenses. There are two types of insurance claims. The first type is first party claims. First party insurance claims is when a person files an insurance claim with their own insurance company. The other type of insurance claim is a third party claim. A third party claim is when an insurance company claim is filed with another person's insurance agency.

Fiery crash on I-40 causes multiple injuries, 3 deaths

Sometimes no matter how safe you are behind the wheel, another driver's negligence or mistake can cause you harm while on the road. That appears to be the case in a recent accident near McGee's Crossroads, which impacted several vehicles.

According to Highway Patrol, the driver of a flatbed truck, who was on a supply run to Wilmington, failed to slow down near exit 319 and eventually slammed in to several vehicles, just after 12 p.m. The impact caused a chain reaction that led to a fiery crash involving a total of nine vehicles.

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