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Helping you after a truck accident

With the holiday season in full swing, residents in North Carolina are likely making some gift purchases online. The ease of purchasing an item with a click of a button in order for it to be delivered to your door is very beneficial. However, the increase in online shopping means an increase in commercial trucks transporting and delivering goods to homes across the nation. While it is commonplace to see these large vehicles traveling on the roadways, the rush of the holiday season in conjunction with inclement weather in some states can create many risks and dangers.

Being involved in a truck accident can be a very shocking and life-altering event. The aftermath of such a collision is likely to leave a victim with serious injuries and much pain and suffering. At the Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A., our skilled law firm has years of experience helping truck accident victims navigate legal actions. We are dedicated to serving those in the Cary area protect and assert their rights in order to recover a favorable award.

Fatigued truck drivers major problem on North Carolina roads

North Carolina drivers share the road with many different types of vehicles. Semi-trucks are a major part of our roadways. Due to their size, any accident that involves tractor-trailers can cause serious injuries and even death.

Truck driver fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents on North Carolina roadways. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has multiple rules and regulations that affect truck driver fatigue and hours a trucker can drive, there are still thousands of violations reported each year. Truck driver fatigue can be caused by truck drivers driving for too long without taking a break. Truck drivers are under tremendous pressure to deliver their loads in a short amount of time, and drivers sometimes skip taking a break in order to get their loads delivered. Drivers may also extend their driving time to avoid rush hour traffic or push to get home for the weekend.

Common car accident injuries

Unfortunately, car accidents are common in the Cary area. Almost every driver will get into at least one car accident in their driving lifetime. These accidents are usually minor fender-benders but, occasionally, a serious accident occurs that causes catastrophic injuries.

Injuries caused by car accidents are very common. There are certain types of injuries that are more common than others. Head and back injuries occur when a person's head hits the dashboard, steering wheel, or windows. These are often the most serious injuries that can occur and can cause traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, memory problems, and other issues. Spinal cord problems can result in nerve damage or victims can become permanently paralyzed. Most people have heard about whiplash, which is another common car accident injury. Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden movement of the head or neck, such as in a rear-end collision. A person can suffer ligament pain, neck pain and swelling. Additional car accident injuries can include broken ribs, collapsed lungs, and appendage injuries.

Woman charged in crash that killed postal worker

No one expects their loved one will go to work in the morning and not return home that night. Unfortunately, this is what happened to a postal worker recently in Fayetteville.

A postal worker was driving his delivery truck on Morganton Road in Fayetteville when it was struck from behind by another vehicle. The postal worker was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman who was driving the car that hit the mail truck has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The driver of that car is the wife of a Fayetteville City Council member.

The obesity epidemic is dangerous for nurses

The obesity epidemic in the United States can't be ignored. Some studies put the obesity rate at a stunning 35 percent. It's part of the reason that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., taking more lives than all types of cancer combined.

The risks aren't just to those who are overweight, though. Nurses who have to help them in the hospital are at risk. Overweight patients can and do lead to injuries when nurses are trying to assist and move them.

Families affected by car accidents need a strong advocate

Cary area residents are generally safe drivers. But, sometimes circumstances beyond their control lead them to become involved in a serious car accident. When a family has a loved one injured or killed in a car accident, they need to have an attorney on their side.

A serious car accident can happen to anyone and can occur in just seconds. The stress of a car accident can cause serious issues for families. A family can worry about money and how they will face the future, all while worrying about their seriously injured loved one or planning their funeral. Hundreds of North Carolina lives are altered each year because of car accidents. A car accident often leaves lasting medical implications for the victims as well.

Car hits student walking to school

Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. Many kids in the Cary area walk or bike to and from school each day. It is very important that motorists observe pedestrians in the crosswalk and near the road at all times in order to avoid a serious accident.

A high school student was recently hit by a car when he was crossing Humie Olive Road at the intersection of Evans Road. The student was in the crosswalk at the time when the car hit him. He was taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Neighbors say they have had concerns about this crosswalk for years. The parents would like the crosswalk to have flashing lights, a crossing guard or a pedestrian tunnel to ensure the safety of students.

Man killed in motorcycle accident

There are many motorcycle owners in the Cary area. Most drivers understand the importance of watching for motorcycles when they are on the road. But, a motorcycle accident often has serious injuries that can require extensive medical treatment.

A recent motorcycle accident in Columbia claimed the life of the motorcycle driver. The motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Broad River Road in Columbia when a car pulled out in front of him. This caused the motorcyclist to collide with the car and he died from multiple blunt force injuries. The driver of the car is accused of making an improper turn and failing to yield the right of way.

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.