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How to teach and talk to your child about safe driving

Do you have a new driver in your family? Are you concerned about your children taking to the road on their own?

It's not always easy to do, but it's your responsibility to talk to your child about safe driving. By taking the right approach, you'll feel much better the first time your child gets behind the wheel without you.

Authorities offering rewards in six unsolved hit-and-run cases

No one ever expects a loved one to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Although these accidents are rare, they can be hard to solve because the negligent party leaves the scene and there are oftentimes no witnesses. Durham authorities are trying to solve some open hit-and-run fatal car accident cases by offering a reward for any tips leading to an arrest.

The Durham Police Department has announced that Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to those who are able to offer information regarding six unsolved hit-and-run cases. Five of the cases were fatal. One involved a pedestrian who was killed while crossing North Duke Street. Another involved a pedestrian who was killed while walking on North Hyde Park Avenue. The third was a bicyclist who died riding his bike home from work on Garrett Road. Another man was critically injured while crossing Holloway Street and the fifth death was a man who was hit on his bicycle on Angier Avenue.

The most common commercial vehicle accidents

Most people in the Cary area encounter a commercial vehicle when they drive around on area roads. Most of the time all vehicles, regardless of size, are able to share the roads safely. But, occasionally a commercial vehicle accident occurs that often causes serious injuries.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in a fatal accident. There are over 100,000 people across the United States who are injured each year because of a truck or bus crash. These statistics are alarming and represent the need for improvement on our roads.

Over a dozen injured in Go Raleigh bus accident

A bus is a mode of transportation that many people choose to use in the Cary area. A bus is a great way to get places while avoiding traffic and saving money. Usually riding on buses is safe, but occasionally an unexpected commercial vehicle accident occurs that causes injuries.

According to a recent report, a major bus accident involving a Go Raleigh bus and a pickup truck occurred near downtown Raleigh. The crash injured at least 13 people, with one person suffering serious injuries who was transferred to WakeMed. The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that the bus hit the driver's side of the pickup truck.

Pedestrian dies in hit-and-run crash

Most people walk around the Cary area. Whether it's to get some exercise or go to a destination, walking is the way in which many people get around each day. Usually pedestrians and cars are able to share the same area, but occasionally a tragic fatal accident occurs.

A pedestrian recently died in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Durham. The man was crossing North Duke Street between Horton Road and Fairfield Street when a vehicle hit him. The police believe the vehicle was a dark colored sedan and most likely sustained heavy front-end damage. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are asking the public to provide any information regarding the accident.

How is fault determined after a car accident?

Many people in the Cary area have been involved in a car accident. No matter how good of a driver a person is, accidents can still occur due to a negligent driver. A car accident can be a serious matter, causing property damage and even physical injuries. So, how is fault determined in a car accident?

It can be obvious to everyone who is at fault for the accident, but there are certain arguments a person can use to make their case stronger. When police come to the scene of an accident, they often write a report. The police report is a document that summarizes what the police officer observed at the accident scene, including the length of skid marks, what traffic tickets were issued and who they thought was at fault. If a person thinks there was a mistake made with the police report, the report can be amended if there are factual errors, such as names or insurance companies. State traffic laws that were broken is another way to prove fault. Rear-end collisions are almost always faulted to the driver who hit the person in front of them. This is also the case in almost all left-turn crashes, where the driver taking a left turn is almost always at fault as they should not be turning into oncoming traffic.

Simple safety tips for sharing the road with commercial trucks

Large commercial trucks are, in many ways, the lifeblood of the American economy. They transport goods, supplies and raw materials from one part of the country to another. They keep malls and supermarkets stocked with new products and fresh produce. Trucks can be faster than other options and more affordable than air transportation for goods.

You can respect the danger presented by commercial trucks by educating yourself about how to stay safe around them. They are present on just about every kind of road at any time of day. Any road that leads to a destination, no matter how remote, could be the site of a commercial truck accident. Since avoiding them usually isn't an option, you should inform yourself about how to stay safe around them.

What are some common causes of truck accidents?

Cary drivers share the road with trucks every day. Trucks are a common sight on roads because they are needed to haul goods to businesses and people. Most of the time drivers can share the road safely, but occasionally a truck accident occurs that causes serious injuries.

There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. One is that the truck driver may not have adequate training. Truck drivers need to know how to drive defensively and know proper truck driving techniques. Speeding is another top reason why there are truck accidents. Trucks take much more time to stop and if they are speeding they can cause serious accidents. Drug use among truck drivers can also cause accidents. Prescription and illicit drugs affect a driver's response time. Distracted driving is also a problem. Distractions outside of the truck can take driver's attention away from driving. Also, truck driver fatigue remains an issue. Drivers are trying to meet tight deadlines and do not take enough time to rest, which can cause delayed reaction time.

What types of damages can be sought in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Few things are more traumatic than the sudden death of a loved one. If a person's loved one died due to natural causes, such as old age, the person's grief may be great, but the loss may at least be understandable. However, when a person in North Carolina loses a loved one due to another party's actions, such as in a fatal car accident, the person may have a hard time coming to grips with what was a senseless loss.

After all, when it comes to fatal car accidents, negligent driving is often to blame. When a negligent act leads to the death of a person, and that person's survivors suffered some sort of financial harm due to the death, the person's survivors may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, brought by a personal representative of the person's estate. Under North Carolina Statutes ยง28A-18-2(b), there are a number of types of damages the surviving family members could pursue in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Teenage drivers who have been drinking can be dangerous

Teenage drivers have a reputation for being bad drivers. Some teenage drivers may not have the maturity level to handle the experience necessary to safely drive a car. Teenagers may make decisions that are not the best when it comes to driving, including texting while driving and even driving after they have been drinking, and it can lead to a car accident.

Anyone who has engaged in driving after drinking is engaging in risky behavior. Drunk driving is a major problem in North Carolina, but teenage drunk drivers can be even more dangerous. Teenagers do not have a lot of experience driving and they also don't have a lot of experience drinking. This combination leads to statistics in which drivers ages 16-20 with blood alcohol content levels of less than .079 are 12 times more likely to die in a car crash. BAC levels of .08-.099 are 32 times more likely to die in a crash. Even a small amount of alcohol can lead to very serious consequences.

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