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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.

Four injured in Cary car

Unfortunately, car accidents are regular occurrence in North Carolina. Most of the time, they are just minor fender benders, but serious car wrecks occur. Serious car accidents often involve unexpected expenses that can disrupt a family's finances. A serious car accident occurred recently in Cary that sent four people, including a baby, to the hospital.

An accident occurred recently in Cary on High House Road near Maury O'Dell Place and Bond Park. One vehicle was traveling east, while the other was traveling westbound, when one of the vehicles crossed the center line and hit the other. The accident was so severe that four people were taken to WakeMed from both vehicles, including one 6-month-old baby for life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the accident and charges have yet to be filed.

Cell phone use while driving is still an issue in North Carolina

Most people in the Cary area understand the importance of safe driving. Safe driving not only means driving the speed limit, but also means paying attention. For some people, putting down the cell phone is a hard habit to break, but if people continue to use their cell phone, serious car accidents occur.

Although texting while driving, including texting and emailing, is against the law in North Carolina, it is still occurring on a regular basis. State troopers observed that while the number of impaired driving accidents are down, the number of suspected distracted driving accidents have increased. Although, it can be hard to prove that a driver was engaged in distracted driving activity, often this driving results in motorists crossing center lines or drifting off the side of the road.

#InMyFeelings challenge a risk for drivers, pedestrians

When Cary residents are out driving through area roads they expect they will arrive at their destination safely. Unfortunately, many are involved in car accidents each year, including those who are negligent drivers. It appears there are always new things that distract drivers on North Carolina roads, but a new serious craze is especially dangerous.

The #InMyFeelings challenge is the new event to hit social media. The dance craze involves a person jumping out of a moving car and dancing to singer Drake's song, In My Feelings. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is warning people about the dangers of partaking in this activity. They are advising that car accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. and jumping out of a moving car can be a dangerous stunt.

Accident reconstruction and how it affects a car accident victim

North Carolina residents never expect they will be involved in a serious car accident. But, unfortunately hundreds of families find themselves in this situation every year. A serious car accident often involves more than one car and serious injuries or even death. In these situations, a crash reconstruction may become necessary.

When a person is seriously injured in a car accident, they can be facing all kinds of unexpected financial hardship. From medical expenses to lost wages, bills may be mounting with no end in sight. Proving fault in a car accident may be difficult and an accident reconstruction may help determine what happened. An accident reconstruction determines how an accident occurred. Accident reconstruction specialists, often trained professionals who use reasoning and physical evidence, recreate the scene of the accident. They investigate, analyze and draw conclusions as to what happened to cause the accident and who is at fault. They use physics, engineering and other science-based skills to aid in their reconstruction. They analyze road surfaces, skid marks, estimate speeds and other data collection. The evidence that they provide can be used in proving fault in the serious car accident.

10 of the most common forms of distracted driving

It's well documented that distracted driving increases the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident. Even with this in mind, some people never take the time to think twice about what they're doing when behind the wheel.

There are many forms of distracted driving, all of which you need to avoid. Here are the most common:

  • General distraction. This is when your mind wanders, such as thinking about what you'll do when you reach your destination.
  • Cellphone use. There are many ways to use a cellphone, none of which are a good idea when driving. From texting to talking to browsing social media, you should avoid cellphone use when operating a motor vehicle.
  • Outside event or person. There is always something going on outside your vehicle, such as someone walking down the street or an accident on the shoulder of the road.
  • Passengers. There is nothing wrong with conversing with passengers when driving, but you can't let this distract you from the task at hand.
  • Reaching for something in your vehicle. An example of this would be reaching for your cellphone in the glove box. Another example is searching for something your child has lost under your seat.
  • Drinking or eating. If you drink or eat when driving, you won't be able to keep both hands on the steering wheel. You may also take your eyes off the road.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls. This can include the radio, GPS and climate controls.
  • Using devices that operate your vehicle. For instance, you shouldn't adjust mirrors while driving.
  • Moving objects. If there is anything moving in your vehicle, like a pet or insect, you should pull to the side of the road to deal with it in the appropriate manner.
  • Smoking. It's not the most common reason for distracted driving, but it can come into play for anyone who lights up when behind the wheel.

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