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What happens if a person is injured in a rideshare accident?

Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are incredibly popular among Cary area residents. These rideshare companies allow people to get to their destinations quickly and safely. They're great for those who are out on the town enjoying some alcoholic beverages with friends, visitors who aren't familiar with the area, and older people who don't feel safe driving by themselves anymore.

Regardless of the reason for a person to choose a rideshare, they usually are able to make it to their destination safely. But if an accident does occur, who is responsible?

Safety tips for a long summer road trip

With summer heading into full swing in North Carolina, you may be looking forward to hitting the road with friends and/or family. There's nothing more enjoyable than a long summer road trip, but you must always put the safety and well-being of you and your passengers above all else.

Here are five safety tips to follow if you're taking a summer road trip:

  • Get enough sleep before leaving home: One of the biggest concerns with a long road trip is falling asleep at the wheel. Protect against this by getting as much sleep as possible before embarking on your journey. Also, don't hesitate to stop to rest when necessary.
  • Stay hydrated: Many people overlook the fact that staying hydrated allows them to maintain maximum energy for the longest period possible. Sure, it also means more bathroom breaks, but don't let that stop you from loading up on water.
  • Avoid distractions: The longer you're behind the wheel, the more likely you are to lose focus. Maybe you start to talk to your children in the back seat. Or maybe you continually scan through the radio stations. Stay away from distractions while you're behind the wheel.
  • Maintain proper posture: Neglecting to do so will cause your body to ache, thus making it more difficult to concentrate on the road. Also, regular stops can go a long way in preventing aches, cramps and other minor ailments.
  • Share the road: You're not the only one on the road, so make sure you're willing to share it with other drivers. For example, don't get into the habit of racing commercial trucks because you want to make good time. If you spot a negligent driver, such as someone who is speeding, create as much space between your two vehicles as possible.

Teen driver causes serious accident in Raleigh

As parents of Cary area teens know, their children don't always make the best decisions. Teen drivers are consistently ranked as some of the worst drivers on the road. Teen drivers continue to cause many accidents in the Cary area and around North Carolina. A serious accident caused by a teen driver in Raleigh has left several with serious injuries.

Recently a teen driver that was driving over 20 mph over the speed limit caused a serious accident on New Bern Avenue.

North Carolina bus accident kills one

For many Cary area residents, taking the bus is a preferred mode of transportation. Bus travel can be efficient and economical. It can also be a great way for people to get to their destination who don't drive or who don't want to drive. Most of the time, taking the bus is a safe way to travel, but occasionally a serious bus accident can occur.

A woman died in a bus accident that recently occurred in North Carolina. The bus was exiting I-77 when it struck a concrete barrier divider in Charlotte after the driver lost control of the bus. The bus then caught fire. One woman died at the scene.

Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo can cause serious accidents

As Cary area residents know, there are many trucks on area roads. These trucks are hauling everything from merchandise to lumber to logs. Most of the time, cars are able to safely share the road with these trucks. But there are certain times when truck accidents occur. Sometimes these serious truck accidents are caused when cargo is either not loaded properly or are overloaded.

When a driver gets into an accident with a truck, it often leads to serious injuries. Trucks are significantly larger than cars and, when they contain loads, they can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Trucks do not stop as quickly as cars and can be slow to maneuver. Some truck accidents happen when the trucks are overloaded.

May is motorcycle accident awareness month

As we wrote about in a previous blog, motorcycle accidents continue to increase in North Carolina. Many Cary area residents enjoy riding a motorcycle and do so frequently when the weather is nice. But, occasionally a serious motorcycle accident occurs which can turn a family's world upside down.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared May to be motorcycle safety awareness month.

Motorcycle accidents are on the rise

Many residents of Cary and the surrounding Raleigh area enjoy riding motorcycles.

Motorcycles are a way to get to a destination and also to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds us. As the weather gets nicer, there are more and more motorcycles on the road.

Motorcyclist killed in North Carolina crash

A 38-year-old motorcyclist died recently in Cary in a collision involving a car on U.S. Route 1. According to local police, the accident occurred during broad daylight and no reason was provided for the cause of the accident.

Unfortunately, in automobile versus motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclist doesn't win. While one accident is one too many, crash statistics are improving.

Motorcycle fatalities on the decline

Teen drinking during prom and graduation can be a serious problem

Prom and graduation are popular times for teenagers to make bad decisions regarding alcohol. Although teenagers cannot legally consume alcohol, they often do when they are in groups and socializing, especially at prom and graduation parties. If a teenager decides to drive after they have been drinking, the results can include a serious car accident.

Teenagers are notorious for making bad decisions. Because their brains are not fully developed until they are well into their 20s, teenagers often do not have the reasoning skills to understand the consequences of their actions.

Raleigh accident latest in trend of electric scooter crashes

An accident involving an electric scooter and a car in downtown Raleigh left one person in the hospital early this morning. This incident is the latest in a rising trend of accidents involving rental electric scooters. The rider of the Lime scooter reportedly crossed South Dawson Street at a red light and collided with a passing car, sustaining minor injuries.

Although Raleigh's electric scooter rules require riders to wear a helmet and ride only in bike lanes, users of these scooters seem to consistently fail to comply. For many riders, failing to follow the rules has led to severe injuries.

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