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Common causes of fatal accidents

North Carolina residents are probably already well aware that distracted driving can be deadly. For example, a negligent driver could end up steering his or her vehicle either off the road or in to another car causing a fatal accident. Distracted driving accidents involving commercial vehicles can be especially disastrous, as these vehicles may transport lots of passengers at once or haul heavy cargo, meaning that the possible if a serious injury or fatality increases when one of these vehicles gets involved in an accident.

With respect to distracted driving, one report has identified the sorts of behaviors that are more likely to lead to a fatal collision. Some behaviors on the list might not surprise our North Carolina readers. For example, adjusting things like the rearview mirror or the air conditioner while driving can lead to deadly accidents. Not surprisingly, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving also made the list.

However, the list also included less commonly known but still egregious behaviors such as smoking in a car or having a pet or insect in the vehicle while trying to drive. In the latter case, the animal's movement can draw the driver's attention for just long enough to cause a fatal wreck. Helping oneself to a snack also made the list, as did the practice of "rubbernecking" to view an accident or focusing one's attention on something outside the car but not particularly important while driving. Interestingly, one deadly distraction included on the list was simply daydreaming or spacing out while driving.

Drivers have a duty to pay attention to their surroundings while operating a motor vehicle. When they fail to fulfill this duty, they run the risk of a causing a deadly or other serious motor vehicle accident. Should this happen, North Carolina victims may want to learn more about seeking compensation.

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