Residents of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina, might remember one of our previous posts, which talked about the rights of a person with a valid motor vehicle license after having a car accident. The post also talked about the North Carolina Contributory Negligence Law, according to which a driver who is even partially at-fault, will not be able to collect damages in a car accident.
Many Raleigh, North Carolina residents may know that negligent driving is one of the major reasons behind motor vehicle accidents. This negligence not only results in vehicle damage but also injures, and sometimes kills, the occupants of other vehicles involved in an accident. Negligent drivers cause many people to believe that city roads are no longer safe for pedestrians or bicyclists or even other motorists, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.
Usually, when two vehicles of unequal sizes collide in an accident, the extent of damages that the smaller vehicle is likely to sustain is much greater. For that reason, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are always at a greater risk of injuries and even death. One such recent accident, which involved a bus and a sports utility vehicle, occurred in Highway 70 near North Carolina 581.
Car accidents are not uncommon in North Carolina. The myriad causes of car crashes include driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, intentional speeding and also texting while driving. Sometimes car crashes result in catastrophic injuries and insurmountable pain and suffering for the car accident victim.
North Carolina traffic accidents have been linked to many causes, including inclement weather, bad road surfaces, auto defects and human error. Sometimes people are negligent while driving their vehicles and cause injuries to others. In some cases, driver negligence may also cause the death of another person. Transportation officials have instituted many traffic rules, including putting up signboards and organizing various programs on safe driving. Residents of North Carolina have participated in various activities to highlight the dangers of negligent driving. Many fatal car accidents are due to negligent drivers. One recent victim, a 25-year-old woman, died after she was hit by an oncoming car that had crossed the median.
North Carolina residents use a variety of vehicles to go about their daily business, whether that means going to and from work, dropping off and picking up children at school, buying groceries or taking a leisurely drive. Normally, most people drive confidently but with a certain amount of caution around most other vehicles. When it comes to large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks and other large commercial vehicles, however, many people become alert to the dangers these vehicles pose by their sheer size and weight.
Accidents often leave behind a trail of trauma and serious injuries that may take months and even years to recover from. The pain and suffering can get especially aggravated when these accidents are caused by reckless and drunk driving.
It is no surprise that distracted driving can lead to considerable property damage and motorists injuries and deaths. Although it is no surprise, unfortunately a car accident can happen anywhere and to anyone.
In what can seem like an instant, victims can be thrust into accidents that forever alter their lives. Sometimes accidents occur so quickly that victims are unable to process the many split-second occurrences that comprise the whole of the crash. Before they know it, long-term injuries, damages and lost wages can become harsh realities in their lives. Though nothing can undo the trauma they have endured, victims can sometimes pursue financial remedy for the monetary damage they have suffered.
No matter how you spin it, getting behind the wheel is dangerous business. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, making it of the utmost importance for drivers to exercise extreme caution on the road.