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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Past DUI convictions did not stop fatal car accident

A woman from another state was sentenced last April to 12 to 18 years in prison for a drunk driving accident that led to the death of a 79-year-old women in Charlotte, North Carolina, last summer. The drivers had past DUI convictions, but this did not prevent her from getting behind the wheel and causing this fatal accident.

Outdated headlights are not a safety bright spot in Cary

Cary residents may be concerned to hear that approximately 2,500 pedestrians are killed in a fatal car accident at road crossings each year during the nighttime hours because of outdated headlights according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Headlight technology has not kept pace with other recent improvements in other automobile equipment such as cameras, computers and warning signals.

Speeding blamed for fatal motor vehicle accidents

Speeding is all too often the major ingredient of a fatal car accident in North Carolina. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued its findings on 2015 traffic deaths and found that speeding was involved with 9,557, or 27 percent, of the 35,095 crash fatalities in the United States. This was a three percent raise from the 9,283 speeding deaths in 2014.

Drug-impaired driving on the rise leading to fatal accidents

Residents of North Carolina may be surprised to hear that drug-impaired driving is escalating across the United States. According to a report issued this year by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, in 2015 drugs were present in 43 percent of drivers killed in a fatal car accident with known test results. Drugs, in fact, appeared more frequently in crash victims than alcohol.

Studies show drugged driving can lead to fatal accidents

Alcohol is not the only cause of impaired driving that results in fatal car accidents in North Carolina. Using illegal or even prescription drugs can impair a driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, leading to crashes.

Criminal charges filed in connection with a recent fatal crash

As an update to a post on this blog, Raleigh, North Carolina, police have now filed formal charges against a young man who was allegedly involved in a fatal car accident a few weeks ago. One man, also young, died at the scene of the accident, while the man who now faces charges was hospitalized. The young man facing the criminal case was, as of the latest reports, in custody, while the case is pending.

Impaired driving may have caused fatal Raleigh accident

Police have recently suggested that a fatal accident that happened in the downtown Raleigh area may have involved drugs or alcohol. Specifically, police think a young man from the Raleigh area was operating under the influence when he drove his SUV through an intersection and struck another vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle the young man struck died at the scene of the accident.

Is cell phone usage causing more highway deaths?

It is hard to argue that the number of fatal accidents on the roadways has been on the rise of late. However, the common wisdom in Cary, North Carolina and elsewhere, specifically that a lot of the uptick in fatalities can be attributed to distracting driving or using technology while driving, has been called in to question by more than one notable group.

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