In North Carolina, many drivers tend to think of their driver-assist system as something that will do his or her job for him or her behind the wheel. However, thinking that a car is self-driving when it really is not is dangerous and leads to vehicular and pedestrian accidents. Accordingly, the IIHS has called for these systems to be designed in a way that requires the driver to be involved.
Self-diving cars are still decades away from becoming a reality, but it pays for automakers to know the public's anxieties about them. North Carolina residents should know that AAA conducted a survey in January 2020 asking respondents if they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car. Only 12% answered affirmatively.
In North Carolina and throughout the United States, the danger of an auto accident seems to lurk around every corner. Often, these are linked to recklessness, texting and driving, DUI and other preventable factors. There is another relatively understated danger that happens every spring: daylight saving time.
Teenagers run a higher risk for distracted driving and other unsafe behavior on the road the earlier that school starts. This was the conclusion of a study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and it echoes that of other studies and even the findings of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. North Carolina residents will want to know more.
North Carolina residents who rely on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating system to determine if a vehicle is safe may be misled. A report released in October 2019 states that the federal government is lagging behind other countries in its crash testing.
Accidents caused by impaired drivers claim far too many lives each year in North Carolina. Ignition interlock devices provide an effective way of preventing motorists who have consumed alcohol from operating motor vehicles, but they require drivers to submit breath samples and are considered too invasive to be fitted as standard equipment to new cars. Auto manufacturers are working on systems that can detect alcohol without breath samples, and Volvo says that it hopes to introduce such a system within five years.
Recently on this North Carolina blog, we discussed how marijuana can negatively affect driving abilities, thereby increasing the risk of a car accident. Now, a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that driving while under the influence of marijuana has increased by 47 percent over the last four years. That equates to 12 million motorists admitting to driving while high in 2018, accounting for 4.7 percent of all drivers. The increase is likely on account of society's increasing acceptance of the drug, including legalization in some states for medical and recreational purposes.
North Carolinians who have been injured in a car accident often have extensive damages with which to deal. They may suddenly be subjected to physical pain and limitations, their emotional well-being may be threatened and their finances can take a significant hit in the form of unexpected medical expenses, rehabilitative costs and lost wages. The good news is that compensation may be recoverable if a negligent driver was responsible for the injurious car accident in question.
In the blink of an eye, a negligent driver can slam into your vehicle, leaving you or a loved one seriously injured. You may wind up with a permanent disability that completely reshapes your life, or you may be fortunate enough to survive with only moderate injuries. In both cases, though, the physical, emotional, and financial toll can be significant.
While motorists attempt to drive safely, collisions unfortunately occur and are often caused by negligent, distracted, reckless or intoxicated drivers. The damages suffered in a car accident can be quite extensive. The most obvious harm that befalls car accident victims is the physical pain and suffering that is unjustly thrust upon them. While the pain and suffering in some accidents may be relatively minor, in others it can be excruciating and devastating.