The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used to refer to June through early September as the summer driving season. More teenage drivers in North Carolina and nationwide combined with distracted driving has compelled the organization to now designate the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 deadliest days." One of the major causes of this designation is distracted driving such as talking or texting.
North Carolina drivers and passengers face multiple risks from a driver who is speeding, drunk driving or talking or texting. Car accident dangers are also posed by non-human threats posed by road debris.
North Carolina drivers are ranked second in the country in making abrupt turns, according to a recent report by the online insurance marketplace Everquote on driving habits and their role in car accidents. The report gave North Carolina an average rank 12.8 among all the states on unsafe driving habits.
A distracted driver played a part in 54,279 car accidents in North Carolina in 2016, in which 177 people were killed and 26,999 injured. The Brian Garlock Act, named after a distracted driving car accident victim, was introduced in the state legislature to prevent these crashes.
Drivers may experience a so-called "hangover effect," where their brain remains distracted for up to 27 seconds after talking or texting, according to a study prepared by the AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety. Accordingly, distracted driving is joining other reckless conduct like drunk driving and speeding as the cause of many traffic accident deaths and injuries.
A police pursuit in the Raleigh area ended in tragedy recently, with two people dying. The young man who started the police chase by driving away from officers is also in serious condition, although he is expected to survive and face multiple criminal charges for his actions.
It is often easy to focus on drunk or distracted driving as the cause of serious and even fatal accidents in the Cary, North Carolina. Sometimes, however, a serious accident can result from just driving too fast for the conditions.
When a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, one of the first things a Cary, North Carolina, family might want to know is whether the other driver involved got a ticket or is facing some sort of criminal charge. Whether the driver was doing something as common as speeding or was dangerously driving under the influence, a citation or charge against the other driver implies the other driver is financially responsible for the accident.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has consistently warned drivers about the dangers of distracted driving such as talking or texting while operating a motor vehicle. It recently announced part of its proposed solution to the dangers caused by a distracted driver.
Several posts here have discussed car accidents in which a driver strikes a pedestrian either walking across a street or standing or walking alongside a road. In one of these cases, a child pedestrian thankfully escaped with broken bones. However, the people of the Raleigh, North Carolina, metro area know that pedestrian accidents can lead to severe injuries. In many accidents the person walking or riding a bicycle dies from the injuries.