Driving drunk is something that most Cary area residents know is dangerous. Drunk driving kills thousands of people each year across the United States and is completely preventable. A recently fatal car accident killed one person due to a drunk driver.
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.
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2,500 pedestrians are killed in a fatal car accident at road crossings each year during the nighttime hours because of outdated headlights according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.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 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.
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.
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.
Recent car accident statistics provide distressing news for drivers in this state. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported an 8.1 percent rise in traffic deaths from car accidents between 2015 and 2016.
A fatal accident involving a Raleigh woman was recently reported in the area. The incident serves as an important reminder for Cary, North Carolina, drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians.
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.
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.