Many people in the Cary area enjoy walking. Most of the time pedestrians are safe on our streets, but, occasionally, a fatal accident occurs.
Logging trucks are a common sight in North Carolina. The abundance of forests makes logging a valuable industry for our state. But, as we recently wrote about, logging trucks can be dangerous for those who are sharing the road with them.
No one expects their loved one will go to work in the morning and not return home that night. Unfortunately, this is what happened to a postal worker recently in Fayetteville.
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2,500 pedestrians are killed in a fatal car accident at road crossings each year during the nighttime hours because of outdated headlights according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.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.