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.
Marijuana is becoming more acceptable across the country. Many states have legalized medical marijuana, and more are looking at addressing the legalization of recreational use.
It is unfortunate but true that pedestrians are often the victims of negligent and dangerous drivers, especially within city limits. While pedestrian accidents often have the potential to be deadly, matters can be worse if the victim is a minor and the accident takes place near a school area, which should ideally be a safer place for pedestrians than other roads, as those areas always frequented by children.
Hit and run cases are often the accidents between running cars, however it can also entail a car hitting a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a stationary vehicle, or property. Any accident is shocking, but when it is a hit and run, it is worse because you don't know the person commits negligence and whom to charge for the damage.
Negligence is the legal theory that forms the basis for most personal injury lawsuits. Put simply, the theory means people have a duty to others to exercise reasonable care so as to avoid the risk of hurting someone else in a foreseeable accident. If they breach that duty by acting carelessly, and someone else is hurt as a result, the injured may hold the careless person liable for their damages.