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.
An 11-year-old boy from the Raleigh metro area suffered a broken knee and lost a tooth after being struck by a teen driver who was also from Raleigh. The car accident victim was standing by the road waiting on his school bus when the accident occurred. The boy's mother was present and witnessed the incident.
Some of the pleasures of living in the south are four seasons, good food and southern hospitality. We naturally run at a different speed compared to the rest of the country: laid back and welcoming. We're courteous and polite to one another. Or are we?
A recent head-on collision in the Raleigh area left four children and three adults injured. emergency workers transported two adults, both of them drivers of the vehicles involved, and one child to a nearby hospital. Although the extent of the injuries wasn't reported initially, thankfully none of them appear to be life-threatening.