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November 2013 Archives

Volkswagen recalls cars for potentially dangerous flaws

A Volkswagen recall program is in progress that affects more than two and a half million vehicles, including many in North Carolina. The recalls ordered include drive system and electronic flaws, some of which have the potential to result in dangerous car accidents.

Data shows fatal hit-and-run accidents becoming more common

North Carolina drivers should be aware that hit-and-run accidents and associated fatalities are reportedly on the rise. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal accidents where the responsible driver leaves the scene has risen to 1,449 in 2011 from 1,274 in 2009. The report notes that the 13.7 percent increase in hit-and-run accidents is significant as the number of overall traffic deaths fell 4.5 percent within the same period.

Truck driver distracted by porn kills officer

People in North Carolina might be alarmed after they hear about the case of a truck driver in Arizona who ended up killing a police officer after he was distracted by porn on his cell phone while he was driving. The 33-year-old truck driver allegedly put his wallet over his cell phone when the crash occurred to attempt to hide his cell phone from his trucking company's dash camera.

Two injured in North Carolina multi-car crash

Two people were injured in a three-car accident that took place a little past 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 near the I-40 interchange on NC-42. According to authorities, alcohol and speed were both factors in the car accident. A driver heading east on NC-42 ran a red light and hit another driver who was attempting to make a left turn onto NC-42 from the I-40 off ramp. He then hit another westbound car that was stopped at the same red light.