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January 2015 Archives

Accidents caused by impaired driving

Drivers who get behind the wheel while they are impaired by alcohol or drugs create a serious hazard for people who they share the roads with in North Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people are killed each day around the country in car accidents that involve a drunk driver. In a further showing of the magnitude of the problem, statistics from 2012 showed that almost one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States that year involved an alcohol-impaired driver, and many of them were ages 14 and younger who were passengers in the vehicle with the impaired driver.

The problems caused by whiplash

When people in North Carolina and across the U.S. are involved in car accidents, one common concern is that they will have whiplash from the impact. This term does not indicate one specific condition; it is actually a generic term referring to general neck injuries that occur when the head is rapidly or violently wrenched in one direction and then another one. It is commonly seen in auto accidents, but it is also seen after work injures, sports accidents and falls.

Common methods for diagnosing skull fractures

Skull fractures can take a variety of forms. Some heal on their own, while others require surgery, especially when accompanied by brain injury. Auto accidents are a common cause of skull fractures in North Carolina and across the U.S. due to the impact of the forces inflicted on passengers.