Do you live in the state of North Carolina? If so, it is likely that you spend time driving on the many interstates that crisscross the state. From I-95 to I-40, the convenience factor alone is reason enough to take to these roadways on a regular basis.
North Carolina drivers should be aware of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which points to distracted driving as the second-highest cause of preventable car accidents in the nation, overshadowed only by impaired or drunk driving. According to the report, about nine people are killed and 1,153 injured on a daily basis in accidents caused by distracted drivers. The report includes texting and cellphone use, eating while driving and even reading behind the wheel.
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.
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.
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.
A 19-year-old man was killed and four other people were seriously injured in a two-car accident that took place in Raleigh on Dec. 24. According to a police statement, the deceased victim's 18-year-old sister was behind the wheel when she lost control and crossed over a grass median. A minor was also in the car with the siblings.
The highways of North Carolina may grow safer in the near future as modern collision avoidance technologies are developed and deployed on motor vehicles. Some experts on the subject have stated a preference for a legislative mandate requiring the installation and use of some of these new technologies, and they point to accident statistics for support.
The incidents of death and injury resulting from distracted driving have reached substantial levels in the United States. The recent increase in popularity of cellphones and other mobile devices has allegedly been responsible for a marked increase in loss of life and accident injuries. The Federal Communications Commission has created the FCC Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse for sharing and collecting information for the purpose of advancing technology to help reduce the problem.
On Oct. 16, a pedestrian accident in Garner involving two vehicles sent two people to the hospital, according to authorities. The incident reportedly occurred at approximately 4 p.m. near a Garner elementary school.
Drinking and driving should be a major concern for the people of North Carolina. The consequences of drunk driving are life-changing and expensive due to arrests, injuries, property damage and occasionally, loss of life.