Just as in the 49 other states, drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel place themselves and others on the road with them at an enormous risk of injury or death from an alcohol-related crash.
It's that time of year again -- the birds are returning, the flowers are in bloom and motorcycles are emerging once again on the highways of North Carolina. For many motorcycle riders, however, this annual rite of spring can result in a trip to the hospital or morgue if they are involved in a collision with an automobile or truck.
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 is home to some of the most beautiful and motorcycle-friendly roads in the nation. Little can compare to the thrill of meandering through the Appalachian Mountains on curving scenic roadways on a Sunday afternoon. That said, motorcyclists face real dangers on the road. Many of those dangers can be avoided and circumvented by a skillful and safe motorcyclist, but when it comes to poorly maintained roads and negligent drivers, accidents can happen regardless.
Under North Carolina civil law, when a person dies due to another's negligence, the survivors of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against them seeking damages.
In 2009, there were 8 million motorcycles on roads in the U.S., and in 2012, that number rose to 8.5 million. Although motorcyclists get to enjoy many benefits that come with the form of transportation, there are multiple risks associated with driving a motorcycle that residents of North Carolina should keep in mind while on the roadways.
According to law enforcement authorities, a 26-year-old North Carolina man is facing charges following a motor vehicle collision in which his friend died. The accident reportedly occurred on Feb. 6 just after 3 p.m. between Ayden and Grifton.
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.