According to a recent study, pedestrians and bicyclists in North Carolina and around the U.S. were getting killed at a 50 percent higher rate than before the use of cellphones and other digital devices became common. From the years 2005 to 2010, fatal accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists jumped as the amount of potential distraction to driving increased. Some researchers said the growth of such distracted driving was a public health threat. A researcher from University of Nebraska Medical Center said that it may be very difficult to rein in now.
According to the 2009 statistics provided by the National Safety Council, the over-75 age group consists of 6.5 percent of all licensed U.S. Drivers, including car operators in North Carolina. The under-25 age classification encompasses twice as many drivers, but it is connected to eight times as many vehicular accidents. Both the youngest and the oldest drivers are the most likely to die in a car crash, but for different reasons.
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.
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.
North Carolina car owners should be aware that sharing their cars with strangers comes with an unseen liability. When the renters of their vehicles get into car accidents, the question of who is liable for the damages may come up. If the drivers don't have enough insurance to adequately cover the cost of any restitution awarded, then the owners of the vehicles could find themselves paying out of their own pockets to make up for the rest.
Car accidents are not good for anyone's health, but moms-to-be who are injured in car crashes may be putting their pregnancy and their baby at risk. A study of nearly 900,000 North Carolina pregnancies from 2001 to 2008 was just published in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine." The study has found a correlation between car accidents and pregnancy complications.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has decided that a convicted felon will remain behind bars for killing two cyclists. The fatal accident occurred in 2011 when the driver of the car hit a man and his son as they were riding their bikes. The prosecution showed that he was under the influence of bath salts and alcohol at the time of the incident.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol state troopers, a Sept. 21 car crash killed one man and injured another. Both men were passengers in a Dodge Durango being driven by a third man. Police say that the driver was attempting to make a left turn and lost control of the vehicle and slid across the road and hit an electrical pole. The pole was cut in half, and live power lines fell on top of the vehicle. One passenger was pronounced dead at the car accident scene.
North Carolina residents may be interested in learning about an act passed by Congress in 2007, which ordered the Transportation Department to have a mandate in place by 2011 stating that back-up cameras or similar warning devices should be installed in all new light trucks and cars. However, as of 2013, there have been multiple delays and no regulations in place. In an attempt to move things along, several concerned advocates and parents sued the Obama administration in September of 2013 in the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York. Among the lead plaintiffs were two parents who accidentally backed over their children with their vehicles.