New regulations designed to cut down on the number of large truck accidents are being put into effect by the federal government and may have an impact on the trucking industry in North Carolina and throughout the country. Although only 15 percent of long-haul truckers will be affected by the new rules, the Department of Transportation hopes to save at least 19 lives per year and avoid many of the injuries and deaths caused by fatigue-related truck accident incidents on highways.
North Carolina motorists might be interested to hear that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises all motorists to be on the look-out for motorcycles during the summer months. Amicable weather and favorable road conditions encourage more motorcyclists to come out and ride their bikes during the summer months than any other months. The administration says that with a rise in motorcycles in the road also comes a rise in potential danger.
A 60-year-old woman died after she was involved in a car crash in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two other people were seriously injured as a result of the crash. The 60-year-old woman was a passenger in a car that was hit almost head-on by another car that reportedly crossed the center line of the road. The woman's 70-year-old husband, who was driving the car, as well as the 19-year-old driver of the other car were seriously injured.
Choosing a designated driver can seem like a good idea, but studies have shown that the method of choosing one is not. Often designated drivers are chosen because they are the least intoxicated member of the group or simply because they have proven themselves to be successful at driving drunk in the past. In fact, 35 percent of them have a BAC sufficient to impair their driving. These are the findings of a recent University of Florida study after breath testing and interviewing more than 1000 customers of bars and restaurants in a Southeastern college town.
A motorcyclist in Brunswick County considers himself lucky to be alive this week after his bike collided with a flat-bed trailer. Although he was seriously injured in the accident, it is believed that his injuries are not life threatening and he will make a full recovery. It's a story that highlights the importance of motorcycle safety across the state and about the dangers these riders face every time they drive on North Carolina roads.
The early morning hours can be both a blessing and a curse for drivers on North Carolina's roadways. While there are fewer vehicles on the roads, the likelihood of coming across a drunk or fatigued driver increases dramatically. It's a grim fact Smithfield residents were reminded of this month after a 47-year-old man was killed in a tractor-trailer crash along Interstate 95 on the first day of June.
Harnett County police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 38-year-old Sanford man this week after he was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash only days ago. And while police believe that alcohol may have been a factor, a lack of witnesses has left police with nothing but a lot of unanswered questions.
Drinking and driving claims dozens of lives in North Carolina every year. Just last alone the state saw 88 deaths and more than 900 injuries as a result of impaired driving. But this year, Maj. Patricia Poole from the State Highway Patrol is aiming for zero deaths and injuries as her officers, and others from across the state, prepare for this Memorial Day weekend.
Most people in North Carolina expect that when an 18-wheeler is involved in an accident, the occupants in the other vehicle are more than likely the ones who receive a majority of the injuries. This is because of the fact that semi-trucks are much larger than the vehicles they usually come into contact with, providing a while lot of weight behind a collision.
Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident is never an easy thing to deal with; this is especially true if that loved one is a child. For one family, their grief over their loss may be lessened this month after police announced they may be pressing charges against the man responsible for her death.