The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported an accident that occurred recently in Gaston County that injured five people. The vehicles involved were an ambulance and a car.
Interstate 40 in Orange County was the scene of a recent early morning head-on collision resulting from an alleged drunken driver traveling for five to 10 miles in the wrong direction.
Fayetteville drivers may have heard about a recent fatal car crash in nearby Lenoir County. The crash involved a car, a pickup and a dump truck. Police have been working to reconstruct the crash.
A severe accident on Hope Mills Road in Fayetteville has left five people injured, two of them seriously. The three-vehicle wreck happened around 5 p.m. on Feb. 6. According to the local fire chief, first responders arrived on the scene shortly after the accident occurred and helped remove passengers from two of the vehicles by cutting them free.
In a move that could end up affecting some Camry owners in North Carolina, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a preliminary evaluation of possible brake defects in 2007 and 2008 Camry models. The agency has identified 59 complaints related to faulty brake actuation in these vehicles, 40 percent of which occurred at speeds greater than 40 mph. Brake failures at those velocities could lead to a dangerous car accident. Thus far, two accidents have been linked to the possible defect and the NHTSA is investigating whether any injuries or fatalities may be related.
A North Carolina delivery driver suffered a serious head injury in a Dec. 17 accident with a 2009 Ford Super Duty pickup truck. The car accident occurred on Western Boulevard and Memorial Drive in Jacksonville near the Jacksonville Mall.
Some North Carolina motorists who drive Honda Odyssey minivans may be affected by a vehicle recall that will begin in March 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a problem with the Vehicle Safety Assist System, or VSA, in 344,187 Odyssey minivans manufactured from August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008, may cause these vehicles to brake hard without warning. Honda says that it will notify owners about the pending recall by letter, which will contain instructions explaining how to proceed.
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.
Nissan North America is expected to begin a recall on the 2013 Nissan NV200s in mid-December in an effort to avoid potential crash injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that more than 2,500 vehicles manufactured between Feb. 6 and Aug. 2 are affected.
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.