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.
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.
Three separate dump truck accidents in North Carolina on Sept. 3 claimed three lives, according to police. In one, the truck driver ran off the road. In a second mishap, a construction worker died. In the third accident, a motorist was killed by falling debris.
North Carolina residents might be interested to hear that AAA Carolinas has released its annual list of the most dangerous counties in North Carolina for driving. The report is broken down into three primary categories, one of which is for collisions, one for motorcycles and one for tractor-trailers.
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.
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.
A neighborhood in Charlotte is breathing a sigh of relief this week after a high speed chase ended in many people's front yards. Although no one in the neighborhood was injured, some people are saying that had the circumstances been any different, there could have been some serious injuries as a result.
A deadly crash in Fayetteville this month has investigators wondering if speeding and racing may have been to blame for the death of two soldiers and injuring two more people. It's a tragedy that has left a community mourning while police piece together the events leading up to the terrible crash.