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Car Accidents Archives

Teen drivers more likely to crash once they are licensed

North Carolina residents should know that according to the National Institutes for Health, car crashes are the leading cause of death for drivers aged 14 to 19. Some states believe that to reduce the crash risk for teens, they must lengthen the period between teens getting their learner's permits and driver's licenses. The results of a study that the NIH conducted with Virginia Tech University seem to back up this way of thinking.

New technology helps parents prevent distracted driving

Distracted driving accidents are often related to the use of technology. Reading or sending text messages, responding to social media posts and participating in social gaming cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Ironically, technology may also be the way to stop the distractions and avoid preventable accidents on North Carolina roads.

Study shows texting and driving peaks in afternoon

Drivers in North Carolina who are concerned about the widespread threat created by texting and driving should know about a recent study conducted by app developer Drivemode. After reviewing one year's worth of text messaging data that was captured by one of its Android apps, the company stated that the peak time for drivers to text is during the afternoon rush hour, between roughly 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Daydremaing may be a bigger road safety threat than cellphones

Many road safety experts in North Carolina and around the country have blamed the surge in distracted driving fatalities on the popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, but a study from a leading insurance company suggests that drivers who become lost in thought or daydream behind the wheel are a far more serious problem. A research team from Erie Insurance came to this conclusion after studying accident data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System gathered over the last five years.

Automatic braking lowers backup crash rates, IIHS states

Automatic braking systems can sense obstacles ahead of time, alert the driver to them and apply the brakes for the driver in the case of an emergency. Drivers in North Carolina may want to know just how effective these systems are, especially if they own a new car that's compatible with such technology.

Fatal car crashes rise on April 20, according to study

April 20 is a self-proclaimed holiday for marijuana users in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S. Where recreational marijuana is legal, there is evidence of increased hospital visits by marijuana users as well as indication of a rise in impaired driving on this day. However, as many marijuana users consume alcohol at the same time, it can be hard to determine how many accidents are caused by drug use.

How to handle common traffic situations

North Carolina residents may avoid moving violations and accidents by understanding who has the right-of-way on the road. If a driver sees an ambulance or another emergency vehicle, that driver must pull his or her vehicle to the side of the road. Drivers must generally stop when a school bus is stopped or if children are being offloaded. One of the most common moving violations is running a red light, and drivers are required to stop when they see one.

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents

North Carolina motorists might be more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than in previous years with an 8 percent increase in the number of deadly motor vehicle accidents happening around the country between 2014 and 2015. There was another increase in 2016. One way to reduce the likelihood of an accident may be to better understand why they happen, and there are a few common causes.

NHTSA raises awareness of drunk driving during holidays

In North Carolina and across the U.S., drunk driving becomes an epidemic when Christmas and New Year's roll around. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is familiar with the results: the past five years have seen an average of 300 traffic fatalities due to drunk driving between the two holidays. In 2016, there were a total of 781 fatalities in alcohol-related accidents in the month of December. An NHTSA report also reveals that one-third of all drivers taken into custody for DUI are repeat offenders.