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Car Accidents Archives

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.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December has officially been recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This issue is an initiative across North Carolina and the country as a whole. Each year, approximately one death per hour occurs on the nation's roadways due to impaired driving. Although this number is smaller than in years past, it still accounts for more than 10,000 highway deaths each year.

Unmedicated ADHD brings heightened accident risks

In North Carolina, many car accidents each year happen as a result of distracted driving. Multiple studies have shown that people who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are likelier to cause accidents than people who do not. A recent study showed that people who have ADHD may slash their risks of causing accidents by taking medications to control their symptoms.

Review habits for safer commuting as days grow shorter

Although North Carolina and Colorado are on opposite sides of the country, both states have plenty of wildlife, including bear, deer and myriad small creatures. Collisions involving vehicles and animals occur regularly and, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, result in property damage losses that average more than $3,400 per incident. The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that, on average, 3,300 wildlife-related accidents take place each year and says that the majority of those crashes take place in November. Motorists who are adjusting to the return of eastern standard time may find advice offered by a distant wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to be timely.

U.S. wants to remove regulatory barriers to self-driving cars

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to clear the way for the use of self-driving cars in North Carolina and across the country. On Oct. 27, the federal auto safety agency said it intends to eliminate "unnecessary" regulations that may hinder the introduction of autonomous vehicles, especially those designed without controls for human drivers.

How smartphones are making roads more dangerous

Whether a North Carolina resident uses the term crash or accident to describe a collision between vehicles, smartphones may be playing a role in causing these incidents. In one 2008 fatal accident, a 20-year-old cited his smartphone as the reason why he ran a red light before colliding with another vehicle. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 37,262 traffic deaths in that year.

Car entertainment systems can be dangerously distracting

Many of the new vehicles on sale in North Carolina showrooms feature complex entertainment and information systems, but a study from the University of Utah conducted on behalf of the American Automobile Association suggests that this kind of sophisticated technology can be dangerously distracting to drivers. The researchers used 2017 model year vehicles and 30 such systems for their study, and they found that all of the systems made demands on drivers that could lead to accidents.