October 4, 2013

Are You at Risk of a Road Rage Accident in North Carolina?


According to an Article on Gulfnews.com, aggressive driving is when you lose control of your emotions while behind the wheel. Although there may be many poor drivers on the road and daily commutes can be stressful, acknowledging poor driving and allowing your blood to boil are two completely separate things.

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Many people show signs of road rage when another personal incident in their lives is causing stress. Our Charlotte injury attorneys are devoted to spreading awareness about the dangers of road rage. Not only should every person be on the lookout for the other dangerous and angry drivers on the road - but each person should check themselves when their anger gets the best of them behind the wheel.

You should ask yourself a few questions to see if you are prone to aggressive driving: First, if someone cuts in front of your vehicle quickly on the roadway, do you begin to tailgate that driver and flash your headlights?

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October 2, 2013

Young Passengers Often Saved by Seat Belts in North Carolina


Over one-third of children under the age of 13, who were killed in car accidents last year, were not wearing seat belts or in car seats.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are the most vulnerable passengers in an automobile and safety should always be a top priority. Car accidents remain a leading cause of death among children.

In 2011, almost two children were killed every day in motor vehicle accidents. The greatest number of deaths occurred in larger vehicles such as Sport Utility Vehicles and pickup trucks.

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September 29, 2013

More High School Seniors Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana


For many high school seniors, this fall school season is the beginning of the end. Many already know where they will be attending college and are just riding out their last year at home and in high school. This means more freedom and for many, more partying. New reports indicate that many seniors are driving after smoking pot, not realizing the grave dangers associated with driving under the influence. This can increase the risk of accident and injury for seniors, as well as other motorists on the road.

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According to recent reports, an alarming number of seniors are getting behind the wheel after smoking pot. Though many understand the risks associated with drinking and driving, pot-smoking seniors may not understand that driving under the influence of marijuana can be just as dangerous. Our Asheville car accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about driving under the influence to prevent collisions and injury. We are also committed to keeping the community high school seniors safe this fall and the remainder of the school year.

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September 28, 2013

One-Third of Crash Injuries Caused by Unworn Seatbelts, Car Seats


Throughout the 80s and 90s a number of public health awareness campaigns focused on the dangers of driving without a seatbelt. Slogans like "Buckle Up for Safety" and "Click-It or Ticket" focused on raising awareness to ensure seatbelt safety nationwide. Despite the widespread dissemination of seatbelt safety information in cities and counties nationwide, failure to wear seatbelts is still killing thousands of children every year. According to a recent report, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that more than 1/3 of children killed in car accidents were not in car seats or wearing a seatbelt.

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It seems like a practical and easy solution: keep your kids buckled in. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why kids may become unbuckled or suffer seatbelt failure. Our Spartanburg car accident attorneys are experienced in cases involving child injury and accidental death. We are committed to raising awareness to prevent future accidents and injuries involving unworn seatbelts and car seats. Whether you are a new parent, a teacher, caregiver or other community member interested in child safety, remember that seat belts and car seats continue to be a critical factor in child safety, health and survival.

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September 26, 2013

Crossing Guards: Drive Safe in School Zones


School zone safety is not only the responsibility of districts, administrators, and parents, it is also the obligation of community members to keep students safe. When driving through school zones, there are a number of dangers of which to be aware. While you should always slow in school zones and remember safe driving, consider the extra precautions you must take when dealing with school crossing guards, pedestrians, buses, and the extra commotion at the beginning and end of the school day.

School crossing guards play a pivotal role in making sure that students get to school safely. Reckless drivers may put these crossing guards at risk and cause serious injury or death to pedestrians. Our Asheville pedestrian accident attorneys are dedicated to school crossing guard safety. Considering recent police department warnings regarding pedestrian and crossing guard safety, we also want to raise awareness to prevent future accidents and injuries.

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According to one South Carolina police department, distracted and aggressive drivers who fail to obey crossing guard directions or who blow through crossing guard intersections are posing a significant safety risk. In addition to facing criminal penalties these drivers can also be held civilly liable for any personal injury or property damage. All distracted and aggressive drivers should be aware that this kind of driving behavior could result in irreversible deadly accidents and collisions.

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September 22, 2013

New Tracking Systems Improve School Bus Safety


Bad driving, inclement weather, distracted driving and other dangers on the road can create hazards for school bus passengers. In previous posts we have discussed the importance of school bus safety, especially in this new school season. In addition to practicing safe bus riding, parents may also be comforted to know that several North Carolina school districts are using additional tracking systems to monitor bus drivers in real time. The trend could be spreading throughout the region, giving parents, administrators and other authorities the ability to track drivers and driver behavior.

School bus driver safety is critical to preventing accidents. Our Raleigh bus accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness and helping victims recover compensation in the event of a bus accident. Attorneys from our firm are abreast of current developments in school bus safety and are dedicated to raising awareness. In the event of a bus accident, we protect the rights of victims and their families.

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According to recent press releases, there are now 13 school districts throughout North Carolina that are using new wireless technology to convey information about school buses. The tracking systems will greatly improve student rider safety by providing real time information for parents and administrators, including location, speed, and other alerts. Officials will be able to use the tracking information to ensure that bus drivers follow the law and safety regulations, including stopping at railroad crossings.

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September 18, 2013

Chaotic Crash Scenes and Accidental Death in North Carolina


In the chaos after an accident, it is important to be aware of secondary dangers, including oncoming vehicles. In a tragic case, police in Charlotte shot an unarmed man who was running towards police after an accident. Reports indicated that the man was simply trying to get help after crashing his vehicle. While victims certainly should not have to defend against armed officers, the case highlights the often confusing and dangerous scenarios that arise after an accident.

In another tragic case, a 25-year-old pedestrian was killed when a light pole fell on him after a traffic collision. According to witnesses, two vehicles collided at an intersection and one of the vehicles hit a pole. The victim was walking away from the accident scene when the light pole fell and struck the pedestrian. Remember that damage to infrastructure and fire hazards could pose additional risks to accident victims as well as bystanders.

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Immediately after an accident, victims and bystanders should be aware of any hidden dangers at the accident scene. Leaking gas, damaged roadways or infrastructure, as well as high emotions and shock can create the potential for additional injuries and preventable death. Our Asheville car accident attorneys have a wide range of experience with cases involving minor fender benders, high speed highway accidents, as well as personal injury cases that may arise after an accident. We are dedicated to raising awareness to make sure that accident victims stay safe and that bystanders steer clear of potential dangers.

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September 16, 2013

Child Crash Injuries Target of Federal Safety Awareness Campaign


Whether your child is walking to school, taking the bus, riding a bike or hitching a ride with you, safety is a discussion you can't afford to skip.
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Winston-Salem child injuries spike every fall around the start of the school year.

Delve deeper into some of the agency's statistics, and you'll learn that between 2002 and 2011, more child pedestrians were killed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and also between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than at any other time of the day.

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September 13, 2013

Charlotte Car Accident Attributed to Texting Teen


There are times we fear the message about teen texting and driving begins to sound like a broken record. We worry that maybe it's lost its power and motorists have moved on to other concerns.
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Then suddenly, we are all violently jolted from our complacency by the kind of event that haunts every parent's worst nightmares.

It happened again, this time in Union County, near Parkwood High School. There, our Charlotte car accident lawyers learned, it was about 7:30 a.m.when a 16-year-old driver on his way to school was struck by a dump truck. He had reportedly failed to yield to the truck at the intersection.

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September 9, 2013

Ford Stalling Incidents Probed By U.S. Safety Regulators


For months now, consumers have been reporting that their Ford Focus Electric vehicles have been flashing warnings at drivers to "Stop Safely Now" before stalling out.
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Electric vehicles are marketed to a wide range of consumers hoping to reduce their carbon footprint and slash the amount they pay for fuel. But that might mean very little if they aren't safe and end up causing a serious car accident in Asheville or elsewhere.

While industry insiders have been buzzing for months about a problem with Ford's electric vehicles, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only recently became involved, following receipt of about a dozen complaints regarding the stalling.

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September 7, 2013

Drunk Driver Blamed for Deaths of 2 Motorcyclists in Branchville


A 21-year-old from Columbia was recently charged with felony driving under the influence after he got into an accident that killed two motorcyclists. According to The Times and Democrat, the man was also charged with one count of second-offense driving under suspension.
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Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol report that the young driver was heading north down Highway 21 at roughly 7:00 p.m. when he crossed the center line and slammed into the two motorcycles head on. It happened in Branchville near Wire Road. A 43- and a 50-year-old were killed in the collision.

Our Branchville motorcycle accident lawyers understand that, as of September 2, there have been more than 470 fatalities on our state's roadways. While we're doing a little better than the 552 recorded during the same time last year, we still have a long way to go. Of the more than 470 people killed in these accidents, more than 310 of them were motor-vehicle occupants. More than 180 of them were not wearing a seat belt when the accident happened.

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September 6, 2013

Speed Increasing Risks of Serious Charleston Traffic Accidents


A 28-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle caught fire during an accident that happened between the Dorchester Road and Cosgrove Avenue exits on Interstate 26. According to WISTV, witnesses of the accident say that the woman was driving erratically just prior to the crash, heading eastbound while using the emergency lane to pass vehicles.
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According to reports, the woman slammed into the back of a cab before slamming into the median wall. She ended up in a group of trees near the shoulder of the roadway. That's when her vehicle caught fire. According to Spencer Pryor, police spokesman for North Carleston, firefighters, officers and citizens worked diligently to put the fire out and to remove the woman from her vehicle. Officers are still investigating the accident.

Our Charleston accident lawyers understand that speed is a top factor in many serious and fatal accidents. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. There are about 13,000 people killed or seriously injured in accidents in which speeding is a factor each and every year. And to be more specific, fatal accidents are about 5 times more likely on rural roads than they are on urban roads. Accidents where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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September 4, 2013

Continuing the Fight Against South Carolina Drunk Driving


More than a third of those killed in alcohol-involved crashes are not impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 9,870 people killed in drunk driving collisions in the country in 2011. These fatalities accounted for close to a third of all of the recorded motor vehicle accident fatalities for the entire year. Although the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents has decrease throughout the years, the proportion of those fatalities that are the result of drunk-driving crashes has remained the same for the last decade.
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Our Rock Hill accident lawyers understand that attitudes regarding drunk driving are changing. According to a study 40 years ago, about 8 percent of surveyed drivers were admitting to driving drunk. According to a 2007 study, about 2 percent of drivers were fessing up to this dangerous driving behavior. Regardless of how many people are admitting to drunk driving, the truth of the matter is that still close to 10,000 people are being killed in these kinds of accidents each and every year. And it's not oftentimes the drunk driver who is injured or killed. It's their passengers, the occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. And it's these accidents that are driving the costs to our economy of about $60 billion a year.

The truth is that these traffic accidents are completely preventable. They're easily within our control by making better decisions as drivers, passengers, and friends.

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September 1, 2013

Carolina Officers Working Overtime through Labor Day


With the economy improving and gas prices on the decline, we're expecting an increase in the number of driving travelers over the Labor Day weekend. In North Carolina, we're expecting a 5 percent increase in travelers, according to AAA Carolina, compared to the 4.2 percent national increase.
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The Herald Sun
reports that more than 972,000 North Carolina residents plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the five-day weekend, which runs from Thursday the 29th through Monday the 2nd.

"As the economy has steadily improved in the Carolinas, more families will take advantage of the last holiday weekend of the summer," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that an increase in traffic will come with an increase in traffic accident risks. That's why officials throughout the state will be enforcing the "Booze It & Lose It" campaign. This campaign started back on the 16th and will be running through the Labor Day weekend. It includes various checkpoints throughout the state, which are used to target intoxicated drivers. To help to make our roadways safer, officials have also decided to suspend most of the state's roadway construction projects from 4:00 p.m. on Friday through 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. According to research, more than 45 percent of travelers will leave for their destination on Friday and a little less than 45 percent will return on Monday. Another 42 percent will return home on Tuesday. These will be the most dangerous -- and congested -- times to be on the road.

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August 30, 2013

Filing a Complaint with the DOT: Unsafe Truckers


You have probably seen a bumper sticker attached to a truck or delivery vehicle that invites you to report bad or negligent driving. While these reports indicate to internal departments that a driver may be violating traffic laws or behaving recklessly, there are other ways to track and report drivers with the Department of Transportation. The government agency responsible for regulating the nations highways is also charged with ensuring that trucking companies and other commercial industries follow laws and practice safe driving.

Big rigs and semi trucks are always dangerous, but with unsafe drivers behind the wheel, motorists will be put at additional risk of serious injury and accidental death. Our Asheville trucking accident attorneys are dedicated to ensuring safe roads and holding negligent truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for accidents and injuries.

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If you have witnessed a driver speeding, swerving between lanes, cutting off other vehicles or generally exhibiting dangerous driving behavior, you should consider reporting the vehicle to the Department of Transportation. While they are not a law enforcement agency, they will document the behavior and keep trucking companies held to legal standards for safe driving operations.

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