October 24, 2013

Cruise Control May be Dangerous for Fatigued Drivers


A French study attempted to answer the question of whether cruise control is safe, and as the Thebigstory.ap.org reports the technology can contribute to a driver "zoning out."

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Our Charlotte car accident attorneys know cruise control is most often used at highway speed -- which also presents the most risks in the event of an accident. In other words, a driver needs to be paying more attention on the highway, not less. Still, cruise control is a convenience most of us take for granted.

The study detailed how French drivers responded to the use of cruise control. The results show that when a driver uses cruise control they often become progressively less attentive to the road.

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October 22, 2013

NHTSA Prolongs Backup Camera Requirements for Fourth Time


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has once again delayed a mandatory backup camera rule for 2014 model cars. The new date is 2015 but more delays are possible.

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Our Spartanburg car accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of backup cameras. Particularly relating to the safety of children and the elderly.

NHTSA recently issued a news release discussing backup cameras and adding backup cameras to the list of recommended vehicle safety technologies.

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October 22, 2013

Car Crashes and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in North Carolina


A new study indicates that a relationship exists between auto accidents and problems with pregnancy.

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Greensboro car accident attorneys are dedicated to highlighting the link between pregnant women involved in car accidents and problems with their pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 6,400 adults are injured in car accidents daily. Seat belts are said to reduce the likelihood of serious injury and death by as much as 50 percent.

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October 19, 2013

Carolina Traffic Accidents a Significant Risk Heading into Holidays


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2013. According to the statistical projection approximately 7,200 people died in automobile accidents in the first quarter of 2013.

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Our Greensboro car accident attorneys believe it is their duty to inform the public of the dangers of automobile accidents and provide safety tips.

Based on historic data, the first quarter of the year is often the lowest in terms of traffic related fatalities. The number of people who died in motor vehicle crashes may rise by as much as one thousand from one quarter of the year to the next.


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October 17, 2013

Dog Harnesses for Cars and the Dangers of Driving with a Pet


According to an article on Yahoo.com, Dog harnesses meant to keep your dog safe while riding in your automobile may not provide the safety dog owners intend

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Our Asheville car accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about safety harnesses and the dangers of riding with a pet in your car.

With over 43 million households owning a dog traveling safely with their pet(s) is a serious concern for many Americans. Out of necessity or even just for fun, dogs are often transported in a vehicle.

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October 13, 2013

Football Season Increases Drunk Driving Risks in Carolinas


Over a recent holiday weekend nearly 2,900 people were arrested for drunk driving in North Carolina's "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.

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With college and NFL football seasons in full swing, many individuals may choose to host parties to watch their favorite teams play. Our Charlotte car accident attorneys want to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and responsible party hosting.

When fans gather to watch their favorite teams play there may be alcohol available at the party and all guests should be aware of the potential dangers of drunk driving.

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October 11, 2013

Luxury Cars Not Immune to Defects


High end cars are not immune to recalls due to defects. Our Car accident attorneys in Asheville are committed to raising awareness about some recent vehicle recalls.

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According to a recent news article on NBCNews.com, the German carmaker BMW recently announced that it is recalling 176,000 vehicles from the model years 2012 to 2014. The BMW recall affects 76,200 vehicles that were sold in the United States.

According to BMW, oil supply can be interrupted and mean the loss of power braking assistance. Although the brakes would still work the driver would have to press significantly harder on the brake pedal.

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October 10, 2013

Post-Accident Collision Injuries South Carolina Officer


According to a recent WISTV news story a patrol officer was struck while attending to an a previous car accident scene.

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Our Greenville car accident attorneys are committed to raising awareness about the dangers of a car accident scene.

The officer was struck while stopped to attend to an accident in which a vehicle had hit a deer. While attending to the accident scene another driver, left the roadway and struck the officer's vehicle, injuring the officer.

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October 6, 2013

North Carolina Loses Federal Distracted Driving Grant Money


Distracted driving among young people has received an overwhelming amount of attention in recent years. In response, Congress promised federal grant money to states that enacted tough laws against distracted driving. Many states, including North Carolina, had hoped to receive federal grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Despite the disappearance of the expected grant money, our Asheville car accident attorneys are committed to raising awareness about distracted driving to prevent collisions.

Many states were disqualified from the grant program because their distracted driving laws were not considered harsh enough. In the case of North Carolina the law, which has been enforced since December 1, 2009: drivers are not banned from texting when their vehicle is stopped.

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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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