AAA Carolina recently released its 2012 traffic safe communities for the state. What officials did is they collected information from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and figured out which counties had the highest rates for accidents.
Once again, New Hanover County has been listed as one of the most dangerous counties in the area. This isn’t the first time it received this ranking either as it’s been there for a number of years now. New Hanover tallied close to 4,500 car accidents in 2011 alone. Close to 20 of these accidents were deadly. Pitt County got first place, Person got third, Watauga came in fourth and Cumberland County got fifth place.
Our Greensboro car accident lawyers understand that New Hanover County ranked in second place for having the highest injury-accident rate. Last year, there were more than 1,500 car accidents that resulted in injury. For these kinds of accidents, Graham came in first, Pitt ranked as third, Wayne in at fourth and Cumberland in at fifth.
Officials weren’t only looking at car accidents either. They also looked at the most dangerous areas for motorcycle accidents. Coming in at first was Graham, Alleghany in second, Clay in at third, Pamlico ranked fourth and Pender in for fifth.
In the Carolinas, there are plenty of tractor-trailer accidents, too. Our state serves as a bridge for the South to connect with the New England area. Ranked in first for these accidents was Bladen County, followed by Anson, Montgomery, Northampton and Sampson.
The “North Carolina Traffic Safe Community for 2012” award went to Chapel Hill. There were less than 1,000 accidents recorded last year in the area. This award is handed to communities throughout the Carolinas that exemplify special safe driver programs and initiatives that have been shown to help to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents.
Other areas with Outstanding Traffic Safe Community awards for leadership in traffic safety include:
When it all boils down, drivers are responsible for these numbers. While there are external factors that can increase your risks for an accident, like weather, vehicle defects and condition, road design and even traffic flow, most of these hazards can be eliminated with more driver awareness. For this reason, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has stepped forward with simple safe driving tips to help keep everyone out of a potentially fatal car accident.
-Don’t drink and drive.
-Always buckle up.
-Look out for debris in the road.
-Travel the posted speed limit.
-Check traffic and weather conditions before leaving.
-Leave early. Allow yourself with plenty of driving time to avoid rushing.
-Use only approved child restraints.
-Avoid driving during rush hour when possible.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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