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4-1024x1024Distracted Driving Awareness

Driving can be dangerous. Accidents occur with some frequency. In 2022, more than 110,000 people were injured in vehicle accidents in North Carolina. While vehicle manufacturers are making cars with more safety features, the number of accidents continues to increase. One of the reasons for the high number of car accidents may be attributed to distracted driving. Driving while distracted is preventable.

What is Distracted Driving?

3-1024x1024North Carolina Traffic Safety

Although manufacturers are making vehicles with more safety features than ever before, the number of accidents is still significant. North Carolina ranks consistently in the top 10 states with the most accidents. Traffic safety is something that everyone needs to be concerned about. People can learn how to stay safe on the roads and how to prevent accidents from happening. North Carolina takes traffic safety seriously and participates in the Vision Zero initiative.

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6-1-1024x1024Who Pays for Damages After a Car Accident in North Carolina?

Car accidents occur quite often. There were more than five million accidents reported to police in the United States in 2020 alone. Most crashes are minor, but some result in major damages as well as injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, more than 38,000 people were hurt in car accidents in 2020. There are about four injuries per minute due to traffic crashes. If you were hurt in a car accident, you will need to know who pays for the damages that you incurred.

Common Damages Caused by Car Accidents

3-1024x1024Two Dead in Crash on US 70 Likely Caused by Wrong Way Driver

Two men died, and a teenage boy was seriously injured in a crash on US 70. The accident occurred during the early morning hours and appeared to be a head-on collision. Both cars appeared to be horribly mangled. The crash happened in the westbound lanes of US 70 in Garner. The location was between Raynor Road/Auburn Knightdale Road and North Greenfield Parkway. It happened at about 2 AM.

Wrong Way Crash

2-1024x1024What Happens if I am Injured by a Driver Without Insurance?

There are, on average, 6 million vehicle accidents every year in the United States. Chances are, you will be involved in a traffic crash at some time or another in your life. Fortunately, most car accidents are minor and do not result in serious injuries. Sometimes, however, the victim of a crash could be severely hurt and might suffer tremendous damages. In North Carolina, a victim of a car accident is allowed to seek damages from the negligent driver as long as the victim is not at fault.

Insurance Coverage Requirements in North Carolina

3-1-1024x1024North Carolina Car Accident Statistics

Most people own a vehicle, and many families own multiple vehicles. There are 7.3 million licensed drivers in North Carolina and 9.7 million registered vehicles, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). North Carolina has one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the country, with more than 80,000 miles of roads and more than 13,500 bridges. It is no wonder that there are numerous accidents on our roadways. While many accidents are minor, some are quite serious and result in life-threatening injuries or fatalities.

Important Car Accident Statistics

2Is North Carolina a No-Fault State for Car Accident Claims?

There are millions of car accidents every year across the United States. Many of these result in serious injuries or deaths. According to statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the national fatality rate is 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people. The average in North Carolina is above the national average, at 15.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Many thousands of accidents cause injuries, some of which are extremely serious or life-threatening. If you are hurt in a car accident, you will want to know whether you can file a claim to seek compensation for your damages.

What Does “No-Fault” Mean?

HitDriver Killed in Hit and Run on Interstate 26

A woman was hit and killed after she stopped on Interstate 26 in Henderson County, North Carolina. The accident happened at about 12:30 am on Christmas morning near mile marker 46. Police were called to the location for a report of a serious collision, and when they arrived, they found the victim lying in the roadway. The victim was dead at the crash scene.

According to a witness, the woman was driving with an orange safety cone stuck in the underneath of her vehicle. She stopped to remove the cone and fell out of her vehicle and onto the road. Another driver stopped to assist. The other driver helped move her vehicle out of the roadway when the woman was suddenly hit by a semi-truck. The big rig did not stop, and police are investigating the accident.

2One Student Killed and Two Injured in Crash With Tanker Truck

One high school student was killed, and two others were injured in a morning crash near their school. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District confirmed the collision and offered counseling to assist students and others who were affected by the terrible tragedy. The accident happened in Mint Hill, near the intersection of Blair Rd. and Allen Station Drive, which is located about a mile from Rocky River High School, where all three victims were students.

What Caused the Accident?

3-1NTSB Calls Highway Deaths a Public Health Crisis

Highway deaths continue to rise, so much so that the National Transportation Safety Board has declared a public health crisis. There are about 43,000 deaths each year as a result of accidents on United States roadways. The statement from the NTSB came after a serious and deadly crash of a high school band bus in Ohio that resulted in the fatalities of several students and adults.

The crash occurred on Interstate 70 near Etna, Ohio, and involved the student charter bus, a tractor-trailer, a commercial vehicle, and two passenger vehicles. In addition to the fatalities, at least 18 additional people were transported to local hospitals with various injuries. This is just one of many fatal accidents in the United States this year.

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