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Truck drivers are prohibited from texting and driving

Texting and driving is a dangerous practice because it takes a person's attention off of the road and places it on a small screen. In the time it takes a driver to pick up their smartphone and open a text, they may have run a red light, collided with another vehicle and caused themselves and others serious bodily injury.

Drivers of personal vehicles may wonder if North Carolina's texting and driving ban applies to all vehicle operators. For example, some drivers hold different classifications of licenses. In order to drive a large truck or bus, a driver may need to possess a commercial driver's license.

How do auto-pedestrian accidents happen?

An auto-pedestrian accident happens when a driver in North Carolina strikes a person who is traveling on foot with their vehicle. There are numerous ways that these tragic incidents can happen, with some causes resulting from driver negligence and others from pedestrian inattention. When drivers are inattentive or otherwise distracted while operating their motor vehicles, their risk of colliding with pedestrians increases.

Just as distracted drivers hit other cars, trucks and vans, they may also hit people who are in crosswalks, getting into their street-parked cars or even on sidewalks and out of roadways. Anytime that drivers take their eyes off of the road to look at their smartphone, a passenger or other in-vehicle distraction, they elevate their risk of hitting someone or something else in the road.

Wrongful deaths affect families in many different ways

Tragedy strikes in unexpected and painful ways and readers of this North Carolina motor vehicle accident and personal injury blog may know that car collisions are a common cause of lost lives. What makes these catastrophes so heartbreaking is that they are usually caused by preventable mistakes and distractions.

Cellphone use, drunk driving and many other dangerous driving behaviors can all lead to collisions between cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and commercial automobiles. When accidents happen and victims lose their lives, their family members can be left to recover from the devastation of having to say goodbye to someone they love.

Put smartphones down to prevent accidents and save lives

There is no question that some Charlotte residents are dependent on their smartphones. Through these small handheld devices individuals can perform a wealth of tasks that once required them to use multiple different pieces of technology. They may make standard phone calls to their friends and family members, but they may also use picture calling for more personal experiences. They can send work emails, schedule meetings, make grocery lists, check traffic, get directions and even look up encyclopedic information all with the touch of a screen or the execution of voice controls.

Although having a smartphone can be incredibly handy for a North Carolina resident, it can also become a big distraction. This is especially true when a person is engaged in an important task like driving. Smartphone distractions are dangerous to motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and others because they take individuals' eyes off of the roads and concentrate their focus on something other than operating their motor vehicles.

The police do not report all vehicle-bicycle accidents

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 818 bicyclist fatalities in our country in 2015. The NHTSA also estimated that there were 45,000 bicyclist injuries that year.

These figures may be too low because law enforcement does not report all bicycle accidents.

Ways that large trucks may cause serious roadway accidents

Although North Carolina drivers may frequently see large trucks and commercial vehicles on local roads and highways, they may not be familiar with the numerous ways that those massive vehicles may pose dangers to them. Trucking accidents can be very serious for the passengers of the smaller vehicles affected by truck crashes and collisions. There are several ways that truck drivers and operators may be negligent and create dangerous hazards for other motorists.

One of the most problematic issues that may lead to a serious trucking accident is the failure of a truck driver to obtain the requisite education and experience to operate the rig. Truck drivers generally must secure special licenses that teach them about the differences of driving a large truck compared to a smaller personal vehicle. Drivers who do not have this important understanding can make dangerous maneuvers on the roads that put others in harm's way.

Are drunk driving accidents a problem in North Carolina?

For decades American drivers have been educated on the perils of drinking and driving, but every year too many individuals are killed in these tragic and preventable incidents. It is a national problem and residents of North Carolina are not immune from these roadway disasters. This post will briefly offer some alarming statistics about drunk driving accidents in the state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,100 people in North Carolina were killed in drunk driving accidents between 2003 and 2012. This rate divides out to more than one drunk driving fatality each day for a decade. Compared to the national average, North Carolina exceeds the norm for drunk driving accident fatalities across all age-related demographic groups.

Road debris: A major danger

Many things can increase the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. This includes objects ending up on the roads that shouldn’t be there, such as road debris.

A common cause of road debris are improperly secured loads. A lot of different things could lead to a car or truck having an unsecured load. This could include a driver failing to take steps like loading objects onto the car or truck in a proper order, adequately tying down a load and putting a tarp or netting over a load.

The most common negligent driving behaviors

When you are out on the road, you generally expect other drivers to be responsible. While you may experience frustration over motorists who do not use their turn signals or drive at different speeds than you prefer, you assume the majority of drivers are safe. Unfortunately, you may encounter careless drivers who cause you to get in a wreck.

In fact, aggressive driving behaviors account for over half of fatal collisions, shares the Insurance Information Institute. Here are a few of the most common negligent driving behaviors. 

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