When a train crashes, many officials and organizations point fingers, trying to allay suspicion or lay the blame at someone else’s door.
But there’s one party we can be sure is innocent of causing the accident: the train’s passengers. Sadly, they’re the ones who usually suffer the most when these disastrous events occur. The recent crash in South Carolina is the latest example—and it’s also the third fatal Amtrak collision in under two months. Read the rest »
Across the U.S. in 2015, roughly 5,376 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 injured in accidents involving motor vehicles on public roads. Emergency room data shows that a large percentage of pedestrian accidents occur on private roads, indicating that the 70,000 injuries is likely much less than the actual total. Read the rest »
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, traffic accidents increased in 2016 by 6.3%, and the number of fatalities rose by 4.4%. There were a total of 1,441 people killed and 130,137 people injured. Of the drivers in wrecks, 6.6% were out-of-state drivers. Over 70% of all wrecks occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and over 30% involved a motorist who was speeding.
Those are the facts. Now, what can you do after a wreck to pay your bills? Read the rest »
“Road rage” describes unsafe and violent actions by drivers. Often, incidents of road rage escalate, leading to anger and hostility that may end with a person causing intentional harm to another. Read the rest »
Texting and driving is a serious problem in North Carolina, according to Fox 8.
It is actually illegal for drivers in NC to text and operate a vehicle at the same time. However, the number of drivers ticketed for this offense continues to increase. For instance, in 2010, 591 drivers were cited for texting and driving. In comparison, 1,307 people were ticketed for this offense from January to October of this year. Read the rest »
It may come as a surprise that “hit and run” auto accidents are actually increasingly common. In 2015, there were 38,000 such incidents just in New York City. According to a USA Today report, nearly half of all Los Angeles-based collisions result in a hit and run. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that over 1,200 fatalities occur annually in hit and run accidents. Read the rest »
While summer driving might not have the same weather hazards as winter driving in North Carolina, there are still some things you should consider before taking a big trip. Knowing what to check for before and while you are on the road is vital. Don’t overlook certain risks and dangers that are specific to the summer months. A little care before a trip can make it easier to stay safe and have fun on the road. Read the rest »
The month of June marked the start of National Safety Month. All month long, businesses and the public took time to prevent injuries and deaths in the name of safety. With that being said, it’s still a great time to make sure your vehicle has had a proper inspection. Lots of injuries can be avoided with just the simplest task. Road injuries are no different.
The best way to know how to approach inspection depends on the make and model of your vehicle. Consult your car’s manual for directions. Read the rest »
National Safety Month is technically over, but we’re still taking the time to reflect on safety precautions. When you’re on the road this summer, you should be wary of traffic rules to avoid collisions and accidents. Everyone can do their part to spread safety.
And this time, motorcyclists, you’re up! It’s time to talk about a highly-contested topic among motorcycle riders: helmets. Read the rest »
Recently Allstate released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report for 2016, showing which cities are becoming safer for drivers across the country, and shining a light on which cities are becoming more dangerous. When it comes to North Carolina, the results are mixed, mainly depending on how large the city is.
Cary, for instance, was one of the safest cities in the country for driving, ranking 16th out of the 200 top cities. While it dropped slightly from 2015’s ranking of 10, Cary is still fairly safe. And so is Winston-Salem, which moved up two spots from 38 to 36. Read the rest »
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