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Undercover officers try to limit distracted driving crashes

In 2009, North Carolina voters approved a measure that would make it illegal to send or read text messages while operating a motor vehicle. It was ostensibly in response to the growing concerns over distracted driving and followed suit with more than 30 other states that enacted similar laws.

Law enforcement agencies have issued thousands of tickets under the new law, which calls for a $100 fine for a first offense, and a larger fine for subsequent offenses. Enforcement apparently has been difficult, since people instinctively put down their phones upon seeing a patrol car. 

OnStar customers could seek insurance discounts

Have you ever wanted to know how insurance companies would evaluate your driving? Would you want to be assessed even if it meant you could save a few dollars on your insurance premiums? You may be in luck if you are an OnStar customer.

According to a recent carriermanagement.com report, the satellite road assistance company announced that it will offer customers the opportunity to enroll in a new service that can tell them how well they drive, which could lead to good driver discounts from Progressive Insurance. 

Threat of black ice lingers after freezing rain storm

It’s almost as if the weekend can’t get here fast enough. Not because people will be off work and can relax and enjoy family and friends; it will be due to warmer weather coming into our region. For the past few days, chilly temperatures have made roads treacherous, as black ice has been responsible for a number of crashes.

Black ice is the name given to thin sheets of ice that can cover roads. They are commonly formed after moisture on a road freezes as temperatures drop below 32 degrees. It can happen as temperatures drop quickly after a rain storm, or on a chilly day when exhaust from cars melts snow and the liquid re-freezes. 

Could relaxed trucking regulations lead to safer roads?

It’s no secret that semi trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the road in North Carolina. Throw in bad weather and driving around (or behind) a semi-truck can be a harrowing experience. But probably the most troublesome aspect that drivers must deal with is the prospect of drivers being fatigued while behind the wheel of vehicles that could weigh as much as 30,000 tons.

Federal regulators had implemented new rules in order to protect the driving public by limiting the number of hours that truckers could work per week, and be behind the wheel each day without taking required breaks. This was ostensibly in response to statistics indicating that fatigue was a factor in many accidents involving commercial trucks and buses.

Why you should think about safety when buying a new car

If you are in the market to buy a new car, you’re in good company. New car sales for the major automakers increased in the last quarter, and that was before the sudden drop in gas prices. Also, the holiday sales for 2015 models is certain to get new car buyers in the door.

However, it is important for new car buyers to understand what they will be getting into, literally and figuratively. Basically, they should know what they will be buying and know whether it will be safe for their intended uses. So before you sign on the dotted line and drive off the lot, take the following tips to heart. 

Common car accident injuries

We hope our readers our enjoying the holiday season. For many, it is a time to get together with family and to take time away from work to relax. For others, it is a time to travel, commonly by car, to other destinations. Still, arguably the most common destination for drivers is to the shopping mall. After all, the day after Christmas likely rivals Black Friday as the most important shopping day of the year.

Because of the greater volume of traffic on the road (especially near shopping centers) the likelihood of car accidents increases. In a prior post, we highlighted some of the common causes of car accidents. With this post, we discuss some of the common car accident injuries

Who can be held liable in a trucking accident?

Next week, millions of Americans will take to the road for the Christmas holiday to spend time with family and loved ones. Indeed, there are the typical hazards that motorists in North Carolina will have to contend with, including drunk drivers, distracted drivers and of course, poor weather conditions. Indeed, we have posted on winter driving hazards, but the danger of semi-trucks is also real.

For those who have been injured in a semi-truck accident, there are many questions to be answered. Who may be held accountable is an important one, and this post will provide some answers about potential defendants

Why an accident investigation is crucial to your case

With many of our posts, we have discussed the implications of failing to use reasonable care while driving. Essentially, the consequences are that one can be held liable for the accident and the ensuing injuries. But before someone can be deemed to be at fault, an investigation is necessary to determine how the accident was caused, and who is responsible.

Such is likely to be the case with the recent accident involving Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. He and an unnamed driver were injured in a two car crash on South Church Street in Charlotte this afternoon. According to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Newton and the other driver were taken to the hospital and neither were diagnosed with life-threatening injuries. 

Common holiday season shopping hazards

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the sight of crowded shopping centers and malls should be a common sight. Along with the crowds come safety hazards that are not usually seen (or thought about) at other times during the year. Unfortunately, some potential hazards go unaddressed, which may put consumers and employees in danger.

With this post, we highlight some of these hazards and explain why consumers should be concerned about them. 

How road rage can lead to accidents during Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time where people get together and celebrate their good fortune (i.e. give thanks), the roads used to travel to destinations could be fraught with short tempers and rage. After all, the Thanksgiving holiday week is expected to be the busiest travel time of the year, with an estimated 46 million people taking to the road across the country this week, according to an ABC News report.

An expected storm is poised to make travel difficult between Wednesday evening (the biggest travel day) and Friday afternoon. This may slow travel down to a crawl, and raise tensions at the same time. The potential for road rage is real, and substantial danger can arise.

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