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Why you must slow down when the weather gets bad

When you think about the phrase “oh, the weather outside is frightful…” you may think about picturesque visions of snow during the holiday season. No way you think about a snow and ice storm during the last week of February. Nevertheless, here we are, enduring yet another bout with icy conditions. In fact, more than six inches of snow is expected in the region

In our last post, we highlighted some helpful tips for those who may encounter black ice; thin, virtually invisible sheets of ice that form when snow melts and then refreezes on streets and highways. Since ice is so much more unforgiving than snow, it is imperative that drivers be especially vigilant on the roads (if they go on them at all.) Not only is there a practical reason to be careful, there are legal reasons as well. 

What to do if you hit black ice

We’re not meteorologists, but we can say with reasonable certainty that the foul weather that has gripped our region over the past several days will be leaving soon. With better weather, our streets and highways will be safer as well. Essentially, drivers will not have to deal with the icy conditions that have led to accidents in the northeast and across the south.

But until then, drivers will have to be especially careful because of the threat of black ice. Unsuspecting drivers can find themselves in a ditch or plowing into another vehicle because they may not see an ice patch until it is too late. Nevertheless, there are a few things that a driver can do to possibly avoid an accident even after hitting a patch of ice. 

Another cautionary tale about distracted driving

If it is one thing that we stress as personal injury attorneys with regard to car accidents, reducing distractions will reduce your chances of being in one. This is especially concerning given how prevalent texting while driving is in North Carolina. With spring around the corner, and new young drivers on the road, it is important for them to understand the risks of distracted driving.

An example of this risk was on display over the weekend in Malibu, California. Former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a multi-car crash where one driver was killed and several others were injured. 

Wal-Mart reaches settlement with McNair family

Recovering from the physical injuries after a truck accident can take a great deal of time and energy. Aside from bones healing, you may have to endure months of physical therapy so that your muscles work correctly after you recover. Even after this is completed, you may have to go through counseling to deal with the emotional injuries stemming from such a traumatic experience.

Obviously, all the recovery processes cost money, and it is certainly tough to endure these costs while you are unable to work or if your insurance coverage does not cover them. As such, you may seek compensation from the offending trucking company in order to set things straight. This was likely the motivation behind several lawsuits filed by people who were riding in the limousine bus that was struck by a Wal-Mart truck last summer in New Jersey.

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

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