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Impaired driving: Still dangerous on North Carolina roads

Too many drivers think that as long as they aren't technically breaking any laws, anything they do behind the wheel is okay. However, the fact is that a driver who is taking risks or making bad decisions behind the wheel can be held accountable for any damage done as a result.

For instance, let's consider drunk driving. Every driver in Greenville should know that driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal and dangerous. But what many people fail to recognize is that even a driver under that limit has the potential to cause a serious accident.

U-turn leads to traffic fatality in North Carolina

Sitting in traffic of any type can be frustrating, and navigating busy or complex roads when you have somewhere to be is never fun. It can be tempting to opt for the easy way through a traffic situation, such as a U-turn or maneuvering on the shoulder. Such tactics can cause safety issues for yourself and others on the road, though, which is what happened recently in a North Carolina city.

A man driving a Jeep Wrangler decided to make a U-turn on the road. While he was doing so, a motorcyclist was approaching on the roadway. According to reports, the motorcyclist attempted to break to avoid the Jeep, but he did not have enough time to slow down completely.

What steps should you take immediately following a car accident?

The minutes and hours just after a car accident can rush by in a blur. If you are seriously injured, you will likely not be able to do anything but hang one while paramedics and other emergency responders handle the situation and get you to a local hospital. If you have minor to moderate injuries, or are not injured, then you may be able to handle some tasks at the scene of the accident.

The first thing anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident should do is manage personal safety and assist, when possible, with the safety of others. That means assessing yourself to determine what type of injuries you might have, calling for help and moving people to safety outside of vehicles and away from the road if possible. While you typically shouldn't move vehicles before police arrive on the scene, there are some obvious exceptions. If you are in a fender bender on a busy highway, for example, and no one is injured, moving vehicles to the shoulder can help prevent another accident.

Injuries can occur on shopping trips

Store owners are responsible for the condition of their stores. If the store owner doesn't have a suitable method for keeping the premises safe for customers, the customers who are shopping at the establishment can be injured. That is why keeping up with the maintenance of the shop is such an important duty of store owners.

One of the maintenance projects that can't be ignored is keeping the floors clean. When things get spilled or fall on the floor, those hazards must be picked up as quickly as possible. If the floor is wet, customers must be warned of the hazard. Without being warned of hazards on the floor, customers might not see the hazards and end up slipping or tripping. A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident can lead to very serious injuries, including broken bones, head injuries, or spinal cord injuries.

Fatigued truckers can lead to horrible accidents

Truckers who are transporting large, heavy loads must be fully aware of what is going on around them. If a trucker is fatigued, then he or she isn't able to concentrate properly on the roadway. This can place people who are near the semi truck in danger of being involved in an accident. An accident with a semi truck and a smaller passenger vehicle can lead to serious injuries or death.

Many people falsely believe that only lack of sleep contributes to trucker fatigue. That isn't the case. Trucker fatigue can be caused by a host of different factors. In some cases, multiple factors work together to cause the fatigue.

Premises liability claims can be complex

Premises liability claims are those that result from issues like slip-and-fall accidents or negligent maintenance. These cases are often very complex because of the elements that you must prove. Generally, you must prove that the injury you suffered was the result of a specific condition on the property. You must also show that the condition on the property was caused by negligence. You must then show why the party should be considered negligent. We can help you to put all of these elements together in your premises liability lawsuit.

We know that it might seem almost impossible when you first start thinking about the elements that you must include. We can help you to put everything together for your case. We have to start out by investigating the accident. This is done so that we can pull all of the evidence together to help you to show what happened.

What information is important after a car accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, things can move quickly. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you might be evacuated quickly to a nearby medical center. Even if you aren't immediately moved from the scene, your body is likely full of adrenaline and it can be difficult to focus on the needs at hand.

By knowing ahead of time what information should be collected or exchanged after a car accident in North Carolina, you can reduce the chance of an error. As soon as possible after the accident, record as much information as possible. If you have a loved one or friend who can help you with this process, it can be helpful, especially if you are shaken up by the incident.

Take action following a truck accident

Trucks are found travelling on roads throughout the state of North Carolina. While there is no question they are an important part of moving goods from one place to another, when they are involved in a crash their presence can result in devastation.

There are multiple reasons why a crash involving an 18-wheeler could occur. Some of the reasons involve the actions of the driver—such as negligence, fatigue or drunk driving. Others, such as bad weather or improper signage, could be due to surroundings. The way in which the truck is maintained or loaded could also cause a crash.

Tragic stories show the consequences of distracted driving

Like most states, North Carolina has banned the practice of texting while driving. Only a handful of states have gone so far as to also ban the use of handheld cellphones behind the wheel, and North Carolina is not among them.

Despite a growing body of research showing the dangers of distracted driving, the behavior is becoming more common and laws seem to be making little difference. And although teen drivers are not the only ones to use cellphones behind the wheel, they are particularly likely to engage in distracted driving as well as particularly vulnerable to accidents due to their lack of driving experience.

More U.S. drivers taking to the road

If you are a driver you, along with other drivers on the roads in the United States, are probably happy about the lower gas prices at the pump. According to a recent article, this is one reason that more people are getting out and driving.

Just how many people are taking to the roads? According the Federal Highway Administration, last year, residents of the U.S. drove 3.15 trillion miles. That distance—a record—is equal to driving roundtrip between the planet Earth and Pluto, 337 times.

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