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Category Archives: Auto Accidents

North Carolina Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Police officers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with a collision that killed a motorcyclist. The accident occurred on October 29 at the intersection of Old Poole Road and Poole Road in Raleigh. According to investigators, the man made an improper left turn, striking a motorcycle. The driver of the… Read More »

Recent Crashes Raise Concern About Driver’s Ed Funding

The deaths of two students and the injury of another in recent Wake County car crashes come as North Carolina schools struggle to find a way to pay for driver’s education courses. Lawmakers cut off state funding for the programs, a decision that goes into effect next July. Originally, $3 million was slated to go… Read More »

New Studies Suggest Voice-Activated Devices Are Just As Distracting

Two recent studies of voice-activated systems in automobiles seem to indicate that these systems, touted by manufacturers due to their supposedly safer hands-free capabilities, are just as dangerous and distracting as having your cell phone in your hand or your fingers fiddling with the radio dial or GPS. One of the main problems, researchers say,… Read More »

Graham County Cited As Dangerous County for Motor Vehicle, Motorcycle Crashes

The 20th annual AAA Carolinas report of road safety has been released and it lists Graham County as the number one North Carolina County for motorcycle fatalities and the county in which you are most likely to be in a fatal car crash. The report, which cites statewide motor vehicle accidents and the injuries and… Read More »

Habitual DWI Offender Charged With Manslaughter in North Carolina

A 43-year-old North Carolina man is facing a manslaughter charge after a passenger in his vehicle was killed in a crash. According to police, the man was driving on Ranklin Hill Road with a female passenger when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on August 5. Both he and his… Read More »

The High Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put a price tag on the cost of motor vehicle collisions in this country. In an effort to quantify the economic and social value of motor vehicle accidents, NHTSA looked at accident figures from 2010. The dollar values were staggering. Points of the report… Read More »

Pregnant? Use Caution When Driving

Recent research suggests physical changes during pregnancy could increase the risk of a serious vehicle accident. Women and their families are extra careful when there is a baby on board. Along with preparations for the baby, women are cautious about diet and exercise. A new study shows pregnant women should also be more careful driving… Read More »

Are Hands-Free Devices Safe?

Think talking on a hands-free device is safe while driving?  Motorists seem to think so but research says no. In April, the National Safety Council (NSC) released findings of a survey gauging attitudes about hands-free cellular devices. The survey found eight in 10 motorists believe use of hands-free devices is a safe option. While many… Read More »

The Drive for Data: Automobile Black Boxes

Will an increase in automobile defects drive manufacturers toward new and improved event data recorders for motor vehicles? Consumers are reeling from recent recalls by General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Ford. While these recalls may be a symptom of corporate fear of liability rather than responsibility, the recalls do warn motorists of dangerous defects built… Read More »

FDA Reduces Recommended Initial Dose of Insomnia Drugs

In an attempt to decrease instances of impaired driving, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently lowered the starting dose of the sleep aid Lunesta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies lack of sleep as a public health epidemic. Sufficient rest is essential in order to perform complex tasks like driving… Read More »

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