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Texting and driving kills driver's father in fatal car crash

While it is a known fact that texting while driving is extremely dangerous, drivers nationwide, including in North Carolina, continue to be distracted by mobile devices while they are behind the wheel. Thousands of innocent people have suffered life-changing injuries, and countless deaths have been caused by drivers whose attention was distracted by such devices for only seconds. A 61-year-old man recently lost his life in such a car crash.

The N.C. Highway Patrol reported that a 35-year-old woman, with her father as a passenger, was northbound on a Caldwell County road when she allegedly typed an address into her mobile device's map application. Due to the distraction, she reportedly veered across the center line. Her car struck two other vehicles that were traveling in the southbound lanes.

Crosswalk upgrades may lower pedestrian accident numbers

Pedestrians in some North Carolina cities are concerned about their safety. There is, however, good news for pedestrians in Greenville, which is one of the cities in which the annual number of auto-pedestrian accidents have raised concern. The city has been allocated some funds, and in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, work on 15 intersections will commence and crosswalk accident numbers may be reduced.

It is reported that many Greenville residents do not have cars and have to walk wherever they want to go. Residents have indicated that they feel threatened when they walk in the city. One resident said that although there are crosswalks at the intersections, most drivers fail to yield. This makes crossing the streets extremely dangerous.

Bicycle accident: North Carolina teenage cyclist struck by car

Many bicycle riders in North Carolina may feel threatened when sharing the roads with automobiles despite the fact that bicycle riders have the same rights as vehicle operators. It is not uncommon for a bicyclist to be regarded as a nuisance on the road, and some vehicle drivers even disregard the safety of cyclists. A bicycle accident can happen in a split second and often results in severe injuries or worse.

Clayton police recently reported an accident that involved a vehicle and a bicycle. The accident report states that a 13-year-old boy was southbound in the northbound lane of a Clayton street on his bicycle. The driver of a northbound vehicle apparently swerved to avoid striking the cyclist, but failed and collided with the bicycle rider.

Alleged drunk driver's friend dies in fatal auto accident

At about 3 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, a 21-year-old man lost his life in an accident in North Carolina. It was reported that he was one of two passengers in a car that was driven by their 20-year-old friend. According to police, the auto accident was allegedly caused by the drunk driver of the vehicle.

Officials reported that the driver entered a curve on a road in Raleigh when he failed to maintain control of the car. After leaving the road, he smashed into some trees and a wall before coming to a halt among trees. The owners of the property on which the car landed said one of the passengers of the vehicle pounded on their door, asking for their help. They reportedly accompanied him to the crash site where they found the other passenger trapped in the back of the car, and the driver was trying to free him.

Unborn child's fatal injuries allegedly caused by reckless driver

A North Carolina family is likely heartbroken after a horrific accident that occurred in Hampstead on a recent Saturday. A mother who was 38 weeks pregnant was reportedly traveling on a local roadway with her 2-year-old toddler when their car was rear-ended by an alleged reckless driver in a box truck. The toddler was killed on impact, and the mother was rushed to a local hospital.

Due to the trauma of the accident, an emergency cesarean section had to be performed on the pregnant mother. Tragically, the newborn baby survived for only two days before succumbing to his accident injuries. The initial charges filed against the driver of the box truck reportedly included a misdemeanor charge for causing a death by vehicle, along with a charge of failure to reduce speed. However, after the death of the baby, additional charges were apparently filed to include another death by vehicle charge.

SUV driver faces charges after fiery wrong-way car crash

Speeding has been named as the cause of many devastating accidents on country roads in North Carolina. Three people narrowly escaped death in a horrific accident on a recent Sunday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reported that the car crash occurred on a country road in Chatham County.

The accident report states that a driver and his wife, ages 67 and 63 respectively, were trapped in their car after an SUV smashed head-on into their sedan. Officers allege that the SUV driver traveled on the wrong side of the road before the collision. A witness claims that speeding contributed to this accident.

Campaign designed to enforce commercial vehicle safety

There is no question that it is important that vehicles of all types operate safely and follow the rules of the road. Commercial vehicles are included in this. In an effort to enforce that where commercial vehicles are concerned North Carolina Troopers recently conducted what they called an “enforcement blitz.” This is one of multiple types of stops that law enforcement officers might make.

The campaign took place at a rest area. After receiving permission to use the site law enforcement officers directed all commercial vehicles to make the stop. When all was said and done, 28 commercial vehicles were inspected.

In observance of bicycle safety month review safety measures

Did you know that May is bicycle safety month? After a long winter during which most people pack their bicycles away it is a good idea to review safety measures that bicyclists should take before they get on the bike for the first time this season. In observance of bicycle safety month, AAA New Jersey Automobile Club has offered some reminders.

Before even getting on your bike you should make sure it is in good condition. The chain, brakes and tires should be checked. If there are issues with any part of the bike it is possible that they could contribute to a bike accident occurring.

Lawsuit filed in North Carolina truck and train accident

For some residents of the state of North Carolina the train and truck accident that occurred this past March is likely still fresh. The incident left 55 people hurt after the train derailed.

The reason for the derailment was that an oversized truck became stuck at a railway crossing. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck—which was transporting electrical equipment—spent up to 20 minutes moving back and forth in the crossing and messing with the load before the train began to approach. As is often the case at railroad crossings, as a part of the warning that the train was coming, arms came down to block traffic. The truck driver escaped injury in the incident.

Could sobriety tests in cars prevent drunk driving accidents?

There are multiple reasons why car accidents occur. One of those reasons is drunk driving. As a result, throughout the nation there is a nearly constant focus on reducing the number of drunk drivers who get behind the wheel of cars to drive. According to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, one approach that might be successful is installing sobriety-screen systems in all new vehicles.