Venturing out onto the action's roads is becoming increasingly hazardous for motorists in North Carolina and around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest traffic accident fatality report, which was released on Oct. 6, reveals that fatalities have increased in two consecutive years. The 37,461 road users killed in 2016 represents a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase and is the highest highway death total since 41,259 died in 2007.
Most people would recognize speeding drivers as a threat to safety on the roads of North Carolina, but someone driving below the minimum limit could be just as dangerous. A slow vehicle on a multilane highway often forces other motorists to pass on the right. That maneuver could cause confusion among drivers and promote crashes. Even on residential streets, a slow driver might require someone to hit their brakes unexpectedly and launch a chain reaction that causes an accident.
Some North Carolina residents may believe that buckling up is an unnecessary precaution when making short trips on familiar roads. However, data gathered by road safety advocacy groups suggests otherwise. Even crashes that occur at residential speeds can cause death or catastrophic injury. Furthermore, the chances of being involved in an accident on local streets may actually be higher because of the way the human brain works.
In North Carolina, motorists are not required to use their headlights except at night or during storms. If they used them whenever they drove, however, lives could be saved. Multiple studies have demonstrated that using headlights whenever people drive helps to reduce accidents and fatalities.
In North Carolina, car accidents injure or kill many people every year. Advances in technology have resulted in decreased accident rates in the state and throughout the U.S., offering some good news for the public. Collision avoidance systems in newer-model vehicles have had a substantial and positive impact on different types of accidents, saving lives.
North Carolina residents may understand how dangerous carnival rides can be. That message was reinforced on July 26 when one person was killed and seven others were injured at the Ohio state fair. According to authorities, the incident was reported at near 7:24 p.m., and authorities also said that three of those who were injured were in critical condition.
Car shoppers in North Carolina have many things to consider when picking out a vehicle, and safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offer many insights. A vice president at the nonprofit that evaluates vehicles said that large sedans provide more protection to drivers and passengers than small cars.
North Carolina residents might be interested in learning that an annual safety inspection blitz ended on June 8. It was targeted at commercial trucks and started on June 6.
North Carolina parents who are concerned about the safety of their children on the road may be interested in the results of a recent study on motor vehicle accidents involving child fatalities. According to a joint study conducted by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University, auto accident fatalities in children under the age of 15 tend to occur more in the South. Crashes on rural roads as well as unused or improperly used restraints are common factors in the deaths.
Advances in technology have allowed for office-based businessmen to hit the road, parents to track the whereabouts of children and a wider choice in entertainment. However, advances have also resulted in an epidemic of distracted driving in North Carolina and across the country. According to some analysts, defensive driving basics are all undercut by technology that takes attention away from the road.