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Study: Half of parents of young kids use phones while driving

Which do you love more: your children or your phone? The answer is obvious to most Raleigh parents, of course, but the results of new research puts the obvious answer in doubt. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, about half of parents of young children talked on their phone while driving with their kids in the vehicle.

As everyone should know, distracted driving is increasingly the cause of devastating motor vehicle wrecks that cause injuries and fatalities.

North Carolina: Slightly worse than average in deadly roads ranks

While most of us live in Raleigh because we love it, our home can be a long drive from some of America’s favorite destinations. While it’s just about two hours east to the coast, it’s a 12-hour drive to New York City, a 16-hour drive to New Orleans and a whopping 38-hour jaunt to get to the Grand Canyon. Of course, you can fly to those destinations and many, many others, cutting your driving time down to a commute to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Because America is such a big, beautiful place, Americans are used to motoring to get to where we want to be. We sometimes forget how dangerous driving can be and that car accidents, injuries and fatalities can happen in the blink of an eye. According to a recent analysis, North Carolina ranks 19th in the nation for deadliest roads.

What dangers do you face as a truckdriver?

Thanks to countless hours of training as a trucker, you proudly supply the nation with life's essentials while maintaining high standards of safety. But safety, as you know, is not always in your control.

As the largest vehicle on the road by a long shot, you realize the dangers when you turn on the ignition. But decisions made by your employer and the other vehicles on the road can put you and innocent lives in great risk.

Is your seat belt in your car defective?

It seems as though automobile manufacturers announce vehicle recalls every month because of one kind of problem or another. You may feel that you are not safe in your own car.

Defective parts can spell trouble for drivers and passengers alike. Recently, seat belts were found to be defective in a number of Hyundai models, exposing many people to injuries, even deaths.

Mixed emotions after volunteer firefighter causes tragic crash

Some of the bravest, most selfless people are volunteer firefighters. They put their lives on the line to protect citizens and property from destructive and deadly flames.

Of course, volunteer firefighters are humans who make mistakes as everyone else does. Unfortunately, a North Carolina fireman’s recent error cost him his life and caused serious injuries to others in a Rowan County crash as the Liberty Fire Department volunteer responded to a call.

Former NFL star awarded $12.5 million in premises liability suit

Pro football fans here in Raleigh undoubtedly remember Reggie Bush, the speedy running back who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints back in 2006. The former USC star had some success in the NFL, but never quite lived up to the hype and expectations that surrounded him after he won the 2005 Heisman trophy.

Though he announced his retirement from football late last year, Bush recently scored a major victory over the Los Angeles Rams when he was awarded $12.5 million in a premises liability lawsuit.

Police: Drunk North Carolina man crashed, killed 10-year-old

If you drive a little more than an hour south of Raleigh, you will arrive in Cumberland County’s Fayetteville. A 34-year-old resident of the city was recently charged with driving while intoxicated in a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The man also faces charges of felony death by motor vehicle and a red-light violation, according to a news media report.

What evidence should you collect after a truck accident?

After an accident involving a large commercial truck, you likely have many things to address immediately, especially if you or one of your passengers suffered any injuries. Your to-do list should include:

  1. Getting a comprehensive medical examination, even if you don't notice any immediate symptoms.
  2. Collecting as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident before it is lost or cleaned up.

Evidence to gather

Careful: Road construction work zones ahead

It is that time of the year again: temperatures are up, schoolkids are out (and so is the sun), and people are coming and going from Raleigh for summertime adventures. It is also normal at this time of the year to see road construction both in the city and on highways that lead to us.

The city’s website lists a number of ongoing road projects. Those work zones not only slow traffic but also present additional hazards for drivers. Far too often, people do not pay proper attention while driving through work zones and the result can be motor vehicle collisions and sometimes crashes involving construction workers.

North Carolina mystery: Defective car or negligent driver?

It is a nearly 200-mile drive west from Raleigh to get to Boone. The town in the Blue Ridge Mountains was named for Daniel Boone, but is also known as the home of bluegrass legend Doc Watson. The town of about 17,000 residents made news recently after a series of motor vehicle accidents revived memories of Toyota’s defective product scandal involving unintended acceleration several years ago.

Boone’s police chief has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate the crashes involving a rented Lexus. The 83-year-old Lexus driver said he was driving to his Boone vacation home when the car’s engine surged as he came to a red light. The unintended acceleration caused the Lexus to hit eight vehicles before coming to a stop on its side, the driver said.

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