At the start of a new year, it is often a good idea to look back at what went right and wrong over the past 12 months and at the same time look ahead to anticipate problems and work on solutions. One area in which Raleigh residents and people across the state have plenty of room for improvement is in traffic safety.
A recent report states that North Carolina ranks as the fifth worst state in the nation in road safety. CarInsuranceComparison.com says it analyzed data in five key ingredients in motor vehicle crashes to determine which states have the worst drivers: careless driving, drunk driving, traffic law violations, speeding and fatality rates.
This is the second year in a row in which North Carolina has the dubious distinction of landing in the top ten of the report. Researchers said we are “headed in the wrong direction, jumping from 8th to 5th in just one year.”
One of the major reasons for our poor showing is a statewide refusal to obey speed limits. For the third year in a row, we are among the states with the “most traffic deaths caused by speeding.” Speed isn’t the only issue: North Carolina ranks fifth among states with the worst highways. Researchers add that our highway safety funding is also subpar, which means the likelihood of improvement in this critical area leaves much to be desired.
Those who are injured in motor vehicle wrecks caused by negligent drivers should speak to an attorney skilled in obtaining full measures of both justice and compensation.