Wintertime is often hazardous for many Raleigh seniors. The wet weather conditions and cold temperatures can make it challenging for older people to get around safely. The risk of slipping, falling and sustaining personal injuries is great. Also, many older people age differently. Some can avoid slip-and-fall situations; others cannot. Seniors who suffer from mobility issues, health concerns, diminished vision and balance problems are more likely to slip, fall and injure themselves. Although elderly people have a higher risk of accidents, anyone who has experienced a slip-and-fall accident may be interested in knowing the types of compensation she or he can receive for such injuries.
In a move that will impact North Carolina car owners, Japanese auto parts maker Takata announced it is increasing the size of its ongoing massive recall of defective airbags. The recall, which is the largest one of automobiles in history, will involve around 34 million vehicles.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a 31-year-old man died on NC Highway 42 when a lawnmower entered the road in front of him. His motorcycle hit the lawnmower, and the impact destroyed his motorcycle and threw him clear of the wreckage. The father of four children did not survive.
North Carolina drivers who operate a vehicle at any time while drowsy or sleepy dramatically increase their chances of being involved in an accident, according to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drinking, use of sedative medications and age may all play roles in increasing the likelihood of a drowsy-driving accident. Young males, graveyard-shift workers and people with untreated sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may be at higher risk than the general population.
Drinking and driving is a dangerous combination, especially when accidents result in serious or fatal injuries to other drivers. Such was the case on Nov. 4, 2012, when a 54-year-old pickup truck driver was operating her vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of .10 percent, .02 percent above the legal limit in North Carolina. When the intoxicated driver approached a red stoplight at a Wilmington intersection, she proceeded to go through and strike another vehicle.
Traffic accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for one fatality every 51 minutes in 2012, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Such accidents took the lives of 10,322 people in the United States, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. In North Carolina, 460 people died in collisions involving impaired drivers.
Three people reportedly suffered injuries in a car accident that occurred on Dec. 19 in North Carolina. Authorities stated that the crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Gallimore Dairy Road exit.
An early-morning car accident in Wake County left two women dead and two people with injuries on Nov. 1. The accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on New Bern Ave. at the intersection of Trawick Road. A 1998 Honda sedan entered the intersection to turn left on Trawick Road from the eastbound lane of New Bern Ave. At the same time, a dark-colored Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the westbound lane of New Bern Ave. ran the red light, broadsiding the Honda on its passenger side.
Highway officials reported that a 62-year-old North Carolina resident died in a two-vehicle collision. The Oct. 23 accident transpired around 3:30 p.m. just outside of Lumberton. Law enforcement officials cited speeding and reckless driving as reasons behind the fatal accident.
Police in North Carolina have charged a 21-year-old man for his alleged role in a car accident that resulted in the death of one woman on the night of Oct. 4. The woman died of injuries she suffered in the crash after being taken to an area hospital for treatment. One other person was injured in the accident, according to reports.