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.
North Carolina residents might benefit from learning more about some of the facts associated with distracted driving as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to minimize the risks associated with distracted driving, many states now prohibit texting on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. During 2011, researchers with the CDC discovered that motorists in the U.S. text and email at a significantly higher rate than those living in Europe.
A North Carolina Forest Service employee died in an accident that occurred on Aug. 13 in Caldwell County. According to the report, the incident occurred when the 31-year-old man used a tractor in an attempt to move a tree out of the roadway. The tree snapped during and struck him in the chest. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from the injuries he suffered.
A Raeford accident involving two vehicles resulted in the death of a woman, according to police. The June 16 crash also sent three other people to a hospital for treatment, reportedly.