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Study shows that seat belts reduce the risk for liver injuries

Every year in North Carolina and across the U.S., car collisions result in about 2 million emergency visits as well as tens of thousands of deaths. Those who survive crashes usually come away with injuries such as blunt abdominal trauma to the liver or spleen. While a bleeding spleen could be surgically removed as a last resort, the same cannot be done for the liver because it's so critical to life.

Despite new phone laws, distracted drivers increasing

Thirty percent of states in the United States ban hand-held cell phone use while driving, and 94 percent of the states, including North Carolina, ban texting while driving. Despite all of the legislation aimed at preventing distracted driving, studies show that phone use while driving is continuing to increase. This increase is evident in both how often drivers use their cell phones and the duration of time in which the phones are used.

Ride-sharing companies urged to do more about drowsy driving

Figures from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggest that drowsy drivers are involved in almost 900 motor vehicle accidents every day, and a position statement released on April 15 by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine could prompt Georgia residents to bear this in mind the next time they use a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber. The professional society is concerned about the work habits of the independent contractors employed by these companies who sometimes work multiple jobs and may not begin their shifts until they have already completed a full day of work.

Distracted driving leads to many car accident injuries

Many drivers in North Carolina are all too aware of the dangers of distracted driving. The consequences of this negligent driving behavior can be serious and deadly. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tire maintenance tips for improved safety

Drivers in North Carolina probably know how important it is to have good tires on their vehicles. However, they may not know all the steps that they should take to maintain these components. Proper tire maintenance can help drivers avoid deadly collisions, especially when road conditions are wet.

Soft tissue injuries: cause and symptoms

Victims of car accidents in North Carolina will want to learn more about soft tissue injuries because they may be suffering from one without knowing it. These are injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments rather than the bones and cartilage (hard tissue). They're notoriously hard to diagnose because X-rays cannot detect them. The symptoms vary widely and can sometimes appear hours or days after an accident.

Study shows benefits of rearview cameras, other car safety tech

Backup collisions are a major hazard for drivers in North Carolina. These incidents can result in vehicle damage and even death, especially when pedestrians are involved. However, new technology is out there that can prevent such crashes. Rear automatic braking systems alert drivers to obstacles behind them. When drivers don't respond in time, these features apply the brakes automatically to slow down.

Focusing on car safety features that are available now

With all the news about the future of self-driving cars, one might think that current vehicles lack significant safety advances. However, drivers in North Carolina should be aware that there are important vehicle developments that are already out on the market.

AAA publishes study on drowsy driving

In North Carolina and across the U.S., drowsiness behind the wheel is seen as a lesser hazard compared to distraction and alcohol. While this is reasonable, the fact is that drowsiness is more widespread than many think. This is the argument of researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which has just published a new study about drowsy driving in more than 3,500 subjects.

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