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Teenage drivers responsible for more deadly crashes

Even though drivers under the age of 21 make up only about 10 percent of all licensed drivers in the United States, they are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal auto accidents in North Carolina and around the country, including drunk driving and distracted driving crashes. According to experts, a primary reason for this is that young drivers have an invincibility complex that makes them believe they can engage in risky activities without consequences.

Revealing fatal auto accident threat of drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is a suspected cause of many North Carolina accidents, but the actual number of wrecks caused by a negligent driver asleep at the wheel has been hard to come by for several reasons. Thanks to a study sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is now a better understanding of the risks presented by this behavior.

NTSB urges automakers to make collision avoidance tech standard

Citing the potential to reduce car accidents and prevent fatalities, the National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly urged automakers to include collision avoidance systems as standard features in new passenger and commercial vehicles. If manufacturers adopted the technology, drivers in North Carolina and across the country could potentially have access to safer vehicles.

Hidden dangers of distracted driving

A recent study by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety focused on the effect of momentary distractions on a driver's performance. Distracted driving is becoming a major problem on today's roads due to the constant presence of smartphones, GPS systems and DVD players inside the vehicle. Looking away for a mere two seconds at 70 miles per hour causes a driver to miss approximately 200 feet of road.

Motorcycle and lawnmower accident leaves father of 4 dead

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.

Drowsy driving in North Carolina

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.

Accused drunk driver kills youth counselor in accident

On March 13, 2015, North Carolina police in Durham were planning a meeting in the District Attorney's Office to decide whether to go forward with more charges against a 41-year-old Durham man responsible for a fatal car crash that killed a 53-year-old youth counselor. The drunk driver was going southbound on Fayetteville Road when he struck the counselor's car from behind, causing him to go into oncoming traffic. A local woman was also hit in the crash.

Intoxicated driver involved in North Carolina crash

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.

Distracted driving in North Carolina

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.

Alcohol-related crash fatality statistics

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.

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