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Analysis: Serious traffic wrecks down in 2017, still quite high

Preliminary data from the first half of 2017 indicates that traffic injuries and fatalities were down slightly over last year, although they're still substantially higher than they were at this time in 2015. Deaths from motor vehicle accidents started to spike in 2014, and 2016's total represented the steepest two-year increase in traffic fatalities since 1964, according to the nonprofit National Safety Council.

Pedestrian deaths in North Carolina are on the rise

A recently released report done by the Government Highway Safety Association indicates that pedestrian deaths in 2016 increased by approximately 24% when compared to 2015. According to the study, 96 pedestrian fatalities occurred in North Carolina between January and June of 2016. North Carolina was not the only state with an increase, in fact, pedestrian fatalities increased in 34 states.

How to read a North Carolina accident report

If you have recently been in an accident, you likely received a report number which allows you to look up the complete crash report regarding your accident. Upon accessing the full report it's easy to see that there are many codes and numbers used without explanation. In order to fully understand the details of your accident report you must use the DMV-349 to decipher the numbers and codes used.

Driver kills 1, critically injures 2 when texting while driving.

In recent years, texting while driving has become one of the most predominant causes of vehicular crashes across the United States. North Carolina is 1 of 46 states that prohibit text messaging for all drivers.[1]

What causes a traumatic brain injury?

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2.5 million people in 2010 who who suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 50,000 people die as the result of a traumatic brain injury each year, and 85,000 people suffer long-term disabilities. In the United States, more than 5.3 million people live with disabilities and deficits caused by a traumatic brain injury.

Last Clear Chance Trumps Gross Contributory Negligence in Aggressive Drunk Driver Case

In McCauley v. Thomas, the jury found that even though the plaintiff had contributed to her own injury by knowingly riding with a drunk driver, the defendant driver had the last clear chance to avoid the one-car crash.

Thanksgiving Travel - Safety Tips

This Thanksgiving, millions of families will pack the car and travel to be with family during the holidays. Thanksgiving travel greatly increases the number of drivers on the road and means we need to be more aware, alert and cautious when traveling over the holiday weekend. AAA projects that 41.9 million travelers will drive at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving - the highest volume of traffic on the road since 2007.

Does seat belt use matter for liability purposes?

In North Carolina, seat belt use is mandatory for all drivers and passengers over the age of 16 who are travelling in either the back or front seats. But that doesn't mean that everybody always wears his or her seat belt. 

Back Injuries in Car Accident Cases

In North Carolina every year thousands of people are hurt in car accidents. The most common type of car accidents are head-on collisions, side impact and rear-end collisions. There are a range of injuries that can result from being in one of these types of car accidents. However, one of the most common injury our firm sees from car accidents are back injuries. Back injuries can involve strains, soft tissue injuries, bruising, fractures of the vertebral body, disc herniation and even spinal cord injuries.

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