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Why defensive driving is important in North Carolina

For many people in North Carolina, driving is a necessity. It helps them earn a living, learn and care for family and friends. Each time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are taking a risk. Millions of accidents happen annually across the country with tens of thousands of them resulting in fatalities. Even some of the safest drivers find themselves involved in car accidents. Here are some reasons why defensive driving is so important.

Defensive driving helps you not only stay safe when behind the wheel of your vehicle, but also anticipate what other drivers around you will do. When approaching an intersection, it's safe to assume that not every driver will follow the rules of the road. For example, not every driver can be trusted to stop at a red light, yield sign or stop sign. You must anticipate that other drivers in the intersection will break the rules and cause an unsafe situation. When you anticipate, you put yourself in a defensive position to protect yourself and the occupants of your vehicle.

Explaining car accident reconstruction in North Carolina

Not all car accidents in North Carolina result in severe injury or death. The ones that do require an investigation that can last hours after the incident. The investigation most likely will include reconstruction of the scene. Sometimes this takes place at the scene of the accident and sometimes it occurs after collection of the evidence at a different location.

The purpose of crash reconstruction is to determine the circumstances prior to the collision that led to an accident happening. This is done by recovering evidence from the scene, photographing the scene, mapping the scene and taking measurements at the scene.

3 common driving mistakes that can cause an accident

You will rarely see an accident coming until the moment before impact or the sound of crunching metal. According to the Highway Safety Research Center, upwards of 250,000 accidents occur in North Carolina in a given year. Even the safest of drivers is likely to have experienced an accident at some point, and the shock of the unexpected situation is often as traumatic as any other part of the event. There are some common driving mistakes that can easily cause an accident, so if you want to stay safer, avoid the following.

 

Debunking the myths about ignition interlock devices

When you are facing a DUI or DWI charge in North Carolina, your driving privileges are in immediate danger of suspension, to say nothing of the other penalties and fines you may face. One method the state uses to help reduce drunk driving is the installation of ignition interlock devices. In order to reinstate your driver’s license, the court may order an IID for installation in your vehicle.

If you are a first offender, you might not know much about IIDs. However, the criminal defense attorney you engage can set you straight on some of the tall tales going around about these devices.

How to be a defensive driver in North Carolina

Defensive driving is an important skill to have, no matter your experience behind the wheel. It is vital to learn the different ways you can be defensive when driving since it can help keep you safe on all types of roads. Here are some tips for becoming a better defensive driver in North Carolina.

Thinking is an important task drivers utilize each day they get behind the wheel. There's plenty to think about when driving, including the conditions of the road, the position of the vehicle, your speed, driving laws, following directions and anticipating the other motorists around you. You must stay focused when behind the wheel.

Recovering from anxiety following a car accident

Car accidents, no matter how minor, can be a traumatic experience for all involved. It doesn't matter how long you've been driving, a car accident can cause quite of a bit of anxiety. Anxiety can lead to a change in personality, how you live your life and how you go about driving. Here's how you can recover from anxiety following a car accident.

It is not uncommon for a driver or passenger involved in a car accident to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is especially true if the accident involved serious injury or death. Even accidents as minor as a fender bender can cause some people to suffer from PTSD or another type of chronic anxiety disorder.

The dangers of non-mobile phone distracted driving

Many people have started to think that distracted driving only occurs when a driver is using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. This cannot be further from the truth. Distracted driving happens all the time and for various reasons. These reasons will be discussed today as we take a look at non-mobile phone distracted driving in North Carolina.

Prior to mobile phones, drivers were routinely distracted by changing the radio stations, tapes and CDs in their cars while driving. Even though these are tasks that typically take just seconds to perform, a driver can easily lose track of the road and what is ahead of them. This is still a distraction today, especially since there are more options including satellite radio.

Tips for sharing the road with motorcycles

If you are like many motorists, you may find yourself feeling a little uneasy each year when the temperatures warm and the motorcycles start appearing on North Carolina roadways. Feeling nervous while driving around motorcycles is quite common due to their small size, which can make them harder to spot, but sharing the road with motorcycles is a reality you probably cannot avoid.

There are, however, steps you can take to enhance your confidence and minimize any anxiety you feel when you see a bike approach. Follow these tips to keep both yourself and motorcyclists safe on the street.

The dangers of texting and driving in North Carolina

Cellphones are a couple of decades old now, but recently they have become quite the problem for law enforcement agencies. More and more drivers are using their cellphones while behind the wheel of cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles. Why? People have become so attached to their mobile phones that they just can't seem to put them down, even when they are driving.

Texting while driving should never happen. It can cause tragic accidents that can lead to serious injuries and even death. When a person texts behind the wheel, he or she takes his or her eyes off the road for at least three seconds. That might not seem like much, but when going 55 mph, the vehicle can travel for 100 yards. That's the length of a football field. Imagine driving the length of a football field without paying attention. There are so many things that can happen.

The dangers of a North Carolina distracted truck driver

Driving a truck, no matter the size or its load, is an important job. The trucking industry is an important part of the country's economy. Driving a truck is also dangerous for the operator and for other motorists, especially when it comes to distracted driving. Distracted driving does not just occur in cars, vans and pickup trucks. It can also occur in a tractor trailer or other large truck.

The biggest danger of a distracted truck driver is death. A truck driver who uses their cellphone while operating a truck or is distracted any other way is putting their own life and the lives of others on the line. When distracted, drivers tend to increase their speed, swerve and fail to notice their surroundings. All of these issues can lead to horrific crashes that can result in fatalities.

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