Trucks are an important part of the economy. The more trucks you see on the roads of America, the better the economy is. But, many of these trucks are involved in accidents on the roads of North Carolina. Most of the time they are the cause of the accidents for various reasons. Other times, they are victims of accidents. Today, we will discuss the common causes of Wilson, North Carolina truck accidents.
More and more states are banning the use of handheld devices when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. North Carolina has joined the ranks, banning texting and driving. It's almost common sense that operating a vehicle and using a mobile phone at the same time is unsafe, but states have still needed to create laws against this.
One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist occurs when a driver makes a left turn and cuts off the motorcyclist's path. At that point, the motorcyclist has very few options to avoid a collision. Sometimes, they can lay down their motorcycles, but this can lead to crushing injuries and road rash. If they don't have time to maneuver out of the way, they face broken bones and being ejected from their vehicles.
Distracted driving is a big problem on the road. Even before electronic devices, drivers could become distracted by adjusting the radio or trying to eat. Texting while driving is especially hazardous. It can seem as if it does not take too long to just glance at the phone to read a text, but the reality is that it can be deadly to take your eyes off the road for those few seconds.
A track and field coach from Montreat College suffered a paralyzing injury in a motor vehicle accident last Friday. Now, authorities are scrambling to find out what happened. They have even filed a warrant in Buncombe County to search the vehicle that struck the man.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study last summer which estimates nearly 80 percent of drivers have expressed anger and aggression when behind the wheel. Minor frustrations on the road, such as bad traffic or running late, can lead to deadly consequences when stress is not managed correctly. Road rage might be something as simple as purposefully tailgating or making an angry gesture, but it becomes more serious when a driver bumps or rams into another vehicle on purpose or gets out of a vehicle to confront another driver.
Drunk driving is a serious issue in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 alone, more than 10,000 people died from alcohol-related crashes. That number marked an increase of 3.2 percent from the previous year. Nearly 30 percent of highway fatalities are attributable to drunk drivers each year.