It's not the easiest thing to commute in North Carolina. Most drivers face either long distances through the open country of the Tar Heel State or chronic traffic problems around Charlotte or Durham. Some people have to deal with both. Every minute on risky roads increases the chances of a collision.
Many drivers may think of the winding roads in the Great Smoky Mountains or the crowded avenues near the ocean when they are concerned about driving hazards in North Carolina. But one of the largest dangers to drivers are the busy interstate highways and other multilane roads that combine several types of vehicles and unexpected slowdowns.
New lines of cars contain media consoles, docks for cellphones and other means to inform and comfort drivers at rates never seen before in the auto industry. But the issue with these features is that it is also easier than ever for drivers to be distracted from the road, where their attention should always be while a car is in motion.
From high-speed interstate highways to the paths winding through the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina has every type of road. That gives the state the potential for all sort of accidents, from nearly harmless fender benders to multi-vehicle wrecks. There are also all sorts of reasons for accidents, but a lack of experience and speed are some of the most common factors in deadly car accidents.
North Carolina has every type of road and street, from wide limited-access interstate highways to winding dirt paths into the Great Smoky Mountains. Although there are many reasons that accidents happen in the Tar Heel State, nothing is a greater hazard than drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Most car accidents that don't involve an injury or the loss of a rare automobile become funny stories more than anything else. But some Tar Heels may be surprised to learn their responsibilities in even minor collisions, which could become an unexpected legal hassle.
Every driver knows it's a bad idea to operate a car while distracted or trying to do something else. But that doesn't stop many Tar Heels from using their cellphones while driving. The danger is far greater than a possible ticket because distracted driving can cost thousands in damages or even lives in the worst circumstances.
Car accidents can inconvenience people, but serious ones may change lives. A freshman at a major North Carolina university suffered a setback when she was struck by a car in an intersection. She was running for exercise when a sedan hit her head-on.
Interstate 40 in North Carolina was recently the site of a massive accident in which nine cars were involved. Pictures from the scene showed some of the cars burning on the side of the road. So far, three people have died from the injuries they suffered in the wreck.
You get in a car accident, and your confidence plummets. Every time you get in the car after that, you start to feel very nervous -- and that's just when you're a passenger. You cannot force yourself to drive. It's too overwhelming, and you keep worrying about getting in another wreck.