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.
Car accidents happen very suddenly, and you may not have much time to react. However, you do not just have to rely on luck to get through. There are steps you can take to actively increase the odds that you survive the incident.
Speeding can cause car accidents, but did you know that there is an even more important factor to consider? It is speed variance, or the difference in speed between two vehicles. Some reports say that this causes more accidents than speeding itself.
You're heading down the interstate in North Carolina, on a relatively empty stretch of highway, when you see a pair of headlights coming toward you. It's a wrong-way driver. The distance is closing very quickly and you only have a split second to react. What should you do?