A recent survey conducted by AAA found that about 43 percent of the drivers who responded said that they have nodded off or fallen asleep while behind the wheel. Many North Carolina residents might be surprised about this statistic and want to know what is being done about it.
North Carolina motorists may be aware of the high rate of accidents caused by mechanical defects in many popular vehicles. Some drivers have actually served time behind bars because people have died as a result of these collisions. During 2014, there were approximately 64 million vehicles recalled in the United States. During February 2014, General Motors was forced to recall more than 2.5 million vehicles due to defective ignition switches.
In the initial moments after a motor vehicle crash, shock can prevent a driver or passenger from fully realizing the physical consequences of the impact. Symptoms that develop either hours or days later should not be ignored. When people in North Carolina are in a car crash, they should monitor how they feel for several days afterward in order to catch brain injuries that were not be immediately apparent.
Most situations for most people are not matters of life and death. We are not emergency room surgeons, working on critically injured patients, or a commercial aircraft pilot, guiding a plane carrying hundreds of passengers into a safe landing. We deal with less crucial matters. Whether a report is presented at work, we make it to school on time, or we manage to get our shopping done on a weekly basis.
An old safety ad at one time stated, "Speed kills." As a car or truck moves at greater speeds, multiple issues develop. The tires have a more difficult time maintaining traction on a road surface. Controlling those tires becomes more and more difficult, as the forces exerted are greater. Stopping distance increases, as more energy must be used to bring the vehicle to a stop.
People move to places like North Carolina to avoid the cold, snow and ice that have buried towns like Boston this year. But North Carolina is not Key West, and even winter can still visit, if only for short periods, and cause major headaches, and worse, for drivers. Just north of Wilmington, in Spring Lake, cold weather and ice on the road is being blamed for the death of one man.
Drivers in North Carolina can become spoiled. In much of the state, even in winter, snow and ice often don't last very long. The danger is they gain very little practice with driving on snowy roads. This week's blast of snow, ice and arctic air has led to dangerous conditions on roads throughout much of the state, and claimed the life of one driver.
When North Carolina residents are involved in a car accident, they may suffer serious physical injuries that could include broken bones, damage to internal organs and even a traumatic brain injury. However, those who were in a collision may also suffer from emotional trauma known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
One person was killed and two others were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Charlotte on Dec. 19. The fatal accident involved a moped and an SUV.
According to reports, a 51-year-old Albemarle woman was killed in a head-on collision that occurred on Dec. 4. North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers reported that the accident happened on U.S. 52 between Albemarle and Norwood around 7:00 p.m.