Category Archives: Auto Accidents
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently declared April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a major public safety concern in our state causing nearly 25,000 injuries and 152 deaths in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 800,000 vehicles are being operated by someone who is also using a cell phone at any given time. With the average time to read a text message averaging at just under 5 seconds, a car is covering a significant amount of road in this time, ultimately increasing the changes of a car crash. What Is Distracted Driving? According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts one’s attention from driving. These days, most of us tend to imagine drivers with their cell phones, busily texting away or checking their Facebook page. However, distracted driving is caused by a myriad of different reasons and can be…
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Authorities are still investigating a fatal accident that took the life of a Charlotte high school student. According to police, a 15-year-old sophomore was struck by an SUV while trying to run after a school bus she missed. Police believe the girl was struck by the SUV while trying to catch the school bus at the next stop. Parents have reportedly complained to school district authorities about the safety of the bus stop where the student was killed. The road next to the bus stop reportedly has inadequate lighting, no crosswalk and no pedestrian signal. Parents told Channel 9 News that they have petitioned school officials to move the bus stop to a safer location. According to the parents, their complaints were ignored. Does North Carolina Law Protect School Bus Passengers? In North Carolina, motorists are required to stop for school buses that have stop arms extended or lights flashing….
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A crash involving a driverless SUV, operated by Uber, struck and killed a woman crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday, March 18. Since the incident, numerous concerns have been voiced over the safety of these vehicles and whether or not they should become a part of our communities. For little over a year now, Uber has been testing its self-driving cars in areas like Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. Although a “backup driver” has been present in the vehicle during most tests, the car primarily operates using the Automated Driving System or ADS, which consists of several cameras and sensors to navigate the vehicle. Since this incident, Uber has suspended its tests until the primary cause of the accident is determined. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed his condolences on Twitter stating, “our hearts go out to the victim’s family”. He also ensured that the company would cooperate…
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