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3 ways to educate new drivers about the dangers of texting and driving

It may seem like just a quick distraction to send off a text while you are driving, but the results can be deadly. As teenagers start driving and learn to adapt to the rules of the road, it is important that they learn to avoid the temptation to text and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014, 431,000 people were injured in car accidents that involved a driver who was distracted while driving. To avoid accidents that can be fatal, parents and guardians should educate new drivers about distracted driving.

Three things every bicyclist should know if they are a victim of hit and run

The bicyclist who was victim in a hit-and-run on October 3 in Chapel Hill is the latest example of the risks bikers take in sharing the road with cars and trucks. According to local police, the biker was pedaling north on the 500 block of Hillsborough Street close to Bolinwood Drive when the driver of a small light-colored SUV attempted to pass. Unfortunately, the driver hit the cyclist, perhaps damaged his or her front end, but did not stop to lend assistance or share information. The injured biker was taken to a UNC Hospital, but is not being identified at this time. The victim's injuries don't appear to be life threatening.

Fortunately, most vehicle drivers are honest and level-headed enough to not flee the scene of a crime, particularly when there is an injury. While there are no statistics on the number of hit and runs involving bicycles, The North Carolina Department of Transportation's report on bike crashes states that there were 1024 accidents across North Carolina in 2012 with more than two-thirds occurring in urban settings. This total includes 39 disabling injuries and 27 fatalities.

The dangers of distracted driving

It's widely known that driving becomes more dangerous if the driver is distracted, and the more attention that is taken from the road, the worse it is. Lawmakers have attempted to address this issue through actions such as issuing texting and driving bans for drivers of 43 states plus another three U.S. territories, but still the practice is relatively commonplace. In a June 2015 story, the Huffington Post revealed that nearly half of adults admitted that they had sent or received text messages while driving. Almost a third admitted to doing so within the last 30 days. Cell phone use is even more common, and while it is still legal in some capacity in every state, lawmakers have recognized the dangers enough to restrict cell phone use to only using with hands free models in many states, or even bar all cell phone use for young, inexperienced drivers.

Zip lines might face regulation under new legislation

Summer camps and some vacation destinations feature a variety of outdoor activities that encourage people to have fun. One of these attractions is zip lines. These lines are strung high above the ground and give people who zip down them a bird's eye view of nature's beauty around them. The problem with these popular attractions is that they aren't very well regulated.

Representative Ted David Jr. has filed a bill to regulate zip lines. This comes after a 12-year-old girl died after falling from a zip line that failed. The girl was at Camp Cheerio when she died last year. The girl was a distant cousin of the representative.

North Carolina car accident fault

Recovering from an automobile accident is often a long process that stretches out over months and even years. Determining what is a fair way that someone who has been injured in a car accident should be made whole again can be difficult depending on the laws of the sate where the injury occurred. In the process of determining how an injured party should be compensated in an automobile accident, North Carolina, like many states, uses the "fault" or tort-based system.

Because it is a fault state, the individual who is judged to be legally at-fault for an automobile accident holds the liability for any damages suffered or injuries sustained as a result of the accident. This responsibility is generally dealt with through the at-fault party's insurance provider.

What factors can affect the suitability of a settlement?

When you file a personal injury claim, the possibility of you being able to have the case resolved without having to go through a trial are considerable. In many cases, a settlement is possible. While some people might balk at taking a settlement, this is often a favorable way to resolve the lawsuit.

What factors can affect the possibility of a settlement?

Swimming pools can be the site of catastrophic accidents

With the hot summer months here, many people in North Carolina who have swimming pools are going to be filling up the pool so they can enjoy some fun in the sun. While those pools are a source of joy and fun, they can also be the site of a tragic accident if proper care isn't taken.

In North Carolina, residential swimming pools are required to have a fence that meets specific requirements around them. This is to ensure that children who shouldn't be in the pool alone don't have access to the pool. The sad fact is that children can drown or suffer injuries in swimming pools if they are able to get into the water without an adult around who is watching them.

The 4 elements of a wrongful death lawsuit

Wrongful death claims are a way for the people who are left behind to seek compensation for their loved one's death. Not all deaths can lead to successful wrongful death claims. There are four elements that must be present in a case that is seeking compensation for the death of a loved one.

Even though it seems obvious, it is necessary to note that the first element that must be present is that your loved one must have been a human. You can't file a wrongful death lawsuit based on the death of a non-human, even if it is your dog that you consider a son who is killed.

All big rig accidents are horrible, even when injuries are minor

Semi-truck drivers have to drive in a safe manner so that the large trucks they are driving don't turn into lethal weapons. Most truckers pride themselves on having a safe driving record and many trucking companies reward drivers who have racked up thousands or even millions of miles without having any accidents. Still, there are some truckers that don't follow the proper safety procedures that are meant to keep them and others on the roads safe.

We know that trucking accidents are some very horrible accidents simply because the enormous size and considerable weight of the trucks, trailer and cargo can crush passenger vehicles that are much smaller and lighter. If you are injured in a trucking accident, you are likely facing what feels like an uphill battle to get back to your normal life.

Semi-truck driver killed during delivery

A semi-truck driver was killed after he was crushed by cardboard materials during a delivery. The 63-year-old trucker backed successfully into the loading dock. When he climbed to get out of his big rig, the load apparently shifted and crushed him.

The man was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts were halted. The medical staff was in contact with emergency room staff when the decision was made to end the resuscitation efforts. Nothing suspicious was noted, but the sheriff's office is waiting on a report from the medical examiner to complete their investigation.

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