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Woman dies carrying stroller down subway steps

People in North Carolina who have struggled to carry a baby's stroller down a flight of steps may have heard about a 22-year-old Connecticut mother who died doing the same thing in a New York City subway. No elevator was in service. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. The baby appeared to be unharmed.

Tips for buying a business in an expedited fashion

It can sometimes take at least a year to buy a North Carolina business, but there are steps that can be taken to shorten that timeline. In fact, it may be possible to do so within the next several months with the right plan in place. One way to expedite the process is to only express interest in companies that meet budget and location requirements.

Commercial accidents put passenger vehicle occupants in danger

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers not wearing their seat belts are a common cause of commercial vehicle fatalities. Roughly half of those deaths have occurred because drivers weren't wearing seat belts while driving on roads in North Carolina and other states. In 2017, there were 5,005 deaths in crashes involving trucks and buses. That was an increase from 3,193 in 2009.

Coalition goal is zero traffic fatalities

The CEO of the National Safety Council has stated a commitment to the newly created Road to Zero Coalition, whose goal it is to reduce the number of traffic deaths to zero by the year 2050. Drivers, pedestrians and passengers on North Carolina roadways may notice the impact of the RSC on regulations and policies going forward. The RSC is made up of 675 members and recently released a Rand Corp. report outlining methods that might be used to reduce the number of traffic accident fatalities.

Tips for avoiding accidents with commercial vehicles

Large truck accidents that take place on North Carolina roads can result in injuries or death to all involved. According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 66 percent of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks were in the passenger vehicles. Therefore, it is important for those driving lighter cars to know how to stay safe when sharing the road with large trucks.

Things to consider before becoming a franchisee

Opening a new business in North Carolina as a franchisee can be a lucrative endeavor, but it's important to consider a variety of risk factors before moving forward with an investment. One of the first factors to analyze is whether or not a business opportunity is in an established or relatively new market. Old markets aren't 100 percent safe, and new ones aren't always fads, but how established a particular business is should weigh heavily in calculating the risk.

What to consider before selling a business

For business owners in North Carolina who are looking to exit their companies, 2019 could be an ideal time to do so. However, this doesn't mean that they should sell without first thinking through the sale process. For instance, it is important to understand how market conditions could impact what a buyer is willing to pay. The economy is expected to slow going into 2020 and 2021.

Exemptions for agricultural drivers may hinder safety

Commercial truckers in North Carolina know how the electronic logging device mandate went into effect back in December 2017. They may also know how drivers carrying agricultural commodities were granted a temporary exemption. This was just one of a long line of exemptions granted to truckers in the agricultural industry since the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995.

North Carolina zoo intern killed by lion

A North Carolina zoo has experienced a major tragedy, after an escaped lion killed a 22-year-old intern on her second week on the job at the facility. The Conservators Center is located in Burlington, between the cities of Greensboro and Durham. It is home to over 80 animals, including 20 big cats; the collection includes lions, tigers and leopards. The woman lost her life while she participated in a routine cleaning of an enclosure for zoo animals on Dec. 30, 2018.

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