North Carolina residents who travel over the Thanksgiving holiday to be with family members and friends need to use caution as the week is notorious for fatal car accidents. According to a 2009 study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, Thanksgiving is one of four federal holidays that experiences a higher than average number of fatal crashes.
Texting while driving and even talking on a cellphone while stuck in traffic can be dangerous distractions for Fayetteville drivers. When drivers become distracted, they might not notice a red light, a stop sign, a pedestrian crossing the street or a bicyclist alongside them. These are serious mistakes that can result in deadly consequences. But these are also mistakes that can and should be avoided.
Earlier this year on our Fayetteville, North Carolina, personal injury law blog, we discussed one woman's fight to raise awareness of the need for stricter state and federal laws governing the trucking industry.
Last summer, a North Carolina woman learned that her husband had been killed when his vehicle was hit head-on by a commercial truck. Police later reported that the truck driver had fallen asleep while driving on the busy interstate.
Every year people get into car accidents in the Fayetteville-area caused by drowsiness, fatigue or inattentiveness. A new, commercially available technology may help reduce the number of those car accidents, but the technology may also present new driving safety issues.