Insurance companies may play a critical role in the ongoing campaign to make America's roads safer - especially when it comes to deadly truck accidents.
If someone becomes involved in a car accident in North Carolina, there are certain steps that must be taken. All individuals involved in a crash have legal responsibilities and rights, regardless of whether or not they caused the incident.
Law enforcement authorities reported that three people, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed, and eight others injured in a crash on U.S. 52 North on Oct. 30. The accident reportedly occurred around 2:30 p.m. near the Westinghouse Road exit in a construction zone in Rural Hall.
North Carolina residents will likely agree that human life is the highest cost paid in car crashes, but it may be surprising to learn that the dollar cost in loss of productivity and loss of life due to to auto accidents was approximately $1 trillion in the U.S. in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Insurance companies pay about 50 percent of auto collision costs, and individual accident victims pay approximately 26 percent. Third parties pay about 13 percent of these costs, the federal government picks up about 6 percent, and state and local municipalities cover about 3 percent.
A wreck on Interstate 40 East in Raleigh resulted in one fatality and two injuries on May 29. Authorities reported that an 18-year-old woman driving a sedan left the road around 4:45 p.m. and hit a tree. An investigation is in progress, but police did charge the driver with provisional DWI. A blood test may be underway, which could lead to an upgraded charges since there was a fatality and injury involved.