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.
Drivers and passengers are injured or killed every week on our North Carolina roads, but a new study suggests that teens may be more at risk of being involved in a fatal car accident compared to others.
Whenever the Fayetteville community learns about the death of a child, many are overcome by grief as well as a renewed appreciation for their families. But when the death of a child is caused by someone else's negligent actions, such as drunk driving or a mistake during surgery, the tragic event oftentimes creates a sense of urgency within the community to make sure that no other child or family is affected by similar acts of negligence.
Medical malpractice can happen under a variety of circumstances in Fayetteville and throughout the entire state of North Carolina. A doctor could mistakenly perform surgery on the wrong side of a patient's body, a nurse could fail to properly monitor a patient who has been given a strong painkiller and a hospital's inadequate policies and procedures could certainly jeopardize the health and safety of patients.
Last month on our Fayetteville, North Carolina, personal injury law blog, we discussed a tragic accident involving two teens from Millbrook High School in Raleigh. Prior to the accident, witnesses reported that the students were at a party where the teen driver of the vehicle had been drinking. While driving home from the party, the teen driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, but the passenger in his vehicle was killed.
When commercial trucks collide with passenger vehicles on our busy North Carolina roads, the outcomes are all too often devastating and tragic.
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.
Last month on our Fayetteville personal injury law blog, we discussed a fatal car accident that the North Carolina Highway Patrol speculated was a result of distracted driving. We have also previously discussed the concerns of lawmakers across the U.S. who believe distracted driving can be especially dangerous. Like drunk drivers, drivers who text or talk on their cell phones are more likely to make mistakes that attentive drivers do not typically make.
When a large commercial truck collides with a smaller car on the highway, the results can be devastating. Passengers and drivers in smaller vehicles could suffer brain injuries, burns, disfigurement or broken bones, while a commercial truck driver may simply walk away from the accident completely unharmed.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that distracted driving may have been a factor in a recent car accident that left one dead on Dec. 29. Although the investigation has been closed since the driver who caused the crash accounted for the only fatality, troopers are warning all motorists that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.