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Distraction means higher risk of highway work zone crashes

Everything from using the phone to conversations with passengers can distract a North Carolina driver. They should know that this raises their car crash risks. In particular, it makes them 29 times more likely to crash in a highway work zone. This is the conclusion that researchers at the University of Missouri recently arrived at.

Researchers used first-hand accounts of driver behavior in the study, which set it apart from previous studies that relied almost entirely on the vague information found in police reports. This more naturalistic driving data was provided by the Transportation Research Board's Strategic Highway's second Strategic Highway Research Program's Naturalistic Driving Study. In this study, researchers collected data from over 3,000 drivers between 2006 and 2015.

Semi Truck Restrictions on I-26

Walking and running safely in the spring

Spring is finally here. With the warmer weather and additional daylight, many North Carolinians are preparing their running shoes and planning their routes around the state to finally get some more fresh air that they’ve been lacking in the last few months.

However, just because one of the most dangerous driving seasons of the year is over doesn’t mean the next few months are devoid of hazards. In 2016 and 2017, North Carolina had some of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the country for the first half of the year. Anyone planning to take a jog during the next few months should know when and where to watch out for potential driver mistakes that could result in serious injuries.

Rollover Crash in Transylvania County

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Lack of action continues as fatal semi-truck accidents spike

All it takes is one instance of not being alert or attentive for driving to become less safe for North Carolina motorists sharing the road with large semi-trucks. This is what happened with one semi-truck driver who was staring at his tablet computer when his truck collided with a mid-size car and claimed four lives. In 2017 alone, more than 4,000 lives were lost as a result of large truck crashes. As these figures remain on the rise, no significant widespread action has been taken to stop this trend.

While some truck drivers do perish when truck accidents occur, the majority of the victims are occupants of cars and other smaller vehicles along with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The 2017 crash figures represent a nearly 30 percent spike since 2009. The advocacy group Road Safe America places part of the blame on a lack of action by regulatory agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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