Automatic emergency braking, a safety feature that can apply the brakes for drivers in times of emergency, may become mandatory on all new commercial motor vehicles. Truckers in North Carolina should know that a bill, H.R. 3773, was introduced on July 16 that would mandate AEB use if passed. It is called the Safe Roads Act of 2019.
Naturally, as residents of nursing care facilities age, they become more frail and are more likely to suffer from health events. To reduce the wait time, inconvenience, and discomfort of long and repeated ER waits, many facilities are now having doctors come directly to their facilities instead of placing calls to 911 unless there is imminent danger.
The number of commercial vehicles involved in fatal accidents in North Carolina and around the country rose by a worrying 10% in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures, and 83% of the 4,237 deadly crashes occurred between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Accident investigators only determined that 60 of the truck drivers involved were asleep or dangerously fatigued when they crashed, but the NHTSA believes that drowsy driving is an underreported problem in the logistics sector.
Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are reminding motorists to stay safe behind the wheel this holiday weekend. Along with barbeques and family get-togethers, the 4th of July is also known for having an increase in injury causing and fatal car crashes, especially due to drinking and driving. On the Independence Day holiday weekend last year, 601 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those fatalities, 39 percent happened in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
Last week, there was an injury crash involving a moped in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Richland Creek Road, near Crabtree Road/ N.C. Highway 209 on Friday night. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a 2003 Ford Ranger was turning off of Crabtree Road when it struck a moped. Initial reports indicate that the two moped riders were thrown from the vehicle. Neither of the riders was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.