If you are injured by someone else's negligence, such as in a car accident, you most likely will suffer some degree of injury. With healthcare as expensive as it is, this can easily amount to thousands of dollars. Although you may think that you contributed to the accident (e.g. maybe you were speeding), you may think that you could recover your losses from the other driver's insurance company, since he or she was the overwhelming cause of the car accident. In most states, this is true. However, this is not necessarily the case in North Carolina.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number one cause of teen deaths is distracted driving. In addition, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has stated the biggest cause of that distraction is the use of digital devices, like cellphones to send text messages. Sadly, many teens engage in texting or other distracting behavior while driving. Though preventable in many circumstances, the time spent to look away from the road can be the cause of severe and sometimes fatal accidents.
According to statistics provided by the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, 83 North Carolina workers died on the job in 2011. That number differs from the 53 deaths that the North Carolina Department of Labor has record of during that same period and shows that there is a potentially greater unreported problem.
Included in the reported 83 deaths, was high percentage of Hispanic workers. Hispanics make up only 7 percent of North Carolina's population, but alarmingly represent 30 percent of the workplace deaths last year.
North Carolina residents are aware that teenage drunk driving is a serious problem. Fortunately, a new study reveals that the number of teens who drink and drive dropped by half between 1991 and 2011.
Driving under the influence declining among teens
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine out of 10 teens under age 16 said they did not drink and drive in 2011. This is a 54 percent decrease from 1991.
Since May is national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to be focused on mindfully sharing the road with motorcyclists and ensuring their safety, it seems fitting that a recent proposal to repeal North Carolina's helmet law has been defeated now. Those who want to take away the legislative mandate to wear helmets, or at least only require it for novice motorcyclists and bicyclists, make similar proposals almost every year, but the state's lawmakers have yet to endorse such a measure.