Nearly One in Five North Carolina Motorists Admit to Drowsy Driving

a1Lenoir, NC- Drunken and distracted driving are believed to be two of the biggest dangers on the streets all across the U.S. and North Carolina. But there’s one risky driving habit that is a much larger than originally believed: Drowsy Driving.

In a recent AAA survey of over 2,000 motorists in the U.S. 96.2 percent said it was unacceptable to drive while drowsy or fatigued, while 45 percent said this behavior was a serious dangers to others. But there is disconnect among motorists who, in spite of knowing drowsy driving is dangerous, continue to engage in this behavior. More than one in four motorists nationwide (29 percent) admit to driving when they are so tired they have difficulty keeping their eyes open within the past 30 days. What’s more, one in five admitted to drowsy driving more than once during the same time period.

In the Tar Heel State, 98 percent of motorists surveyed said drowsy driving was unacceptable and, yet, 31 percent admitted to driving when they had trouble keeping their eyes open. That’s slightly higher than the national average in both metrics.

AAA says that this “Do as I say, not as I do attitude,” is prevalent when it comes to a host of hazardous driving behaviors including drowsy driving, texting while driving and speeding.

That disconnect makes drowsy driving a bigger problem than we realize. In a separate AAA study, the results of which were released in November, researchers found that drowsy driving contributed to one in five fatal crashes in the U.S.

According the National Sleep Foundation, the sign of drowsy driving include difficulty focusing, drifting in and out of a lane of […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Louisiana Accident Leaves One Man Dead

Car accidentBaton Rouge, LA- A Baton Rouge man is dead after he was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck over the weekend.

The accident occurred Sunday, Feb. 22nd in Gonzales on Interstate 10 around 5:15 p.m. According to the Weekly Citizen, 67 year-old Floyd Cox was traveling in his Subaru in the westbound lanes when he was stuck by another vehicle, driven by 27 year-old John Sanchez, which was traveling in the same direction.

Upon impact, Cox’s vehicle went airborne and landed on a grassy median. Although he was properly restrained, Cox suffered fatal injuries.

During questioning Sanchez admitted to police that he was on his way to work and was speeding at the time of the crash, the Weekly Citizen reported. He was charged with one count of reckless operation and one count of driving with a suspended license.

If you have been involved in a collision caused by a speeding or otherwise careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. One of the Louisiana accident attorneys at USA Attorneys will meet with you to discuss the details of your accident and determine how you can get the compensation you need.

Sadly, many motorists understand that driving in excess of the speed limit can have deadly consequences, yet, they engage is this risky behavior repeatedly. It’s a driving habit that motorists see as dangerous when others do even though they do it themselves. A survey of driving habits conducted by the American Automobile Association found that even though 2 in 5 motorists believe speeding can be hazardous, nearly 50 percent do it anyway.

Fact is, a motorist can speed over and over, for years, without ever causing […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Daytona SAFER Barriers Seem to come a Little too Late but Better Late than Never

Kyle Busch breaks right leg

According to the latest reports, Kyle Busch was injured in a multi-car pileup in the Xfinity Series and could miss the Daytona 500 following a compound fracture of the right lower leg and mid-foot fracture to his left foot. The accident occurred when Busch’s car skidded across the infield grass in the front-stretch tri-oval and struck the wall which did not have a barrier, head on.

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By |February 27th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

AAA Survey: Rhode Island Drivers Text, Speed and Run Red Lights in Spite of Dangers

car crash accidentCranston, RI- Have you ever ran a red light? Speeded? Texted behind the wheel? Or, driven when you know you’re above the legal drinking limit? Well, you’re not alone. A new survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that Rhode Island drivers take these risks on the road in spite of knowing how dangerous these behaviors are and their potential to cause a deadly accident.

Each year AAA conducts the Travel Safety Culture Index to gauge how drivers feel about risky driving and whether they take such risks. The survey often exposes the double-standard motorists have towards their own driving behaviors and how they feel when fellow motorists engage in the same risky behaviors.

Take for instance, texting and driving; the biggest distraction for modern day motorists and a growing danger for all. According to the TSCI 2014, motorists nationwide agree that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, with 65.7 percent of participants saying it is “unacceptable.” Over 89 percent would like to see laws which ban texting, emailing or using social media for motorists.

But when it comes to actually texting behind the wheel, 36 percent of Rhode Island motorists admitted to doing it within the past 30 days. That’s on par with national average.

As for speed, 90 percent of nationwide motorists disapprove of speeding on residential streets and 76 percent frown upon speeding on the highway. But motorists in the Ocean State far surpass the national average with 71 percent (national average 46 percent) admitting to driving 15 mile over the posted speed limit on highways or driving 10 miles over in residential areas (national average 44 percent).

Driving while intoxicated is also […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Concord Teenager Killed in Tragic Accident – Failed to Check for Oncoming Traffic

14 year old Christopher Gonzalez was killed in a tragic Contra Costa County accident at a crosswalk at the intersection of Clayton Road and Detroit Avenue in Concord. The young boy unfortunately crossed the street when he should not have and was hit by a car.

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By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments