Motor Vehicle Collisions
After an accident you are probably wondering what you need to do. Within days of your collision, medical bills arrive in the mail. An insurance adjuster will call, asking questions about the collision and your injuries.
You may be asked to provide a recorded statement. There are different kinds of insurance coverages that will need to be examined. It can be a confusing and intimidating process
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Car Crashes are Not “Accidents”
Vehicle collisions are preventable. When each of us gets behind the wheel, we have a responsibility and duty to keep our eyes on the road and to operate our vehicle safely at all times. Unfortunately, car crashes continue to be too frequent.
Aggressive driving, also known as “road rage,” has increasingly become a factor in fatal car and truck wrecks. The federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers it aggressive driving whenever “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” An astounding 66% of traffic fatalities are due to aggressive driving, according to the NHTSA and other statistics referenced at SafeMotorist.com, a resource provided by the American Safety Council.
You’ve probably seen many examples of aggressive driving, including:
- Speeding to beat red lights
- Honking the horn often
- Switching lanes often
- Not using turn signals
- Using obscene gestures
In the event that you may encounter an aggressive driver, don’t react or retaliate. This will only make matters worse. Stay calm and drive conscientiously and safely. If the other driver continues exhibiting aggressive behavior, try to get as far away as possible. You can also pull over to a safe location, call 911 and report your location, their license plate, and make and model of their car.
It is unfortunate that we continue to see car wrecks caused by drivers who are distracted, texting or doing something else on the phone while driving.
In 2015, there were 3,477 distracted driving deaths and 391,000 injuries as a result of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is caused by any type of distraction that takes attention away from the primary focus of driving safely.
Driving while distracted injuries nearly half a million people each year and kills thousands, according to Distraction.gov, an informational website provided by the federal government.
- The average time your eyes are off the road when texting: 5 seconds.
- In 5 seconds traveling at 55 miles per hour, a vehicle travels longer than the length of a football field.
The widespread use of cell phones is a major source of distractions for drivers. In the time it takes to look at or type a text message, a driver might fail to see traffic ahead coming to a stop, or fail to see that a pedestrian is crossing the road.
Distracted Driving in North and South Carolina
The danger of distracted driving has led many states and cities across the country to pass laws forbidding texting while driving. In both North Carolina and South Carolina it is illegal to text and drive
The consequences of distracted driving can be life-changing, but unfortunately drivers continue this unsafe practice.
In a 2010 study the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), asked respondents if they could operate a vehicle and cell phone simultaneously.
- More than 50% of the respondents believed they could send a text or email while driving without affecting driving performance.
- However, 90% of the respondents also said they would feel uncomfortable if they were a passenger being driven by a texting driver.
Driving Under The Influence
Driving while under the influence or impaired by alcohol or drugs is one of the most irresponsible things a driver can do on the road. Oftentimes the consequences of drunk driving are both catastrophic and devastating.
- Nearly 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are caused by drunk driving.
- The legal blood alcohol limit in all 50 states is .08.
- Drugs other than alcohol (for example, marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths.
Alcohol Sales & Service By A Liquor Permittee
Both North Carolina and South Carolina prohibit service of alcohol to people who are already intoxicated. The laws that forbid serving alcohol to individuals who are intoxicated are called “dram shop” laws, using the old term that refers to bars and taverns. Whenever there is a collision caused by an impaired driver, there should always be an investigation into whether the impaired driver was enabled by an establishment that serves alcohol.
Because our society does not tolerate intoxicated driving, the persons who serve alcohol at bars and restaurants have a special duty to refrain from serving people who may already be intoxicated and likely to drive. Service of alcohol to intoxicated individuals causes greater impairment and increases the danger posed by intoxicated drivers on our roads.
Alcohol Service By A Social Host
Just as bars and restaurants should not serve alcohol to people who are already intoxicated, hosts of private parties where alcohol is provided have an obligation to avoid serving people who are already drunk. If a party host knows or should know when a guest may be driving away from the party, there should be no further service of alcohol to that guest.
You Don’t Call It A Plane Accident, Why Call It A Car Accident?
Charles G. Monnett III & Associates has been litigating cases since 1983. The firm’s attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience in many areas of personal injury law. In particular, we devote a substantial part of our practice to representing clients who have suffered personal injuries in automobile and tractor trailer collisions.
Over the years, we have helped many of our clients and their families recover from the devastating impact that a personal injury or death has on their lives. We handle all serious personal injury cases, including:
We Understand The Frustrations Of An Auto Collision
Representing thousands of clients in similar situations as yours helps us identify whether or not you’ll need help with your claim, because not every vehicle crash justifies the services of an attorney. In fact, most vehicle motor crashes can be handled by yourself, which would save you that much needed money to help with matters like new car expenses. Simply put: the more serious your injuries, the better off you will be to hire a lawyer.
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Auto & Truck Collision Resources
- Decode Your NC Crash Report (DMV-349)
North Carolina Consumer Information
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Automobile Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Motorcycle Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Public Adjusters”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “North Carolina Teen Drivers”
South Carolina Consumer Information
Three Ways We Can Help You Today
- Help you understand your rights as they apply to your unique case
- Help you to know which medical treatments may be needed
- Help take calls and handle the paper work from insurance companies
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