Drowsy driving poses a serious safety hazard. Drowsiness slows reaction times, makes drivers less able to pay attention to traffic and impairs decision making—all of which can contribute to a car crash.
A 2018 study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggested that drowsy driving is a much more prevalent traffic safety issue than reflected in government traffic statistics. Shift workers who work the night shift, commercial truck drivers and drivers who use medications that make them sleepy are more likely to be involved in drowsy driving accidents.
Despite tough laws and punishments for those convicted of drunk driving, too many drivers still make irresponsible decisions to drink and drive and cause preventable accidents with injuries and fatalities. Under North Carolina law, a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is considered legally impaired.
Intoxicated drivers may face criminal charges after a crash. But a criminal conviction will not provide any compensation for your medical bills or other expenses. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you will need to file a separate civil lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
Head-on collisions typically occur when a car crosses a centerline or median and crashes into an oncoming car. Most head-on collisions in North Carolina occur on rural, two-lane roads. Head-on crashes typically result from a driver error such as falling asleep, driving drunk, driver distraction, trying to pass another vehicle or traveling too fast in a curve.
Wrong way crashes such as driving the wrong direction on an interstate account for a small percentage of head-on collisions. But they often result in serious or fatal injuries. Alcohol is a primary factor in wrong way crashes.
When a motorist is involved in a head-on collision, the result is likely to be a traumatic injury or death for the driver or passengers.
Vehicles converging at intersections and making turns present many chances for errors of judgment and collisions. Many intersection collisions are caused by drivers running red lights or disregarding traffic signals.
In a left-turn collision at an intersection, for example, the cause of the accident is often a driver’s misjudgment of another vehicle’s speed or the distance between vehicles. A motorist may fail to see an approaching vehicle and turn in front, leading to a collision. Many intersection crashes are caused by careless or distracted drivers making bad decisions.