Eighth grade students from North Asheboro Middle School were headed to the North Carolina Museum of History and Natural Sciences on Monday when the driver of one of their school buses caused a wreck. Driver Boyce Goldston was charged with Failure to Reduce Speed as Necessary to Avoid Colliding with Another Vehicle. Two other buses had stopped at a red light when they were rear-ended by the bus driven by Goldston. A fourth bus was not involved.
It is the duty of every driver to maintain a proper lookout and maintain a safe distance between vehicles. If you are injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. For your free consultation, call Auger & Auger.
The Charlotte, North Carolina car accident attorneys at Auger & Auger want you and your family to be safe this winter. The winter blast earlier this week resulted in 3 accident related fatalities and hundreds of accidents across North Carolina. Many of those accidents were attributed to black ice. The difficulty of seeing black ice gives drivers a false sense of security. Right on the heels of this weeks icy blast, forecasters are predicting another round of winter weather this weekend. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified December 23 as the third-deadliest day to drive. Therefore, we offer the following winter driving tips:
*Before setting out, remove snow and ice from windshield, hood, roof, trunk, and all lights.
*Make sure cell phone is charged.
*Keep emergency supplies in the trunk, such as a blanket, bottled water, snacks, ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables, and sand or kitty litter to use for traction.
*When driving on packed snow, reduce your speed by half; when on ice, slow to just a few miles per hour
*When traveling on snow or ice, accelerate slowly. If you start to skid, turn the wheel in same direction. If your tires spin, take foot off gas.
*When on snow or ice, keep a greater distance between your car and the car ahead of you. Begin slowing the vehicle sooner than you would in normal driving conditions.
*Be wary of black ice, particularly in areas where the sun does not hit, and on bridges/overpasses.
When people hear the term Driving While Impaired, or Driving Under the Influence, they usually think alcohol is involved, however, North Carolina law also includes operating under the influence of impairing substances, both legal and illegal. A school bus driver in Randolph County has been charged with speeding and driving left of center, and the pending toxicology tests could result in more charges.
The driver admitted taking a sedating allergy medicine the night before he crashed a school bus occupied by students. The bus hit a mailbox before careening down a ditch. One student suffered minor injuries.
A tragic North Carolina car accident in Wilmington claimed the life of a grandmother while rushing her granddaughter to the hospital.
The one-year old girl, who has not been identified, was bitten on the face by a pit bull. She was bleeding profusely when her grandmother, Anna Smith Brown, passed through a red light rushing to the hospital. Ms. Brown’s car was hit by another car in the right-of-way and then hit a utility pole.
The little girl was transported to a local hospital and was placed in intensive care.
No other details are known about the circumstances of the dog attack.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released the results of its first ever investigation into the involvement of drugs in fatal car accidents. The study found that of the drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2009, one third had post-mortem positive drug tests.
The number of drivers in fatal accidents with drugs in their system may actually be higher than found in the NHTSA study. According to their state-by-state analysis, some states, including North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee, did not know the test results in 37% or more of cases where the driver was, in fact, tested. The study did not address why these states did not know the results of such a high percentage of tests.
NHTSA administrator, David Strickland, stated that just because post-mortem testing found drugs in a drivers system does not necessarily mean that the use of said drug was the cause of the wreck.
To date, NHTSA has trained over 1,000 instructors, and over 6,000 police officers on how to identify drivers who are under the influence of drugs aside from alcohol. As the science continues to evolve, the percentage of drivers tested for drugs will likely increase.