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Study: North Carolina Needs Improved Driving Safety Laws


Car accidents can happen quickly in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina. People driving down I-40, Wrightsville Avenue, or a neighborhood side street are struck by a negligent driver. They can be left with serious injuries and find themselves being rushed to the hospital. Sometimes, those injuries are fatal.

State traffic laws are designed to help keep people safe and reduce crashes. But is there more that can be done? That’s the question that Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety set out to answer. They reviewed the traffic laws and the number of fatalities in every state and released their conclusions in the 2022 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.

In their view, North Carolina can do more to prevent crashes.

A goal of reducing traffic fatalities

The report includes 16 optimal laws it believes every state needs to have as part of their safety programs. These laws involve occupant protection, child passenger safety, graduate driver licensing (GDL) for teen and young adult drivers, impaired driving, and distracted driving.

North Carolina was given a grade of “yellow.” That means it has some of these proposed laws on the books already, but more need to be added.

So what changes would the group like to see in North Carolina? They propose that the state add a law allowing police to pull over cars if backseat passengers aren’t wearing seat belts, as well laws requiring the use of booster seats for older children and the use of rear-facing seats for children until the age of 2.

In addition, they propose a minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit and 18 for an unrestricted license. They also suggest a law requiring the use of ignition interlock devices for all drivers convicted of impaired driving.

The report notes that North Carolina had 1,373 traffic fatalities in 2019, bringing the 10-year fatality total to 13,473. It estimates that the annual economic cost due to crashes in the state – including property damage, medical expenses, and lost productivity – is $9.548 billion.

“We offer the 2022 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws as a commonsense guide to ‘control’ the chaos on our roads,” wrote Catherine Chase, Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety president. “Working together, we can steer our country onto a steady course of safe drivers, passengers and road users, safe vehicles, and safe roadways.”

Get serious about your case – get Flexner

A car accident can change lives in seconds. When a reckless driver is the cause of the crash, victims deserve financial compensation. But negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies try to avoid their responsibility by questioning the seriousness of injuries, shifting blame, or making lowball settlement offers.

That’s why it’s important to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. The Law Offices of Richard Flexner has been fighting for the injured in Wilmington for decades. When you get Flexner, you get skilled and knowledgeable legal representation. And you get an attorney dedicated to building a strong case that gets results.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Wilmington car crash, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

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