Greenville has some of the highest car crash statistics in North Carolina. An officer from the Greenville Police Department stated that Greenville saw more than 5,000 vehicle accidents last year. That is an especially appalling number for a population of 86,017. There were many different causes for these crashes, many of which were probably preventable.
Last year, AAA performed a survey about driver behavior and car crashes. The results are very telling about the factors that contribute to a collision. 81 percent of the survey takers thought that texting, or even emailing, behind the wheel was a very dangerous habit, while 80 percent think that driving and texting is “completely unacceptable.”
Yet 25 percent of everyone surveyed confessed to having texted while they drove within the past 30 days. This is especially disconcerting news for North Carolina, where texting while driving is now illegal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) stated that there were more than 10,000 crashes that involved the use of alcohol in 2010, and drunk driving accidents claimed the lives of more than 10,228 people. That made up nearly a third of all traffic fatalities.
Not as recognized as a danger on the road is tired driving. At times, this danger can pose as much as a threat to life as drunk driving. According to AAA, drowsy driving is a greater likelihood for those who are 16 to 24 years old.
Whatever the cause, many auto accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one have been in a collision in Greenville, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Contact the Whitley Law Firm today. You can reach an experienced Greenville car accident lawyer who can go over your options with you.