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Bill to ban cellphones and reduce distracted driving dies

With the prevalence of cell phones and handheld devices, distracted driving remains a huge problem across the United States.

In 2017, 3,166 people died in car accidents related to distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While many states have passed laws to ban or limit the use of cell phones and handheld devices while driving, North Carolina has not.

Left turns cause more motorcycle crashes than anything else

Wondering what the biggest threat is when you're out on your motorcycle? Maybe you're worried about drunk drivers if you ride at night, or texting teens and young adults. Perhaps your concern is that people in large vehicles like semi-trucks won't see your motorcycle in time to avoid hitting it.

First and foremost, these are all valid concerns. Motorcycle accidents happen for a multitude of reasons, and those examples claim bikers' lives and cause serious injuries every year. You need to be aware of the risks.

Tow truck heroes save the day

Heroes are often ordinary people who do extraordinary things for good reasons. Those people may be firefighters, emergency medical technicians or even tow truck drivers who take the time to rescue someone who is stuck in their car.

The North Carolina tow truck drivers, one of whom is a retired firefighter, were driving to their tow truck shop during a recent dark night when, all of a sudden, they saw an emergency situation. Two men, in separate cars, were trapped on or in their cars by the floodwaters cascading across the base of a hill on Jamestown's Riverdale Drive. The tow truck drivers saw the red lights of the cars, went closer and realized that one of the cars was submerged.

Summer hazards that commuters have to deal with

Summer is a season which many commuters either love or hate depending on their routes. While some may get to work faster since there aren’t as many buses or parents driving their kids to school, there’s a whole slew of newer obstacles to deal with.

As the temperatures start rising in North Carolina, it won’t take long for many of these obstacles to start appearing on your morning and evening routes. It is important that you are aware of them now so you can adjust to the changes quickly and safely during your drive to work.

Dog attacks on kids go up in summer

Summertime is when many childhood accidents occur. From accidental drownings to amusement park ride accidents, summer can be a deadly time for children and teens.

One often avoidable injury is a dog bite. Whenever kids and dogs mix, there is the potential for a bite to occur. It's important to understand that while certain large breeds that are or are perceived to be especially aggressive often bear the brunt of people's prejudices and fears about dog bites, any dog can bite.

Cars crash kills 1 near Greensboro

Many residents of Greensboro drive through the High Point community on a regular basis. Naturally, they do so hoping that their journeys with be safe ones. Unfortunately, that did not prove to be the case for the individuals involved in a cataclysmic car crash in High Point recently.

The crash occurred near White's International Trucks, which is located at 1924 Brentwood Street close to the Interstate 85 Business South' exit and entrance ramp. High Point police officers responded to the crash around 7:51 a.m. Tuesday morning. They reported that three vehicles were involved in the crash. One of those vehicles was a white SUV whose driver and only occupant was killed in the accident.

What to watch for: 9 signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

You want the best for your loved ones as they age, and maybe that's for them to move into a residential facility. With your busy work schedule, or your young kids who bring home all sorts of germs that could spread to a vulnerable senior, living with you in your North Carolina home might not be an option.

So, you look around and find what you think is an ideal residential facility, but after a number of visits, maybe this isn't the place you thought it was.

"How Can I Stay Calm After An Accident?"

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident is stressful no matter how you slice it. Once your heart leaves your throat and moves back into your chest, you quickly check your surroundings, take stock of your physical condition and start looking around for damage. 

You plan on getting checked out by a doctor just to be safe, but you are relieved that there are no obvious signs of injury. Sure, your car has seen better days, but it could have been so much worse. You're starting to feel calm...until you see an irate driver getting out of the other car and heading in your direction. 

Kids are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog

Almost 5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, and many of these bites occur to children. Children are more likely than adults to be bitten by dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which adds that the injuries children get from dog bites also tend to be more severe than the injuries adults receive.

Often children receive bites on the face, neck, hands or feet. These types of injuries can cause bleeding, infections, broken bones and scarring. They can also be traumatic for the child. Because dog bites can cause severe injuries to children, it can be helpful for parents to teach their children how to behave safely around dogs to prevent bites from occurring.

Backseat drivers cause more car crashes

We all have that one person in our lives; they have the best intentions, but they are a living nightmare to drive with. Whether it's criticizing your driving skills or gasping every ten seconds, backseat drivers are a significant distraction on the road.

Unfortunately, backseat drivers are as dangerous as they are distracting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving killed over 3,000 people in 2016 and injured thousands in the years since. Many drivers report that one of the largest distractions in the car is other passengers or backseat drivers, but how do you deal with backseat driving without causing any accidents?

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