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Car Accident Data Sends Important Message to North Carolina Teens

CDC Study Linking Young Drivers and Car Accident Deaths Important Warning to North Carolina Teen Drivers to Avoid Texting While Driving

Text&Drive_07032014An in-depth study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that many young adult and teenage drivers pose a risk to themselves, their passengers and other drivers due to their inexperience behind the wheel. The results of the study, which appeared in a July 2012 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed that, in 2009, drivers age 15 to 24 made up nearly a quarter of the 34,485 motor vehicle deaths among U.S. residents. That translates to more than 7,500 young people who died unnecessarily in car wrecks.

The North Carolina car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin see these numbers as confirmation that young drivers, particularly new, easily distracted drivers, are more likely to get into accidents than more experienced drivers. Though many young people are good drivers, there are several reasons for such a high rate of new driver car accident deaths, including young people getting behind the wheel after a party and driving drunk or teens texting while driving or making cell phone calls on the road. Regardless of what reduces a new driver's ability to avoid a serious car crash, traffic wrecks such as teen rear-end collisions and young adult high-speed crashes are the tragedies that translate into statistics such as those represented by this CDC study.

In cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville, North Carolina car accident fatalities involving young drivers can be due to inexperience with urban traffic and rules of the road. On busy highways like I-95, I-85 or I-40, 18-wheelers can be intimidating to teen drivers who aren't used to them. In rural areas, there are other reasons for new driver car accidents. They may approach a blind curve or a poorly lit intersection.

The North Carolina Graduated Driving License Program helps prevent at least some teen driver car crashes. The program requires that young drivers go through two phases of driving restrictions. Distracted driving, however, is a continual risk for inexperienced drivers, regardless of teen license restrictions, because of the temptation to text, make cellphone calls or use a GPS unit while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the US Government's Website for Distracted Driving, our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are at the greatest risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving teenage drivers 19 years old and younger. The site also states that sending or reading a text takes young drivers' eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds, which, at 55 mph, is the same as driving the length of an entire football field with a blindfold on.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at the North Carolina Law Offices of James Scott Farrin know distracted driving is the cause of a large percentage of North Carolina car wreck injuries and car crash fatalities. If you or someone you love suffered injuries after being hit by a distracted driver, call us at 1-866-900-7078 or complete our online contact form today.

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Social Security Organization Says It Will Do Less

Sitting_11032014Some applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance may experience significant delays in receiving a review of their claim as the National Association of Disability Examiners (NADE) concedes that it will have to start doing "less with less" as its budget and staff continue to be cut.

Tom Ward, the president of the NADE, the organization of the professionals who make determinations on Social Security disability claims at the initial level and the first level of appeal, said in the group's summer 2012 newsletter that the group's funding this year is almost $400 million less than funding for 2010, though fixed costs and workloads continued to increase. He added that the group lost over 4,000 employees in 2011 and expects to lose over 3,000 more this year that will not be replaced.

"We simply do not have enough staff to complete all of the work for which we are responsible, and we made strategic decisions about the areas in which we must do less with less," Ward said in the newsletter. "Simply stated, there are not enough trained professionals to handle the number of customers coming through the door, through the internet, or wanting service over the phone."

Ward said that he and other executive members of the group met with congressional representatives to discuss the problem and advocate for increased funding.

"We explained how long it takes to hire, train, and mentor new (disability) examiners to have any level of significant productivity," he said. "We explained that no matter how carefully we interview perspective new examiners that a certain percentage will not make it through the training and probationary period because they will see how difficult and demanding this work is."

Ward said that higher backlogs would be expected since there were "tens of thousands of new applications with not enough trained professionals to process them."

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