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Avoid distracted driving to avoid fatal accidents

Distracted driving has become a plague on American society. Just as it seemed we were making progress on reducing the rate of drunk driving and getting drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts - and thereby beginning a decline in the rate of deadly accidents on the roads - along came "smartphones" and the world of distraction those devices present. Our readers in North Carolina can no doubt detect the telltale signs that a person is on their cellphone while driving: a quick jerk to stay within their lane; seeing the driver's eyes in the rearview mirror, looking down at their cellphone instead of at the road; and, of course, those drivers who just blatantly hold their cellphones up right in front of their faces while driving.

Was your SSD claim denied for one of these reasons?

If you have been in an accident in Charlotte and you can not work, you may have tried to file a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim. If it hasn't happened yet, there is a good chance you might get a denial letter in the mail in response to your claim. This is not totally uncommon and should not be a cause for panic. Moreover, you should not give up on the claim.

When does a car wreck give you cause for a wrongful death suit?

Every time you ride in a motor vehicle, whether you drive or ride as a passenger, there is some risk of winding up in a crash that could leave you hurt or even kill you. Most people tend to suppress concern about the risks associated with driving for the convenience associated with motor vehicle transportation. Sadly, there are some people who will wind up paying a steep price for that convenience.

What is a herniated disc?

A person's backbone is made up of several smaller bones called vertebrae, all of which surround the spinal cord, which is arguably the most important nerve in the body. To prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other, there are softer tissues between the vertebrae called discs. These discs work a lot like the brake pads on one's car in that they prevent the wear and tear of two hard substances grating against each other. A herniated disc is a common type of back injury that probably affects many people in the Charlotte area.

Rate of distracted driving increases at accident scenes

According to a recent study, the frequency of distracted driving behavior, including texting and driving and the like, skyrockets when motorists are passing through the scene of an accident or another roadside emergency where first responders, like police officers and firefighters, are present.

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