Supervised driving practice is as important as ever for teenage drivers in North Carolina, based on a study of all the states by AAA. Its Foundation for Traffic Safety has published research that indicates teen drivers are likelier to be involved in fatal crashes when they are carrying teenage passengers than when they are carrying older passengers. More than a million car accidents were reported in 2016 involving teenage drivers, and they caused more than 3,200 car accident deaths.
The state of North Carolina has several public health programs aimed at improving driver safety. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, or NCDHHS, runs these programs for the public.
Drivers in North Carolina and across the country have good reason to be concerned about the dangers of trucking accidents. Crashes involving large trucks can be devastating and even deadly to people in smaller vehicles let alone cyclists or pedestrians. Those collisions are on the rise, according to federal data. In 2016, over 4,300 people were killed in large truck accidents, a 28 percent increase over the same data for 2009. Despite significant advances in safety technology since that time, however, large commercial trucks are not required to have crash-avoidance systems installed.
Trenching and excavation operations in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S. present a high risk for worker injuries and deaths. There were 130 of the latter between 2011 and 2016, and of those, 49 percent occurred between 2015 and 2016. In response to this increase in deaths, OSHA has updated the National Emphasis Program that concerns trenching and excavation.
Drivers in North Carolina may be overly confident in the abilities of their car safety technology. This nationwide trend has been the subject of a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and some of the statistics may be alarming. The study also raises questions about how drivers can adapt to a future with semi-autonomous vehicles.