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Last Monday on May 11th North Carolina State Troopers came to the tragic scene of car crash in Jones County that is believed to be alcohol and speed related.

The victim was 18 year old Michael Rodriguez of Dover, North Carolina (NC). Apparently he died in the crash. The single vehicle accident occurred on Caswell Station Road in Jones County for those familiar with the area.

The wreck happened at approximately 9:30 that evening. N.C. Troopers say Rodriguez’ vehicle veered off Caswell Station road, then hit a ditch which caused the car to overturn before striking a tree.

According to Jones County authorities there were no other vehicles involved in the accident and Rodriguez was the only person in the car.

Tragically, in the United States the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 17,941 people died in 2006 in "alcohol-related" collisions, representing 40 percent of total traffic deaths in this country. Over 500,000 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents in the US in 2003.

The occurrence of the Mallenby Effect is usually to blame in these injuries and accidents under the impairment of alcohol. This is the phenomenon whereby self-perceptions of the effects of alcohol on the person change between the absorption and the elimination phases of alcohol consumption.

During the absorption phase, individuals compare their perceived state with their condition before consuming alcohol. They tend to over estimate the effects of alcohol.

During the elimination phase, they tend to underestimate their state of alcohol impairment.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper,Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY. BM

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