June 28, 2015

Charlotte Fatal Motorcycle Crash Ends with Arrest


According to a recent news article from WBTV, a driver was arrested following a deadly motorcycle accident in Charlotte. Authorities say the accident involved a van, a passenger car, and a motorcycle, and it occurred around 6:30 p.m. in south Charlotte, North Carolina. The accident resulted one person being killed and several other victims suffering varying degrees of personal injury.

54505_motorcycle_01.jpgWitnesses say a Ford Edge was stopped in traffic when the 35-year-old driver of a Honda Odyssey was driving toward the city on South Boulevard. The Odyssey was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the Edge, so he rear-ended the stopped vehicle. When alleged at-fault driver hit the Ford from behind, it caused the car to spin out of control and cross the center line of the highway and enter the lanes of oncoming traffic.

At this point, a motorcycle driven by a 37-year-old man hit the Ford head-on and then deflected into the Odyssey and hit that vehicle head on. First responders arrived at scene shortly after the multi-vehicle accident and provided immediate medical attention to the motorcycle rider before transporting him to a level-one trauma center in Charlotte, but his injures were too severe, and emergency room doctors pronounced him dead shortly after the ambulance arrived.

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June 26, 2015

Two Killed in Florence, South Carolina Car Accident


According to a recent news article from WPDE, a 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man (husband and wife) were both killed in a fatal car accident at the "Five Points" area in Florence, South Carolina early on a Wednesday morning.

carcrash9.jpgWhile authorities do not the exact cause of the fatal car accident, which occurred just prior to 7 a.m., many witnesses say this particular intersection is well known as a "bad intersection" due to the very high volume of traffic and the many serious traffic accidents that have occurred in the same location. Authorities do know it was a two-car accident involving a small passenger vehicle and a pickup truck.

One of the problems with this particular intersection, according to those interviewed for the news article, is that drivers often run red lights, and this leads to frequent car accidents, many of which are serious or even fatal. Others said there is a problem with the traffic lights and think the city should inspect the lights and reevaluate their timing to see if it is appropriate for the current volume of traffic and road conditions.

While not all accidents at the site are as serious as this one, witnesses say minor accidents happen there nearly every day.

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June 25, 2015

Car Crashes Into Charlotte Medical Office, 3 Injured


Some car accidents, even fatal ones, involve a single vehicle. In these cases, we see cars run off the road and crash into trees, utility poles, guardrails, and ditches, and the damage can be extensive. Other car accidents involve at least two vehicles crashing into each other, and, in some cases, many more vehicles are involved in a multi-vehicle chain reaction car crash. We also see accidents in which a car crashes into a nearby building, such as restaurant, home, or local business. Sometimes these accidents can be fatal not only to the driver of the car, but also to the people in the building.

medical-doctor-1314902-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from The Charlotte Observer, a car allegedly crashed into a primary care practice on Albemarle Road in Charlotte. Authorities say the car smashed through the mostly-glass front of a medical primary care office and traveled about 20 feet into the clinic before coming to a complete stop. This Charlotte car accident occurred around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

There were three victims injured in the car accident, and one of these victims was seriously injured. When first responders arrived at the accident scene, they were able to provide immediate medical attention before transporting the victims to a Charlotte hospital. The victim who was most severely injured was listed as being in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

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June 22, 2015

Report: Two Killed in Highway 264 Accident


According to a recent news story from WITN, a 31-year-old woman from North Carolina and a 34-year-old man were both killed in a traffic accident that occurred on Highway 264 on the eastbound exit lane. While they were traveling in their car, male victim was behind the wheel and allegedly attempted to make a wrong turn onto a four-lane highway when the accident occurred.

crash13.jpgAuthorities say he was essentially trying to make an improper U-turn on a major highway. After conducting a preliminary investigation, authorities further said the driver, who collided with victims' car following the U-turn, was not at fault at the accident.

One witness said a lot of people stopped their vehicles following the crash and ran to the accident scene to offer assistance to the victims, but, despite their best intentions to help, nobody knew what they could do, so they called 911, so first responders who were better trained and equipped to rescue accident victims could do their jobs.

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June 20, 2015

Pastor and Wife's Sons Killed in North Carolina Car Accident - Family Forgives Driver


The loss of a child is one of the most horrific experiences a family can suffer. The loss of two young children is a fate worst than most could ever imagine. According to a recent report from People, a North Carolina pastor and his wife suffered the loss of their 2-year-old son and newborn baby when a truck driver allegedly crashed in their car while the family was driving to their home in Charlotte.

church-interior-1444178-1-m.jpgThe pastor had just officiated his sister's Memorial Day weekend wedding in Topsail, North Carolina and was driving home with his wife, 37 weeks pregnant at the time, and their two-year-old son when they were involved in the fatal four car crash. Her unborn child was delivered by emergency C-section following the accident, but, unfortunately, the newborn baby boy died two days following his birth while in intensive care at a local hospital.

During a memorial service, over 800 friends, family, and community members were there to share memories of the deceased two-year-old car accident victim and offer support to the family during this awful time in their lives.

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June 17, 2015

Death of Math Genius, Wife, Underscores Need for Backseat Belt Use


Recently on the New Jersey Turnpike, a traffic collision claimed the life of famed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, after they were thrown from the back of a taxi. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash, but they do know the pair were not wearing their seat belts. seatbelt.jpg

Nash, 86, won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994, and his story of overcoming mental illness was the basis for the film entitled, "A Beautiful Mind."

We all know that seat belt use saves lives. But there is a pervasive misconception - underscored by a patchwork of state laws that often don't require seat belts for adults riding in the back seat (especially of taxis, limousines and other commercial vehicles) - that seems to indicate it's safe to forgo a belt in the back seat. It's not.

A number of legislators are spearheading various efforts to change the laws on the books as a way to improve safety, but also to drive home the message that seat belts are necessary for all passengers.

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June 14, 2015

Fiery, Multiple Vehicle Crash on South Carolina I-26 Causes Injury


A fiery, multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 26 northwest of Columbia recently involved nearly a dozen vehicles, including a tanker truck carrying nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel that caught fire, engulfing numerous other cars nearby.
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The incident shut down both lanes of traffic for nearly 12 hours as crews assessed the victims, transported them to local hospitals and surveyed the damage. Numerous motorists were injured, but so far, there have been no fatalities reported. The heat was so intense, emergency crews had a difficult time reaching the victims right away.

Still, authorities say it could have been a lot worse. Plumes of thick black smoke and shooting flames, if unchecked, could have easily reached a fireworks store adjacent to the accident site. That, say troopers, would have been " a catastrophe." Firefighters who responded put their lives on the line to make sure that didn't happen, investigators said.

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June 11, 2015

Johnson v. Sam English Grading, Inc. - South Carolina Motorcycle Death Lawsuit


When a tragic motorcycle accident claimed the life of the operator's wife, who was a passenger on the bike, her daughter sued a grading business nearby for failing to place advance warning signs of danger.
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The firm was contracted with the property owner to routinely haul debris from the site to a nearby landfill using a 73,000 pound piece of equipment known as a "pan." In order to get from one site to another, it had to cross a public road. The pan operator was reportedly moving at an unbroken rate of 30 mph while 20 feet away from the intersection the motorcyclist was approaching.

In the seconds before the crash, the wife had tapped her husband on the shoulder to alert him to a possible hazard. The dust kicked up by the pan was thick, and it was traveling at a fairly fast pace toward the intersection.

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June 8, 2015

Study: Improper Child Car Seat Use Pervasive


Child safety restraints in motor vehicles have proven to significantly reduce the risk of serious injury and death among youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the danger is slashed by as much as 71 percent.
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But the car seats and restraints only work if they are used properly. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, that is not happening in a large percentage of family vehicles.

Researchers reviewed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's national survey on booster seat use from 2007 to 2009, which included nearly 22,000 children. The researchers staked out gas stations, child care centers, recreation facilities and restaurants to observe whether children were properly restrained as they pulled into these locations. Researchers then asked the driver about the child's age, ethnicity and race.

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June 5, 2015

Stocki v. Nunn - Establishing Damages in Car Accident Lawsuit


Often in car accident lawsuits, the critical point of contention is liability. That is, whether the defendant driver(s) indeed caused the accident that resulted in injury.
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However, there are a fair amount of cases when that is not the issue, but rather the question of damages is the primary focus. Defendant(s) may even admit liability, but will contest the amount of damages by directly challenging the extent of plaintiff's injuries resulting from the crash.

That was the case recently in Stocki v. Nunn before the Wyoming Supreme Court.

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June 2, 2015

Lock v. Estate of Davis - Car Accident Lawsuit Weighed


A victim who sustained serious injuries in a crash that killed the at-fault driver should not be able to collect more than the insurance policy limit of $100,000 - despite being awarded a $400,000 verdict by the jury.
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However, the Montana Supreme Court in Locke v. Estate of Davis did find the insurance company could be bound to that judgment, even though it was not a named party, was not represented by counsel and did not appear in court.

The traffic accident that set off this case occurred in May 2011. Both drivers were traveling on the same road in opposite directions when one driver lost control of her vehicle, veered into oncoming traffic and struck plaintiff's vehicle.

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May 30, 2015

Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal North Carolina Car Wreck


Most car accidents are treated as strictly civil matters. If there was no indication of intoxication or recklessness on behalf of an alleged at-fault driver, authorities will typically issue one or more citations for moving violations to the driver, but they will not file criminal charges in connection with an accident.

This is true even in the case of an accident that results in a loss of life. However, in the case of serious reckless driving allegations or suspicion of drunk driving, authorities may charge alleged at-fault driver with crimes in addition to issuing civil infractions for moving violations.

pickup.jpgAccording to a recent news report from WXII 12, an 18-year-old defendant has just pleaded to guilty to criminal charges in connection with a serious North Carolina motor vehicle accident that resulted in one death and six injuries.

Prosecutors say defendant entered a plea of guilty in a Brunswick County court on charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle, failing to comply with license restrictions, and driving left of center. The alleged accident occurred in September of last year.

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May 27, 2015

South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Proves Fatal


According to a recent article from News 12, a woman was killed in motorcycle crash in McCormick County, South Carolina. Authorities say the 43-year-old victim died on a Sunday afternoon when her motorcycle hit a guardrail, causing her to be thrown from the bike.

motorcycle-helmet-prop-369702-m.jpgWitnesses to the fatal motorcycle accident called 911 and first responders were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Prior to emergency personnel arriving on the accident scene, bystanders attempted to perform CPR but were unsuccessful. When emergency personnel arrived at the vehicle crash scene, they attempted to provide immediate medical attention to victim but found she was unresponsive after they attempted to perform CPR. She was later declared dead at the scene before being transported to the county coroner.

Authorities have also released information victim was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the accident, and it is not known if she was wearing a helmet. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the county coroner was able to obtain victim's identity, and they have been attempting to get in touch with family members before releasing her name to the general public.

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May 25, 2015

Lawsuits Filed in Charleston for Car Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles


Everyone knows, when you see or hear an emergency vehicle rushing to the scene of an accident or crime, you must yield right of way, so as not to interfere with the vehicle. It is also true an emergency vehicle is allowed to run red traffic signals when traveling to its destination, assuming it is responding to a valid call. However, this does not give the operator of an emergency vehicle the right to drive in a negligent and dangerous manner or use its emergency equipment, including lights and sirens, when there is no valid emergency situation.

fire-engine.jpgThis is exactly what some plaintiffs are alleging in a series of cases recently filed in South Carolina, according to a news article for the Charleston Post and Courier. In one of the cases, plaintiff's attorneys have alleged a North Charleston fire truck was on its way to a car crash at speeds of up to 25 mph over the posted speed limit of 45 mph. Traveling 70 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 45 mph is unnecessarily fast and dangerous, according to plaintiff's car accident lawyers.

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May 23, 2015

Fatal Car Accident in Clarendon County, South Carolina


According to a recent news report from WLTX 19, one person was killed in an early morning car crash in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The fatal car accident occurred on Interstate 95.

Thumbnail image for car-crash-m.jpgAuthorities say the crash occurred just after midnight around the exit of State Highway 521 near Manning, South Carolina. A South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson stated the accident involved a single Chevrolet Impala. It is believed the vehicle ran off the roadway and crashed into a tree. The only occupant of the Impala was the driver who was killed in the tragic motor vehicle accident.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fatal car accident and also the identity of the driver. State troopers say the victim was too badly injured in the horrific accident and they were unable to locate any other identifying information.

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