January 3, 2014

Motor Vehicle Accidents on the Rise in NC


According to a recent News Observer report, traffic fatalities are on the rise in North Carolina. Some analysts are attributing the rise to an improving economy since the number of accidents dipped after the 2008 mortgage market collapse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report that the number of traffic accidents rose 5.5% in 2012 to 1,292. While the cause of accidents were varied, some have attributed the overall increase to more drivers on the road and an improving economy.

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The fatality rates in North Carolina are similar to a national trend which shows 6 years of reduced fatality rates with a 3.3% increase in traffic deaths. There were 33,561 traffic accident fatalities nationwide last year. Our Greensboro car accident attorneys are experienced with protecting the rights of accident victims and pursuing damages for personal injury and property damage. In addition to representing accident victims, we are abreast of current accident data in North Carolina and nationwide. Raising awareness and calling attention to safe driving in local neighborhoods, Carolina cities, or on the highways can help prevent future accidents and injury.

According to researchers, accident rates tend to rise and fall with the economy. Generally, during a time of recession, there is a decline in the number of accidents. Less drivers going to work, participating in businesses, and less funds for travel means fewer cars on the road and fewer accidents. Usually, the fewer miles drivers spend on the road for business or pleasure, the lower the exposure for accidents.

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January 1, 2014

New Study: Teens Start Safe, But Distractions Come Quickly


It is widely established and known that distractions are dangerous to drivers, passengers and other motorists on the road. Teen drivers are especially at risk of driving and texting because they are inexperienced and also face other distractions that do not impact adult drivers. According to an NPR report on a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, teen drivers often start off as careful drivers but start to "multi-task" within months of getting behind the wheel. "Multi-tasking" may include eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone.

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Drivers in North and South Carolina should avoid distracted driving, but also be aware that teen drivers could pose a significant risk on the road. Our Asheville car accidents attorneys are experienced in helping car accident victims recover compensation after an injury or wrongful death. In addition to protecting the rights of victims and survivors, we are also committed to raising awareness about driver safety to prevent future accidents and injuries.

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December 27, 2013

Risk of Charlotte DUI Injury Increases During Holidays


Chances are that at some point, you have witnessed someone who has attempted to get behind the wheel after drinking too much. champagne2.jpg

A recent survey conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving reveals that nearly 75 percent of all adults over the age of 21 have been to an event at which someone tried to drive home after drinking too much alcohol.

In a flash, what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year becomes instantly the most tragic.

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December 26, 2013

Affluent Teen Who Caused Fatal Car Accident Sued by Families


A 16-year-old who drove drunk and killed four people and injured two others presented an interesting case to the judge, with a defense psychologist testifying in juvenile court that the boy's actions were the result of a bad case of "affluenza." luxury.jpg

That is, the youth was very wealthy and growing up, his parents failed to hold him accountable for any of his actions. His permissive parents did not show him socially appropriate consequences for socially inappropriate conduct.

Our North Carolina injury lawyers have to give the defense in this case points for creativity. However, few believed it would actually work. Then, to the outrage of the victims' families, the juvenile judge slashed what could have been a 20 year prison term into 10 years of probation, portions of which will include time in a long-term treatment facility. The $450,000 bill for that "country club-style" facility, which offers organic food choices and equine therapy, will be paid for by the teen's father.

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December 24, 2013

Wrong-Way Crash Victims Sue Driver, Car Owner


The families of two young women who were killed, reportedly by a wrong-way driver who had previously described herself as the "pothead princess," are filing wrongful death lawsuits.
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The car accident lawsuit alleges negligence on behalf of the driver, as well as the owner of the vehicle. Authorities say the 20-year-old wrong-way driver entered the Florida expressway and struck another vehicle traveling in the correct direction. The two occupants of the other vehicle - two 21-year-old women - were killed. The 20-year-old was seriously injured, as was her passenger.

While toxicology results are still pending, the media has reported that only a handful of hours prior to the crash, the 20-year-old wrong-way driver had posted to a social media account the status,"2 Drunk 2 Care." A catalog of her prior social media postings show numerous postings of marijuana and references to drug use and alcohol.

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December 23, 2013

Suing the State for Car Accident Involving Government Worker


In a recent case out of West Virginia, a city settled with a woman who suffered severe injuries as a result of a car accident involving a city employee.
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According to news reports, the woman was driving her vehicle along the interstate when a city worker in a pickup truck changed lanes, causing an unsecured mat and bucket in the back of the vehicle to fly out of the bed of the truck.This subsequently caused the woman to crash into a concrete median. She suffered a head injury that continues to cause her headaches and internal injuries that have resulted in chronic cervical pain.

The woman claimed the city employee had a duty to safely operate the vehicle and failed in that duty.

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December 21, 2013

Drowsy Driving A Greater Danger Amid Holiday Travel Season


The mangled mess of metal hauled away from the highway near Belmont late last month was a visible reminder of what can happen when drivers fail to get enough sleep. drivingatnight.jpg

Authorities say the 19-year-old driver, with four passengers in his vehicle, fell asleep while driving home from an early morning Black Friday shopping trip. He was killed and his four passengers each hospitalized after he ran off the road and struck a gas station sign. He was traveling 50 miles-per-hour and there was no indication that he had attempted to brake. The vehicle was totaled.

A new study suggests that more Charlotte car accident injuries and deaths are caused by driver fatigue than we perhaps ever realized.

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December 17, 2013

Contributory Negligence in Car Accident Injury Claims


When it comes to liability in Spartanburg car accident injury cases, blame is not always clear-cut.
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There are times when a driver who suffered severe injuries may be partially at-fault. This is referred to as contributory negligence or comparative negligence.

Contributory negligence does not mean that the driver can't seek compensation for damages. It does mean that the amount of compensation you might be able to collect could be somewhat reduced. The extent to which that is the case is best weighed by an experienced injury attorney. Doing this before speaking to an insurance adjuster may help you to maximize the size of your claim.

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December 16, 2013

Car Defects a Hidden Threat in Carolina Traffic Collisions


It's enough to worry that the other motorists with whom you share the road may not be as cautious a driver as you.
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It's another thing to be concerned that if you happen to cross paths with one of those other drivers, the vehicle in which you're traveling won't keep you safe. Motor vehicle consumers have some very basic expectations for the safety standards of their cars. When those are not met - as is too often tragically revealed in the course a North Carolina injury lawsuit - a defective-vehicle tort claim may offer the best recourse.

Such was the case in Ford Motor Co. v. Washington, which was an appeal from by the automaker to the state supreme court in Arkansas, where a plaintiff had previously won a $7.1 million judgment against the automaker as the result of a defective vehicle claim.

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December 13, 2013

Martin v. Lawrence: Preparing for an Injury Trial


Attorneys representing injured parties must carefully calculate the impact of certain evidence (or absence of certain evidence) in the outcome of a trial.
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When they fail in this regard, it is the injured parties who suffer. Such appears to be the case in Martin v. Lawrence, as the state supreme court in Maryland denied the plaintiff's motion for a new trial after a jury sided with the defendant in a wrongful death claim.

Central to the request for a new trial was the trial judge's decision to bar a certain document from evidence. However, the supreme court later determined that the court's decision wasn't improper, and the plaintiff's attorneys had been given enough time to come up with an alternative way to present the evidence the document contained.

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December 11, 2013

Lunsford v. Mills: Fighting for Insurance Coverage


The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently sided with the plaintiff in a motor vehicle injury claim, after the plaintiff's insurance company had attempted to withhold under-insured motorist coverage following a series of crashes that left the plaintiff severely injured.
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In Lunsford v. Mills, the appellate court determined that there is no reason why the rights and obligations of the insurer should differ in cases where the plaintiff is suing multiple parties, some of whom may be fully insured.

Specifically, the plaintiff should not be "kept hanging in limbo as they are forced to sue any and all persons before they could recover (under-insured motorist coverage) benefits, just because other potential (defendants) also happen to be covered under automobile policies," the court ruled.

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December 8, 2013

Child-Related Driving Distractions More Dangerous Than Cell Phones: Report


The issue of distracted driving has received a great deal of attention in recent years - and for good reason. cartoys3.jpg

Drivers enveloped in sending and receiving text messages, phone calls, e-mails and social media status updates are a major liability, not only to themselves but others who share the road with them.

But a type of distraction that is perhaps less discussed is that involving children. According to Australian researchers AAA, children are 12 times more dangerous as a distraction than drivers talking on their cell phones.

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December 4, 2013

Slow Down to Avoid Fatal Carolina Traffic Accidents


Speed is a top factor in many fatal car accidents, and it seems to be a factor in Police Officer Robert Bingaman's accident. According to the Citizen-Times, the officer was traveling at about 70 miles per hour, in a 50 miles per hour zone, when his cruiser slammed into a guardrail and was sent flying over the side of the Jeff Bowen Bridge. Reports also indicate that he was not wearing his seat belt when the accident happened.
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The 37-year-old officer was killed in that late October accident after his vehicle dropped off the bridge at least 50 feet, slammed into an embankment and came to a rest against a column of the bridge near French Broad River.

Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that a North Carolina Highway Patrol investigation indicates that the officer was headed west on 240 when he swerved to miss traffic. That's when his cruiser slammed into the guardrail. The officer was a six-year veteran of the force and former Marine. He was also the first Asheville officer killed in the line of duty in 41 years.

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December 2, 2013

South Carolina Struggles to Stop Drivers from Text Messaging


Believe it or not, South Carolina is one of the very last states in the U.S. to pass some kind of distracted driving law. We're talking cell phones in the driver's seat here. It's a serious distraction that's taking a lot of lives each and every year. Officers will yell you that it's injuring and killing more people annually than drunk driving, according to WMBF News.
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Regardless, drivers in the state are free to talk on phones and text message as they please, behind the wheel, while putting everyone on our roadways at danger. So why does South Carolina love being last?

Our Anderson car accident lawyers understand that text messaging in the driver's seat may be one of the most dangerous things you can do out there. On average, a driver takes their eyes off the road for 4 seconds for each text message. When you're traveling at highway speeds, that means you can travel the entire length of a football field without ever setting eyes on the road. Consider that about half of all drivers do that each and every day, time and time and time again. Scary, right?

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November 30, 2013

3 Killed in North Carolina Crash Blamed on Alcohol


According to a Fox Carolina New report, three people died in a car accident after a pickup truck driver sped away from a licensing checkpoint.
Police suspect the driver had been drinking alcohol.

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The car accident attorneys of Anderson know that drunk driving is a serious problem and many individuals die every year as the result of fatal drunk driving accidents.

According to the report, a 23 year old driver was operating his pickup truck and refused to stop for a checkpoint. Officers at the scene claim that the driver veered off the road, lost control, and struck a tree. His truck immediately burst into flames.

Authorities report that the driver, a 20 year old male, and a 16 year old male were killed in the accident. Reportedly, two 17 year old females survived the wreck but are in critical condition.

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