May 10, 2014

"Dr. Vodka" Killed in Lamborghini Crash

In another high-speed tragic accident involving a public figure, a New York alcohol industry entrepreneur known as "Dr. Vodka" was killed in Miami Beach. According to reports, the former doctor turned booze mogul was riding in a Lamborghini that crashed into an SUV while traveling over 100 miles per hour. Authorities indicated that the doctor was killed instantly when the sports car crashed into the Chevy Suburban at a stoplight around 3:00 a.m. The doctor-entrepreneur was widely known in social circles in the Northeast, and the South, including the Carolinas.


The accident made national headlines and took the life of a well-known and respected doctor, entrepreneur and socialite. The wife of the victim has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Our Charlotte car accident attorneys are experienced in handling complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. We will initiate an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the accident and identify all responsible individuals and entities. When representing victims of car accidents and their loved ones, our priority is seek justice against negligent parties and recover maximum compensation.

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May 4, 2014

NC Teen Driving Risks Heightened in the Summer

Three lives were cut short and many more are forever altered, after authorities say a 17-year-old unlicensed driver reportedly made the decision to attempt a pass in a No Pass Zone in Whiteville around 10 p.m. on Friday.
The youth had three other teens in his car. As he went left of center, he realized he wasn't going to make it. He served back into his own lane, and struck the fender of the vehicle in front of him. The 78-year-old driver of that car lost control and crashed into a third car, carrying two girls, ages 8 and 13. Those two girls and 78-year-old driver died. The teen's passengers suffered minor injuries.

Now, the 17-year-old is facing criminal charges of death by motor vehicle, driving without a license and driving left of center. Winston-Salem car accident attorneys know that as we approach summer, we can unfortunately expect to see more incidents like this, as teen drivers have more freedom, more time and less supervision than during the school year. The National Safety Counsel has identified the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers and their passengers.

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May 2, 2014

"Happy" Post Has a Horribly Sad Ending for North Carolina Driver

A North Carolina woman was killed in a fiery High Point car accident just seconds after she posted to her Facebook page regarding how happy the "Happy" song made her.
According to news reports, the 32-year-old driver was traveling on Business Route 85 when her vehicle crossed the median, hit a truck, spun off the road and burst into flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 73, was also forced off the road and struck a tree, but he survived.

Charlotte car accident lawyers note authorities have ruled out the possibility that alcohol or drugs was involved, and there is nothing to suggest the woman was speeding. She was young and in good health. That leads investigators to believe, at least preliminarily, that the crash was the proximate result of her distraction in posting to her social media page while driving.

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April 30, 2014

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Auto Insurance Benefits for Cohabitants

Like a growing number of people across the country, the plaintiff in the case of Bell v. Progressive Direct Insurance cohabited with his fiancee for several years.
Though they never actually set a wedding date, and eventually ended up breaking it off, they had a child together and for a long time shared expenses, property, a vehicle and even car insurance - at least that's what they thought.

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently reviewed the uninsured motorist claim brought by the fiance after he was injured in a car accident while riding in a vehicle driven by his co-worker. While at its core, our Spartanburg car accident lawyers recognize the case was about whether the plaintiff should be allowed to collect underinsured motorist coverage, more broadly, the justices were weighing whether courts should have greater discretion in interpreting insurance policies by adopting the legal doctrine of reasonable expectations. The state has not historically been one to recognize this theory, instead relying on traditional rules of contract interpretation of insurance policies based on the plain terms.

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April 29, 2014

Fatal Teen Crash in South Carolina a Stark Reminder of Spring Risks

Two teens were killed and two others seriously injured in a South Carolina car accident as the four students were driving to school.
Hundreds attended a joint funeral for the 18-year-old and 17-year-old, as their companions, age 17 and 16, remained in a Hilton Head hospital recovering from potentially life-threatening injuries. Officials were still investigating the crash, but say the driver apparently struck a culvert, went airborne and then slammed into a tree.

While the final accident report has not yet been released, our Greenville injury attorneys see this as an important time to revisit some of the primary causes of wrecks involving teens, and how parents can help to reduce the risks as we approach graduation and the start of summer break.

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April 25, 2014

Biking and Walking Safety a Spring Focus in Carolinas

Commuting via biking and walking is good for your health and good for the planet. The Alliance for Biking & Walking is a nonprofit organization designed to improve conditions for bicycles and walkers and encourage people to travel more on foot or via bicycle. Recently, the Alliance published its 2014 Benchmarking Report, which is a complication of data and research on both walking and bicycling across all 50 states. shadow-of-the-past-1432188-m.jpg

The report is important because it sheds light and on where people are walking and biking the most; as well as on how various factors affect the rate of pedalcyclist or pedestrian accidents. An experienced Asheboro, NC accident lawyer can assist riders or walkers who suffer an injury in a motor vehicle collision and can represent family members of those killed in collisions.

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April 23, 2014

Fewer Carolina Trucking Accidents with Electronic Monitoring of HOS

Driving while fatigued may be as impairing as driving while drunk. Drowsy driving is always dangerous, but especially when the fatigued driver is a commercial trucker who operates a vehicle that may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. military-truck-1060979-m.jpg

Unfortunately, truck driver fatigue is a major problem and may only be getting worse. Business Week reports that there is a significant shortage in qualified truckers and thus trucking carriers may pressure drivers to work for long hours to get the loads delivered where they need to go.

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April 21, 2014

Changing In-Vehicle Displays to Prevent Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April reminds motorists that distracted driving can be deadly. Drivers face an ever-increasing number of distractions in their vehicles. USA Today reported an increase in drivers manipulating handheld devices from .9 percent in 2010 to 1.3 percent in 2011. Cars are also frequently equipped with standard features like GPS or in-dash navigation and control systems, which drivers may focus on instead of the road. gps-directions-1-1198030-m.jpg

Despite the best efforts of safety advocates, thousands of people keep dying each year because of distracted drivers and many more are seriously injured. In 2011 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 3,328 fatalities and another 421,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers.

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April 17, 2014

Rock Hill Accident Lawyers Review Vicarious Liability of Vehicle Owners

While most Rock Hill car accident lawsuits are going to involve negligence claims against the drivers involved, there are some situations in which third parties may be deemed liable simply by their association with the driver.
This is a principle known as vicarious liability (or more formally, respondeat superior). This differs slightly under South Carolina law from issues like negligent entrustment, negligent hiring or negligent supervision (which can be applied to parents, employers, etc.) in that it doesn't require the plaintiff show any tortious action on the part of the defendant.

For example, in order to prove negligent entrustment of a vehicle in South Carolina, it has to be proven that the accused left a dangerous article (i.e., a vehicle) with a person whom he or she knew was likely to use it in an unreasonably risky manner. More specifically in the case of Jackson v. Price (Ct. App. 1986), South Carolina defined limited the definition to cases where the owner of a vehicle knew or should have known the driver to whom the vehicle was being entrusted abused substances or was likely to drive while intoxicated.

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April 14, 2014

Defective Vehicles, Parts, Pose Danger to South Carolina Motorists

Auto giant General Motors was aware that an ignition switch problem would turn off the vehicle and disable the airbags in the event of a crash. For years the company knew this, records show, and yet it took them a decade to issue a recall for 2.6 million cars.
In the meantime, reports are that 13 people were killed as a result of this defect. One of those was a 16-year-old girl from Conway. Our Rock Hill car accident attorneys understand that the girl died in 2005 - four years after the vehicle defect was known - when she crashed into a tree and her airbags failed to deploy. She was her mother's only child.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is murder," the mother told a group of reporters, speaking out in advance of Congressional testimony offered by GM CEO Mary Barra. The primary focus was how her firm handled knowledge of potential dangers to consumers and the public in general. The overall consensus? Not well.

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April 12, 2014

Asheville Car Accident Lawyers Highlight April as Distracted Driving Month

The phone vibrates. You glance at the glowing screen on the seat next to you. You pick up to quickly take a closer look.
In those few seconds, your life is forever changed.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and our Asheville car accident lawyers believe it's an important time to underscore the danger that occurs every single time you take your eyes off the road.

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April 8, 2014

NHTSA to Mandate Backup Cameras on All Vehicles

While a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that there has been a substantial decline in the number of child pedestrian fatalities nationwide since 1975, our Charlotte car accident attorneys know there is one type of crash that remains of particular concern to parents and traffic safety advocates. That is back-over accidents, in which drivers pulling out of driveways, parking spots and other areas strike children who are behind the vehicle. suburbanstreet.jpg

These crashes disproportionately impact children, primarily because they aren't tall enough for the driver to see them standing near the rear of the vehicle and also because children don't recognize the dangers. Driver inattention is also often blamed. Motor vehicle operators simply back out without taking a few seconds to look behind them and make sure the path is clear.

It's for this reason that the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has announced its intention to mandate that all vehicles manufactured as of May 1, 2018 be equipped with backup cameras, also referred to as "rear-view visibility systems."

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April 6, 2014

Isabella v. Koubek - Workers' Compensation and Car Accident Injuries

Anderson car accident lawsuits can be complicated when any of the involved motorists were working at the time of the wreck. curvesahead.jpg

Workers' compensation laws can bar injured parties from pursuing some types of negligence claims, and defendants in some cases can be prohibited from filing third-party contribution claims of vicarious negligence against vehicle owners where the at-fault driver is protected by workers' compensation laws. Seeking counsel from a law firm that handles both car accident injury and workers' compensation claims can help you to maximize your opportunity for complete compensation.

The recent case of Isabella v. Koubek, reviewed by the New York Court of Appeals, illustrates how complicated these matters can become.

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April 3, 2014

Pedestrian Accidents Increase in North Carolina: Report

Authorities in Fayetteville are investigating the sudden death of an elderly pedestrian and the serious injury to his wife as they attempted to cross the street after sharing a meal at a local restaurant. pedestrianpictogram.jpg

The pair, visiting from Pennsylvania, were trying to cross a four-lane road while returning to a nearby hotel where they were staying. City officials have called that stretch of road one of the deadliest for pedestrians, with many travelers attempting to cross on foot back-and-forth between nearby hotels and restaurants located off the highway. A crosswalk was installed, yet the road is poorly lit and the speed limit remains 55 miles-per-hour.

Charlotte car accident attorneys understand that a recent report by the Governors' Highway Safety Association indicates that while pedestrian accidents saw an overall downward shift nationally for the first time in years, it increased yet again in North Carolina.

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April 1, 2014

Understanding Your South Carolina Auto Insurance Rights

Recently in Nevada, two injured drivers took on a large insurance firm in Wingco v. Gov't Employees Ins. Co., attempting to assert class action status for the fact that the company refused to pay medical benefits and lacked a written rejection of that refusal from the insureds.
At the argument's core was the allegation that the insurance company had violated state law, committed a breach of contract and engaged in unfair claims practices. However, the Nevada Supreme Court held that while the insurer was required to offer medical coverage in a minimal amount of $1,000, insureds had the option of rejecting this coverage. Further, the company wasn't required to keep written records proving rejection of the coverage; that stipulation was only intended for underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage in that state.

As Greenville car accident attorneys, we frequently meet people who are seeking to file a claim for non-payment from an insurance company, and they may lack standing because of the fine print on the policy.

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