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May 15, 2015

Woman Blames Coffee Drinking Parrot for Car Accident

There are many different forms of in-vehicle distraction, but this may have been a first.

According to a recent news report from Journal Now, a woman is blaming her pet parrot and its coffee drinking habit for her crashing her car into a guardrail. Authorities report her pet parrot distracted 35-year-old accident victim. Her parrot was riding in victim's car, and apparently not in a cage or any other type of animal carrier at the time of this accident.

o-que-que-h-1430846-m.jpgShe knows her parrot likes drinking coffee, and while she was traveling down the highway, she apparently saw her pet parrot pecking at the lid of her coffee cup located in one of the vehicle's cup holders. When she looked down to keep an eye on her pet bird, she took her eyes off the road and slammed her car into a guardrail.

Following this rather bizarre single-vehicle car crash, she stated she noticed bird seed in one of her other cup holders next to the coffee cup, and also found a feather near the cup. When first responders arrived at the scene of this car accident, they found her to have suffered a broken arm and several facial lacerations.

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December 7, 2014

Father's Last Texts Never Read by Son Killed in Accident

No parent is prepared for the news that they have lost their child in a deadly car accident. After a tragic North Carolina accident, a father tried to reach his son through text messages, but they were never received. While a father warned his son of a major accident on the road, he didn't realize that his son had been traveling in the backseat. According to state troopers investigating the accident, a 16-year-old was driving recklessly and carelessly when he was involved in a collision that also killed two of his friends and injured another.

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Accident reports indicated that the 16-year-old driver was transporting several of his friends home from school when he lost control of the vehicle and struck several trees before the car overturned. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver and another passenger were rushed to the hospital. The father of one of the victims heard about the accident and began to text his son. The first text asked simply, "Where are you?" The following texts became more desperate, as the father had gotten word of the wreck less than a mile from the family home.

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October 27, 2014

Teenager Killed at Dangerous Raleigh Intersection

Accidents involving pedestrian victims can be deadly, especially when a vehicle is traveling at high speeds. In a tragic case, a 17-year-old girl was killed on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh when she attempted to cross the street. According to reports, the teen was struck when she crossed Capital Boulevard around 7 p.m. She crossed the road while oncoming traffic had a green signal, according to police reports. A 49-year-old driver was headed north when she struck the victim. She pulled over and tried to help while waiting for the authorities to arrive on the scene.


As with any accident case involving a fatality, this case is still under investigation. Authorities have not charged the driver, but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a cause of the accident. The victim was in critical condition when she was taken to the hospital, but later died of her injuries. According to reports, this was the second accident in the past two months involving a pedestrian crossing at the same intersection. Another victim was struck on September 3rd in a hit and run, but the driver has not yet been located. The first victim suffered serious injuries, which were not life threatening.

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September 26, 2014

Using Technology to Tackle Texting and Driving in North Carolina

Last year, law enforcement officials throughout North Carolina issued 3,600 citations for texting-and-driving, which became illegal in the state for all drivers in 2009.
People know they shouldn't text and drive. They know it's illegal. Yet, nearly a third of drivers admit doing it anyway. For those who are caught, it's a traffic citation accompanied by a $100 fine. For those who aren't caught, however, the consequences can be tragic.

Our Charlotte auto accident attorneys know drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and 95 percent of motorists surveyed said they recognize the heightened danger.

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June 28, 2014

NC Pedestrian Death Blamed on Intoxicated Motorist

In a tragic DUI pedestrian accident, a drunk driver struck and killed a North Carolina woman as she walked in Daytona Beach Shores. Reports indicate that the accused motorist has been released on bond. According to reports, the 45-year-old victim was walking with her 21-year-old son and his wife when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when the driver sped down a beach access ramp, crashed through a toll booth and ran over the victim. The driver was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI and manslaughter. The driver will also face criminal penalties for property damage caused by the accident.


In the event of a car accident that results in personal injury or wrongful death, victims and their families should take immediate action to protect their rights. While law enforcement officers and investigators can ensure that a driver is held criminally responsible, an experienced advocate will ensure that you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and losses. Our Charlotte drunk driving accident attorneys are experienced in the investigation of cases involving DUI accidents. We will take a comprehensive approach to collect evidence, identify responsible parties, and pursue your legal rights in a civil case. Remember that you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, lost wages, and any other personal losses you have endured.

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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 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 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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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.


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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October 6, 2013

North Carolina Loses Federal Distracted Driving Grant Money

Distracted driving among young people has received an overwhelming amount of attention in recent years. In response, Congress promised federal grant money to states that enacted tough laws against distracted driving. Many states, including North Carolina, had hoped to receive federal grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Despite the disappearance of the expected grant money, our Asheville car accident attorneys are committed to raising awareness about distracted driving to prevent collisions.

Many states were disqualified from the grant program because their distracted driving laws were not considered harsh enough. In the case of North Carolina the law, which has been enforced since December 1, 2009: drivers are not banned from texting when their vehicle is stopped.

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August 21, 2013

Autumn Road Trips Popular in the Carolinas - Keeping Safety a Priority

While many accidents are unpreventable, there are also ways that you can keep your family safe. Practicing safe and defensive driving is one way to reduce the risks of accidents when driving in your neighborhood, in the city, or on a cross country trip. Our Ashville car accident attorneys are dedicated to reducing the risks and consequences associated with deadly traffic accidents.


Safety experts and organizations, including the American Medical Association, offer a number of tips to reduce the chances of dangerous or deadly accidents, including the following:

Don't Drink and Drive
. While most people know not to drink and drive, even the most responsible people can make a mistake. Remember that even a small amount of alcohol can reduce your motor skills and impair judgment. You should also be wary of prescription medications and how they affect your ability.

Keep Your Car Maintained. Staying safe and keeping others safe means responsibly keeping your car maintained. You should have regular tune-ups, keep your windshields and mirrors clean, and always have plenty of gas in your car. When purchasing a new car, look for advanced safety features, including power steering and an automatic transmission. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car when taking a trip.

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August 11, 2013

"Zero Tolerance" for Traffic Violations in Greensboro

Laws, regulations and action taken by law enforcement agencies can prevent accidents and injury. On the nation's roads and highways, traffic lights, weight restrictions, speeding limitations and other laws protect motorists to prevent collisions. Now, the Greensboro Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, is taking a new, aggressive approach to prevent accidents.

The initiative, known as the "zero tolerance" law enforcement project will begin this month to crack down on traffic violations on a busy stretch (Wendover Avenue) in Greensboro. The move could signal a wider impact for citizens throughout North Carolina. Our Greensboro car accident attorneys are dedicated to preventing accidents and raising awareness about driver safety.


Reckless and negligent driving increases the likelihood of an accident. In addition to obvious offenses like running a red light, blowing through a stop sign, or speeding, drivers may also be in violation of the law when driving while texting or while using a cell phone. Driving under the influence is also a serious risk to motorists and passengers, also threatening pedestrians and bikers. Violations of local and state law could result in an accident and leave drivers open to civil and criminal penalties.

Under a new initiative, officers from the Greensboro Police Department and local authorities from the Guilford Country Driving While Impaired Task Force and the NC State Highway Patrol will be issuing citations to violators. In addition to traffic citations, drivers may also face additional punishments, including fines, loss of license, and in the most severe cases, jail time.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Greensboro Police Department and University Police Departments plan to issue traffic citations with a "zero tolerance" approach. This means that drivers will be cited if driving even one mile per hour over the speed limit. Law enforcement agencies and officers who have initiated the project believe that it will create an overall awareness to prevent violations and ultimately, prevent accidents and injuries.

In addition to speeding violations, officers will be targeting offenders who are caught driving while texting, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving and drunk driving. All of these traffic violations pose a significant risk to other motorists and passengers on the road. Victims of an accident should review police records to determine the cause of the accident and whether the driver was at fault. Any traffic citation or violation could be evidence of negligence and used in a civil matter.

Agencies involved in the initiative have acknowledged the dangerous nature of these traffic offenses. By increasing awareness of driver negligence, law enforcement centers and officers hope to prevent serious and deadly automobile accidents. According to the Greensboro PD, 11 traffic accidents have killed 14 people this year alone in Greensboro. There were 811 motor vehicle accidents in the past two years and 47% of those accidents resulted in injury or fatality.

If you are ever pulled over for a traffic violation, you should pull over to the side of the road immediately. Wait for an officer to approach your vehicle and remain mindful of hazards on the road. When pulling back into traffic, be careful of oncoming vehicles.

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August 5, 2013

Safe Driving Advocates Turn on Smartphone Industry

In distracted driving accidents, technology is often blamed. But can technology also help to fix the problem?

According to Investor's Business Daily, automakers are working to produce more hands-free devices for drivers. The theory is that drivers will be able to keep more of their attention on the road while still making phone calls, sending text messages, navigating via GPS and interacting with various infotainment. But the truth of the matter is that these devices are still taking much needed attention off of our roadways and are increasing out risks for an accident.
Take the new GPS from Garmin's (the HUD). It's a GPS that displays where a driver needs to go right there on the windshield. Yes, a map on the windshield. While drivers are still looking in a good general direction to be able to see roadway dangers, they're not actively looking for these dangers and their attention is still being taken from the road.

Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released guidelines to try to address the dangers of these devices. But the problem here is that these guidelines don't cover the smartphone industry. If we're going to tackle distracted driving, we need to attack the entire problem. When auto manufacturers stop putting these devices in these vehicles, or when these devices are disabled when a vehicle is in drive, then a driver will simply turn to a smartphone or another device to get what they want. With these options available, our attention is continuing to veer of the road and into higher risks for accidents.

Ray LaHood, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says that distracted driving has become an "epidemic" on our nation's roadways. And he's also looking toward the smartphone industry for answers.

"They have to be part of the solution," said LaHood.

He says that cell phones, GPS devices and other infotainment services are oftentimes available in newer, more expensive luxury cars. And that's something everyone wants. This is why many drivers are seeking less expensive cell phone and portable-electronic versions of these services. But these options won't shut down when your vehicle is in drive.

He contends cell phone use by drivers is the new alcohol on the road. He says it's something that drivers continue to use and get behind the wheel of a vehicle -- knowing that it could have some serious consequences.

While you may be physically able to use a phone or send a text message while you're driving, we'd like to remind you of the dangers. Until all distracting activity is banned from vehicles in motion, we're asking you to be your own controls and to know when (and when not) to use these devices. It's a decision that could wind up saving your life.

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July 21, 2013

New Mobile App Designed to Stop Distracted Driving

As we have discussed in previous posts, distracted driving continues to pose a threat to drivers, passengers and other motorists on the road. While legislators have sought to curb distracted driving by banning the use of cell phones, other safety advocates have used public awareness campaigns to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving. Now technology is taking its turn to cut down on distracted driving and prevent accidents. A new app to stop distracted drivers may save lives.

According to reports, distracted driving led to 3,300 deaths in 2011. Additional research indicates that these injuries are on the rise and that the majority of distracted driving accidents are caused by the use of cell phones. Our Greesboro car accident attorneys are experienced with cases involving distracted driving and are dedicated to helping victims recover just compensation. We are also forward-thinking and embrace innovations that can prevent future drunk driving accidents.


A new mobile app has been designed to keep drivers eyes on the road and away from their phones. With current Smartphone technology, more users are able to check email, update their Facebook accounts, and surf the Internet while driving. An app that allows drivers to put their phones in "OFF Mode" reduces the temptation to check for new updates, texts, and emails while behind the wheel.

Though it may take more time to write a text or draft an email, accidents can be caused in the mere seconds it takes to check a phone for incoming calls, texts, or updates. The "OFF Mode" prevents incoming updates as well as outgoing messages. The creator of the app hopes to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents every year. The risk of distracted driving accidents is severe--there were 387,000 distracted driving-related accidents in 2011.

Most drivers are guilty of glancing at their phone once or twice while behind the wheel. Installing and using the OFF Mode application will block all calls, text messages and e-mails from appearing on the screen. The application, however, does not completely block incoming calls or messages--it simply prevents the icons and notifications from appearing on the screen.

In addition to blocking the sounds and notifications from appearing on the screen, the app will also send an automatic response to callers and texters that the receiver is unavailable or busy. The app is a convenient alternative to hiding the phone in the trunk or glove compartment to reduce the temptation of driving and calling, texting or emailing.

Despite texting bans in Florida and nationwide, distracted driving continues to pose a hazard. In the event of an accident, law enforcement officials can subpoena records to determine if a cell phone was used before or during the crash. This can create additional liability, especially if there were victims, including pedestrians, bicyclists, or other motorists involved in the accident. In the event of a collision, victims should consult with an independent advocate who can determine the cause of the accident and identify responsible parties.

The OFF Mode application is also beneficial to drivers who need to prove that they were not using a cell phone if involved in an accident.

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June 12, 2013

New Mothers Prone to Drowsy, Distracted Driving?

During pregnancy, expecting mothers will often take extra precaution to ensure their personal health and the health of their fetus. Once that child is born, mothers will continue to take necessary steps to protect their newborn from harm. While mothers may take necessary steps in caring for their baby through birth, a new study suggests that mothers may be putting themselves and their infants at risk--from behind the wheel.

A new study that focuses on the relationship between new mother fatigue and drowsy driving indicates that new mothers pose a significant risk to themselves, their passengers, and others on the road. While additional studies will be conducted to qualify the effects of new mother sleeplessness, researchers have already found that many new mothers admit to distraction and fatigue while driving.


Our Charlotte car accidents attorneys are experienced in the investigation of cases involving negligence and fatigued drivers. It is widely accepted that fatigued driving can be dangerous for motorists and others sharing the road. Truck drivers are limited to a number of hours to prevent the dangers of fatigue. National public awareness campaigns have focused on the very severe dangers related to sleepy driving. Some research has indicated that drowsy or fatigued driving can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. In any case involving an accident, an investigation should be performed to determine whether that accident was caused by negligence or distraction.

New mothers are notoriously sleep-deprived. In addition to waking up in the middle of the night to feed newborns, they are rarely on a regular sleep schedule throughout the day. This can make it difficult to manage daily tasks as well as operate a vehicle. Researchers are looking to determine whether the disrupted sleep experienced by new mothers caring for an infant can impact driving abilities. In a preliminary study, they found that mothers who admitted to postpartum fatigue also confessed to making driving errors behind the wheel. This raises safety concerns by public officials and others promoting driver safety.

The new study sheds light on the relationship between new mothers and sleep-deprivation from birth through the first six months. According to research, distraction and lack of concentration affected mothers at many different stages, including the first six weeks, as well as 12, 18, or 24 weeks after birth.

If you are a new mother, remember that you may be distracted and lacking sleep. This can create a feeling of fatigue that could impact your reaction time and driving capabilities. In addition to slow reaction times related to fatigue, mothers also reported being distracted and an inability to concentrate while driving a vehicle. While every mother faces unique challenges after birth, it is important to remember that the lack of sleep and change in lifestyle could affect the ability to drive.

An additional study is following new mothers who have given birth in the past six months. The new participants will be asked about their sleep patterns, tendencies of fatigue and driving capabilities since the birth of their children.

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