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September 24, 2015

Parker v. Town of Erwin, et al. - Town Liability for Child Parade Death Weighed

A Christmas parade ended in tragedy in 2011 when a 3-year-old child was struck and killed by a vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old. The children had participated in the parade, and when it ended ended, the young boy, his older brother and other family members and friends had exited the parade area and were passing in front of an alley near a privately-owned building on their way to a nearby restaurant. darkalley.jpg

Suddenly, the boys' mother heard her older child scream at her 3-year-old to "Get out of the way!" Then she and the other group members saw the young child being struck with the front right bumper of a vehicle that was driving up the alley.

It was just after 8 p.m. The sun had set three hours earlier, and no public or private street lights illuminated the area. Witnesses alerted the driver the child was underneath the car and she backed up so he could be freed. He was conscious, crying and severely injured.

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August 23, 2015

Lawsuit Against Bar That Served Drunk Driver Who Injured Family Settled

A lawsuit against a bar that served a patron an excessive amount of booze despite his clear intoxication level has settled a lawsuit brought by the family of four that driver went on to seriously injured when he slammed 65 mph into their home as they slept.
The impact of the crash on their one-story home left all four members of the family hospitalized, including a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. The boy was trapped underneath the car and suffered a fractured skull. He now suffers speech and mobility delays, post-traumatic stress disorder and long-term cognitive and vision impairments.He has severe night terrors and wakes up screaming every night. He still receives extensive physical and psychological therapies.

For his crimes, the driver pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the maximum under state law in Ohio (where the crash occurred), which was 16 years. He was also ordered to pay $62,000 in restitution to the family.

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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.
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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February 15, 2015

Miller v. Thibeaux - Father May Stake Claim in Child School Bus Accident

School buses are relatively safe forms of transportation with a generally low accident risk. However, when incidents do occur, children face high risk of injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports from 2003 to 2012, there were 174 school children killed in school-transportation related crashes. Of those, 55 were occupants of school buses and 119 were pedestrians.

Of the 348,000 deadly motor vehicle crashes that occurred during that same time frame, 1,222 were classified as school-transportation related.

One of those was the decedent in Miller v. Thibeaux, a six-year-old boy who died tragically after his arm got trapped in a bus before he got himself dislodged and fell under a wheel.

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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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November 17, 2014

Toddler Killed, Father Charged in Fatal Accident

Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road. Drinking and driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, or driving while under the influence of marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs can slow reaction times or lead to erratic driving patterns. In the event of a collision, investigators will always seek to determine whether a driver was impaired. In a recent South Carolina tragedy, a 26-year-old man was criminally charged after a deadly accident killed his 2-year-old daughter and injured two other children.

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According to reports, defendant was driving north on White Plains Road when he veered off the left side of the road and smashed into a street sign and a garbage can before slamming into a tree.

Police indicated that the 2-year-old was riding in a booster car seat in the rear seat. Immediately after the accident, emergency responders arrived at the scene and worked to save the life of the child. She was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The father was charged with reckless homicide after a solicitor told the judge that he tested positive for marijuana and admitted to smoking before the accident. It was estimated that the driver was traveling at 65 or 70 miles per hour at the time of the collision, even though the posted speed limit was 45.

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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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October 1, 2014

Six-Year-Old Bicycle Rider Killed in SC Car Accident

Even a minor car accident can be a shocking experience for vehicle occupants. The jarring of impact, the smell of smoke from the explosive charges that deployed the airbags, and the sound of the cars colliding. However, nothing can compare to the tragedy of losing a child.

bicycle-on-the-road-4-1396641-m.jpgAccording to a recent article from SC NOW Morning News, a six-year-old was riding his bike on a private driveway in Florence, South Carolina when he ventured into the street and was hit by a car. The accident occurred just before 8:00pm. Authorities have not released much information, likely due to the fact that the victim of this fatal car accident was a child, but have stated that the boy was not wearing a helmet, and that no charges are being filed against the driver involved in the incident.

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September 5, 2014

Winston-Salem Crash Lawyers Urge Back-to-School Safety

As school children return to the classroom, the roads and sidewalks will be bustling with school buses, bicycles, pedestrians and newly-licensed teen drivers.
As students, parents and school staffers settle into a routine, it will be important to ensure everyone's safety, and that's going to require a multi-pronged approach.

Recently, a car-versus-bicycle accident in Winston-Salem has prompted a boosted awareness campaign that strives to drive down the number of similar incidents in the future, particularly where young children are involved. The city has begun sponsoring a program to train elementary school children how to safely ride a bicycle, both on their own streets and while traveling to school. City leaders hope it will pay dividends later when those children grow up and obtain their driver's licenses. The hope is by creating awareness now, it will be deep-rooted by the time they have those keys in hand.

Our Winston-Salem car accident attorneys know that every year in North Carolina, there are approximately 2,200 pedestrians involved in police-reported crashes, with between 150 to 200 of those suffering death. Another 500 are seriously injured, according to the state department of transportation.

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May 27, 2014

Pregnancy Increases Crash Risk, Study Indicates

Pregnant women in their second trimester may be more than 40 percent more likely to crash than they were before or after their pregnancy, according to results of a team's Canadian study.
While this first-of-its-kind study doesn't explain reasons for this uptick, some posit that it could be so-called "pregnancy brain," a foggy mental state many women report. Others say it could simply be that pregnant women are more likely to seek medical treatment when they have suffered any kind of injury following a crash.

This, at least, is good news, as our Spartanburg car accident lawyers know that both mother and child could be at risk for serious injury even as a result of a relatively minor impact.

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May 12, 2014

Safe Removal of Child in an Accident: Hazardous Car Seats

In the event of a traffic accident, the time it takes to rescue passengers from a vehicle can make the difference between life and death, especially if victims are children. In a tragic case, a mother was unable to quickly remove her child from a car seat after the vehicle caught fire. The child died in the accident and investigators have blamed a faulty buckle on the Graco car seat. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is performing tests on the car seats to determine if they should be recalled.


If you have small children in car seats, it is important to make sure they are functioning properly and that your child can be quickly extracted in the event of an emergency. Car seats, like many safety features and advancements, can prevent serious injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, when they are not working properly, they can do more harm than good.

Our Greenville car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of accidents and injuries recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation. In addition to helping victims and their families in the event of an accident, we are also committed to raising safety awareness to prevent accidents, injuries and wrongful death.

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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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February 20, 2014

Carolina Car Accidents & High Risk to Children

Less than two months ago, on Christmas Day, a 1-year-old girl was killed in Anson County in a wreck on Highway 74, when a vehicle crossed the center line, injuring several people and resulting in the baby's death just a few hours later.
The crash remains under investigation, but here's what we do know: Far too many children are seriously hurt or killed in Charlotte car accidents every year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study revealing that while motor vehicle deaths among children under the age of 12 fell by 43 percent over the last 10 years, there were still 9,000 children in that age cohort killed during the same time frame.

A large majority of these deaths were preventable.

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February 6, 2014

Side-Airbags Coming to Baby Seats in the Carolinas

Believe it or not, your child's car seat likely isn't tested for overall safety. It's not tested to calculate safety in the event of a side-impact accident. But that could all change if officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have their way.
According to the Los Angeles Times, car seats could soon be required to be tested in side-impact accidents under new proposed regulations. Under this new proposal, officials are looking to upgrade the standards for the child car seats used for children who weigh under 40 pounds. With this new standard, officials believe that they can help to save young lives and help to prevent injuries.

Our Greensboro child injury lawyers understand that car seats, and the proper use of them, are vital in keeping children safe in our vehicles. Under the proposal, officials are calling on a new test to simulate a "t-bone" accident. In this scenario, the front of a vehicle traveling at 30 mph would hit the side of another vehicle traveling at 15 mph, as this is the most common scenario on U.S. roadways accounting for about 90 percent of side-impact crashes.

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January 7, 2014

SC Mother Charged with DUI After Children Killed in Crash

In another tragic DUI case, a 32-year-old mother has been charged after her 2 young children were killed in a drunk driving accident. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on New Year's Day at 2:15 in the morning. The driver is facing 2 counts of felony DUI and driving with a suspended license. This tragedy sheds light on the dangers of DUI and the innocent victims that suffer the consequences.


Drunk-driving accidents continue to plague Carolina and national highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving rates are up 12% from previous years. This means that despite efforts to warn of the dangers of drunk driving, many drivers will continue to get behind the wheel even when they are incapacitated. Our Asheville car accident attorneys are dedicated to achieving justice for victims and helping DUI survivors, victims, and their loved ones recover compensation. In addition to helping those who have already been impacted by a DUI crash, our lawyers are committed to raising awareness to prevent future drunk driving accidents.

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