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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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October 2, 2013

Young Passengers Often Saved by Seat Belts in North Carolina


Over one-third of children under the age of 13, who were killed in car accidents last year, were not wearing seat belts or in car seats.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are the most vulnerable passengers in an automobile and safety should always be a top priority. Car accidents remain a leading cause of death among children.

In 2011, almost two children were killed every day in motor vehicle accidents. The greatest number of deaths occurred in larger vehicles such as Sport Utility Vehicles and pickup trucks.

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September 26, 2013

Crossing Guards: Drive Safe in School Zones


School zone safety is not only the responsibility of districts, administrators, and parents, it is also the obligation of community members to keep students safe. When driving through school zones, there are a number of dangers of which to be aware. While you should always slow in school zones and remember safe driving, consider the extra precautions you must take when dealing with school crossing guards, pedestrians, buses, and the extra commotion at the beginning and end of the school day.

School crossing guards play a pivotal role in making sure that students get to school safely. Reckless drivers may put these crossing guards at risk and cause serious injury or death to pedestrians. Our Asheville pedestrian accident attorneys are dedicated to school crossing guard safety. Considering recent police department warnings regarding pedestrian and crossing guard safety, we also want to raise awareness to prevent future accidents and injuries.

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According to one South Carolina police department, distracted and aggressive drivers who fail to obey crossing guard directions or who blow through crossing guard intersections are posing a significant safety risk. In addition to facing criminal penalties these drivers can also be held civilly liable for any personal injury or property damage. All distracted and aggressive drivers should be aware that this kind of driving behavior could result in irreversible deadly accidents and collisions.

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September 16, 2013

Child Crash Injuries Target of Federal Safety Awareness Campaign


Whether your child is walking to school, taking the bus, riding a bike or hitching a ride with you, safety is a discussion you can't afford to skip.
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Winston-Salem child injuries spike every fall around the start of the school year.

Delve deeper into some of the agency's statistics, and you'll learn that between 2002 and 2011, more child pedestrians were killed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and also between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than at any other time of the day.

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July 16, 2013

Kids and Hot Cars, A Deadly Combination


We're seeing temperatures in the 90s, and while that may serve up the perfect weather for outdoor waterworks, it's also serving up some serious dangers for children and heat stroke.

We're specifically focusing on heat stroke in vehicles.
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According to MSN, there have been 20 child fatalities in the U.S. already this year because children were left in hot vehicles unattended. Last year, there were 33 fatalities, and we're well on our way to meeting those unfortunate numbers, unless we do something now!

Our Charlotte child injury lawyers understand that many of these accidents were complete mistakes, and many of these accidents could have been prevented. Oftentimes the most loving and caring parents unintentionally leave their children behind in an unattended vehicle, and disaster strikes.

How does this happen? The heating dynamics in passenger vehicles are much different that those in other forms of transportation. The windows in our vehicles act as a catalyst for serious temperature increases inside of the vehicle. And while many believe that the exterior color of the vehicle plays a big role in how quickly the car heats up, it's actually the interior (dark colors and leather) that can work to make the car hotter faster.

You might underestimate the risks, too. Unfortunately, a child's body is not able to cool itself as quickly as our adult bodies. It only takes a matter of minutes for disaster to strike.

So what is heat stroke?

Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. You are considered to have heatstroke when your body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. High humidity, certain health problems and some medications increase your risk of heatstroke. So does being a young child or older adult.

When you're inside of a vehicle, you don't have a large time frame to escape the effects of heat stroke -- as it can strike in a matter of minutes.

According to recent studies, the interior of vehicles can jump nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. In the matter of an hour or two, the temps can rise nearly 50 degrees.

Pets, like children, also have a tougher time cooling themselves off in extreme heat im comparison to adults. Each and every year, there are thousands of animals lost to heat stroke when left inside a hot vehicle. And believe it or not, but pets are better protected by safe laws than children in today's legal system.

Currently, more states have laws to keep pets out of hot cars than the less than 20 states with laws on the books to keep children out of hot cars.

Before you get out of the car, lock up and walk away, we're asking that you check all the seats in your car for a child. Oftentimes they can be left behind when quiet or sleeping. Parents just forget. Well, don't let it happen to you. Look around and save a life!

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May 20, 2013

North Carolina Traffic Accidents Involving Children -- a Look at the Facts


Children face additional risks when they are involved in an accident. They may be more susceptible to serious injury and could be even more vulnerable to impact if not properly restrained. According to 2013 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for children at age 4 and every age between 11 and 14. Our Charlotte car accident attorneys are experienced in representing the victims and families of motor vehicle accidents.

Whether in rural areas, suburbs, or in the city, children and teenagers can be distracted and fail to pay attention to oncoming traffic. In addition to the risk children face because of impact, they can also face serious injury by motor vehicle as pedestrians or on bicycle. New statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2011, there were 4,432 pedestrian accident fatalities. The 14 and younger range accounted for 20 percent of those injuries.

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While all bikers are at risk of motor vehicle accidents, young children, children riding in groups, and teenagers can be at additional risk on the road. Inexperience, distraction and other factors can influence how a child rides and whether that child can avoid an accident. According to recent statistics, children aged 14 and younger accounted for 59 percent of bike accident fatalities in 2011.

Most people know that seat belts can reduce the risk of accident or injury. In cases involving children, seat belts can reduce injury, but can also pose additional risks to young passengers. Recent research suggests that the use of seat belts for children aged 5 and over can reduce the risk of injury by 50 percent. In 2011, there were 4,453 passengers under the age of 14 who suffered in fatal accidents. Statistics indicate that in 20 percent of those cases, the children were not wearing seat belts. If you have children, you should continue to remind them to buckle up: 263 children's lives were saved by seat belts in 2011. Child safety seats can also reduce the risk of accidents or injury by 71 percent.

Some of the most tragic accident cases involving children are caused by drunk drivers. As innocent victims of these collisions, children can suffer the most severe and fatal injuries. The new statistics show that 16 percent of accidents that resulted in death to a child were caused by a drunk driving accident. Fifty percent of these cases involved child passengers of a drunk driver. In 2011 there were also 25 children who were pedestrians or cyclists struck by drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Children often suffer some of the most severe or catastrophic injuries when involved in an accident. They could suffer head or neck injuries, permanent injury, broken bones, paralysis or even accidental death. When faced with these injuries, children could face a lifetime of pain, suffering and complications. Many will require 24-hour care into adulthood if they survive an auto collision. If you have a child passenger or if you are a motorist on the road, be aware of the potential risks.

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March 29, 2013

Teenager Killed at Carolina School Bus Stop


A Garner Magnet High School student was killed in a recent bus stop accident. According to The Daily Dispatch, the 14-year-old student was hit by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the road to catch her approaching bus. The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m.
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According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver isn't facing any charges.

Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys understand that school buses are vital tools in getting our kids to and from school safely. We rely on our kids to get to and from that bus stop safely. We just can't always rely on other drivers to be careful and cautious of these young children traveling near the street. The best we can do is teach our young students the safest of travel habits and teach them to steer clear of these dangers.

We've also got to teach them to be safe when walking near the school bus, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more kids die when they're hit by a school bus that when they're riding a school bus. The cause of these crashes should be independently investigated. Even when a child is blamed, there may be issues with the location of the bus stop or other considerations.

Children routinely get lessons at school about the danger of getting in the way of buses, among other bus stop safety rules. Please review the follow safety tips from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Share these tips with the little bus rider in your family to keep them safe.

-Parents and guardians should escort young children to and from the bus stop.

-Make sure you're always on time when arriving at the bus stop. You never want to have to rush. That's when accidents happen.

-Make sure everyone at the bus stop stands at least 10 feet from the road. To make it easy for your child to remember, tell them to stay "five giant steps" from the street.

-You want to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it. Stay off the road until then.

-Once you're on the bus, sit down. Always use an "inside voice."

-You should always wear brightly-colored clothing to help ensure that passing motorists can see you. This is especially important with bus pick-up times scheduled so early in the morning.

-Always look both ways before crossing the road. Look before exiting the bus and before stepping on the road to board it.

-Never walk behind the bus or directly in front of it. Bus drivers cannot see these areas and children can be overlooked and injured if they travel too closely.

Make sure that you're talking with your young bus rider about these safety tips frequently. You want to make sure that they can travel to and from the bus stop safely to help to keep them safe. We see far too many children die at bus stops in the U.S. each and every year.

Last year, more than 25 children were killed as pedestrians getting on or off a school bus or while they were waiting at the school bus stop. Other motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus continue to be a problem in every community and the school bus industry urges strict police and judicial enforcement against violators.

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January 11, 2013

Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Young School Bus Rider Injured


There's a driver on the loose and they're wanted for a hit-and-run accident that left a young bus rider seriously injured in Winston-Salem.

According to NEWS2, the accident happened in the early morning hours as the second grade student was attempting to get on her bus at North Cherry Street en route to Gibson Elementary School. The driver of the vehicle in question didn't stop after striking the young rider.
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"What type of individual really he thinks he is, to hit someone, knowingly that he hit a young child and leave the scene and disregard any damage he could have done to that person and go on like nothing ever happened?" said the father of the injured child.

Our Winston-Salem injury attorneys understand how dangerous it can be for our young bus riders to venture to and from their bus stops. Unfortunately, there are motorists around here that have little to no concern for these young pedestrians' safety. That's why we're reaching out to all drivers and are asking for their safest and utmost alert driving habits near our area's bus stops.

According to the accident reports, the school bus was stopped and had both its stop arm extended and its stop lights flashing when the accident happened. The young girl's face and neck were injured in the accident. The Winston-Salem Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit is currently investigating the incident.

According to The National Coalition for School Bus Safety, there are more than 20 million children who ride the school bus each and every day. These buses aren't only used to get to and from school, but children also rely on them to transport them to and from camp, church, sporting events and other young events.

The School Bus Information Clearinghouse reports that there were 5 children who were killed while riding a school bus in 2010. Another 26 children were killed getting on or off a school bus or while waiting at a school bus stop. One of the top culprits of these kinds of accidents is when a motorist illegally passes a school bus.

We're here with some safety tips for you to share with your child to help ensure a safe journey to and from the bus stop:

-Walk young children to the bus stop. Make sure that older children walk in a group.

-Walk on a sidewalk when one is available. When there is no sidewalk, do not walk in the street and walk facing oncoming traffic. Walk single file with other riders.

-Be sure to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

-Don't horseplay at the bus stop.

-Wait at least 5 giant steps (or 10 feet) away from the road at your bus stop.

-Never stop to pick something up you've dropped by the bus. Always alert the driver and have them help you.

-Do not approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop along with the traffic around it.

-Talk with children often about these rules.

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October 28, 2012

Three School Buses Involved in Madison County Accident


There have been 15 middle school students and one adult who wound up in the Emergency Department at Mission Hospital after three separate Madison County school buses and a passenger vehicle collided. According to ABC13, there were two activity buses from Madison Middle School that collided after being rear-ended by a pick-up truck. One of the buses involved in the accident reportedly hit the side of an AB Tech building.
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Our Madison County personal injury attorneys understand that parents expect their children to be in good hands when they send them off on the school bus each day. Despite all of the "safety" reports of school buses, we continue to see accidents across the nation involving the big yellow bus.

Each day, there are more than 20 million children who rely on school buses to get to and from school, sports activities, church events and more. What's alarming isn't the number of children who ride these buses, but it's the number of children who are killed in accidents every year. There are thousands killed in accidents involving school buses every year. There are also hundreds of thousands of people who are injured in these accidents, too. School bus safety isn't only an important topic because our children hop on these buses each weekday, it's critical because these buses represent the single largest form of transportation in the country.

Since 1990, there have been close to 1,500 people who have died in school bus-related accidents. Some are children on the bus, some are other motorists and some are even pedestrians and bicyclists. When you break down the numbers, there are about 30 children who are killed in school bus-related accidents every year, both passengers of the buses and pedestrians boarding/exiting the bus.

One of the best things you can do to help your child stay safe while riding the bus is to share with them the safety tips listed below.

School Bus Safety Tips:

-Get to your bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

-Never let young children walk to the bus stop alone.

-Wait at the school bus stop at least 5 giant steps away from the road.

-Look both ways before crossing the road.

-Tie up all loose hangings and backpack strings before boarding the school bus.

-Once on the bus, find a seat, sit down and use an inside voice.

-Keep your arms, hands, head and other objects inside of the bus' windows.

-Prepare your belongings before getting to your bus stop or to school.

-Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of the bus.

-If you drop something outside, near the bus, tell the bus driver before reaching down to get it.

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September 18, 2012

South Carolina School Bus Accident Injures 2 Students


We send our kids on the school bus expecting them to be safe and out of harm's way. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.
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According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a school bus accident happened in Surry County on Ramey Creek Road and injured two students. There were 10 students on the bus when the accident happened. All students were treated for injuries at the scene of the accident and were released to parents, according to NEWS2. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. and officials are still investigating -- the cause of the accident has not been determined.

Our Spartanburg personal injury lawyers understand that the South Carolina Department of Education and the Office of Transportation is responsible for testing, training and licensing all drivers who operate a school bus. To help reduce the risks of accidents involving school buses, officials have created instruction classrooms and nearly 20 driving tests to make sure that these bus drivers know what they're doing. This material covers detailed instructions for loading kids, driving kids and unloading kids, including those with special needs.

While the state does what it can to ensuring your child has a safe ride to and from school, we're asking patents and guardians to do what they have to in making sure that children get to and from school safely. The Beaufort Tribune recently offered parents some simple safety tips to share with children before they get on that big, yellow bus.

Getting to the Bus Stop:

-Make sure they carry their belongings in a backpack so they're less likely to drop or lose them.

-Make sure they wear bright-colored clothing so that motorists can see them easily.

-Make sure that they leave their home on time and arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive.

-Make sure kids stay at least 5 giant steps away from the road when waiting for the bus.

Getting On and Off the Bus:

-If something is dropped by the school bus, do NOT pick it up! Alert the bus driver!

-Children should look closely at surrounding traffic before stepping off of the bus.

-Never cross the road behind the bus. If you have to cross the road, go in front of the bus and make eye contact with the bus driver and other nearby motorists.

-Make sure that your child knows to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are entering or exiting.

Be sure to share these tips with your young school bus rider. Also make sure that they know to remain seated and quiet while riding on the bus. The driver needs to place their full attention on the roadway during the trip to and from school.

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