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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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