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Your First Steps After a Car Accident

February 5th, 2016

Do you know what to do after you have been in a car accident in North Carolina? When an accident occurs, your emotions run high. It is easy to become overwhelmed and forget the things that you need to do. It is important, no matter how anxious you are, to follow the steps outlined below when at all possible. You can print this brochure to help you remember what to do if you are ever involved in a vehicle collision.

Stay Put

After you have been involved in a collision, avoid the temptation to drive away, even if you have sustained little or no damage to your vehicle and no injury to your person. If there is personal injury or property damage, leaving the scene can result in a criminal charge.

Check on Everyone

If you are able to do so, check on all occupants in your vehicle and those in other vehicles. Do not move anyone who complains of neck, back or head pain. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the victim. Help to keep any injured persons calm until proper medical help arrives.

Call the Authorities

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Posted In: Car Accidents

E-Cigarette Dangers Prompting Lawsuits

February 3rd, 2016

E-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes and cigars. Unfortunately for many, they are not always the safest option. Dozens have been injured by these tobacco alternatives, and some have been injured seriously.

One such accident occurred in Florida. Evan Spahlinger, 21, alleges that his e-cigarette exploded in his face, causing undue damage to his face. According to the suit, Vaping American Made Products, the maker of Spahlinger’s e-cigarette, should have told its customers about the known risk of using these devices. The suit also claims that the seller of the e-cig, Vaping Station, failed to warn its own customers of the dangers of these products.

In this particular situation, Spahlinger, the victim, was struck in both his chest and face by shrapnel from his e-cigarette after it exploded. Not only was he injured externally, but he inhaled smoke, fire and hot air, causing damage to his insides. The victim was taken to a hospital and promptly transferred to its burn unit. He nearly suffocated from his internal burns, and was on a ventilator for days.

Suits such as these are calling to light the danger behind these largely unregulated products. Many brands of e-cigarettes are Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Navigating Winter Roads Safely

February 1st, 2016

Winter weather driving can be harrowing. It is something that not a small number of people avoid altogether. Not only is it dangerous to drive over slippery roads, but you have to watch out for other drivers sharing the road with you. Defensive driving may not be enough to keep you safe this winter as you slip and slide over icy roads. Use these tips to help enhance your chances of making it to your destination safely.

Warming Up the Car

One of the first things that people do in the winter is warm up their car. While there is nothing wrong with getting your car ready to go, you should never do it in a closed garage. If you are going to warm up your car, make sure that you do it outside.

Tired Driving

You need to be on high alert when you are driving down winter roads. If you feel like you are too tired to drive, don’t. Fatigued driving is distracted driving. If you would rather be taking a nap than driving down the road, wait until you feel awake and alert before taking off.

Gas

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Posted In: Car Accidents

Winter Storm Serves as Reminder of Safe Driving Habits

January 29th, 2016

With one of the biggest winter storms in history having happened over the weekend, there is no time like the present to remind people that anything can be thrown at us by Mother Nature. States across the nation have been impacted by strange weather this year, prompting weather officials to remind us that no one is immune. Driving in a blizzard is only slightly different than driving in a typical snowstorm, but it never hurts to remind ourselves of these tips.

  1. Listen to Local Officials

Many localities initiate various types of snow bans. These can range from restrictions to parking on certain streets to not being permitted to drive altogether. Pay close attention to any weather issuances released by your local government and follow them.

  1. Clear the Car

So many of us get in a hurry to leave our homes and only clear the windshield. Some take a bit more time and clear the windows. In reality, we need to be sure to clear our entire cars from roof to bumpers. When people fail to completely clear their cars, they render their vehicles virtually invisible to other drivers during a major snowstorm or blizzard.

  1. Watch for Snow Plows

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Posted In: Car Accidents, Safety Tips

Four Winter Car Preparedness Myths Debunked

January 27th, 2016

As people prepare to drive through winter weather, it is not unusual for them to talk to friends and family or even consult the Internet. Unfortunately, there are some myths that have prevailed over the years that people are still buying into. Here are four of those myths to be aware of.

  1. Winter Tires Are Not Needed

Many people think that winter tires are only made for driving through snow and over ice. The truth is that they are designed for maneuvering better over cold pavement as well. All-season and summer tires get hard in the cold weather and don’t move as well. Winter tires stay pliable and stick to the pavement better.

  1. All-Wheel Drive Is Completely Safe

All-wheel drive may make it easier to drive in the snow, but it does not make you invincible. In fact, having all-wheel drive can give people a false sense of security and contribute to poor driving. If you have all-wheel drive, consider it a bonus and not a reason to go tearing down the highway.

  1. All-Season Tires Are Good Enough

No. It really is that simple. All-season tires are not good enough for winter driving. Think of your own feet. Sandals Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Safety Tips

How a Car Accident Helped to Define Cam Newton’s Life

January 25th, 2016

shutterstock_90530782When it comes to having fun on the gridiron, no one tops the Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. You rarely see him without a smile on his face, and, of course, who can forget the dab? He brings a certain level of entertainment and enjoyment to the game, and there’s a reason for that: In December of 2014, Cam Newton was in a car accident that nearly claimed his life. New he uses that incident to fuel his spirit on the field, and his teammates have taken notice.

Cam Newton was recently awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, after being nominated by his teammates for the award. This is likely not the only award Newton will be given this year. Here’s why he deserves the Ed Block Courage Award this year.

Struggling Before the Accident

Cam Newton’s career so far with the Carolina Panthers has been riddled with injury. He went into the 2014 season coming off of a major ankle surgery. Yet, he still put of massive passing and rushing numbers. Any given week, he may be suffering from bruised ribs, muscles and any other number of minor injuries. But as one of the biggest quarterbacks in Read more

Posted In: In The News

Clear Your Sidewalks And Stay Out of Court

January 25th, 2016

A winter storm dumps inches of snow and ice on your property. You want to stay huddled under a quilt with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. Is it a good idea? Not if you don’t want to be hit with a personal injury lawsuit. If someone slips and falls on your property because you have failed to clear it, you could very well find yourself in court answering for your lack of motivation. Here’s what you need to know.

When someone does slip and fall on your property, one of the first questions that will run through your mind is, “Who’s responsible?” The answer to that question is not always clear cut. In all actuality, it depends on where the accident occurred. If you own a home, you are expected, by law, to make a reasonable effort to maintain clear walkways. That means that you have to put your cup of coffee down, crawl out from under the quilt and shovel your sidewalks.

If you live in an apartment, condominium or other rental property, you may not be responsible. Take a good, long look at your lease agreement. Typically, your landlord is responsible for snow and ice Read more

Posted In: Slip & Fall

Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

January 22nd, 2016

If you hear the term “traumatic brain injury,” certain things may jump to your mind. You may think of a slip and fall accident or even a car crash. The truth is, there are many types of incidents that can result in a traumatic brain injury. Here are the most common mechanisms that are attributed to brain injury:

  1. Open Head Injury

Injuries such as these result in an open wound to the head. These may be sustained from a bullet, a knife or any type of puncture. There tends to be focal damage along with a penetration of the skull. Effects are often very serious.

  1. Closed Head Injury

Closed head injuries occur when the head strikes another object. These type of injuries occur when a person slips and falls, during a motor vehicle collision or any incident where the head makes impact with another object. Closed head injuries are the most common among sports players.

  1. Deceleration Injuries

Most people know that the brain is a soft, gelatin-like mass. Most also are well aware that the skull is a bony plate. When the body moves, so does the brain. When the body comes to a sudden stop, the brain continues Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Common Causes of ATV Accidents

January 20th, 2016

Very few can say that riding an ATV, or all-terrain vehicle, is nothing short of exciting. Driving off-road, listing over turns and bouncing over rocks brings a sense of adventure that few other driving opportunities afford. Unfortunately, these vehicles see their fair share of accidents each year. If you plan on driving or riding an ATV, understanding what causes these accidents can help you prevent them.

  1. Driving on Paved Surfaces

ATVs are not made to be driven on flat, paved surfaces. They are made for off-road use and will, in all reality, handle very poorly on pavement. If you have to drive your ATV along smooth surfaces, do so with caution.

  1. Passengers

Do not ride double on an ATV not made for passengers. This can pose a threat to both riders as it throws off the balance on the vehicle. If the ATV is designed for only one rider, make sure only one person is on it.

  1. Inexperience

Driving an ATV with little or no experience puts everyone at risk. Do not let an inexperienced driver operate your ATV and, if you are an inexperienced driver, take some lessons before you jump into the driver’s seat.

  1. Dangerous Stunts

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Posted In: Safety Tips

Managing ATVs as Part of Your Work Site

January 18th, 2016

Many different professions utilize ATVs in their day-to-day operations. If you are an employer and permit your crew to drive or ride ATVs, you could be setting yourself up for a lawsuit if one of them gets injured. If you have ATVs as part of your equipment, follow these tips to protect yourself from workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits.

  1. Maintenance

ATVs must be maintained properly, just like any other piece of machinery. Consult the owner’s manuals of any machine in your fleet for the maintenance schedule. Be sure to keep up on routine maintenance and to repair any issues as soon as they arise.

  1. Training

Any employee who is going to be riding or utilizing an ATV must be trained in its operation. Make manuals accessible to employees and give them hands-on training as well. Ensure that your employees are getting hands-on training over each type of surface they will be riding exposed to.

  1. Policies

If ATVs are part of your daily operations, make sure that you establish clear policies on their use. Each employee should receive a copy of these policies and sign off that they have both read and received them.

  1. Hazards

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Posted In: Workers' Compensation
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