Most Common Questions Lawyers Hear After a Bicycle Accident

September 26th, 2016

It is not unusual for people to have questions after they have been involved in an accident. This is especially true when that accident is bicycle versus vehicle. Most people have a misconception that if a bike and car are involved in an accident, the driver is always at fault. This is not the case. Here are the most common questions we receive after a bicycle versus vehicle accident.

1. I was ‘doored’; who is liable?

If you ride a bike in the city, chances are you have had at least one close call with a car door that opens suddenly. If you were unfortunate enough to be hit by the door, you may be wondering if you can sue for damages. The answer is that it depends on the situation. If the door opened into you because the driver failed to notice you, you may have a lawsuit. If you hit the open door because you weren’t paying attention, the chances of winning a lawsuit are minimal.

2. Do bike lanes have to be plowed in the winter?

Whether or not cities are responsible for plowing bike lanes depends on the jurisdiction in which you live. To discover Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents

Stay Safe While You Bike to Work

September 23rd, 2016

People are commuting to work and school by bike in larger numbers than ever before. There are a variety of reasons that one may choose to take two wheels instead of four. Some choose to bike as part of an adoption of a greener lifestyle, others do it to stay fit. Many people choose to bike as a way to save money. No matter the reason behind your decision to commute to work in this alternative fashion, it is important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Here are a few tips to help make sure you get to work or class without injury.

Be Visible

One of the best things you can do to improve your safety is to stay visible. Wear brightly-colored clothing, put lights on your bicycle’s front and back, and consider putting a few strips of reflective tape on your chest and back. Try not to ride in areas where seeing you will be difficult for other drivers.

Choose Your Route

You may be able to cruise to work on the highway while in your car, but you can’t do the same on your bike. Take time to choose a route that will be Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents

Top Slip and Fall Myths

September 21st, 2016

From icy parking lots to wet floors, there are a variety of reasons that people find themselves unable to stay on their feet. Slip and fall accidents result in a number of civil lawsuits every year. In fact, these lawsuits are so common that you may know someone who has either filed a claim or thought about it.

With so many stories out there regarding slip and fall lawsuits, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here are the top myths surrounding these lawsuits.

There is no case.

Sure, accidents happen. If you want to avoid ever being injured, you would have to put yourself in a bubble and never leave your home. Just because “accidents happen,” you shouldn’t assume that you don’t have a case after you have fallen. If you were injured on someone else’s property, and the owner of that property was negligent in maintaining the safety of their property, you have a right to compensation for your injuries.

There was a warning sign.

We’ve all seen wet floor signs. These yellow warning are meant to tell us to slow down and watch our step. What they aren’t meant to do is negate a Read more

Posted In: Slip & Fall

Samsung Smartphones Causing Fires

September 19th, 2016

We use our cell phones for a variety of things. At a minimum, people use their phones to stay connected to loved ones. At most, people use their smart phones as a sort of life-controlling device. We text, keep track of appointments, surf the Internet, post to social media, navigate and more using these handheld machines. But what happens when those devices pose a threat to your family?

Samsung has had major difficulties with their new Galaxy Note 7, and those difficulties are proving to be disastrous for consumers. If you haven’t hear the news, Samsung’s latest offering has been causing fires across the country. Spontaneously bursting into flames, the devices have been the cause of minor damage and major destruction. Here’s the latest.

To date, there have been more than 100 reports of overheating Notes around the globe. Every one of the 1 million phones that have been sold currently are subject to recall. All sales and shipments of the phone have been stopped, and the company is working with cellular carriers and government agencies to exchange the units that have gotten into the hands of consumers.

But why are these phones bursting into flames? The answer Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Zofran May Be Dangerous for Pregnant Women

September 16th, 2016

Women who are pregnant will do whatever it takes to make sure that their babies come into the world healthy. Unfortunately, women don’t always know which prescription medications may be dangerous to their unborn children. There is list of drugs that can cause harmful side effects to infants, and Zofran is one of them.

Zofran is a drug used to curb morning sickness. The FDA has recently learned that the medication can cause septal and orofacial defects, stillbirths, kidney malformation, and congenital heart defects. Here is more about what you can do if your child experiences symptoms.

Suing for Birth Defects

When an infant is born with birth defects, parents have much more on their minds than filing a lawsuit. At times, it can be difficult to determine what led to the birth defect. If it is discovered that a prescription medication like Zofran caused the defect, its manufacturer can be held liable. For a successful lawsuit, you must be able to prove one of the following:

Design Defects: The drug poses a foreseeable risk that the company knew about but ignored, even when it is manufactured and taken as it was intended.

Manufacturing Defects: There was a Read more

Posted In: Dangerous Drugs

Should You Be Worried About Zika in North Carolina?

September 14th, 2016

Zika has been in the headlines for the majority of the year. People across the country have been warned about contracting the virus and the issues it could cause. For most people, the Zika virus is self-limiting, causing flu-like symptoms for a week or two. For pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, the virus could be more serious.

People in North Carolina have been diagnosed with Zika, but officials are quick to point out that each has traveled to an endemic area. There have been no known cases transmitted locally. That said, everyone should be concerned about the virus. Transmitted by mosquitoes, Zika has the potential of causing a serious outbreak in any state, including North Carolina.

Here are steps you can take to protect yourself:

Travel Warnings: The CDC issues travel warnings that are updated on a regular basis. Currently, Florida is the only state that has confirmed having locally transmitted cases. Anyone concerned about contracting the virus should avoid areas listed by the CDC.

Birth Control: If you traveled to Florida after June 15, wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant. Utilize your preferred method of birth control for at least two months after you Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Clown Sightings Becoming More Common

September 12th, 2016

Clowns make people laugh. They make other people shrink in terror. No matter how you feel about clowns, one thing is for certain: Seeing them in your local woods would give cause for concern.

That is exactly what has been happening in Greensboro, North Carolina. The first report was of a clown in blue pants, a yellow shirt and red wig. The person was also wearing a scary clown mask and carrying a machete. The clown ran into local woods after being chased by a witness who then called police.

Since late August, the scene has repeated several times. People call police, reporting clown sightings and when police respond, there is no clown to be found. Just weeks before the first sighting in N.C., a family in South Carolina called police to report that a clown was trying to lure children into the woods. A second report was taken of a clown standing near the dumpster in the same apartment complex.

In recent weeks, there have been nearly six reports of menacing clowns in the area bordering the two states. In each instance, no clown has been found. The lack of evidence is beginning to cast doubt on the Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Keep Your Baby Safe in the Stroller

September 9th, 2016

Strollers are a convenience utilized by parents around the world. In most cases, newborns and infants are completely safe in these 4-wheeled “vehicles.” Sadly, accidents do occur, and they are typically because parents have made one mistake or another. Learn from the errors that others have made so that you don’t experience the heartache that comes with having an injured child.

1. Hot Beverages

It’s not unusual for parents to make a cup of coffee before they leave the house with their child. It’s also quite common for an adult to buy a cup of coffee at the local mall or shop. Cup holders built into strollers make it easy to carry your favorite beverage with you, but it’s important to remember that they aren’t meant to hold hot liquids. If you hit a bump or come to a sudden stop, that cup of Joe could spill over your child’s head and body.

2. Too Early

Strollers in which infants are placed in a semi- or completely upright position aren’t meant to be used with children under the age of 8 weeks. Don’t put your child in a stroller before they are able to control their head and neck. Read more

Posted In: Injuries to Children

Tips for Staying Awake at the Wheel

September 7th, 2016

While experts tell us that we should never drive drowsy, the truth of the matter is that most of us do. We need to get where we are going, and not having had enough sleep is no excuse to not make it to school, work or important appointments. It’s not an acceptable excuse anyway. If you find yourself more tired than awake the next time you have to drive, use these tricks to stay awake.

1. Take a Break

If you can swing it time-wise, taking a break can help to recharge your batteries if you feel yourself falling asleep behind the wheel. If you notice that you are having difficulty focusing, are struggling to keep your eyes open or are missing signs that you pass, pull over. Stop at a gas station or rest area and stretch your legs for a few minutes.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine can heighten your awareness and focus for several hours. If you are tired in the morning, drink two cups of coffee before you head out. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, two cans of soda can have the same effect, though it is not nearly as healthy as coffee.

3. Skip

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Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers

September 5th, 2016

Teenage drivers cause more auto accidents than people in any other age group. This can be attributed to a general inexperience behind the wheel and an overall sense of invincibility. Teens very rarely believe that anything will happen to them or their friends, and they believe that driver’s education gives them all of the training they need to be experts on the road.

Neither of these things are true, of course. Teens are not invincible, and a few months of driver’s education does little but teach children the basic mechanics of driving and the laws in their state. As more students drive to school this year in North Carolina, here are five tips that will help keep teens safe when they get behind the wheel.

1. Turn Off the Phone

Even adults have a difficult time not reaching for their phone if it rings or an alert sounds. Put your phone in your purse, in the glove box or even in the backseat. Don’t be tempted to use it for any reason while you are behind the wheel.

2. Headlights

Headlights increase a vehicle’s visibility even when the sun is out. Teens should always drive with their headlights on to Read more

Posted In: Teenage Drivers
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