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Authorities report that a teenager was killed when his car was struck by another vehicle. The teen from Raleigh, Eddie Urieta-Yariez, 19, had pulled over to the side of the road on westbound I-40.

According to reports, Urieta-Yanez was driving a 1996 Toyota car and had parked on the roadside. At approximately 3:42 a.m., a commercial box truck was merging onto I-40 west when it failed to slow down. The truck slammed into the smaller car, virtually running it over. The truck came to a stop about 150 yards west of the location of the crash.

It is unclear why Urieta-Yanez had stopped his car at the end of the on-ramp, and whether or not he had his hazard lights activated has not been reported. What is known is that the car’s driver was killed at the scene and the truck’s driver has not yet been charged in the incident. It is unknown whether or not he will be.

As we leave the holiday season behind, it is important to remember that we cannot reduce our attention to the roadways. If you are on any highway, drive safely and with your full attention to the road ahead of you. This is especially important when you are traveling in unfamiliar areas.

If you are hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our team of personal injury attorneys for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your case and tell you if we believe that you should move forward. Call now.

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A fire west of Apex caused smoke that was seen for miles and caused what amounted to a black out in western Wake County last week. The smoke that everyone saw was caused by a mulch pile that had been on fire for several days.

People in the area had a difficult time driving along Jenks and Wimberly roads, thanks to the dense fog-like smoke that swathed the area.

According to reports, SunCon-Suncoast Contracting was clearing land for a planned development on Green Level Church Road. There were trees being ground up and thrown into a burn pile. The pile smoldered and created the smoke that was seen around the area. The owner of the company, Todd Hamilton, said that fog, still air and low-lying land made it the “perfect storm” for the dense smoke to take form.

There is no plan to charge the company with any type of crime even though Karl Huegerich, Apex Fire Marshal, said that it is against town code to burn materials openly on a construction site. Huegerich was under the impression that the materials would be hauled away, but that the company decided to burn the waste instead. Because the materials were burned just outside Apex town limits, no laws were violated.

Rush hour was a bit complicated and state troopers were forced to respond to several crashes that were caused by low visibility. At least six crashes were reported but no one was injured. Collisions ranged from those involving single cars to those involving several vehicles.

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Road rage. It is something that no one wants to deal with, but many people jokingly say they have. The scary fact is that there are angry drivers out there on the road just waiting for the next annoyance to set them off. If you are an angry or aggressive driver, it’s time to get your emotions and driving habits in check. Here are just some characteristics of the aggressive driver.

  1. You Are Quick to Anger

Do you frequently find yourself getting angry at other drivers? It’s normal to get irritated with a driver who slams on their brakes, doesn’t use turn signals or is even driving so slowly that they are holding up traffic. It is not normal to get so angry that you are cursing and making dangerous maneuvers with your vehicle.

  1. You are Impatient

Let’s say that you have left in plenty of time to get where you need to go, and you get stuck in a traffic jam. How do you react? Most people first respond with a bit of interest. They want to know what is holding things up. That interest can turn to annoyance when traffic doesn’t start moving. The aggressive driver lays on the horn, shouts out the window and maybe even tries to shift lanes of traffic. If you cannot maintain patience when you are held up, even when you stand no chance of being late, you need to ask yourself why.

  1. Passengers Worry

We all have that one friend or relative that is a nervous passenger. Let’s forget about that person for a moment. We want to talk about your “typical” passenger. The one that talks or stares out the window while you drive without a care in the world. If this passenger is telling you to slow down or calm down, you may be driving too aggressively.

  1. Bad Driving Habits

You brake check those that get too close to your rear end. You slow down to under the speed limit when people ride your bumper. You pass slow drivers and make gestures through your window. You drive too closely to the person in front of you. All of these poor driving habits are signs of people who can be considered aggressive drivers.

If any of these things sound like a reflection of you, it’s time to consider the risky way you’ve been driving. Aggressive drivers put themselves and others on the road in danger.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our experienced personal injury attorneys today for assistance. Your first consultation is free of charge. Call now.

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HOA, normally built and classified as non-profit organizations, have never been considered exempt from obtaining workers’ compensation insurance in North Carolina. Even unpaid volunteers were expected to be covered along with officers and directors.

About a year ago, some attorneys expressed their concern with the fact that many of these people failed to obtain coverage for themselves. Many insurance brokers and even the state insurance information were confused as to why these attorneys felt that HOA volunteers would be setting themselves up for litigation, despite being non-paid workers.

As a result of the confusion and ensuing discussions, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 765. This bill revised the definition of “employee” in the Workers’ Compensation Act. Briefly, anyone who performs voluntary service for a nonprofit and receives nothing more than reasonable reimbursement is excluded from the definition of employee.

If the nonprofit chooses to utilize someone’s services and gives them compensation for those services, then that person must be considered an employee. This does not mean, however, that people who run nonprofits or hire volunteers are prohibited from carrying workers’ compensation insurance, they are simply not required to do so by law.

If you have been injured at work and need an attorney, reach out to our team of attorneys. We are here for you and are ready to review the details of your case at no charge. Call our team of experienced legal professionals today or browse our website for more information about how our firm can assist you.

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When it comes to workers’ compensation, North Carolina workers may be getting the short end of the stick. Compensation, or the combination of the value gained by wages and benefits, has been dwindling throughout the country. In North Carolina, the numbers are bleak when compared to neighboring states. In fact, North Carolina’s economic value puts the state at 37th in the country.

In 2000, NC workers received close to 57% of the value of what was produced in the state. That was on par with the rest of the country. In the following years, North Carolina’s value has dwindled and workers are feeling the strain, receiving few financial benefits from their hard work.

But just what is the real impact to workers? If the workers in the state were receiving the same type of compensation and benefits as they did in 2000, taking into account the current cost of living and inflation, there would be an additional $24 billion going to those hard working men and women. That may not seem like a lot of money when you take into account all of the workers in the state, but it would have meant better cars, homes or even more recreational opportunities for those people. As it stands, no new jobs have been created, consumer spending is at a virtual standstill, and many people across the state have seen no improvement in their economic fortune.

Experts think the state can do better. Recovering in a way that improves compensation is imperative for the future success of the state’s workers and, in turn, the state as a whole. Everyone deserves a share in the economic growth of the state, especially the people that work so hard to make that growth happen.

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Car accidents occur on America’s roadways every day. Some are minor, and others are life-altering. If you drive in an unsafe manner, you are putting your life and hundreds of others in danger. The following are just five of the most common reasons people are involved in vehicle collisions. What can you do to prevent them?

  1. Distracted Driving

Without a doubt, distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents today. Whether you are eating, drinking, talking, texting or otherwise doing anything but driving, you are distracted. In the time it takes to look down at your cell phone, you have covered several hundred feet of roadway when traveling at average speeds. Keep your eyes on the road.

  1. Speeding

The second-highest cause of accidents is speeding. Even just a few miles over the posted limit puts you at risk of causing or being involved in an accident. Stick to the posted speed limit; it’s there for a reason.

  1. Drunk Driving

There are an estimated 300,000 accidents in the United States each day that can be attributed to alcohol. This is an easy one to fix. If you have had even a drop of alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. If you know you will be drinking, make plans to get home ahead of time.

  1. Reckless Driving

Changing lanes when it is not necessary. Passing cars aggressively. Speeding down the highway. These are all examples of reckless driving. If you are guilty of any of these actions, change your driving habits immediately.

  1. Rain

There isn’t much you can do about rain falling from the sky, but you can change the way you drive it in. If you can stay home, do so. If you can’t stay home, pay attention to your speed, and keep your windshield clear of water. Low visibility and slick roads are a problem during rainy weather so drive accordingly.

There are things that are simply out of your control when you drive. There are, however, several things that are completely in your control. When you are attentive to your driving habits, you and everyone else on the road are safer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, we want to help you. You may be entitled to compensation under the law. Let us review the details of your accident at no cost to you and advise you how to best proceed. Call now.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations are some of the most anticipated events of the year. They are often the most exciting parties of the season. They are also wrought with dangers that many people don’t consider. There is a reason that law enforcement officials, fire fighters and hospitals brace themselves for this time of year.

  1. Gunfire

It’s not unusual for people to shoot off guns on New Year’s Eve. Sadly, many people are injured by this gun fire every year. According to police, a bullet fired in the air can travel upwards of two miles before falling back to the earth. Speeds when a bullet is falling can reach up to 700 feet per second. This is fast enough to allow a bullet to penetrate the body, killing someone.

  1. Drinking and Driving

It stands to reason that people drink on the holiday. They also drive. One of the most dangerous nights to be on the road is New Year’s Eve. If you are attending a party, plan on spending the night or arranging for a sober ride home.

  1. Intoxication

Drinking and driving is not the only danger to consuming alcohol on the holiday. Be sure to pace yourself. Alcohol poisoning is one of the leading causes of hospital visits on New Year’s Eve. Keep track of the drinks you are consuming and stop when you should. Continuing to have “just one more” can lead to a dangerous level of alcohol in your system.

  1. Fireworks

Aside from the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year to blow of fireworks. If you want to avoid injury due to fireworks, leave them in the hands of professionals. Attend a fireworks show…do no blow them off yourself in your own backyard.

New Year’s Eve does not have to be a dangerous holiday. With a little bit of common sense, you can celebrate safely. Keep these injuries in mind when you head out to your celebrations.

If you have been injured, our personal injury attorneys are here to help you. Let us review the details of your case at no charge to you. We will tell you if we believe you have a case. Call now for more information about how we can assist you.

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Driving Under the InfluenceYou plan on attending a party for New Year’s Eve. Adult beverages will be served, but you know that you can handle your liquor. You aren’t worried about getting home safely. A designated driver isn’t in the cards and you certainly aren’t spending the night on someone else’s couch.

Before you make a decision on how you will be getting home, consider the true costs of a DUI arrest. You may think that you are okay to drive, but will you be able to deal with the financial consequences of a mistake in your thinking?

Let’s assume that you are arrested for a DUI but you didn’t cause any damage to persons or property. You are eventually found guilty. When this happens, you can plan on spending approximately $6,000…more or less. You will have paid for an attorney, for court costs and any fines that you are handed.

Now, let’s pretend that you did indeed cause damage to someone else’s property. Add in the cost of repairing that property to your total. Even if your insurance kicks in, you may find yourself shelling out money from your own pocket. You may also find yourself sued in civil court. Take on another $10,000 or so just to be safe.

If you did cause property damage, plan on losing your license. Now you can tally the cost of finding a ride to and from work and to get your license reinstated. You will also want to count on your insurance premiums going through the roof.

What happens if you hurt someone? Your costs will skyrocket. You may be hit with someone else’s medical bills. You will also be facing time in prison because your DUI charge turned into a felony. That means no job and the possibility of not being able to find a job when you get out.

Still think you can afford to get behind the wheel? Being charged with DUI can have financial consequences that you weren’t prepared to pay. Think about that before you decide to get in the driver’s seat.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our personal injury attorneys are here to assist you. We will review the details of your case at no charge to you. Call us today or browse our website for more information about our firm.

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You have been scheduled for surgery and you are nervous. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes happen by the thousands each year. While many people have surgery each year without issue, others find themselves dealing with errors that change their lives forever. Here are five of the most common surgical errors to be aware of.

  1. Foreign Objects Left Behind

You would think that someone is standing by paying attention to the instruments and supplies being used during surgery, and maybe someone is. Even with checks and balances in place, foreign objects are left behind all too frequently. Sponges, scalpels and pads left behind can cause infection and, in the worst cases, death.

  1. Wrong Side

If you have ever had surgery, the doctor may have had you put an X on the area to be fixed before you are given any medication. This is especially true during hip and knee replacements. Why? Because doctors have operated on the wrong side too many times.

  1. Wrong Patient

Doctors get tired and charts get mixed up. The wrong patients are operated on at an alarming rate. Imagine going to the hospital for a routine procedure and waking up without a kidney. Not only will you have woken up with a piece of your body missing, but you may have to undergo a second procedure for the operation you were originally scheduled for.

  1. Anesthesia Errors

Your anesthesiologist is one of the most important people involved in your surgery. When this medical professional makes a mistake, you could wake up too early, have an allergic reaction or even not wake up at all. Anesthesia errors are not to be taken lightly.

  1. Permanent Damage

Just a slip of the scalpel can cause damage that cannot be repaired. Thousands wake up from surgery only to find that they have nerve damage that cannot be remedied.

While many people undergo surgeries without issue, others discover that their lives are changed forever. Surgical procedures are serious affairs. Make sure that you and your family are vigilant about the care you receive.

If you have been injured or made ill as a result of a surgical error, call our offices today. Our team of personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case and help you determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice suit. Call us now for a free initial consultation.

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We have talked several times about the best ways to avoid a DUI, especially during the holidays. Uber, designated drivers and taxis are all excellent options for getting home after a night of drinking. One of the best ways to get home, or most useful tools for finding your way home, is the SaferRide app, put forth by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here’s how it works:

Top Button

When you click on the app, you open a screen with three buttons. The top button is useful for anyone who may be too drunk to drive but is still sober enough to carry on a conversation. “Get Taxi” will give you a list of local taxi services and their phone numbers. Hit the big red button for the taxi service you want to use and your phone dials. Once the dispatcher answers, you simply give your location and desired destination and a taxi is on its way.

Middle Button

If you are out of money or just too drunk to talk to anyone you don’t know, the middle button is for you. “Call Friend” will help you contact a friend for a ride with just the touch of a button.

Bottom Button

Let’s say that you are so intoxicated that you aren’t even sure where you are. Maybe you know the bar name, but you are unfamiliar with the area and can’t remember the name of the street you are on. “Where Am I?” will provide you with your current location and a map. You can then forward the location and map to a friend or to the taxi company.

This app from NHTSA may be a bit humorous, but it has a very serious intention behind it: keep drunk drivers off the road and everyone safe. While you have many options for getting home safely this holiday season, this may be the easiest of all to use. If you plan on drinking this holiday season, do yourself a favor and download the app before you leave the house.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need experienced lawyers on your side. Our personal injury attorneys can work to get you the compensation that you may be entitled to by law. Call our offices today for your free case evaluation.

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