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North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Critically Injures Driver And Passenger

June 25th, 2010

Motorcycle AccidentA North Carolina motorcycle accident left the motorcycle driver and passenger critically injured. According to witnesses, a motorcycle driven by 24 year old Bruce Offenbacker, was traveling over 100 mph when he crashed head-on into a pick-up truck. The force of the collision caused Offenbacker to be thrown 97 feet, and his passenger, 20 year old Jasmine Shope, was thrown 154 feet.

According to investigating officers, the pick-up truck was making a left turn into a gas station. At the … Read more

Posted In: Workers' Compensation, Wrongful Death

New Approach To Teach Teens Danger Of Texting While Driving

June 24th, 2010

Texting and DrivingNorth Carolina State Highway Patrol Officers acknowledge the difficulty of enforcing North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving. In their efforts to teach teens the danger of texting while driving, troopers are visiting North Carolina high schools with a program designed to deter the illegal act.

The students watch a video that re-enacts a traffic fatality involving a teenage girl texting while driving, and then drifting into oncoming traffic, ultimately killing the occupants of her vehicle, as well as … Read more

Posted In: Teenage Drivers, Texting and Cell Phone Use

Study Finds That Teens Are Ignoring Ban On Cellphone Use

June 18th, 2010

Driving while on TelephoneNorth Carolina law prohibits motorists under the age of 18 to use a cellphone, yet a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that since the enactment of this law, teen cellphone use in North Carolina has actually increased.

As part of its study, IIHS watched teen drivers as they drove away after school in the afternoon. Before the law went into effect, researchers noted that 11% of teen drivers were using their cellphones as … Read more

Posted In: Teenage Drivers, Texting and Cell Phone Use

School Bus Driver Charged With Driving While Impaired

June 14th, 2010

School BusFive middle school children were recently injured when their bus rear-ended an SUV. Driver, Charles Wynn, was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .20, which is five times the legal limit for the operator of a school bus. He was charged with DWI of a Commercial Vehicle, Operating School Bus after Consuming Alcohol, and Driving While Impaired. His license was immediately revoked and a trial is set for August 12, 2010 for the outstanding charged.

Injuries resulting from school … Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver, School Bus Accidents

Teenager Drowns In Public Pool

June 8th, 2010

No Diving Pool SignA teenager, who witnesses say could not swim, drowned Saturday in a public pool in High Point, NC. It is unknown why the 17 year old Anthony Hayes was in nearly 13 feet of water when it has been reported that he was unable to swim.

North Carolina law requires that there be a minimum of 24 square feet of water surface area, per person, in areas of the pool that are deeper than 5 feet. Investigators also report that … Read more

Posted In: Swimming Pool Accidents

Update In Arrest Of Hit And Run Vs Cyclists

June 4th, 2010

Records show that Daniel Burton Wilson, II has a prior arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, back in 2009. Wilson plead guilty to Driving After Consuming an Alcoholic Beverage Under Age 21, and the judge gave him a Prayer for Judgment Continued. In 2008, Wilson was convicted of Possessing a Malt Beverage/Unfortified Wine by Someone who is 19 or 20. He has also been convicted twice for No Operator’s License. All of this begs the question, was Wilson drunk again when … Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents

Drunk Driver Strikes Two Pedestrians While Texting

June 3rd, 2010

Texting and DrivingTwenty-eight states, including North Carolina, have made it illegal to text while driving, yet some drivers are still doing it, sometimes with devastating consequences.

Early on the morning of May 30, Jedadiah Allen Woodcock struck 2 North Carolina pedestrians in Wrightsville Beach. Wtinesses observed Woodcock speeding in the direction of the pedestrians, strike them, and then flee the scene.

Investigating police officers found Woodcock’s cell phone on the floor of the car with a partially written text message appearing on … Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver, Pedestrian Accidents, Texting and Cell Phone Use

You Are Not In Good Hands With Allstate

June 1st, 2010

Money MattersA study conducted by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) found that among the worst insurance companies in America, by far, Allstate was the worst. This study looked at thousands of court documents, SEC and FBI records, state insurance department investigations and complaints, and testimony and depositions of former insurance agents and adjusters.

In the words of Allstate’s CEO, Thomas Wilson, “Our obligation is to earn a return for our shareholders.” That mission statement, adopted over a decade ago, lead … Read more

Posted In: Insurance

Charlotte Car Accident Caused By Allegedly Drunk Driver Sends Four To Hospital

June 1st, 2010

Drinking and DrivingCharlotte, North Carolina woman was charged with Driving While Impaired for an accident early Friday morning. Akesha Balknight was also charged with Driving While License Revoked.

A witness reported that Ms. Balknight was traveling 45mph when she passed through a red light at the intersection of Idlewild Road and Margaret-Wallace Road, striking another vehicle in the intersection. The other vehicle was propelled 72 feet and finally came to a rest when it went up and embankment and struck a tree. … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, Punitive Damages

Highway Patrol Trooper Going 120Mph Before Crash

May 25th, 2010

Police CarOn May 20, 2010, Raleigh television station ABC11 released a report indicating that North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers crashed their vehicles at a rate of 7 wrecks per week for the calendar year 2009, an average of one crash per day.

Three days after the release of this report, an accident involving a State Trooper took the lives of 2 innocent victims. Trooper J.D. Goodnight was traveling 120mph just before he crashed into Sandra Allmond’s vehicle, killing her instantly. … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents
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