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School Bus Safety

August 20th, 2010

Our Charlotte, North Carolina car accident lawyers want to remind you to exercise extra caution on the roadways as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will begin classes on Wednesday, August 25. School buses are already navigating Charlotte’s roads learning their routes.

Under North Carolina law, motorists are required to stop when a school bus is operating flashing red lights or has its mechanical stop sign displayed. The only time a vehicle is not required by law to stop is when a vehicle … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, School Bus Accidents

Beware The Risk Of Rabies

August 17th, 2010

Angry DogOur Charlotte, North Carolina dog bite attorneys want to remind you of the dangers of contracting the rabies virus, whether by being bitten by a wild animal or even your own dog or cat. It is important to keep your pets rabies vaccination current, and never try to pick up a wild animal, no matter how adorable it might be.

Brunswick County, NC just reported its third confirmed case of rabies for this year. Animal Control reports that a kitten … Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Failure To Wear Seatbelts Can Be Deadly

August 11th, 2010

Seatbelt SkeletonAs Charlotte, North Carolina car accident attorneys, we want to remind you that failure to wear a seatbelt is not only a traffic violation in the State of North Carolina, but can result in serious injury or death.

South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that four people were killed in a car accident last night when their Saturn went through a red light and was hit by a Volkswagen. Two of the four Saturn passengers were ejected from the vehicle. … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Seatbelt

Highway Patrol Finds Grandmother At Fault In Crash With Trooper Going 95Mph

August 10th, 2010

A recent North Carolina car accident that happened during a high speed police chase has left a grandmother and an 11 year old child dead. North Carolina State Highway Patrol acknowledges that Trooper J.D. Goodnight had initially been traveling at a speed of 120mph, and was traveling at 95mph at the time of impact, without his siren blaring. Notwithstanding this admission, an investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit says that Sandra Allmond, the grandmother that … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

Charlotte Has The Highest Number Of Bicycle Accidents In North Carolina

August 9th, 2010

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Charlotte has the highest number of bicycle versus car accidents, accounting for nearly 12% of all bike crashes in North Carolina. Statistics show that 61% of bicycle accidents in North Carolina occur on roadways with a speed limit of 35mph or less, 63% occur on two-lane roads, and 61% occur on local streets.

The Charlotte Observer questions whether cyclists and motorists can share the road, and illustrates the ongoing conflict between … Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents

Would Leandras Law Have Prevented Death Of Charlotte Area Teen

August 4th, 2010

On July 24, 17 year old Charlotte college student Laura Fortenberry was killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver. The alleged drunk driver, Howard Clay Pasour, is a habitual drunk driver. In addition to his 2 prior DWI convictions, he has multiple prior convictions for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

What is Leandra’s Law?

Signed into law in New York State on November 18, 2009, Leandra’s Law is also known as The Child Passenger Protection Act. Effective … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, Punitive Damages

Seatbelt Use On The Rise In North Carolina

August 4th, 2010

SeatbeltOur Charlotte, North Carolina car accident lawyers want to remind you to buck up. An annual survey conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program found that seatbelt usage in North Carolina rose slightly in 2009 from 89.5 to 89.7 percent. The national rate is 83 percent.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 431 of the 1,012 traffic related fatalities in 2009, nearly 43%, involved unrestrained drivers. North Carolina law requires that all occupants of a motor vehicle wear … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Seatbelt

Second Degree Murder Charge For Drunk Driver

August 1st, 2010

A North Carolina car accident claimed the life of a teenager and seriously injured two others last Sunday. The Charlotte Observer reported that Gaston County resident Howard Clay Pasour has been charged with second degree murder in the death of 17 year old Laura Fortenberry, a student in Charlotte. He is also charged with aggravated felony death by motor vehicle, habitual DWI, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

North Carolina Highway Patrol estimates that … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, Punitive Damages

North Carolina Family Involved In Tractor Trailer Accident

July 22nd, 2010

A North Carolina family visiting Northampton on Long Island, New York, were involved in a truck accident involving a tractor-trailer that overturned, crushing their camper. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck made a turn while traveling too fast, causing the truck to tip over.

The North Carolina driver saw the tractor-trailer truck speeding toward him and tried to avoid the collision but was unable to. Police found that the driver of the tractor-trailer caused the truck crash and … Read more

Posted In: Truck Accidents

Six Injured In North Carolina When Drivers Fell Asleep

July 8th, 2010

News Channel 7 and Blue Ridge Now report that six people were injured Monday in Henderson, North Carolina in two separate accidents in which drivers fell asleep while driving. This resulted in road closures in both cases.

The first accident occurred at approximately 10:45 Monday morning. Investigators state that Jeremy Parker was driving with a revoked license and was driving while impaired when his Dodge Neon crossed the center line, striking an oncoming Honda Pilot. Both vehicles flipped over, and … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Car Accidents, Distracted Driver
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