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10 Dollar Million Verdict In Taser Death

July 21st, 2011

Taser.bmp The family of North Carolina wrongful death victim, Darryl Turner, was awarded $10 million after a jury found that there was a great risk of cardiac arrest if a taser was discharged into the chest area near the heart, that Taser International knew of the risk, and that Taser International failed to so warn its users.

In March, 2008, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police were summoned to the Food Lion where Turner was working in order to remove Turner from the premises. … Read more

Posted In: Wrongful Death

Pair Of Tractor Trailer Accidents Claim Several Lives

July 15th, 2011

Speeding Semi TruckA pair of North Carolina tractor trailer accidents claimed several lives on June 30.

Thursday, June 30 was a deadly day on North Carolina’s highways. The first North Carolina truck accident occurred just before 10am on I85 in Orange County and actually involved 2 separate truck accidents. The first tractor trailer accident occurred when a tractor trailer was speeding along I85 south and lost control and flipped. As the result of that accident, traffic on I85 was backed up for … Read more

Posted In: Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death

Are You Peeking

July 11th, 2011

Texting and DrivingWhether it is a text message, an email, or GPS, many drivers are guilty of “peeking” at their phones while driving.

What if I just read a text but don’t actually respond to it?
Most people likely know that it is illegal to “text” and drive, but may not know that the law also prohibits the reading of a text. The law makes it illegal to read any electronic mail or text message transmitted to or stored within the device … Read more

Posted In: Distracted Driver, Texting and Cell Phone Use

Driving While Stoned A Growing Problem

July 11th, 2011

Marijuana LeafIf you are the victim of a North Carolina Car Accident that occurred at night, the chances that one of the drivers is under the influence of both legal and illegal drugs is increasing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 16% of nighttime drivers were found to be under the influence of impairing drugs, both legal and illegal, and that half were high on marijuana. This is significantly higher than the daytime level.

With one-third … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

Driver Fatigue Blamed In Crash That Killed 4 Injured 50

May 31st, 2011

Speeding BusEarly this morning, a Sky Express tour bus which departed out of Greensboro, North Carolina, crashed, killing 4 and injuring at least 50 others. Police cite driver fatigue as the cause of the wreck.

The tour bus, which left North Carolina at 10:30pm on Monday, was on its way to Chinatown in New York City. The bus veered off I95 north of Richmond, Virginia and hit an embankment, causing it to overturn.

According to USA Today, records from … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Wrongful Death

Three Year Old Killed At Local Day Care

May 16th, 2011

Three year old Alyssa Jade Mayfield was killed at West End Baptist Church in Gaffney, SC, when a stack of wood fell on her. Investigators believe the toddler bumped into a pallet of stacked wood in the gym while trying to pick up a ball. The minor was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Day care facilities have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for the children in their care. When a day … Read more

Posted In: Daycare Accidents

University Area Woman Attacked By Pit Bull

May 9th, 2011

Francesca Flores was walking in her Charlotte neighborhood to meet her daughter at the bus stop when she was viciously attacked by a pit bull and her dog was fatally mauled.

The attacking dog is under quarantine by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, and officers are investigating into whether the dog’s owner will face charges.

Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against the dog’s owner, Ms. Flores is entitled to recover money damages for her injuries. Mecklenburg County … Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Pedestrian Killed By Drunk Bus Driver

May 9th, 2011

The driver of a tour bus that struck and killed a man crossing the street has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Impaired.

Timothy White was struck and killed by a luxury tour bus operated by Steve Drappel.

It has been reported that Drappel blew a 0.14 at the scene, and that a second blood alcohol test taken later at the police station found a blood alcohol level of 0.08, twice the legal limit of 0.04 for … Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death

Texting Teen Kills Passenger In North Carolina Car Accident

March 30th, 2011

North Carolina Highway Patrol has found that 16 year old Taylor Clark was texting when she caused a head-on collision, killing 17 year old passenger, Seth Beaver. Clark has been charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle, failing to yield, and texting while driving.

It has been illegal for drivers in North Carolina under the age of 18 to use a cell phone while driving since 2006, and for any driver to text while driving since December 1, … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Legislative News, Teenage Drivers, Texting and Cell Phone Use, Wrongful Death

In Separate Incidents Kids In Car With Mothers Driving Under The Influence

March 24th, 2011

Early Tuesday morning, Mount Holly Police arrested 24 year old Tracy Ellett who had her 2 and 5 year old children in the car, for Driving While Impaired. Ellett failed a field sobriety test and was found to have bloodshot eyes, was unsteady on her feet, and had an odor of alcohol. Ellett, however, refused to take a breathalyzer test. Shortly thereafter, a court order was issued authorizing a forced blood sample to determine Ellett’s level of intoxication. Ellett has … Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver
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