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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

Unrestrained Children Injured In Charlotte Car Accident

June 30th, 2010

Eight unrestrained children between the ages of 5 and 15 were injured in a Charlotte car accident and were transported to CMC on Monday after the car they were passengers in went through a red light, crashing into a car in the right-of-way. Tonya Hamilton was issued traffic violations for No Insurance, No Child Restraint, No Inspection, and Revoked Tag, and police charged her with causing the accident by disregarding traffic signals. Independent witnesses observed Ms. Hamilton run the red … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

Aaa Carolinas To Air Texting While Driving Video

June 29th, 2010

In our North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Blog, we recently wrote an article, New Approach to Teach Teens Danger of Texting While Driving. In that article, we described a video that was shown to teens participating in the program, illustrating the danger of texting while driving. AAA Carolinas has announced that it will be airing the video over the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. That video can be seen by clicking here. WARNING: This video is graphic.

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Posted In: Car Accidents, Teenage Drivers, Texting and Cell Phone Use

Charlotte Auto Accident Closes Harris Boulevard

June 29th, 2010

Monday morning, WSOC-TV reported that an early morning crash in Charlotte, NC closed Harris Boulevard at Grier Road for several hours. The accident involved a woman driving the wrong way on WT Harris Boulevard. Police closed the roadway for several hours while investigators tried to determine the reason for the crash, as well as for clean up efforts.

Witnesses report seeing a woman driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of WT Harris Boulevard shortly after 4:00am. Witnesses state that before … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

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
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