In its 2010 session, the North Carolina Senate will decide whether to put an end to the archaic doctrine of contributory negligence and adopt a form of comparative negligence. Presently, North Carolina is one of only 5 states that follows contributory negligence, meaning if an injured party is partially responsible for his injury, even if only 1%, he is prevented from recovering any damages from the party primarily at fault.
The proposed new law, HB 813, modeled after the … Read more
Shortly before Charlotte, North Carolina schools let out for the summer, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will bring the danger of being bitten by a dog into the national spotlight as it promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week from May 17-23. Since children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the people most likely to be bitten, and they are about to be released from school, this event is particularly timely.
The CDC reports that of the 4.7 … Read more
The federal Pool and Safety Act went into effect in December 2008, yet hundreds of pool owners in North Carolina have still not complied with the law, and are at risk of having their pool closed. The federal law applies to public access pools, and state regulations that mirror the federal law have also been enacted.
These laws apply to public pools as well as those in hotels, gyms, apartment complexes, and subdivisions. They provide safety guidelines that require, among … Read more
With the month of May being National Bike Month, and the onset of warmer weather, more cyclists are taking to the roads. The prudent driver will exercise caution when encountering a bicycle rider.
A bicycle is considered a vehicle by North Carolina Law and cyclists are required to obey the same rules of the road as the driver of a car or truck.
Often times, however, automobile drivers do not treat cyclists as fellow motorists and tend to become impatient … Read more
If you are the victim of a dog bite in North Carolina, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injuries. There is a leash law in effect in Charlotte Mecklenburg which states “Animals [except cats] must be on a leash, contained within a fence or an operable and marked invisible fence. An animal may be loose in its own yard if there is an adult (18 years or older) immediately next to the animal and the animal responds … Read more
Our Charlotte, North Carolina car accident lawyers are often called upon by the families of pedestrians injured when hit by a car. On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 17 year old Rayshawn Rainey was killed from injuries suffered in a Charlotte pedestrian accident.
According to witnesses, the teenager was trying to cross The Plaza. After clearing the two inbound lanes, he was struck when crossing the first outbound lane. The minor was struck by a second vehicle when he fell into … Read more