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Driving Drowsy is Dangerous in a Big Rig or a Car

October 22nd, 2018
  • Drowsy driving is estimated to cause up to 6,000 fatal wrecks each year.
  • Commercial drivers may be more likely than Non-Commercial drivers to drive drowsy.
  • People who snore or sleep 6 or fewer hours at a stretch are more likely to drive drowsy.

dangers of drowsy drivingWhen you are involved in a car or big truck accident, you are understandably anxious. Due to the catastrophic and powerful nature of car and big truck accidents, victims are often left with severe physical injuries, emotional Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Personal Injury, Punitive Damages, Truck Accidents, Uncategorized

Understanding Economic, Non-Economic and Punitive Damages

April 22nd, 2016

Economic and non-economic damagesWhen you sue someone for a personal injury, you know that you may be entitled to compensation. What begins to be confusing is exactly what type of compensation you are entitled to. If you believe what you see on television, you assume that you are entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for your injuries. Don’t believe what you see on TV. In truth, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages and, in extreme cases, punitive … Read more

Posted In: Punitive Damages

One Killed, One Seriously Injured in Single Car Accident Caused by Speeding

June 17th, 2014

Dale StewartAbout one in three fatal crashes are caused by excessive speeding.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) it is the third leading contributing factor to traffic crashes.

In Charlotte, speed seems to be the factor in the death of a 24-year-old driver.  Reports indicate that Yoan Alberto Hernadez Tosca was driving a Honda Accord through traffic at a high rate of speed on Sunday afternoon when the driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle.  The car … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, In The News, Personal Injury, Punitive Damages

Fatal Crash in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Kills One and Injures Three

June 2nd, 2014

Brad Hole Via Wikimedia Creative CommonsA 25-year-old man died from injuries he sustained as a result of a rear-end collision in Charlotte-Mecklenburg on Sunday.

Barnette White Jr., was a passenger in a 1999 Toyota 4Runner when a 1998 Saturn crashed into the back of the vehicle ejecting White.  The driver of the Saturn, 28-year-old Daniel Lewis Roberts was charged with DWI following the accident.  Roberts was seriously injured as a result of the accident.

The accident report suggests that the 4Runner was making a right … Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Drunk Driver, Drunk Driving, In The News, Punitive Damages, Third Party Claims, Wrongful Death

Restraint Chairs Causing Deaths Across the Country

December 31st, 2013

J_BaryThe news team at WCNC out of Charlotte has been conducting an interesting investigation into the deaths of people strapped to restraint chairs while in custody. These chairs are frequently used when inmates who are violent, drugged, or mentally ill are transported. At least four people have been killed by them in the Carolinas, and at least three dozen nationwide.

It is unknown if these chair deaths are being under-reported. Some jails have stopped using them after having to settle … Read more

Posted In: Punitive Damages

Teen Stabbed Seven Times with Screwdriver in Random Attack

December 30th, 2013

Public Domain PhotosPeople who commit senseless violence are punished by the criminal system, but victims are also entitled to seek damages through civil proceedings as well. The results of a criminal case weigh heavily in a civil court. The question will turn from “will he pay?” to “how much will he pay?”

Take the case of a man from Union County who is accused of an unprovoked attack on a teen as the teen was leaving church.  He was stabbed seven times … Read more

Posted In: Punitive Damages

Man in Coma after Assault

December 12th, 2013

When grief and pain strike a person, they can react in very unusual ways. Sometimes these acts are criminal. One of the classic phases that a person will enter is anger over what happened. That’s what may have happened in a case in Charlotte earlier this week that has one man fighting for his life in a coma.

Two room-mates were living together near Harrisburg. One of the room-mate had died earlier that day in an overdose. That man’s brother … Read more

Posted In: Insurance, Punitive Damages, Wrongful Death

Three People Accused of Attacking Pregnant Woman

November 7th, 2013

Credit: ZeevveezPersonal injury cases are very tough to try sometimes. People come in through our offices with all kinds of sad stories about how they were injured. Sometimes these injuries turn out to be freak accidents or due to negligence. It’s far worse when the injury inflicted was deliberate.

According to a report on the WSOC website, a pregnant woman was assaulted by three assailants in Statesville. It happened just weeks before her due date. The three alleged perpetrators broke into … Read more

Posted In: Punitive Damages

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

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

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