Blog Category Punitive Damages
- 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.
When 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
When 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
About 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
A 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
The 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
People 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
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
Personal 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
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
Charlotte, 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