According to the numbers, golf cart accidents have risen dramatically in the last two years. Visits to emergency rooms for injuries sustained in these accidents total in the tens of thousands. These vehicles are the preferred mode of transportation on golf courses, but they are also being used to tool around communities, college campuses, airports and even hospitals.
Golf carts used to reach speeds of no more than 15 mph. Today, carts are being made to reach 25 mph. Increased speeds have not meant increased safety features. Most golf carts don’t include turn signals or wipers. Some don’t have mirrors, and many aren’t equipped with brake lights. Even though they are being used as vehicles, they don’t come equipped with the same safety features. Therein lies the problem.
Because golf carts don’t offer the same kind of protection as cars and because they aren’t always driven responsibly by their operators, serious accidents are on the rise. There are stories of occupants being thrown from carts, trapped under them after a rollover accident and people being struck by carts.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol doesn’t keep statistics on golf cart accidents, so the numbers may not be as accurate as they could be. What we do know, however, is that there are certain steps you can take to protect your interests after an injury — and hiring a North Carolina golf cart accident lawyer is a great place to start.
Factors That Contribute to Golf Cart Accidents
There are several factors that could lead to a golf cart accident. These include:
As Carolina golf cart accident attorneys, we understand that you may have some questions after you have been involved in a golf cart accident. We are here to help answer some of those questions.
Yes. Depending on when and where the accident happened, there is most likely a limited amount of time for you to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your claim within a certain time frame, it may be barred from court.
In North Carolina, that limit is generally three years. There are many different rules and exceptions that govern the time allowed for the filing of a lawsuit. Please speak with a licensed attorney to determine the statute of limitations that governs your claim.
A golf cart is considered a vehicle. The person driving the cart at the time of your accident may be named in the lawsuit if they were negligent. The owner of the cart, if different than the driver, may also be named in certain circumstances.
The owner and managers of the facility in which your accident occurred may be named in the lawsuit if the accident can be attributed to improper grounds maintenance or another issue.
You will need to show the that the person you are blaming for your injuries was negligent. Negligence can be shown by first showing that the person or person’s that caused the accident owed a reasonable duty of care to the injured person or persons. Essentially it means that you would need to show that the at-fault golf cart driver or other vehicle is responsible for driving in a safe manner (which they are). By explaining what the at-fault party did to cause the accident, you can show that they did not drive in a safe or reasonable manner and that they breached the duty that was owed to their passengers or others. Lastly you will need to show that you were injured, and that your injuries were a direct result of that negligence.
If you can prove your claim, you may be entitled to damages. These may include medical bills, repairs for damages that were done to the car or golf cart, lost wages and more. Your attorney can help you determine exactly what damages you may be entitled to. Your damages are based upon the unique circumstances of your accident.
One of the first steps in a personal injury matter is to find a reputable and experienced attorney to consult with about your options. An attorney will have the knowledge and experience that is necessary to help you protect your interests, help you deal with the insurance company and importantly work to secure you the compensation you may be entitled to.
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If you have been injured in a golf cart accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina or South Carolina, you have legal rights you may not be aware of. If you sustained injuries because someone else was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more. Call our team of experienced Charlotte golf cart accident lawyers today to speak us about your potential claim(s).
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Depending on where you live in the country, you may already be seeing school buses on the road. Some buses are transporting children, and others are practicing their routes. Kids will be returning to school in the next couple of weeks if they haven’t already gone back into the classroom. The month of August is an excellent time to remind ourselves of school bus and pedestrian safety.
If you’ve ever driven through a school zone, you know that they can be congested. Kids getting dropped off and picked up by parents, not to mention those getting on and off buses, can make moving through a school zone a harrowing experience. It can be even more hazardous with pedestrians and cyclists present. Hurrying through a school zone, whether in a car or on foot, puts everyone at risk.
As Charlotte, North Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys, we find it important to remember that everyone shares in the responsibility of maintaining safety in a school zone. The good news is that there are things everyone can do to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians in these zones as the new school year begins.
As a Driver
If you are moving through a school’s pick-up or drop-off zone, look for signage that tells you what to do. Do not double park your vehicle because this reduces visibility for others. Only drop children off or pick them up in designated areas.
It can be tempting to park across the street or even down the block to avoid getting stuck in the traffic, but this is dangerous. Your children will have further to walk. Carpooling may help to ease your stress level and chances are that you will find other parents who will be happy to participate.
Know what you need to do when you encounter a school bus. If the bus has its yellow lights activated, it means it will be stopping in the next several feet. Don’t pass it. If the red lights are flashing and the stop sign extended, it means children are either getting on or off.
Don’t pass the bus in these situations either. Bus drivers are trained to only turn their lights off and begin moving again when it is safe to do so. Follow their lead.
School zones often have speed limits that are lower than the rest of the roadway. Obey these limits and don’t ride anyone’s bumper. When you encounter a crosswalk, stop and let pedestrians walk through it. Understand that any law enforcement officer or crossing guard that is giving directions supersedes any signage that is present.
Always stay alert as you pass through a school zone. Don’t assume that the children you see will stay on the sidewalk or even wait to cross at a crosswalk. Children may dart out into the road from areas you can’t see. If you are going too fast, you won’t be able to stop in time. If you are riding near a child on a bicycle, keep at least three feet between your car and the bike.
If you are getting out of the car in a school zone, look over your shoulders before you open the door. Pedestrians and cyclists may not be aware of your intentions, and opening the door into someone’s path can cause an accident.
As a Pedestrian
Drivers aren’t the only people tasked with the responsibility of ensuring safety within a school zone. If you are walking through a zone, it’s up to you to act responsibly and the same goes for your children.
If you are walking, stay on the sidewalks that are provided. In areas where there are no sidewalks, walk on the shoulder of the road as far to the right as possible. Walk facing traffic so you can see what is coming at you and react if you need to.
You may not know this, but the majority of accidents involving pedestrians happen when pedestrians are crossing the road. Don’t cross until you get to a crosswalk. If there are no crosswalks, wait until you get to an intersection. Never dart into the street from behind an obstacle. Vehicle drivers may not be aware of your presence.
As a parent, take the time to teach your child how to walk through a school zone. This may mean practicing in the days leading up to school when the school zone isn’t busy. Your children should know that they aren’t to run or walk into traffic. Teach your kids how to cross the road safely and supervise any little ones who can’t be trusted to act responsibly on their own just yet.
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School zones are full of hazards that are not obvious. It is up to everyone to make sure that students and other pedestrians are safe. Think back to the last time(s) you were in a school zone or driving on the road with a school bus. Were you cautious? If not please consider making some changes. If you can be safer, please do so!
If you are injured in an accident, speak to a Charlotte, North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney today. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation on the phone or in person. We will speak to you at length about your accident and advise you of your potential rights and options. Call today to schedule your consultation and let us assist you in securing the compensation you may be entitled to.
People love technology. One of the latest gadgets that people can be seen sporting isn’t attached to their ear, but they wear it on their wrist. Yes, you guessed it, the “smartwatch” Once Apple released their now wildly popular iWatch, technology lovers, particularly those fond of Apple’s line of products, raced to be the first to purchase one. Smartwatches of all types have become more popular as they have become more affordable. It is a safe bet that you probably have at least one friend that wears a smartwatch.
At first glance, the smartwatch seems like a hands-free device. Look again. You can hear notifications no matter where your wrist is located, but you can’t see the notifications unless you move your hand to within view. Attempting to look at or use the watch while driving is a bad idea because it can take your hand(s) off the wheel and it takes focus away from the road. Simply put, don’t try to operate your smartwatch while you are engaged in driving!
A UK-based road safety group, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is telling consumers and drivers alike that smartwatches are potentially more distracting than smartphones and other mobile devices. While those who do not wish to be distracted while they drive can tuck a mobile device into a pocket, bag or even cup holder, the watch is generally worn at all times. A vibrating or sounding alert or flashing light can be irresistible for some.
While most states do not currently have laws specifically prohibiting the use of smartwatches while driving, they do have laws regarding distracted driving. These laws may not specifically mention smartwatches, but they do give law enforcement officers discretion in determining if a driver broke the law or caused a car accident in North Carolina as the result of paying more attention to their smart device than the road.
Distracted Driving Laws in North Carolina
It is illegal in North Carolina for any driver to text while operating their vehicle. New drivers (novice drivers), or those under 18, are prohibited from using their cell phones at all. Adult drivers are permitted to talk on their cell phones while driving. There are nuances to the texting ban that people should understand. Texting includes composing, reading or sending any type of electronic communication, and it’s considered a primary offense. This means that a police officer can pull you over if they see you texting and driving, even if you haven’t committed another infraction.
Drivers are permitted to text while they are stopped at an intersection or parked. Bus drivers are not permitted to use cell phones behind the wheel in any manner.
Distracted Driving by the Numbers
Distracted driving, including cell phone use behind the wheel, took the lives of nearly 3,500 people in 2016, according to the NHTSA. It has been discovered that 1 out of every 4 vehicle collisions in the United States is caused by texting and driving. You are six times more likely to cause an accident if you are texting while driving than if you are impaired while driving.
It is estimated that it takes approximately five seconds to read a text that you receive. If you are traveling at highway speeds and check a text, you can easily cover the length of a football field without looking. When you take that into consideration, it’s easy to see just how dangerous the behavior really is.
When it comes to teenagers, the problem may be compounded. 35 percent of teenage drivers admit to texting and driving, despite knowing that it is dangerous. A teenager is four times as likely as an adult to be involved in or cause an accident because they were using their mobile device behind the wheel. In fact, 21 percent of teenage drivers who were involved in fatal car accidents were distracted by their mobile devices at the time of their accident.
Penalties for Distracted Driving in North Carolina
When a driver in North Carolina is cited for texting behind the wheel, they are subject to a $100 fine if they are found guilty of the infraction. Novice drivers are subject to a $25 fine for using their mobile device while operating their vehicle.
Despite laws not being on the books banning the behavior, drivers are urged to unstrap their smartwatches or turn their notifications off while they are driving. Like any other reason that so many people give, checking a smartwatch isn’t worth the damage to person and property that can be caused.
Only you know yourself well enough to know whether or not you can avoid the temptation of your smartwatch while you are driving. If you don’t believe you can, take it off and put it back on when you arrive at your destination.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in the Carolinas, call our office. A member of our team will help you set up an appointment for a no cost case evaluation. We will let you know what we think and tell you how we may be able to help you. Don’t hesitate to see how we can help!
David Belisle was killed in a motorcycle accident near Fort Mill, SC on July 21, 2018. The incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on S.C. 160 near the intersection with Sleepy Hollow Road. A 19-year-old Fort Mill man driving a 2015 Nissan sedan west turned left towards a private driveway and collided with the motorcycle that was heading east. WBTV reports that the deceased, Mr. David Belisle was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson and SC Highway Patrol report that he was wearing a helmet. As of the date of this post no charges had been filed and toxicology reports are still pending.
Accidents and injuries related to motorcycle accidents are all too common, especially this time of the year when the weather is warm and many people are riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,956 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 alone. Many of these accidents involved both automobiles and motorcycles and additionally these accidents were caused by many different factors including alcohol, poor driving conditions and negligence on the part of drivers and riders. Every accident that happens on the road is a very serious occurrence that must be evaluated for its cause as it relates to the possible prevention for future accidents. At this time it is too early to speculate as to the cause(s) of the above-listed accident. Law enforcement officials will continue to investigate and announce their findings after the investigation has concluded.
Our law firm assists people that have been injured in accidents involving motorcycles and various types of motor vehicles including cars, trucks and commercial vehicles like tractor trailers. We are consistently working on these cases and we work hard to protect the rights of our clients. Our injury law firm is dedicated to helping people that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. It never costs a thing to speak to one of our team members and our case evaluations can be done in person or on the phone. If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident or a wreck and needs help, please call our office at 855-971-0559. We are here to help.
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No matter where you live in the United States, ticks are out and about. Some states are experiencing record numbers of these tiny invaders. What used to be enjoyable walks in nature years ago are now wrought with worry about tick bites and Lyme disease. Ticks are so prevalent this year that some people avoid participating in outdoor activities altogether.
Lyme disease is certainly not something anyone wants to deal with. Despite this, not many people know any more than “I don’t want it.” Unless you look for information, discovering the truth about ticks and the diseases they carry can be difficult. Here is what you need to know to protect both you and your pets this summer season.
What Kind of Ticks You Are Likely to See
There are different species of ticks across the United States and only five currently known to reside in the Carolinas. These include:
Where You Will Run Into Ticks
If there is any good news about ticks, it’s that they don’t fly. Ticks live in grassy areas and wait for their prey to wander by. When a human or animal walks by, it jumps aboard and hitches a ride hoping to get a free meal.
Lyme Disease Transmission
The tick you are likely most worried about is the blacklegged tick. This little insect carries and spreads Lyme disease throughout the United States. In most cases of Lyme disease, the culprit will attach itself during its nymph stage because at this stage they are more difficult to locate and remove. Nymphs are the second stage of a tick’s lifecycle, and they are extremely small during this stage.
In order for Lyme disease to be transmitted, a tick needs to bite its host. The tick must remain attached from between 36 and 48 hours for the disease to be passed along. It’s important to note that not all ticks carry Lyme disease. In order for a person to be infected, the tick that has been attached must be a carrier.
You cannot get Lyme disease from a dog or cat. You won’t get it from another person through any type of typical contact. You cannot transmit Lyme disease to an infant through breast milk.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
The first step in recognizing that you may have Lyme disease is knowing that you’ve been bitten by a tick. You may have a tick attached and never know. Once it has finished its meal, it will drop off your body, never to be seen again.
A tick bite typically appears as a red spot on the skin. You may experience itching or burning and may have some localized pain. If you are allergic to tick saliva, you may develop a rash, swelling, shortness of breath or stiffness. In some cases, a person develops no telltale signs and has no idea they’ve been bitten. Once you know you’ve been bitten, be on the lookout for the symptoms of Lyme disease.
You may develop a bull’s-eye rash at the site of the bite. It will be round or oval with a dark center and a halo around the bite.
The earliest symptoms of Lyme disease mimic the common flu. You may feel tired despite not having been overly active. You may discover that you need to sleep more in order to feel rested. In more severe cases of Lyme disease, your fatigue may interfere with your daily life.
Early symptoms of Lyme disease also include stiff, swollen joints. It may hurt to bend your elbows. You could experience more pain than usual in your knees when you take a walk. Studies indicate that approximately 80% of people with untreated Lyme disease have joint symptoms.
About half of all those infected with Lyme disease experience symptoms typically associated with the flu in the first week of their infection. Headaches, dizziness and fever are not uncommon.
Different sleep disturbances are typical with Lyme disease. You may experience night sweats or chills when you are trying to sleep.
Changes in your ability to concentrate can be a symptom of Lyme disease. You may become confused easily or forget what you were doing. This can be one of the more frightening symptoms of the disease.
Lyme Disease Is Often Misdiagnosed
It’s not unusual for people who have Lyme disease to be diagnosed with another condition. This is because the symptoms of the disease so closely mimic those found in other chronic conditions. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:
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If you or a loved one needs assistance with an accident or injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, our office is here to speak with you and to help. You may have questions and concerns and we want you to know that you do have rights. Reach out to our office to schedule a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering
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It’s not unusual to see the remnants of a big rig’s tires when you’re driving down the highway. Rubber scattered alongside the shoulder of the road is something many of us look at quickly and then don’t think about again. But what if that rubber wasn’t the result of a blowout? It could have been debris left behind after a very serious collision.
When a semi truck and a smaller vehicle collide with one another, the results can be catastrophic. A large commercial vehicle has much more power than a smaller truck or car. The majority of the damage is often suffered by the small vehicle and its occupants. In the aftermath of the accident, the victims often find that they are facing life-changing physical, emotional and financial damages.
Accidents such as these often require the expertise of a Charlotte truck accident attorney. A legal professional can help to ensure the rights of the victims are protected. If you hope to recover damages after such an accident, an experienced attorney is essential.
Determining liability is not always an easy task. The person(s) or entity that can be held civilly and or criminally liable for a motor vehicle accident will depend on the findings from the investigation(s) of law enforcement, insurance companies and courts. Causation must be established in order to determine liability. (Remember: No 2 accidents are the same!)
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
Many people assume it’s always a driver who is held liable in an accident but this isn’t the case. There are several parties who may be held liable in a truck accident, either on their own or in combination.
If the driver of the semi-truck was negligent or made some type of error, they can be held liable. A driver may be shown to have been fatigued, distracted or impaired. The driver may not have received adequate training or loaded their trailer in an inappropriate manner. When it can be proven that the truck driver was negligent, they can be held financially responsible for property damage and injury to the victim.
In some cases, the driver and owner of the semi-truck are two different people. An owner may be held liable for a semi-truck accident in some cases. For example, if the owner was responsible for routine maintenance and failed to ensure it was performed and a component of the truck was defective, the owner could be held liable if that defective component led to the accident.
It’s not unheard of for companies to lease the semi-trucks in their fleet. When this is the case, it is the responsibility of the person leasing the vehicles to make sure the trucks are safe to operate. If the leasing company is found to be negligent in their duties, they could potentially be held liable for the accident or at least named in the lawsuit.
A North Carolina truck accident lawyer may find that the reason for the accident lies in a vehicle that was not safe. When the truck was not manufactured properly or a defect was known but not reported, the manufacturer of the vehicle could also be named in the lawsuit as a responsible party.
Again, in some accidents there may be more than one party responsible for causing the accident. The owner of the truck or trucking company will almost always be initially named in the lawsuit. Current federal regulations say that trucks must have a placard attached that names the owner. The person named on that placard will almost always involved in any investigation regarding their vehicle.
Compensation for a Semi Truck Accident
If you or a loved one are injured in a tractor trailer or “big rig “accident in Charlotte, you may be entitled to damages if the accident was not your fault. You can recover money spent on the repair or replacement of your property and for any medical bills you have incurred. You may also be awarded monies for future medical bills and lost wages and pain and suffering.
In the case of a fatality, the representative of the deceased person’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.
These accidents are often catastrophic in nature and the injuries sustained may require lifelong care. We don’t believe that any family should be forced to make difficult financial decisions because of someone’s negligence or error.
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We understand that the days, weeks and months following a semi truck accident in Charlotte can be devastating. We invite you to call our office if you have been involved in such an accident. We will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and explain how we may be able to help.
Our team is here for you as you work to put your life back together. We can help you determine your best steps in recovering what you have lost. Reach out to our Carolina truck accident lawyers today for the assistance you need.
If you have visited the Uptown district of Charlotte, then chances are you have seen people riding on electric scooters. Recently three companies (Spin, Bird and Lime) have rolled out their e-scooters for the people of Charlotte to enjoy. The scooter rentals are able to be transacted through apps for each of the companies. Users can search using the app to find and unlock an “e-scooter”. The scooters are rentals are quite affordable and pricing structures vary by each company. While cheap and available transportation options are always welcome, there could be cause for concern about additional concerns related to scooter accidents and the safe and responsible use of the vehicles.
When the scooters were first deployed, Lime, put the vehicles on the street without acquiring the necessary permissions from the city of Charlotte. Eventually the proper permits were acquired and Lime and Spin and Bird are all involved in the Shared Mobility Pilot Program. The program provides regulation and guidelines that will hopefully give oversight to these companies and to the riders that are utilizing them. A review of the city’s website shows that the companies have policies regarding where the vehicles can be driven, helmet use, speed limits, and age and licensing limits. Outside of safety there is also a concern of where the scooters should be left when a ride is finished. The policy says that the scooters should be parked in a location that does not impede pedestrian walkways or the city’s right-of-way. Obviously the city and these companies are all hoping that people will use these vehicles responsibly and hopefully there will be vary few, if any scooter accidents or incidents.
What About Possible Accidents and Injuries Related to E-Scooters?
Just as bicyclists, people riding the electronic scooters will have to operate them in accordance with local traffic laws. Assuming that the pilot program is a success and these devices are going to be here to stay, unfortunately there will be accidents and injuries to come. A car, bicycle or scooter accident can be caused by all kinds of contributing factors and no two accidents ever happen under the exact same circumstances. Just as you would do if you were involved in a bicycle or motor vehicle accident, a scooter injury should be dealt with in the same manner. Safety and medical attention should always take precedence when an accident happens. After the injuries and safety of those involved has been handled at the scene, an accident report should be made and completed by local law enforcement. Issues regarding fault and accountability for the scooter accident will be managed by insurance companies and Courts.
Scooter accidents will also involve issues such as damage to vehicles, bodily injury and compensation for both. After someone is involved in a scooter injury accident they should consider contacting an injury lawyer to discuss their potential options. An experienced injury firm will be able to assist with reviewing the accident report and speaking to the insurance company(s) that may be involved. Additionally a injury lawyer may be able to provide compensation for someone injured in an accident that involved an e-scooter. Again, before speaking to an insurance company, it may be a good idea to first speak to a lawyer.
Auger & Auger proudly serves the Carolinas and helps being that have been injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and scooters. Anyone injured in a scooter accident or any other type of injury related accident can contact our law firm for a free case evaluation and an opportunity to find out if our law firm may be able to help. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Call (855) 971-0800
Uber is a popular ride sharing service used by millions of people around the globe. People choose to utilize Uber for a variety of reasons, whether they are commuting to work or had a bit too much to drink during a night out.
Few people get into a car being driven by an Uber driver expecting to be involved in an accident. But unfortunately car accidents do occur. If you are a passenger in an Uber vehicle or struck by one, you have rights. Read on for more info about the steps you should take after an Uber accident in North Carolina or South Carolina.
Being involved in an accident with an Uber driver is similar to being the driver in your own accident. The first concern should always be on everyone’s safety. Dealing with emergency related injuries should be your primary concern if there are any. After calling 911, if possible move the vehicles to a safe location. If the situation is one where it is possible to do so, you will want to try to collect as much information as possible.
If you are a passenger, get the Uber driver’s name and contact information. Ask for the information of all other parties involved in the accident as well as their insurance information. Lastly, ask for contact information for any witnesses who stayed on scene to offer assistance.
Once you have collected information, take photos or video of the accident scene. You’ll want to record the damage to all vehicles involved, any injuries suffered by people involved, and the current weather and road conditions. Try to take images before vehicles move to the side of the road. This information can be very helpful later on if there are insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits filed.
Insurance can be a confusing issue when it comes to Uber drivers. The ride sharing service is required to have its own liability policy that covers anyone injured in an accident, if the Uber driver was the cause of the accident. If your Uber driver wasn’t at fault, the other driver’s insurance coverage should be responsible for any claims that you may have or anyone else that was injured by their driver’s negligence.
You may also want to research your own personal auto policy. You may have medical payment benefits or other coverage that may be beneficial to you. Find out if you have medical payment benefits or “med pay”.
Determining liability when an Uber driver is involved in an accident is no different than if any other driver was involved. Police will look for evidence on scene and take your statement, statements of those involved and any statements from available witnesses.
Again, If your Uber driver caused the accident, you will want to seek compensation from the liability insurance policy that the Uber driver is insured under. If another driver is found to be at fault, you will look for compensation from that driver’s policy. Those insurance policies should be provided to you at the scene of the accident. In some cases a police officer may give you a driver’s exchange form that contains the info. If you do not get it from the officer or from the other drivers at the scene, you should be able to find the information on the final police report that will be released at a later time.
Things may become overwhelming after an Uber accident in the Carolinas. As the injured party, you can expect to be potentially contacted by one or more insurance companies. It’s important to remember that you do not have to speak to them.
You do not have to make a statement about the accident, and you do not have to tell the claims adjuster or claims agent your version of events. Try to keep in mind that no matter how nice the insurance representative seems, they have their company’s best interests in mind, not yours. Anything you say could be potentially used to limit or deny your claim.
Depending on the severity of the accident, Uber or their insurace company could also have a senior level adjuster or even an attorney try to contact you. If this happens, you are still under no obligation to speak to them. This happens in rare cases, but is a possibility. Just keep in mind that anything you say can have negative consequences on your potential bodily injury claim.
Your next steps will be determined on the extent of your injuries. If you are not injured and you do not need or receive any medical treatment, then you will be fortunate enough to not need to file a bodily injury claim against the proper insurance entity. If you are injured, a bodily injury claim will need to be filed with the insurance company. The value and timing of that claim will again be determined by your injuries and other factors such as your medical bills, recorded medical treatments that document your injuries and other things such as lost wages and pain and suffering. Be mindful that if you do not have an attorney and if you are in contact with the insurance company, the insurance company may try to encourage you to enter into settlement negotiations with them while you are still injured and receiving medical treatment.
The moment you accept a settlement from an insurance agency, you have effectively ended your case. If you have even the smallest doubt about accepting a settlement, don’t. Most attorneys offer a free case evaluation, meaning you have time to speak to a legal representative before you accept any offer from an insurance company. Most attorneys will say that even before you are in contact with an adverse insurance company it is a best practice to speak to an experienced lawyer that can prevent you from making the possible mistakes that can have a negative effect on your case. A legal professional can represent you and negotiate on your behalf. In some cases that cannot be resolved without the filing of a lawsuit, your attorney may even have to represent you in Court if necessary. These are just limited examples of what you can expect when you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you for your injury case.
If you have been involved in an Uber accident in North Carolina or elsewhere in North Carolina, or South Carolina, reach out to our experienced personal injury team. We are ready to speak with you regarding your case and we will help you discover your options.
We understand that you may be stressed and anxious right now, and we are prepared to do all that we can do to assist you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation that can take place in person or over the phone.
Richard Angelo was killed by an alleged drunk driver in Matthews, NC on May 30, 2018. The driver charged with DWI after she hit and killed a pedestrian, 22 year old Richard Angelo. The Charlotte Observer reports that Mr. Angelo was pushing his bike down a road when he was hit. The DWI charged driver was traveling in the same direction as Mr. Angelo and he was hit from behind. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at just before 1 a.m. on E. John Street at McKee Road in Matthews.
Besides DWI charges, the driver was also charged with possession of marijuana and driving with an open container of alcohol. The driver was traveling in a Ford Mustang and a local news channel at the accident scene observed an officer removing a bottle of wine from the driver’s vehicle. The charged driver in this case is innocent until proven guilty.
Accidents and injuries related to drunk driving are preventable. With public transportation and ride sharing options, there is no excuse for drinking and driving. Additionally, the simple act of not driving after having consumed alcohol prevents alcohol related car accidents. Alcohol related accidents in the United States are a very serious matter and are also a threat to public safety. Just in 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1
Our law firm assists victims of alcohol related accidents. We are consistently involved in such cases and we work hard to protect the rights of our clients. Our firm is dedicated to helping people that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. It never costs a thing to speak to one of our team members and our case evaluations can be done in person or on the phone. If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident or a wreck involving a drunk driver please call our office at 855-971-0559.
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James Hampton, a North Carolina AAU youth basketball player collapsed during play and passed away as a result of a sudden medical emergency on May 26, 2018. The 17 year old young man played for Team United, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The team was playing in Hampton, Virginia at a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event in VA.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the team’s director, Mr. Jacoby Davis as saying that James Hampton was running and turned to say something to a referee Saturday night when he collapsed. Mr. Davis added that emergency paramedics did chest compressions on the young man on the court before he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The James Hampton was a student at Liberty Heights school in Charlotte and was scheduled to graduate after one more year at the school.
Based on reports it is not known whether an Automated External Defibrillator “AED” was available at the facility where the game was taking place. These devices are able to save lives in certain situations and they can counter-act sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the heart that can normalize heart rhythms.
Is there a potential liability case?
In some jurisdictions there are requirements that AED machines must be on site at various types of businesses and facilities that are open to the general public. Under certain circumstances a private business owner or other group or individual can be liable for injuries and or deaths that could have been treated or prevented by the correct use of a properly functioning and available AED machine. These laws vary by state and before any conclusion of liability against such a business or individual can be made, a thorough investigation of the incident along with a thorough evaluation of the law (by a licensed attorney of that jurisdiction) must take place.
If you or someone you know has been injured or passed away because of the lack of a properly functioning AED machine being made available during a medical emergency, there may be potential compensation available to the injured person and or the estate of a person that passed away. Our lawyers proudly serve the Carolinas and if you or a loved one was injured because of someone else’s negligence, we would like to speak to you. Consultations are always free and our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-855-969-5671 for your free case evaluation.