A terrible car wreck involving eight vehicles along Sidbury Road in Wilmington, NC, left three with serious injuries on September 9. Unfortunately, this is not an unusual event. In North Carolina and the United States as a whole, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons of every age from 4 to 33. […]
Category: Auto & Trucking Accidents
New school year is starting so remember the rules around School buses. When to Stop Two-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop Two-lane with a center turning lane – All traffic from both directions must stop Four-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop Four-lane roadway with a median – Only traffic following […]
According to this article, Shallotte, Surf City, Oak Island and other small towns experience a lot of car wrecks and personal injury for their size. These are not encouraging statistics. Please drive with caution and be sure you have good uninsured and underinsured coverage.
More vehicles on the road during summer means a greater chance of an accident, making June, July, and August the three deadliest months of the year for traffic fatalities. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 4,000 fatal accidents involving large trucks or buses occur yearly. The risk of an accident increases with these vehicles […]
Many companies have joined the race to develop the first autonomous semi-trucks that could change the future of shipping. There is no doubt a self-driving semi that can crisscross the country for 17 hours straight would improve efficiency, especially as e-commerce sales skyrocket and a driver shortage persists. Advocates argue that automation makes trucking less […]
Nice report here on the most dangerous intersections in the Wilmington NC area. Be especially careful on the road in those locations to prevent serious personal injury and property damage.
Prevent personal injury and learn what to do when icy roads threaten your commute and how to correct oversteering during a slide by watching this video.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), one in five vehicle crashes happens in what is considered adverse weather. This fact adds up to over 1.2 million auto accidents a year. We may think that these crashes are primarily due to snow during the winter months, but many other adverse weather conditions can degrade road safety, […]
Recently, hundreds of drivers in Virginia were stranded on the highway overnight when a snowstorm caused multiple accidents. Some people were stuck for over 24 hours with little food, gas, or heat. If you’re concerned about suffering the same fate, here are tips from safety experts: • Be prepared! No matter the weather, keep a […]
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-173 makes it the duty of the driver of a vehicle to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. However, even when you as a pedestrian has the right of way, please continue to be aware of your own surroundings or you could sustain serious personal injury. This person almost waited until it […]
It’s the peak time of year for deer/car collisions. A North Carolina Department of Transportation study, looking at 2017 through 2019 data, showed that animal-related crashes in the state killed five people, injured more than 2,800, and caused nearly $156.9 million in property damage during that three-year period. Avoid a car wreck and personal injury […]
Car seats are designed to save young lives and prevent personal injury. Unfortunately, although most parents think they are installing the seats correctly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 46% of car and booster seats are misused! The consequences can be deadly, given that motor vehicle accidents are the number-one killer of kids in […]
People who have been in a car wreck oftentimes ask me (or just assume without asking) that I am going to file suit against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The short answer is “no, unless…” In a typical car wreck case, the at-fault driver will have at least the minimum amount of insurance required by […]
Q: Punitive damage for Auto accident in NC: What are the terms for an auto accident to be considered for punitive damages? If a driver cause an accident by running a red light and colliding with other vehicle, would this Gross Negligence be considered for punitive damages according to the NC statutes. A: Bradley’s answer: […]
I’ve written before on Medical Liens in North Carolina. These liens allow a hospital or doctor or other health care provider to place a lien on any settlement that an injured person may get from a third-party. If a company has a valid lien in North Carolina, the attorney can’t give that money to their […]
There are a lot of public awareness campaigns on driving while intoxicated, but less emphasis has been placed on riding with an intoxicated individual. Aside from the physical danger, the choice to ride with an obvious drunk can have serious effects on any potential lawsuit the passenger may have. North Carolina still retains the old […]
I’ve written before on contributory negligence, but this article does a good job of providing examples and showing how the insurance companies can use this old common law doctrine to deny claims in North Carolina. Periodically, the legislature considers adopting comparative fault, where some responsibility of the incident by the injured person does not completely […]
This article explores why we shouldn’t use the term “accident” in describing every car wreck. Even lawyers for injured people in car crash cases fall prey to using the wrong words and communicate the wrong ideas even if the facts are right. While the defendant in a car wreck may not have intended to hurt […]