Category: Auto & Trucking Accidents

It’s deer (and car crash) season

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 […]

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Many Car Seats Are Installed or Operated Incorrectly by Parents

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 […]

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Who to Sue in a Car Wreck.

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 […]

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Answered on AVVO.com. Punitive Damages in Motor Vehicle Collision

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: […]

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Out of State Medical Liens

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 […]

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Riding with Drunks

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 […]

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But it was the other guy’s fault!

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 […]

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Motor Vehicle “Accidents”

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 […]

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