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Faulty Medical Devices Put Patients at Risk

An investigation found that most injuries come from six types of medical devices. Click here to expand image. About one in 10 Americans have at least one medical device implanted. These run the gamut in size and effect, including everything from artificial joints and heart valves to contact lenses and birth control devices. Many people assume that the Food […]

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Privacy Invasion

One of the issues with drones as I’ve touched on before is their ability to invade a person’s privacy. Other than the FAA regulations, claims may be made against the drone operator under North Carolina law. In the last few years, North Carolina has passed statutes that restrict drones or “unmanned aircraft systems” N.C. Gen. § […]

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BY THE NUMBERS

20 to 30x Commercial trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than cars, which means most truck-car crash deaths are passenger vehicle occupants. Read More

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2022 Judicial Endorsements

This November there are two N.C. Supreme Court and four Court of Appeals races on the ballot. Many of my family and friends have asked for  recommendations in the judicial races. As I have seen how important it is to have fair and independent judges and I pay close attention to these races. I believe […]

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Self-Driving Semis May Soon Dominate Long-Haul Trucking

Fully-autonomous trucks are racking up hundreds of miles on U.S. highways. “This technology isn’t a question of if but when.” Pilot programs for fully-autonomous trucks are racking up hundreds of miles on public highways in several states, primarily throughout the sunbelt, where favorable weather conditions and friendly regulations encourage testing. Examples: TuSimple, the first automated […]

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Squeeze on Truck Drivers Endangers Public Safety

We don’t typically review late-night TV here, but a scathing report on the trucking industry by political commentator and comedian John Oliver qualifies as an exception. Oliver welds together satire and solid investigative reporting to document the intolerable pressure major trucking companies are putting on drivers. Aside from an unprecedented driver shortage, these practices create […]

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8-vehicle incident on Sidbury Road leaves 3 with serious injuries

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. […]

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Summer Safety: Maximize Fun, Minimize Risks

With nearly 12 million recreational vessels and 1.2 million ATVs in the U.S., Americans clearly enjoy summertime recreation. In 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 boating incidents that resulted in 658 deaths, 2,641 injuries, and about $67.5 million in property damage. And the Consumer Product and Safety Commission says there were at least 15,744 ATV-related fatalities between 1982 and 2018. […]

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Back to School Safety

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 […]

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Reduce your Chances of a Truck Accident

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 […]

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Self-Driving Semis Will Soon Hit the Road

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 […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Please be careful this Independence Day. Fireworks can be dangerous. Follow these tips to avoid personal injury.

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Ensure Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage Exists Within Your Auto Insurance Policy

I update this post every time I have a client or potential client negatively effected. Please be sure you have at least six figures of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— In a world overrun with computer-animated geckos, Paleolithic cavemen, bubbly spokeswomen, and catchy tunes, we are bombarded constantly with the idea that choosing an […]

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Civil Lawsuit Moves Forward Against Walmart

Survivors and family members of the 23 people who died when a gunman opened fire at an El Paso Walmart are suing the retail giant, claiming that some fault lies with the company for not providing greater security. The plaintiffs allege that Walmart: – Creates a “crime magnet” packed with vulnerable shoppers – Chooses not […]

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Negligent Security Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death

What exactly is negligent security, as it relates to the justice system? It falls under the scope of premises liability. Property owners have a duty to keep their spaces safe for visitors, including preventing slips and falls and similar injuries. But negligent security takes that a step further and argues that if a property owner […]

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Wrongful Cutting of Timber

North Carolina is the Tar Heel State and the nickname of the University of North Carolina is the Tar Heels. While there are several interesting origins of the name, one underlying common element is the importance of pine tar in the state. Tar and timber in the state were important industries, especially in the 18th […]

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