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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

MAY IS BIKE MONTH

As the weather warms up, more and more bicyclists are sharing the road with motorists. Because bicycles are vehicles, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other drivers, this includes DWI laws.  Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane.

Driver charged after fatal accident on wet NC Highway 42

The loss of a family member is rarely easy for those left behind, but the experience is typically much worse when the death resulted from negligence on the part of another. One recent Johnston County accident has probably left one family in anguish and considering what the future holds.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 33-year-old Clayton woman was killed and her teenage daughter was injured on North Carolina Highway 42 when the woman's sports utility vehicle struck a utility trailer. The fatal accident happened when an eastbound pickup truck was speeding and passed several vehicles while trying to merge with traffic. With road surfaces wet from rain, the pickup driver lost control and his vehicle crossed traffic, striking the guardrail of the westbound lane. His truck and trailer ended up in the westbound lane where the trailer was struck by the victim's vehicle. That impact of collision caused the trailer to detach from the pickup; the trailer was then struck by a third vehicle.

What does North Carolina law say about texting and driving?

Every year many car accidents occur in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the rest of the county, as a result of distracted driving. Nowadays, one of the major reasons for such distractions is mobile phones, which most people have with them all the time. Receiving frequent texting and social media messages on mobile phones means that such people are often unable to put devices away when they are supposed to be concentrating on driving.

Authorities in North Carolina and in the rest of the country understand the seriousness of the threat posed by texting and driving. Many state laws ban the use of handheld devices for texting while driving a motor vehicle. The laws pertaining to texting and driving in North Carolina are listed under Statutes § 20-137.4A.

The right approach when handling truck accident cases

The scene that follows a tractor-trailer crash can be chaotic. Frequently, people injured in a truck accident require emergency care. At the same time, emergency crews are busy cleaning up the scene and law enforcement officials are investigating what happened and ensuring that they identify who may have been responsible. This situation is common everywhere, including in North Carolina.

Figuring out who or what caused a truck accident and who is liable for compensation for medical expenses and property damage can be difficult. Victims and their families are understandably busy dealing with injuries, and surviving family members are dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one.

Can train-truck coordination avert truck accidents?

Truck accidents, whether they occur in North Carolina or anywhere else in the nation, can be quite disastrous. A truck accident can injure or kill more people simply because of the truck's sheer size. In North Carolina, tractor-trailer and railroad accidents have, unfortunately, become far too common. Although the U.S. has rolled out a high-tech system to stop train-tractor crashes, it may still take five more years for that system to be implemented.

Some railroad experts believe that a train and truck accident cannot be averted with this high-tech system. They believe in a common sense solution, and that both truck and train companies should talk to each other when trucks approach railroad crossings. In a recent accident in North Carolina, an Amtrak train struck a tractor-trailer at a crossing, injuring 55 passengers. There was no advance warning that the truck had stopped on the track.

What are the steps for getting a CDL in North Carolina?

Residents of North Carolina understand that driving a commercial vehicle requires different skills than driving a non-commercial vehicle. Because of their sheer size, a commercial vehicle accident, delivery truck accident or a garbage truck accident is more likely to result in severe injuries, or even death, than a non-commercial vehicle accident.

In order to get a Commercial Drivers License, or CDL, a commercial vehicle driver needs to get a CDL learner permit first. A CDL permit is valid for six months and has a limit of two permits over the course of two years. A person seeking a CDL learner permit needs to be at least 18 years of age and must possess a valid classified driver license. For operations requiring a medical card, only drivers who are 21 years of age can apply for CDL learner permit. Another requirement for a CDL learner permit is to be accompanied by a licensed CDL driver who has the proper license class.

Attorneys help North Carolina motorcycle accident victims

Any North Carolina resident who has ridden a motorcycle for any length of time probably has a tale or two of a close brush with death. Despite the freedom and sense of adventure they offer riders, motorcycles also hold out the possibility of injury and death because they provide little in the way of protection to riders.

In fact, the possibility of being seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident is much higher than in crashes involving other motor vehicles. Injuries can be severe and may require long-term medical care and treatment. In many cases, motorcyclists are left with permanent disabilities and are unable to work again. Huge medical bills and loss of income can mean big financial problems for a family.

Driver with past violations involved in train-truck accident

Residents of Wake County, North Carolina, might know that all commercial vehicles carrying large loads need to follow weight limits set by North Carolina authorities. These limits are set with various factors in mind, such as reducing the effects of an accident.

Due to heavy loads and fast-moving speed, a trucking accident can cause much more damage than an accident involving a car. For example, a recent accident involving a truck and an Amtrak train resulted in 55 people being injured. Reports stated that the truck driver could not successfully maneuver an oversized rig through a tight railroad crossing, resulting in derailment of the Amtrak train. A police investigation has begun and so far no charges have been filed against the truck driver with regard to this truck accident.

THE BASICS OF AUTO INSURANCE

North Carolina law requires every driver to carry automobile liability insurance in the minimum amount of 30/60/25. This means a driver must be insured for a minimum of $30,000 bodily injury or death per person / $60,000 bodily injury or death per accident / $25,000 property damage of others in any one accident.

Understanding North Carolina automobile insurance--Part II

Residents of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina, might remember one of our previous posts, which talked about the rights of a person with a valid motor vehicle license after having a car accident. The post also talked about the North Carolina Contributory Negligence Law, according to which a driver who is even partially at-fault, will not be able to collect damages in a car accident.

The previous post also talked about how much reimbursement a person can expect to receive from an insurance company to repair a car with accident damage, if it is repairable. This post will discuss how much a driver can expect to receive from an insurance company after a car accident, if a car is totaled and what benefits an insurance carrier may provide if an accident victim is injured.