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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

Tips for beginning motorcyclists to avoid motorcycle accidents

Just as in the case of learning to drive a car, a resident of Cary, North Carolina, who wants to learn to ride a motorcycle may at first not know much about how exactly to use the bike safely. For such people, there are several basic pointers that may reduce the possibility of a motorcycle accident.

One tip is that inexperienced motorcyclists need to use the right equipment when riding. Not only does this include a quality helmet, it also includes the proper clothing and shoes, which should be durable enough to protect riders in fall and also bright and visible enough for other motorists to see clearly.

Video: Employee rights after accidents

Workers' compensation benefits are available after a workplace accident regardless of who may have been at fault. Most employers are required to carry insurance that provides for such claims.

Even so, hard working employees may be reluctant to file a claim and seek the full remedy they may deserve. One commonly voiced concern is fear of employer retaliation. Fortunately, the state law offers protection: It is illegal in North Carolina to take an adverse action against an employee solely because he or she filed a workers' compensation claim.

Pedestrians can take steps for safety

A 'pedextrian' is someone who texts while they are walking, with no apparent knowledge of the world going on around them. While everyone is aware of the danger in distracted driving, distracted walking is dangerous too.

Smartphones and mobile phones are a big part of everyday life for most people. Unfortunately, when motorists and pedestrians get distracted by their phones, serious accidents can happen. Here are two guidelines to help distracted pedestrians avoid some of the biggest hazards.

Getting tough on truckers who text and cause truck accidents

As last week's post discussed, truck drivers who are using North Carolina's roadways to haul goods in interstate commerce are prohibited under federal regulations form texting while driving. "Texting" is broadly defined to include just about any use of a computer or phone keypad. Moreover, if drivers want to use a cell phone, they must use a hands free device.

It is a sad fact that many truckers, including those who travel around Cary, North Carolina, may choose to ignore these rules and text or use their hand-held phone anyway. They may figure it is unlikely that they will be caught and, if they do happen to be pulled over, they will simply pay whatever fine is given to them.

Federal rules limit truck driver cell phone use, texting

Last week's post discussed a tragic accident where a North Carolina resident died on account of a distracted driver. Unfortunately, this accident was not the first time that a distracted driver on North Carolina's roadways has left a person seriously injured or dead, nor is it likely to be the last.

The dangers of distracted driving are enhanced when it comes to commercial vehicles, like large trucks. The size and maneuverability of these vehicles makes it more likely that a distracted truck driver will not recover from a moment of distraction to prevent an imminent collision. Moreover, a truck will likely inflict extensive damage to whatever it hits.

Police allege driver negligence following deadly US-64 crash

A driver has been charged with texting while driving after a serious accident in Wake County, North Carolina, left a woman dead and the woman's teenage daughter seriously injured. Additional allegations may be filed against the driver at a later time. The victims were from Wake County, which most know includes both Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina.

Police say that the victims were close to reaching home after taking a trip out of state. Apparently, they had pulled over to the shoulder to switch out drivers for the last leg of the trip. When the woman, who was then driving the family, started to pull back on to the road, another driver slammed in to the back of their car at a high speed. The van flew off the road and eventually flipped.

Injured at work? Don't be a victim twice

If your workers' compensation claim was denied, you have the option to appeal. While it may feel like a significant setback, a denied claim is often the starting point on the path to getting the benefits you deserve.

Why was my claim denied?

Many claims are denied initially. The insurance adjuster, employer or third party administrator is required to tell you exactly why they denied your claim. Understanding why your claim was denied will help you decide what details to highlight when you request a hearing.

What is a safe following distance when behind a motorcycle?

As this blog has stated previously, motorcycles do not operate in exactly the same way as other vehicles on North Carolina's highways. Aside from being smaller, they also maneuver differently and require some special handling, since, after all, they have some features more common to bicycles than to cars. Other motorists on the roads of Raleigh thus need to take extra care around motorcycles.

For instance, the recommended following distance when traveling behind a motorcycle is a bit longer than the standard two seconds that are recommended when following most vehicles. Generally, it's best to give a three or four second following distance when travelling behind a motorcyclist. It is also important that drivers be especially careful when near a motorcyclist and approaching an intersection.

What is loss of consortium?

The loss of a loved one because of a car accident caused by a negligent driver is always hard on a North Carolina family. In particular, a victim's surviving spouse may spend a lifetime recovering from the emotional trauma of losing his or her soul mate to an accident that was preventable.

As in almost all other states, North Carolina allows a victim's surviving spouse to file a loss of consortium claim should his or her spouse die, or be significantly injured, in a car accident. Residents of Cary, North Carolina should remember that loss of consortium is technically a separate lawsuit filed by the spouse of the deceased person, as it is separate from and in addition to a wrongful death claim.

Getting compensation for drunk or buzzed drivers

Last week’s post on this blog discussed how commercial drivers are held to higher standards with respect to how much alcohol they can have in their systems. One of the reasons for these higher standards is that commercial vehicles are typically larger than private cars and can therefore inflict more damage in a truck accident or commercial vehicle accident.

A North Carolina family that has to take care of an injured loved one, or worse, has to say a final farewell to a relative or friend has every right to feel enraged if their loved one died because a commercial driver was too impaired by drugs or alcohol to be driving a commercial vehicle safely. This is especially true when that commercial driver was entrusted to transport the injured person safely.