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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

Motorcycle accident victims need help recovering from injuries

A previous post on this blog reminded Cary, North Carolina, residents to be on the lookout for motorcycles on the area's roads as the weather warms up during the spring months. Unfortunately, although it is a relatively simple thing to watch out for motorcycles, many North Carolina motorists will forget to do so and thereby cause an accident.

Serious injuries can and often do result from a motorcycle accident. For instance, even when a rider wears a helmet, and especially if he or she chooses not to, there is real possibility for serious head injury. The most serious head injuries can leave a person dead or permanently comatose, but brain injuries can affect people's lives in many other ways.

Handling a workers' comp denial in North Carolina

As a law enforcement officer, you know that your job comes with inherent risks. Getting injured while on the job is fairly high probability. Just last week you injured your back while trying to handcuff a suspect that was resisting. While you only required a bit of rest and relaxation after the strain, what happens if you suffer a catastrophic injury? You know that you are entitled to workers' compensation if you suffer an injury while on duty, but what do you do if the insurance company denies your claim?

Workers' compensation denials happen more often than you might think. Fortunately, you do have rights and options when it comes to receiving compensation for a work-related accident. A local North Carolina attorney with personal injury experience can help you if the insurance company denies your workers' compensation claim. Read further for the next steps you should take after a denial of benefits.

Motorcycle season is on the horizon - stay alert

With the warmer weather of March soon arriving in the Cary, North Carolina, area, motorists need to remind themselves to be on the alert for motorcycles on the area's roads. After all, a motorcycle accident involving a larger vehicle can easily, and often does, leave a motorcyclist seriously injured or even dead. It is therefore important at this time of the year for other driver to refresh themselves on some important safety tips for sharing the road with motorcycles.

Perhaps the two most important tips for other motorists are to make sure to give motorcycles plenty of following distance and to be particularly mindful of the presence of motorcycles when making a left turn.

Speeding suspect in area injury car accident

It is often easy to focus on drunk or distracted driving as the cause of serious and even fatal accidents in the Cary, North Carolina. Sometimes, however, a serious accident can result from just driving too fast for the conditions.

After all, speed limits are posted, alongside North Carolina roads not just to give police a reason to write tickets. They are posted as warnings to people that going over those speed limits is likely to endanger other motorists. People who choose to speed on North Carolina's roads do so not only at their own risk, but also to the detriment of everyone else on the road.

School bus safety, an ongoing North Carolina problem

Although this blog has discussed the possible devastating losses a bus or other commercial vehicle accident can cause, some residents of Cary, North Carolina, may not think about school bus accidents. This is especially true for those accidents involving unprotected children moving toward or away from the bus.

Too many people in North Carolina ignore the rule about stopping in the presence of a school bus when its stop arm is extended. In recent years, bus drivers reported that over 3,000 vehicles illegally passed or otherwise failed to stop for a school bus when they were legally required to do so. This statistic only marked an ongoing problem with people frequently ignoring both North Carolina law and basic concepts of safety and good sense.

Representing spinal cord injury victims after truck accidents

A previous post on this blog discussed the potential impact spinal cord injuries can have on a Cary, North Carolina, resident after he or she suffers one in the course of a serious car or truck accident. Indeed, while serious spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of contexts, one need only think about the sheer size of a truck compared to car to realize the risk of a serious injury to the back or neck whenever a truck is involved in an accident.

In serious spinal cord injuries, the victim will suffer quadriplegia or paraplegia, that is, complete and permanent paralysis of all four limbs or from the waist down as the case may be. At a minimum, this type of injury means having to use a wheelchair for life, and it can also mean needing help with even the most basic things like eating.

"Microsleep" can cause commercial vehicle accidents

Last week's post discussed the rules North Carolina truckers must follow on how long they can drive before stopping for an extended break. The idea of these regulations is that fatigued driving is dangerous, so those who driver large vehicles must stop to sleep from time-to-time to avoid commercial truck accidents.

Especially for the truck driver on a tight delivery schedule, however, there is still the temptation to believe that someone who is tired is simply a little slow on the draw and bleary eyed. In other words, some might think lack of sleep is nothing that cannot be cured with a shower, a large cup of coffee and a little bit of heightened attention behind the wheel.

3 facts about spinal cord injuries after semitruck crashes

Semitruck crashes can produce some very serious injuries. If you have a spinal cord injury from a semitruck accident, you might decide to seek compensation. There are many different factors that can affect your case. Some of the most compelling are the effects of the spinal cord injury. Not only can seeking compensation help you to hold the trucker and trucking company accountable, but it can also help you to get the financial backing you need to continue to support your wife and children.

Is there a limit on the time a trucker can drive?

Most motorists who drive in the area of Cary, North Carolina, probably recognize the serious danger of fatigued drivers operating large trucks or other commercial vehicles. Aside from just using common sense and not driving when too tired, many truck drivers and trucking companies have an obligation to follow specific federal rules pertaining to how long they can travel before needing to stop and rest.

A trucker who is hauling cargo can only be behind the wheel for 11 hours before having to take a 10-hour break. The rules are similar, with some slight variation, for commercial drivers who are transporting passengers. A trucker's 11 hours only includes actual driving time, meaning a trucker can actual take a longer trip, if he or she shows in the trucking log that they were stopped for gas, a meal or a bathroom break for a few minutes. In any event though, 14 hours is the maximum trip time, even accounting for breaks.

Pedestrian accident claims life of North Carolina woman

A fatal accident involving a Raleigh woman was recently reported in the area. The incident serves as an important reminder for Cary, North Carolina, drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians.

Police identified the victim as a 43-year-old woman who was trying to cross what neighbors described as a busy street in the area during the nighttime. One witness saw the woman get struck by another vehicle and called 911. But, by the time authorities arrived, there was nothing they could do for the woman. The driver of the car who hit the woman was not hurt, and police apparently did not file criminal charges against the driver.