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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

Have you been injured because of a negligent driver?

No one ever expects today will be the day that they will be involved in a car accident. An irresponsible driver, though, can change a person's life in a matter of seconds. It is important that in these situations, an injured North Carolina resident has an attorney on their side.

Almost every North Carolina driver will be involved in a car accident in their lifetime. These accidents are often just minor fender-benders, but can be serious. In a serious wreck, a victim can suffer painful injuries that require months of medical care or they may even die. Motor vehicle accidents can involve rear-end collisions, t-bone accidents, accidents involving negligent drunk drivers or distracted drivers, speeding, running a stop sign, and countless other situations. They can happen on any road and at any intersection, no matter how careful a driver you are.

Safety tips for your next city stroll

At one point or another, we are all pedestrians. Whether we are walking through a parking lot or taking stroll through downtown Cary, we spend time as pedestrians. Unfortunately, many people forget this when they get behind the wheel. They forget to watch for people on foot or react angrily someone takes too long to cross the street. Unfortunately, due to their vulnerability and driver negligence, thousands of pedestrians die every year due to accidents involving motor vehicles.

Since you cannot rely 100 percent of drivers to operate their vehicles safely and avoid all accidents, it is important to exercise a certain amount of caution while you are walking where cars and trucks are present (even if they are not moving). Read below for some pedestrian safety tips that can help keep you and your family safe.

Distracted driving in North Carolina

North Carolina drivers know the importance of safe driving. Unfortunately, many families are affected each year by a serious car accident. One of the major contributors to car accidents in North Carolina and across the country is distracted driving.

In 2015, 1,380 people were killed in an accident in North Carolina. Another 123,000 were injured in a car accident. Distracted driving is believed to play a major role in these accidents. Drivers self-report distracted driving, so the statistic of 21 percent of crashes involve distracted driving is most likely low.

Raleigh Road Parkway crash injures family

Cary drivers don't ever expect they will be in a car accident. A car accident occurs in the blink of an eye and will happen to almost every driver during their driving career. Most car accidents are minor fender-benders, but serious accidents do occur.

A family was recently injured when their minivan was hit by a speeding sports car on Raleigh Road Parkway. The minivan was struck so hard by the sports car that it caused it to overturn several times, injuring all of the passengers and trapping them inside of the van. Two of the people in the minivan were taken to Vidant Medical Center and the third was taken to Wilson Medical Center. Investigators say the driver of the sports car was driving so fast that it is considered reckless and careless. He is facing several criminal charges that include felony assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury, careless and reckless driving and speeding. He was arrested and put in jail.

Motorcyclist killed in Fayetteville; driver charged

Most Cary drivers know how important it is to always be aware of motorcycles while driving. Motorcycle accidents are often serious because of the way motorcycle drivers are exposed to the elements and other drivers. A fatal motorcycle accident recently occurred in Fayetteville.

Recently, a fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville. The motorcyclist was traveling on Cedar Creek Road when an SUV turned into his path. The SUV hit the motorcyclist while he was turning. The motorcyclist was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV has been charged with a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and a safe movement violation.

Accidents involving a common carrier

Most Cary residents have been on a bus, in a taxi or on a plane. These transportation options are all considered "common carriers". But what are common carriers and what duty do they have to their passengers?

A common carrier is an entity whose business is to move people from one location to another for a fee. These can include buses, trains, boats, planes or taxis. If a passenger is injured on one of these vehicles, the company may be liable. Most transportation companies have to follow government regulations when offering their services to the public. They are required to have the highest degree of safety for their passengers. A carrier can be held liable for injuries sustained by a passenger if they failed to follow an established regulation or did not exercise with care and diligence.

Trucker's logs could help you discover the cause of a crash

The interstates are often the fastest way to get around. Howevrr, these are sometimes unsafe. You have to count on the other drivers on the road to be able to drive in a safe manner. This doesn't always happen.

There is a chance that you will be struck by a semitruck while you are on the interstates in North Carolina. Serious injuries, a damaged vehicle, and considerable expenses often come with these crashes. In some cases, you might want to know what led to the crash so that you can decide what you are going to do.

Drunk driver involved in crash that kills one

Driving drunk is something that most Cary area residents know is dangerous. Drunk driving kills thousands of people each year across the United States and is completely preventable. A recently fatal car accident killed one person due to a drunk driver.

The fatal accident occurred in Four Oaks and involved a pickup truck and car. The car attempted to drive across Devil's Racetrack Road when it was struck by the pickup truck. One person died and two people were injured in the accident. The driver of the car was charged with driving while impaired.

Law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving this holiday week

Many North Carolina families have been affected by drunk driving. Driving after drinking is a mistake that cost thousands of lives each year. These accidents are completely preventable and only happen because a driver makes the mistake of driving after they have been drinking.

State law enforcement officials are warning North Carolina residents to avoid drinking or driving over this 4th of July holiday week or suffer the consequences. Law enforcement is increasing DWI patrols in a campaign called "Operation Firecracker". Last year this campaign resulted in over 1,700 drunk driving charges. But, unfortunately 13 people died in drunk driving crashes in North Carolina during last year's 4th of July season. The 4th of July is a popular time for parties, BBQs, family gatherings and other events that typically involve alcohol. North Carolina law enforcement is hoping residents look for safe ways to get home and don't drive after they have been drinking.

Past DUI convictions did not stop fatal car accident

A woman from another state was sentenced last April to 12 to 18 years in prison for a drunk driving accident that led to the death of a 79-year-old women in Charlotte, North Carolina, last summer. The drivers had past DUI convictions, but this did not prevent her from getting behind the wheel and causing this fatal accident.

On August 20 last year, this 24-year-old driver crossed a grassy median into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Toyota driven by the victim who was visiting her family in Charlotte. The victim was a mother of eight from South America who managed her own clothing design business and helped the homeless in Bogota, Columbia.