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If you've been rear-ended in a car accident, the most immediate trauma may be the pain and suffering from any injuries you suffered. You may also have financial worries about your medical bills, lost wages, future earning capacity, damaged property, and other costs.

The law says that a negligent driver can be held financially accountable through a personal injury lawsuit filing. However, the last thing a crash victim needs to worry about is lawsuit. Our law firm has been helping car and truck accident victims for over 30 years. We know how to take on insurance companies and negligent drivers.

How safe are North Carolina drivers?

North Carolina drivers are ranked second in the country in making abrupt turns, according to a recent report by the online insurance marketplace Everquote on driving habits and their role in car accidents. The report gave North Carolina an average rank 12.8 among all the states on unsafe driving habits.

Everquote drew its information from 2.7 million car trips over 230 million miles by motorists utilizing its Everdrive app. The app has smartphone components that detect speeding, cell phone use, sudden stops, turns and acceleration.

North Carolina bill to limit using hand-held phone and driving

A distracted driver played a part in 54,279 car accidents in North Carolina in 2016, in which 177 people were killed and 26,999 injured. The Brian Garlock Act, named after a distracted driving car accident victim, was introduced in the state legislature to prevent these crashes.

In June 2008, 17-year-old Brian Garlock was killed while using a hand-held phone and driving. The bill would increase current state laws. It would allow driving with a mobile device if it is in hands-free mode. Using hand-held devices while driving in an emergency would be protected. Similar legislation named after this victim was introduced two years ago but stalled. AAA Carolinas supports this legislative effort.

4 risks nurses face in the health care industry

It's no secret that nurses face a number of health issues after working in the field. They lift patients, work with biological hazards and come into contact with many diseases and illnesses. The hazards in the workplace are often mitigated, but that doesn't mean that you can't get hurt on the job. If you are, then you may be entitled to workers' compensation or be able to go through a personal injury lawsuit if you are not covered by workers' compensation.

There are dozens of issues nurses face, but four common injuries include overexertion, slip, trip and fall accidents, violence and exposure to substances.

Highway markings blamed for fatal bus crash

A reckless or negligent driver is not the only cause of a fatal commercial vehicle accident. Highway safety features, even as simple as markings, can prevent crash deaths in North Carolina. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board recently determined that one state's failure to provide sufficient traffic guidance and highway markings caused a March 2016 Greyhound bus accident.

Two passengers lost their lives in the bus crash on a California-owned highway. Another 13 passengers and the driver also suffered injuries.

Studies show drugged driving can lead to fatal accidents

Alcohol is not the only cause of impaired driving that results in fatal car accidents in North Carolina. Using illegal or even prescription drugs can impair a driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, leading to crashes.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in a 2014 survey that 10 million drivers admitted that they drove under the influence of illegal drugs during the previous year. In a 2009 study, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 18 percent of motorists killed in a collision tested positive for at least one drug. Its 2010 research revealed that 11 percent of fatal accidents involved a drugged driver.

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Many of our law firm's clients are injured employees who were reluctant to report workplace injuries, fearing for their job security. That fear is understandable.

After all, if an injury interferes with an employee's functioning, the employee may question his or her utility. Fortunately, the area of workers' compensation law should put such fears to rest.

Truck accident deaths rise

In 2015, 4,067 people in this country were killed in accidents involving a large truck. This was a four percent increase from 2014, according to a February 2017 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large truck is classified as a medium or heavy truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over ten thousand pounds.

North Carolina had 120 fatal accidents involving large trucks, which resulted in 130 deaths in 2015. This constituted 6.2 percent of the 1,949 vehicle accidents involving deaths in the state. Truck accidents involving fatalities in the state comprised three percent of the national total in 2015. There were also 116,000 people injured in large truck crashes across the country in 2015. This was also a four percent increase from the 111,000 estimated injuries one year earlier.

I got fired after I filed a workers' comp claim! Is that legal?

When it comes to on-the-job injuries, it is often complicated to understand the needs and rights of every party involved, and which the law favors if they conflict.

If you suffered and on-the-job injury, and then your employer let you go after you filed your workers' compensation claim, you should absolutely seek professional counsel from an experienced attorney. Proper legal guidance can help you understand the nuances of workers' compensation law and can keep your rights protected.

Distracted driving said to have same effect as hangover

Drivers may experience a so-called "hangover effect," where their brain remains distracted for up to 27 seconds after talking or texting, according to a study prepared by the AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety. Accordingly, distracted driving is joining other reckless conduct like drunk driving and speeding as the cause of many traffic accident deaths and injuries.

This hangover effect has previously unforeseen consequences. Text messaging, making phone calls or updating social media while parked or at a stop light still impedes the driver's concentration after the car begins moving again. This often causes inattention blindness, where a distracted driver is looking at the road but is still not seeing pedestrians, other vehicles, cyclists, traffic lights, stop signs or anything else in front of them.