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Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog

Healthcare Workers Injured Moving Patients May Have Legal Recourse

With the current obesity epidemic in the United States, nurses and others who are routinely required to move patients may be at risk for injury in the normal course of their duties. In the past the practice was to collect six nurses who were the strongest on that floor and let them all work together to move an obese patient. Recently however, hospitals have brought in new ways of moving patients, such as ceiling lifts and different types of slings. These reduce the amount of weight a nurse actually has to lift at one time, and also help move the patient safely so that individual isn't harmed during the process. The goal is to reduce everyone's risk as much as possible.

Commercial drivers face tougher DUI regulations

Many North Carolina residents already know that driving while drunk or drugged is illegal in this state. It is also an extremely dangerous thing to do, especially if one is driving a large truck or other type of commercial vehicle.

What many people might not realize, however, is that commercial drivers who are subject to federal regulations governing motor vehicles are subject to even tougher standards with respect to drunk driving that ordinary drivers do not have to follow.

Car accident in construction zone injures two workers

A recent accident in the Raleigh area left two highway workers injured, one critically.

According to reports, a car traveling in a construction zone on I-440 was moving quickly through the work area and hit a truck that belonged to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of maintaining the highways in the state. The truck had its lights flashing.

Hazing on college campuses all too common

Each fall recent high school graduates head off to colleges located throughout the nation to continue their education. For many, academics are only part of the experience. Socially it is also an important time in a young person's life and some students opt to participate in fraternities and sororities. While there is no question that the organizations can positively impact the lives of those who participate, all too often there are reports of sorority or fraternity hazing in the news.

Weren't wearing a helmet? We can still help

As last week's post discussed, sometimes, there is a public misconception over motorcyclists and their use of helmets. Specifically, the misconceptions is that North Carolina motorcyclists, who are involved in a serious motorcycle accident with another vehicle, are not entitled to compensation for their injuries if they chose not to wear a helmet at the time of the accident. This is simply not correct.

Of course, our law office strongly encourages all motorcyclists, both in Cary, North Carolina, and around the country, to wear appropriate head protection, particularly where doing so is required by law. However, we also encourage those who, for whatever reason, were injured on a motorcycle and were not wearing a helmet not to lose hope of give up the possibility of being compensated.

Could later high school start times improve road safety?

For many teenagers, getting a driver's license and having access to a car is a dream come true. It can provide young people in this age range with a new found freedom. While this change may be one of the most exciting things in the life of a teen, for many parents the feeling is the exact opposite. There is good reason for this since some of the activities kids this age engage in could lead to car accidents. These crashes could leave those involved with serious injuries.

How effective are helmets in saving motorcyclists' lives?

Of course, it is important for motorcyclists who ride in and around Cary, North Carolina, to wear their helmets when they are riding. They really do save lives and prevent or mitigate serious injuries.

However, it is also important that the North Carolina public realize that helmets are not the equivalent of magic spells that automatically mean that a motorcyclist walks away from a serious motorcycle accident. Such a misperception can lead to people thinking that a motorcyclist who chose not to wear a helmet is solely at fault for his or her injuries following a serious collision.

Recent statistics on motorcycle accident causes

According to a recent report, there were 4,586 deaths in connection with motorcycle accidents in 2014. While this marked a slight decrease in fatalities from the previous year, the number is still remarkably high. In fact, a North Carolinian traveling on a motorcycle is 26 more times likely to die in an accident than a person who is traveling in a passenger car.

Interestingly, while 92,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2014, those who were traveling on a motorcycle were only 5 times as likely to be injured in an accident as a person traveling in a car.

Woman dies in Raleigh-area truck accident

A recent truck accident relatively close to Cary, involving two commercial vehicles and a minivan left a North Carolina woman dead. The woman was an English teacher at an area high school.

According to the police investigating the truck accident, a dump truck did not stop in time and rear ended the minivan that the victim was driving. The force of the impact then pushed the van into the rear of the truck in front of the van. According to witnesses, the resulting impact sounded like explosives detonating. The crash crushed the van. Although, the van pushed the truck in to another car, the damage to that car was minor.

Holding tired or distracted commercial drivers accountable

Last week's post on this blog discussed how a commercial driver who experiences sleep apnea can easily become dangerous both to any passengers he or she is transporting and to other motorists on the road. A driver with sleep apnea is more likely than another driver to be experiencing exhaustion since he or she will not ordinarily get quality sleep at night.

Whether caused by sleep apnea or otherwise, someone who is operating a large commercial vehicle while being too tired to do so safely runs the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel or suffering from highway hypnosis, a condition in which a person can be dazzled by a light or some other object on the road.