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Claiming lost wages due to an accident

An unexpected car accident can be a scary situation for Cary area residents. Luckily, most car accidents are minor, but thousands of families are affected by a serious accident each year. These accidents can be emotionally jarring, but can also cause financial stress for a family. If the car accident was the result of negligence, the victim may be able to claim damages, including lost wages.

When a car accident causes injury to a person, they often have to miss work because of the injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening and require extensive medical care. Because of an injury, a person may not be able to work for a period of time. If the accident was due to no fault of their own, compensation may be available for lost wages.

Is there any way to reduce your risk of a pedestrian crash?

Walking to local destinations is almost universally a good choice. Walking is a form of low-impact aerobic exercise that can help keep your heart and your muscles healthy as you age. Choosing to walk instead of driving can also reduce your carbon footprint and the impact you have on the environment.

Unfortunately, walking also increases your personal risk in public roadways. There is risk any time you get behind a car, but your vehicle serves as a form of protection. Your risk as a pedestrian is more significant, because there will be nothing between you and the vehicle.

Biking safely in North Carolina

There are many Cary area residents who enjoy biking. Whether it is for fun, exercise or for getting places, biking is great exercise and a good way to get outside. Most of the time, bicyclists are able to safely share the road with cars, but occasionally, an accident occurs.

When a driver sees a bicyclist on the road, they should pay attention and drive carefully. Cars are not allowed to pass a bicyclist, unless they have 4 feet of a buffer. The law was changed in 2016 from two feet of buffer in order to help reduce the number of car-bicycle crashes. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who are impatient and pass too close to a cyclist resulting in an accident. Every year, approximately 1,000 bicyclists are involved in accidents with cars, resulting in injuries and even death.

Petition started for dangerous intersection near high school

Parents sending their children to school every day in the Cary area trust that their kids will get to school safely. Most of the time, this is true, but there are dangers that Cary kids face. Parents at a school in the Cary area have started a petition to have a dangerous intersection near the school improved for safety reasons and minimizing car accidents.

Parents believe there is a dangerous intersection near Panther Creek High School in Cary. The intersection is off of McCrimmon Parkway at the student entrance to the high school. There have been numerous close calls with the kids being relatively inexperienced drivers and no traffic signal at the intersection. The school has placed a security guard at the intersection, but they are not able to direct traffic.

What damages are allowed in a fatal car accident?

Accidents happen every day in the Cary area. Most car accidents are minor and do not involve serious injuries. But, occasionally a serious accident occurs that leads to a loved one's death. These situations cannot be anticipated and therefore bring heartache and pain to the deceased's family. If the accident was caused by another person's negligence, the deceased's family may have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

An unexpected death of a family member can be devastating. The family member was a beloved individual who may have been the family's breadwinner as well as a constant companion. If the accident was the result of someone else's negligence, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Many car accidents are the result of negligence, including texting while driving, driving while under the influence, distracted driving, etc. It seems like many drivers do not understand the importance of safe driving so when an accident occurs it is important to hold negligent drivers responsible.

John McCabe named to the Board of Visitors for Campbell Law School

The Law Offices of John M. McCabe is pleased to announce that John McCabe has been named to the Board of Visitors for Campbell Law School. McCabe graduated with honors from Campbell Law School, and he's honored to be named to this position. The Board of Visitors is a dynamic group of legal and industry leaders, that assists the dean, faculty, and leadership in developing and evaluating strategic planning efforts and launching new initiatives. Each member provides a unique perspective that helps guide the law school in enhancing its national visibility. The group also serves as a sounding board to review ideas, while helping to develop and foster important relationships throughout the legal and business community, nonprofit organizations, higher education and government agencies in an effort to enhance all aspects of the law school.

School bus accident sends several to hospital

Cary area drivers understand the importance of driving safely. Safe driving is important to those who are driving and for those drivers who meet along the way. With school back in session, it is more important than ever to pay attention to school buses and pedestrians. Unfortunately, a serious truck accident involving a school bus recently occurred in North Carolina.

A scary scene occurred in Craven County. A school bus with 27 children on board was hit by a logging truck in Dover. The school bus was stopped to load a child with a two-axle truck pulling a trailer stopped behind it. The logging truck came up to the two vehicles, did not slow down and hit the truck pulling the trailer, which then collided with the school bus. As the result of the accident, two people were brought to a local hospital, and the driver of the logging truck has been charged with careless and reckless driving.

These defensive driving tips can keep you safe

Driving defensively means preparing for the unexpected. You know what you're trying to accomplish, you're watching what's happening around you and you're ready to take immediate action.

Here are five tips you can follow to ensure that you're driving defensively (not aggressively):

  • Focus on the road ahead: You always want to know what's ahead of you, as it gives you a better chance to prepare. For example, if you see a construction zone ahead, you can slow down and begin to watch for flaggers and workers.
  • Avoid distractions: There are more distractions in your vehicle than ever before. From cellphones to satellite radio to GPS, you must never let a distraction take your attention away from the road.
  • Know what to do in the event of the unexpected: This goes along with focusing on the road ahead and can include things such as a driver who makes a sudden stop, a tire blowout or someone who runs a red light as you're approaching an intersection.
  • Never follow too closely: It doesn't matter if you're in rush hour traffic in the city or on the open highway, leave a minimum of three seconds between your vehicle and the one in front of yours. In inclement weather, such as rain or snow, it can take additional time to stop your vehicle, so plan accordingly.
  • Watch other drivers: Your main concern is your behavior, but you also need to be aware of your surroundings. Maybe you see another driver who is texting. Or maybe you see someone who is driving entirely too fast on a crowded roadway. Watching other drivers gives you the ability to remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation.

What are whiplash injuries

No one ever anticipates they will be in a car accident while they are out driving on Cary area roads. Unfortunately, we are not able to predict when a car accident will occur, but most of us will be involved in at least one in our driving lifetime. Most of the time, these accidents do not involve serious injuries, but when they do they can be life-threatening. There are many common car accident injuries. One injury that occurs in a large percentage of car accidents is known as whiplash.

Whiplash is the most common type of soft-tissue injury and occurs to drivers and passengers that were hit from behind. When a car is hit forcibly from behind, it can cause the head to snap violently back and forth. Whiplash injuries can cause damage to muscles, ligaments and vertebrae in the neck.

Electric are fun, but are they safe?

Electric scooters have been popping up on street corners all over North Carolina. They are quickly becoming a fun and accessible way to get around town. But, with their ease of use and entertainment value, they can be dangerous and result in serious injuries.

Electric scooters have exploded in popularity this past year. Companies, such as Bird and Lime, have entered markets in North Carolina and across the United States. But, these scooters have also brought many injuries and even two deaths so far.

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