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Violating hours of service regulations may lead to truck accident

Semi-trucks are oftentimes an ominous presence on North Carolina's roadways. Although these vehicles play an integral role in our economy, they can also pose a significant risk to other motorists. This is especially true when semi-trucks are driven negligently or they are improperly maintained. Under these circumstances, a serious truck accident can occur. Far too often these wrecks result in severe injuries that can send a ripple effect of harm throughout a victim's life.

Compensation may be recoverable for these damages, but that is often contingent upon showing that negligence caused the accident and the injuries that resulted. One way to do this is to determine whether a trucker violated any federal trucking regulations. Amongst the most important of these regulations are those pertaining to hours of service, which dictate when and for how long truckers can be on the road.

Avoid holiday crashes with these 3 tips

With the holidays approaching, it can be hard to get where you want to go without running into heavy traffic. Between people shopping for Christmas and individuals rushing to get from place to place, there's a real risk of a crash happening.

Most people know that holiday traffic can be frustrating. There are generally delays, and what might normally be a short trip could end up taking much longer. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce the chances of getting involved into a crash as a result of the increased traffic during the season.

Pursuing a vicarious liability claim? Consider legal assistance

Recently on this blog, we discussed how vicarious liability applies to truck accident cases. Considering this legal theory can be crucial to successfully recovering the compensation you need and deserve, but going up against well-known trucking companies can be unnerving. This is especially true given the fact that aggressive, experienced law firms often represent them.

Therefore, in order to stand a chance against these companies, commercial vehicle accident victims need to think about seeking out a legal advocate who can help them develop the winning arguments they need to maximize their chances of success on a vicarious liability claim.

Marijuana use can increase the risk of a serious car accident

Marijuana is becoming more acceptable across the country. Many states have legalized medical marijuana, and more are looking at addressing the legalization of recreational use.

While marijuana is still illegal on the federal level and at the state level in North Carolina, the relaxation of society's views on the drugs has likely had an impact on marijuana's usage. Sadly, many marijuana users fail to realize how the drug can affect their driving ability, a shortcoming that far too often puts innocent and unsuspecting motorists' safety at risk.

Commercial vehicle accidents and vicarious liability

If you've been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, then you're probably trying to figure out how to move forward with your recovery and your life while securing financial stability. After all, the medical expenses and lost wages you have incurred and are expected to incur can quickly become overwhelming. In addition to these damages, you're probably also experiencing a certain amount of physical and emotional pain and suffering. If these damages were caused by the negligence of another driver, then you shouldn't be forced to face these losses on your own.

Fortunately, you can seek to recover compensation for your losses, but merely suing a negligent driver may not result in the recovery you need. This is because the damages suffered by many commercial vehicle accident victims exceed a negligent driver's ability to pay. Therefore, even if successful, a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver alone may be insufficient to meet your needs. This is why you'll need to consider whether a vicarious liability claim is in your best interests.

Why are senior drivers more distracted on the road?

When North Carolina residents hear of distracted driving accidents, they are likely to conjure up images of teen drivers using their cellphones to text and talk while driving. While this is definitely a risky behavior that is being engaged in without regard for consequences, a recent study has identified a new category of distracted drivers: senior drivers.

How to talk to your teenager about safe driving practices

When your teenager gets their driver's license, it's natural to be happy for them and scared out of your mind at the same time.

On one hand, you know that your child has long dreamed of operating a motor vehicle. Conversely, you understand just how big of a responsibility it is.

When are truck drivers more likely to be in an accident?

North Carolina residents may not be aware of this but there are certain aspects of a commercial vehicle driver's life that make him or her more susceptible to becoming involved in a commercial vehicle accident. Unfortunately, an accident between an 18-wheeler and a motorist or a motorcyclist can be devastating for the other party, as the truck's immense size and weight make it a force to reckon with if not handled properly.

Fatal motorcycle crash kills one

It is an unfortunate state of affairs that motorists often do not pay attention to the road and others on it. As a result, they end up severely injuring or even killing someone. When a collision takes place between a motorist and a motorcyclist though, the injuries are often very serious. Motorcyclists do not have any protections against the road, other than their helmets. As a result, they can get thrown from their motorcycles and sustain serious head and spinal injuries.

Landlords have a responsibility to keep Cary apartments safe

By law property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a landlord fails to do so and a resident of an apartment building is injured as a result, the landlord can be held financially responsible for damages in a premises liability claim.

We read recently of a two-year-old girl who fell three stories from a Cary apartment window. She was rushed to WakeMed, but doctors were thankfully able to release the toddler a couple of hours later with no apparent physical injuries.

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