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.
The guiding principle behind workers' compensation law is no fault. Accidents sometimes happen, and an injured worker may receive benefits regardless of who may have been at fault.
Some of the pleasures of living in the south are four seasons, good food and southern hospitality. We naturally run at a different speed compared to the rest of the country: laid back and welcoming. We're courteous and polite to one another. Or are we?
Workers' compensation benefits are available after a workplace accident regardless of who may have been at fault. Most employers are required to carry insurance that provides for such claims.
Residents of North Carolina understand that driving a commercial vehicle requires different skills than driving a non-commercial vehicle. Because of their sheer size, a commercial vehicle accident, delivery truck accident or a garbage truck accident is more likely to result in severe injuries, or even death, than a non-commercial vehicle accident.
Usually, when two vehicles of unequal sizes collide in an accident, the extent of damages that the smaller vehicle is likely to sustain is much greater. For that reason, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are always at a greater risk of injuries and even death. One such recent accident, which involved a bus and a sports utility vehicle, occurred in Highway 70 near North Carolina 581.
Motor accidents involving commercial vehicles have become a big concern for authorities across the United States, including those in North Carolina. Interstate highways are the site of many motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles every day and sadly, many lives are lost in these accidents.
A commercial vehicle accident can have a greater number of legal implications than a personal car accident, given that the incident may also directly affect the driver's employer. A report from 2010 showed that motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of work-related fatalities and accounted for almost one-quarter of occupational injuries that were fatal.
In the wake of an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in North Carolina and the rest of U.S., the time has come for authorities to analyze the reasons and circumstances under which such collisions occur. In order to ensure the safety of commercial vehicle drivers, as well as all drivers on the road, necessary steps are imminent and steps are already being taken to reduce commercial vehicle accidents.
Many children travel by school bus throughout North Carolina. In most cases, children travel safely because school districts follow state laws to ensure that children are safe. Still, bus accidents occasionally happen, which can injure and even kill passengers.