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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wrongful death lawsuit settled after stone kills girl

Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in North Carolina against a negligent person or company if their negligence caused a fatal accident or injury. A recent wrongful death lawsuit has been settled after a teenage girl was killed after leaving high school graduation party. The fatal accident occurred after a teenager attended a graduation party in 2010. When she left the party, a man from the party threw a paving stone through the window of the car she was riding in, fatally injuring the teenage girl. The man who threw […]

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Commercial truckers want sleep requirements changed

Jan 25, 2013 by , Truck Accidents

A new study may fuel the commercial trucking industry to dispute the safety benefits of current sleep requirements for commercial truck drivers. Sleep requirements for drivers have long been disputed over the impact it has on commercial truck accidents and public safety. Current rules by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require commercial truck drivers to get eight consecutive hours in a sleep berth before they operate a commercial truck. However, a new study sponsored by the FMCSA may end up changing these rules. The FMCSA said that the current […]

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Video evidence helps resolve North Carolina dram shop case

Jan 17, 2013 by , Car Accidents

The widespread use of video cameras has introduced greater transparency and accountability into many areas of American life. Many police departments, for example, have installed cameras in every squad car. The presence of the camera creates a much clearer record of traffic stops, arrests and other encounters than every existed before. Video cameras are also increasingly common in private businesses. And here too, their presence makes for greater transparency and accountability. A case in point is a recent North Carolina car accident involving a pedestrian death. The fatal accident occurred […]

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Sleeping pill dosages and drowsy driving accidents

Jan 10, 2013 by , Car Accidents

As we discussed in last week’s post, sleep deprivation is a major problem on America’s roads. From North Carolina to North Dakota, and in every other state, the number of people who drive without getting enough sleep is frightening – and the risk of car accidents caused by them is disturbingly real. Today, an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration was another reminder of how serious the problem is. The FDA is requiring manufacturers of popular sleeping pills to reduce the recommended dosage for women by half. The reason […]

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Fatigued driving is frequent problem

Jan 4, 2013 by , Car Accidents

In the last few years, the dangers of distracted driving have become much better known. State after state has passed restrictions against texting while driving and cellphone use behind the wheel. What is less well known, however, is that drowsing driving can be just as dangerous as distracted driving or drunk driving. When people who are fatigued try to drive, they put others drivers and pedestrians at risk of injury or death. This is the case not only in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina, but across the country. A new […]

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