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Who can be held liable in a trucking accident?

Next week, millions of Americans will take to the road for the Christmas holiday to spend time with family and loved ones. Indeed, there are the typical hazards that motorists in North Carolina will have to contend with, including drunk drivers, distracted drivers and of course, poor weather conditions. Indeed, we have posted on winter driving hazards, but the danger of semi-trucks is also real.

For those who have been injured in a semi-truck accident, there are many questions to be answered. Who may be held accountable is an important one, and this post will provide some answers about potential defendants

Why an accident investigation is crucial to your case

With many of our posts, we have discussed the implications of failing to use reasonable care while driving. Essentially, the consequences are that one can be held liable for the accident and the ensuing injuries. But before someone can be deemed to be at fault, an investigation is necessary to determine how the accident was caused, and who is responsible.

Such is likely to be the case with the recent accident involving Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. He and an unnamed driver were injured in a two car crash on South Church Street in Charlotte this afternoon. According to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Newton and the other driver were taken to the hospital and neither were diagnosed with life-threatening injuries. 

Common holiday season shopping hazards

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the sight of crowded shopping centers and malls should be a common sight. Along with the crowds come safety hazards that are not usually seen (or thought about) at other times during the year. Unfortunately, some potential hazards go unaddressed, which may put consumers and employees in danger.

With this post, we highlight some of these hazards and explain why consumers should be concerned about them. 

How road rage can lead to accidents during Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time where people get together and celebrate their good fortune (i.e. give thanks), the roads used to travel to destinations could be fraught with short tempers and rage. After all, the Thanksgiving holiday week is expected to be the busiest travel time of the year, with an estimated 46 million people taking to the road across the country this week, according to an ABC News report.

An expected storm is poised to make travel difficult between Wednesday evening (the biggest travel day) and Friday afternoon. This may slow travel down to a crawl, and raise tensions at the same time. The potential for road rage is real, and substantial danger can arise.

Questions about car crash lawsuits answered

Being involved in a car accident can bring about a myriad of questions, many of which may not actually be legal questions. This is certainly understandable, as many people will not be in a serious accident in their lifetime. For those who have had the misfortune of being struck by another driver, having answers to basic questions about what to do is helpful. Through this post we will try to do just that.

The following is not legal advice, but we hope the information we provide will be beneficial to those who have been injured in car accidents.

Three things that help with your car accident case

Insurance companies are not in business to lose money. Indeed, premium payments help to bolster their bottom lines, but paying too much when it comes to claims may be just as bad as losing a customer to another insurer. Because of this, insurance companies take their time in determining who is liable in a car accident.

Just like the insurance company, you should find evidence that will support your claim as well. This post will highlight three things that can help your claim (or your case depending on if you need to initiate legal action).

Secrets that insurance companies may not want you to know

Ever wonder why Flo from Progressive, the Geico gecko, Dennis Haysbert and J.K. Simmons are famous? Of course, the latter two actors are well known for their roles on “The Unit” and “The Closer” respectively, but all of them are insurance company pitchmen. It’s their job to personify the savings and convenience of having their company insure your car, home or any other personal items you have. While the commercials they are featured certainly are memorable and entertaining, there are a number of things that insurers won’t tell you about their products.

This post will identify a few of them.

Heads up displays may be dangerous

If you’re in the market for a new car, it is likely that manufacturers and car salespeople will try to sway you with information and explanations about the latest technical upgrades. Many focus on safety, such as proximity sensors and back up cameras. However, the newest upgrades are created to make driving and following directions easier.

With that, some new cars include a display that can help drivers see icons on their windshields. Essentially, images from the dashboard or a navigational system would appear driver’s line of sight so that their eyes do not leave the road. These displays are called “heads up displays” or HUDs. They are available on the Mercedes Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series and a host of other luxury vehicles.  

Three helpful Halloween safety tips

Halloween night is arguably the ultimate holiday for candy lovers and makeup artists. After all, kids or all ages will take part in dressing in costumes, while little ones will be walking their neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating. Festivities on Halloween night brings its own set of dangers, however. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of car-pedestrian accidents tends to go up on October 31. Because of this, it is important for pedestrians to be particularly vigilant.

This post will highlight a few helpful tips so that people can have a safe and scary Halloween.

Faulty airbags are the next issue for automakers

If you have purchased a car within the last five years, chances are that you have had no problems with it. This may be especially true if it has not been subject to a recall to correct a defect. However, in 2014, it appears that no vehicle is immune from recalls.

In prior posts, we highlighted the massive recalls initiated by General Motors because of a defect in the ignition switch that could disable the car and put an unsuspecting driver in serious danger. The recall has affected cars sold in North Carolina and across the United States. 

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