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Trick-Or-Treating and Halloween Safety 

2018-10-17T23:57:37+00:00

Fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner. With parties for both children and adults, trick-or-treating in malls, churches, and on the streets, haunted houses and corn mazes, there are plenty of opportunities for family fun. However, there are also plenty of opportunities for accidents.     Tips For Keeping Safe During Halloween  Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s safety, publishes a list of Halloween safety tips for children and adults. A few of these include:  For children:  Choose a costume that allows for ease of movement and does not impede walking.  Choose face paint over masks as masks tend to make it more difficult [...]

2018-10-17T23:57:37+00:00

Suing the Government in Monroe, NC

2018-09-26T23:13:40+00:00

Normally, when you are injured on someone’s property, you may be able to assert a claim for your damages if you can prove that the owner failed to maintain the property, failed to warn you about a known hazard, or allowed a hazard to remain after being informed of it. What happens when the owner of the property is the government? Injuries that occur in public parks, swimming pools, or government buildings are treated differently than those on private property.    The North Carolina Tort Claims Act  Normally, governments are immune from lawsuits by their citizens, but governmental agencies may waive that [...]

2018-09-26T23:13:40+00:00

School Bus Accidents in Hickory, NC

2018-09-20T22:18:33+00:00

It’s September already, and the kids are back in school. When you put your children on a school bus, you are entrusting their safety to the driver, an employee of the city. You are also trusting other drivers to know and follow the laws relating to approaching and passing school buses.  Take Extra Precautions  All drivers traveling in both directions are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped for passengers, except for drivers on a four-lane divided highway traveling in the opposite direction of the bus. Unfortunately, not all drivers pay attention to the laws and may [...]

2018-09-20T22:18:33+00:00

Rear-End Collisions in North Carolina

2018-09-26T18:38:21+00:00

If you are injured in a rear-end collision, you may assume that the driver who hit the back of your vehicle will automatically be found to be at fault. In most cases, your assumption would be correct; however, there are some circumstances where the driver in front may share some responsibility.   Contributory Negligence  Two North Carolina rules of law may come into play in a rear-end collision case. The first is called contributory negligence and this covers situations where more than one party in an accident bears some responsibility for the crash. Many states follow a comparative negligence rule where a [...]

2018-09-26T18:38:21+00:00

ATV Injuries in North Carolina

2018-08-15T06:12:56+00:00

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are popular with adults, teens, and children in North Carolina. It is important to exercise caution when riding an ATV, as they can be dangerous. Over 650 people die each year in ATV accidents and close to 100,000 more suffer an injury of some kind. Before operating an ATV in North Carolina, you should familiarize yourself with state laws regarding their use:  ATVs are not allowed on public roads, except when crossing.  Children under the age of eight are not permitted to operate ATVs. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 may only operate ATVs with an engine capacity of 70cc or less, and children between the ages of 12 [...]

2018-08-15T06:12:56+00:00

Pool Accidents And Premises Liability 

2018-08-04T22:28:24+00:00

Summer is here, with the hot, humid weather that signals the flight of the snowbirds back to Canada and other points north. For full-time residents of the southern states, summer time means pool time. For an unfortunate few, a fun day at the pool can end in tragedy. When we think of the possible dangers of public or private swimming pools, the first thing that comes to mind is the danger that a small child might fall into a pool and drown. In fact, there are many possible hazards associated with pools, including injuries sustained while jumping or diving into shallow [...]

2018-08-04T22:28:24+00:00

Fireworks Safety In North Carolina

2018-07-02T20:51:11+00:00

Every year, Americans celebrate their independence, and many of us believe the holiday is not complete without fireworks.   President John Adams wrote a letter to his wife on July 3, 1776, in which he said that Independence Day should be celebrated with “Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” If you decide to forego the commercial fireworks display in your local park and celebrate at home instead, you should know about North Carolina fireworks laws.   In 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 11,000 people [...]

2018-07-02T20:51:11+00:00

Civil Liability For Providing Alcohol To Minors And Intoxicated Persons In North Carolina  

2018-06-26T09:20:03+00:00

Despite crack-downs on underage drinking on college campuses, we continue to see news reports about students under the age of 21 being injured or killed as a direct result of consuming alcohol. In a recent incident, a 20 year old student was killed in a fall from a “party bus.” Tests showed that she had been consuming alcohol prior to the incident. Underage drinking is not a new phenomenon, of course, but questions always arise: Who provided alcohol to underage persons, and who is responsible for the tragic consequences that often follow?   Not limited to underage persons, drunk driving accidents tragically cause millions of deaths and injuries each year. While an injured [...]

2018-06-26T09:20:03+00:00

Keeping Safe When Riding A Bicycle In North Carolina

2018-07-17T23:03:01+00:00

Now that the weather has warmed up, there’s no excuse to avoid getting out and getting some exercise. Cycling is a great way to get some exercise and get from place to place at the same time. Sharing the road with cars, trucks, and motorcycles, though, can be dangerous. Knowing the rules of the road will help avoid accidents.  Despite what some motorists may believe, bicycles are allowed on all North Carolina public roads, except controlled-access roads like interstate highways. North Carolina law treats bicycles as vehicles and requires cyclists to obey the same traffic laws as other vehicles, whenever possible. [...]

2018-07-17T23:03:01+00:00
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