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What Should You Do Following a Hit and Run Accident?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 26, 2017

It may come as a surprise that “hit and run” auto accidents are actually increasingly common. In 2015, there were 38,000 such incidents just in New York City. According to a USA Today report, nearly half of all Los Angeles-based collisions result in a hit and run. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that over 1,200 fatalities occur annually in hit and run accidents. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Car Safety for Your Summer Vacation

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 23, 2017

While summer driving might not have the same weather hazards as winter driving in North Carolina, there are still some things you should consider before taking a big trip. Knowing what to check for before and while you are on the road is vital. Don’t overlook certain risks and dangers that are specific to the summer months. A little care before a trip can make it easier to stay safe and have fun on the road. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Is the Parasailing Company Responsible for My Injuries?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 21, 2017

Parasailing is a sport enjoyed by approximately three to five million people in the United States every year; and North Carolina is one of the most popular places to enjoy it. However, parasailing can be very dangerous and—perhaps making it even more so—highly unregulated. Because of these two facts, when people are injured in a parasailing accident, they’re often left wondering whether the parasailing company can be held responsible.

The fact that there are no laws specific to the regulation of the parasailing industry in North Carolina does make it seem more difficult to file a claim. However, there are still other laws that must be upheld in North Carolina, such as product liability laws and premises liability laws. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Is Benicar Linked to Gastrointestinal Problems?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 12, 2017

Back in 2002, Benicar was the newest drug to be promoted by its manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, as a more effective blood pressure medication than any of its competitors. After receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the company started touting Benicar as a completely safe alternative for patients.

However, more time has passed, more studies have been done on the drug, and more patients continue to report issues when using it. The latest information shows that Benicar can cause some very serious gastrointestinal problems. Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Drugs

It Might Be Time to Inspect Your Vehicle

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 9, 2017

The month of June marked the start of National Safety Month. All month long, businesses and the public took time to prevent injuries and deaths in the name of safety. With that being said, it’s still a great time to make sure your vehicle has had a proper inspection. Lots of injuries can be avoided with just the simplest task. Road injuries are no different.

The best way to know how to approach inspection depends on the make and model of your vehicle. Consult your car’s manual for directions. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Can Save Your Life

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 5, 2017

National Safety Month is technically over, but we’re still taking the time to reflect on safety precautions. When you’re on the road this summer, you should be wary of traffic rules to avoid collisions and accidents. Everyone can do their part to spread safety.

And this time, motorcyclists, you’re up! It’s time to talk about a highly-contested topic among motorcycle riders: helmets. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

How to Deal with Trucking Companies and Insurance After an Accident

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 3, 2017

North Carolina’s Motor Vehicle Division compiles yearly traffic crash reports; the most recently published report is for 2015. In 2015, auto crashes rose 11% and fatalities rose by 8% from 2014. New Hanover County had 21 total accident fatalities. Accidents involving large commercial trucks are particularly dangerous due to their massive size and weight. With the increasing likelihood of being involved in an accident, you should know the steps to take. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accidents

How Safe Is Your Vacation Home?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 28, 2017

North Carolina’s tourism industry is fueling the economy. In 2015, 54 million travelers spent over $21 billion statewide. Approximately 211,000 jobs are supported; and traveler spending generated $2.9 billion in tax revenue. The coastal regions have an abundance of vacation rental homes. Many are privately owned with local management agencies that facilitate the rentals. The 1999 NC Vacation Rental Act (VRA) was enacted, creating a standard for rights and obligations of landlords, real estate brokers, and tenants. Several accidents recently have heightened concerns regarding the safety of aging rental properties. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Benicar and Villous Atrophy

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 21, 2017

Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) was developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical giant, Daiichi Sankyo, and marketed as a miracle drug for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). But, since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, many serious side effects have come to be associated with the medication. Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Drugs

Celebrate National Safety Month

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 20, 2017

As summer approaches, our minds wander to beach visits, vacation plans, and chilling out. But June is more than the just the end of spring and beginning of summer—it’s also National Safety Month. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury



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