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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Recently Allstate released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report for 2016, showing which cities are becoming safer for drivers across the country, and shining a light on which cities are becoming more dangerous. When it comes to North Carolina, the results are mixed, mainly depending on how large the city is.
Cary, for instance, was one of the safest cities in the country for driving, ranking 16th out of the 200 top cities. While it dropped slightly from 2015’s ranking of 10, Cary is still fairly safe. And so is Winston-Salem, which moved up two spots from 38 to 36. Read the rest »
Even if someone survives a car accident, it doesn’t mean their life won’t continue to be affected by that event. At Rhine Law Firm, our hearts go out to the three year old girl who was critically injured in a car accident near Huntersville, NC last week. Not only did the girl suffer severe head injuries in the crash, but she also lost her mother at the same time. The girl’s mother was taking her to daycare when they were rear ended by a truck and pushed into oncoming traffic where they were hit again. Fortunately, the girl survived, but her life and the lives of her family members may be forever changed. Depending on the extent of her injuries and how the doctors are able to treat her, she could be left with brain damage and permanent physical disabilities.
Since North Carolina has no distinct wet or dry seasons, it is important to keep all your vehicles rain-ready at all times. While there are many elements to driving safely in rain, one of the most important is that you have good tires. The more you drive, the faster you wear down your tires’ treads, making it harder to stop on rain slicked streets. Have a professional look at your tires to see if they’re rain-worthy. A simple way to check for yourself is to insert an upside down quarter into the tread. If you can see the top of George Washington’s head, it’s time for new tires.
Many families who have dealt with losing a loved one to a car accident never receive the justice they feel deserved after such a devastating loss. When a victim loses his or her life to a drunk driver, the criminal case can at times be continued for months and even years. A car accident that occurred two and a half years ago just resulted in a guilty plea, giving some peace to a North Carolina family.
On April 3, 2014, an accident occurred that took the life of a 22-year-old woman in Guilford County. According to a recent article, events began when a 46-year-old man ordered food from a Subway at around 9 p.m. After eating, the man strangely crept up and attacked a cardboard cutout in the restaurant. A call was placed to 911, and officers later confronted the patron in his SUV.
Most cities throughout America have begun to change their roadways to provide more space and safety for bicyclists. Because of this, more people are using bicycles as transportation than ever before. Unfortunately, bicyclists are easy for car drivers to miss, which can result in serious consequences when an accident happens. A recent hit-and-run bicycle accident in North Carolina resulted in grave injuries to the cyclist and charges for the impaired driver who hit her.
Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian often result in catastrophic consequences. Unfortunately, it is very easy for drivers to miss seeing someone walking along the side of the road or in a crosswalk until it is too late, and this can be especially true when it is dark outside. A recent hit-and-run car accident that happened just before dawn claimed the life of a North Carolina man.
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