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Catastrophic Injuries in a Wreck Can Change Your Life

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted October 27, 2018

There are over a quarter of a million car wrecks in North Carolina each year. While these accidents cost drivers a great deal of money in the form of vehicle repairs and medical bills, most victims recover and life returns to normal. But in a percentage of these crashes, the victims suffer catastrophic injuries that change their lives forever. Read the rest »

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Meet Me at the Crossroads

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 20, 2018

Wilmington is a beautiful city; with our museums, aquarium, beaches, and shopping centers, there is a lot for people to do. Our coastline has thousands of tourists flocking to visit every year. Add those visitors to the 100,000-plus people who already live here, and things can get crowded.

Wilmington residents have seen how much busier our roads have gotten over the past few years. So what are the worst roads in Wilmington? And what kinds of accidents does this otherwise beautiful area see most? Read the rest »

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Your Motorcycle Safety Guide for Summer

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 17, 2018

Summer is approaching fast, and that means more motorcyclists will be joining the highways, like NC 74, 17, and 117. Sunny days and warmer weather create the perfect opportunity for leisure rides on North Carolina’s coastal roads.

But, it is important to stay safe and prepare your motorcycle for the upcoming season. Here’s what Rhine Law Firm, P.C., recommends from its office in balmy Wilmington: Read the rest »

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Memorial Day Vacationers & Driving Risks in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 23, 2018

The last Monday in May each year is Memorial Day. The holiday originated in Waterloo, New York; it was initially intended to honor those who perished in the American Civil War, and now commemorates all those who have died in service to their country. Prior to World War I, the northern and southern states recognized Memorial Day on separate dates. In 1971, Congress declared the date a national holiday. Locally, the retired battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington is the site of our annual Memorial Day ceremony. Read the rest »

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How North Carolina’s Pure Contributory Negligence Can Maim Your Injury Claim

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 25, 2018

There is a particular area of North Carolina law that can pose problems for plaintiffs in personal injury cases. North Carolina uses a “pure” contributory negligence rule, which prohibits a plaintiff from recovering any damages from a defendant in an accident if the plaintiff’s negligence is found to have contributed to the accident, even if only 1%. Those who are critical of pure contributory negligence refer to it as an “all or nothing” rule. The rule exists only in a few eastern locations, including Washington, D.C., Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia. Read the rest »

Latest Train Collision in S. Carolina Asks Hard Questions

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 6, 2018

When a train crashes, many officials and organizations point fingers, trying to allay suspicion or lay the blame at someone else’s door.

But there’s one party we can be sure is innocent of causing the accident: the train’s passengers. Sadly, they’re the ones who usually suffer the most when these disastrous events occur. The recent crash in South Carolina is the latest example—and it’s also the third fatal Amtrak collision in under two months. Read the rest »

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Intro to Pedestrian Safety in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 26, 2018

Across the U.S. in 2015, roughly 5,376 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 injured in accidents involving motor vehicles on public roads. Emergency room data shows that a large percentage of pedestrian accidents occur on private roads, indicating that the 70,000 injuries is likely much less than the actual total. Read the rest »

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Intro to Motor Vehicle Accidents in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 13, 2018

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, traffic accidents increased in 2016 by 6.3%, and the number of fatalities rose by 4.4%. There were a total of 1,441 people killed and 130,137 people injured. Of the drivers in wrecks, 6.6% were out-of-state drivers. Over 70% of all wrecks occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and over 30% involved a motorist who was speeding.

Those are the facts. Now, what can you do after a wreck to pay your bills? Read the rest »

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Road Rage in Winter

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted December 27, 2017

“Road rage” describes unsafe and violent actions by drivers. Often, incidents of road rage escalate, leading to anger and hostility that may end with a person causing intentional harm to another. Read the rest »

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North Carolina Uses New Method to Catch Drivers Who Text

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 1, 2017

Texting and driving is a serious problem in North Carolina, according to Fox 8.

It is actually illegal for drivers in NC to text and operate a vehicle at the same time. However, the number of drivers ticketed for this offense continues to increase. For instance, in 2010, 591 drivers were cited for texting and driving. In comparison, 1,307 people were ticketed for this offense from January to October of this year. Read the rest »

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