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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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