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Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against North Carolina Police

Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against North Carolina Police Charlotte, NC Personal Injury Attorney According to a news article, the family of a 24-year-old woman shot and killed by a Duncan police officer will receive $700,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The victim, Rebecca Lynn Oliver, was shot to death at a motel after police responded to a disturbance complaint from a man who indicated that the victim and her boyfriend were behaving suspiciously. According to the lawsuit, the victim entered the unoccupied patrol vehicle and was discovered by the police officer. The suit claims that the victim was unarmed and posed no jeopardy of serious bodily harm or death to the officer, who was outside the car when he fired at her at least four times. If you are seeking to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one who passed away because of...

Preventing Accidents for Older Drivers

Preventing Accidents for Older Drivers  Fort Mill, SC Personal Injury Attorney South Carolina has been experiencing a slight decline in the percentage of older-driver-involved highway accident fatalities. These drivers are 65 years old and above. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety in its 2016 Highway Safety Plan, there were 132 older-driver-involved deaths in South Carolina in 2009, decreasing to 115 fatalities in 2010, before increasing by 7 to 122 in 2011, and increasing to 133 in 2012. Over that four-year period, the number of fatalities in this category of drivers decreased by 1.20% compared to the prior four-year average. However, throughout the 2009-2013 period, those ages 45-54 constituted the plurality of pedestrian fatalities at 23%, followed by those ages 55-64 at 15%. Older persons aged 65 and above constitute 13.2% of the pedestrian fatalities in South Carolina. If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident anywhere...

Slight Decrease Reported in South Carolina Speed-Related Fatalities

Slight Decrease Reported in South Carolina Speed-Related Fatalities Fort Mill, SC Personal Injury Attorney According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety in its 2016 Highway Safety Plan, South Carolina’s speeding-related population-based fatality rate was 6.5 fatalities per 100,000 during 2009-2013. In 2013, 39.9% of the state’s traffic fatalities were speed-related. A speeding-related fatality is defined as one that occurs in a crash in which a driver is charged with a speeding-related offense, or in which an officer indicates that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor. For the 2009-2013 period, the report indicated that the counties with the highest percentages of speeding-related deaths in South Carolina were Greenville (103 deaths), Horry (91 deaths), Richland (88 deaths), Charleston (78 deaths), Spartanburg (75 deaths), Lexington (71 deaths), and Anderson (69 deaths). If you were in a speed-related accident anywhere in North...

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine: A Risk for Homeowners

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine: A Risk for Homeowners Charlotte, NC Personal Injury Lawyer  Childhood is usually a wondrous time of discovery and exploration. It is enjoyable to see the look on a child’s face when he or she is learning about something for the first time. However, it is not always enjoyable from a legal perspective. It can be problematic when a child wanders onto a homeowner’s property and gets injured in the process of exploring. This area of law is referred to as the attractive nuisance doctrine, and could lead to a homeowner being liable for injuries a child sustains on his property. This doctrine, created in the 19th century, requires homeowners to exercise reasonable care to protect children, particularly those who trespass onto the homeowners’ property, against harm.  The homeowner is required to take precautions with items or areas that would entice a child to enter onto the...

Uninsured Employers Fined Extensively in 2015 in North Carolina

Uninsured Employers Fined Extensively in 2015 in North Carolina Charlotte, NC Attorney According to an article by the Raleigh News and Observer, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which has the responsibility to enforce the state’s workers’ compensation laws, targeted employers who failed to carry proper workers’ compensation insurance. According to the article, the agency collected nearly $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies and charged 100 employers with misdemeanors for willingly going without coverage. If you were injured at work and are seeking to file a workers’ compensation claim in North or South Carolina, should seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney such as Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC. In North Carolina, any employer with three or more employees must provide workers’ compensation insurance at no cost to the workers. This applies to both full and part-time workers. Those employers who do...

Proposed Revamped Mandatory Training for Truck and Bus Drivers

Proposed Revamped Mandatory Training for Truck and Bus Drivers Charlotte, NC Attorney The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a new set of comprehensive training requirements for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators who are seeking a commercial driver’s license. These proposed standards were contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that purports to represent the recommendations of a committee consisting of FMCSA representatives and 25 stakeholders. It is currently posted, and the agency is collecting public comments. These new training requirements are important towards helping prevent commercial truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney such as Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC. Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements The...

Driving Drowsy: Liability for Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Driving Drowsy: Liability for Falling Asleep at the Wheel Charlotte, NC Attorney One very common cause of serious car accidents is when a driver falls asleep while driving. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, more than 100,000 police-reported car accidents result from drivers who fall asleep. Of those accidents, more than 1,600 cause fatalities, and more than 72,000 cause serious injuries. The actual number is probably much higher since not everyone reports all drowsy-driving accidents. Similarly, a Farmers Insurance Company survey states that almost three times as many men (15.9% as women (5.8%) said they had fallen asleep at the wheel, and those ages 55 to 64 had the highest percentage of any age group surveyed (13.7%). If you or a loved one has been injured in car accident potentially involving a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you may be entitled...

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Port Authority Fatal Accident

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Port Authority Fatal Accident Fort Mill, SC Attorney The widow of a deceased truck driver filed a wrongful death suit against the South Carolina State Ports Authority, according to an article by the Post and Courier. The driver, Derek Boyd, died following an accident at the North Charleston Terminal of the State Ports Authority. Boyd was apparently working to secure a cargo container to his truck when he was hit by another truck at the terminal and sustained head injuries. The other truck left the scene afterward. Boyd was transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was pronounced dead. The suit alleges that Boyd’s death was the result of negligence by the State Ports Authority and its employees, but the company denies any wrongdoing and has asked the state court to dismiss the case. Wrongful death suits are not only emotionally taxing...

Hit and Run Car Accidents in South Carolina

Hit and Run Car Accidents in South Carolina  Fort Mill, SC Attorney When a person is involved in a vehicle accident and leaves the scene without providing assistance or the required identifying information, he or she may face both civil and criminal liability for a hit and run accident. Recently, in Aiken County, South Carolina, local news reported that a 15-year old teenager died from multiple trauma due to being hit by a vehicle. The driver of the SUV involved left the scene without rendering assistance. He was arrested shortly thereafter. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney such as Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC. Duties to Provide Information and Render Aid Relevant provisions of South Carolina...

When an Injury Incurred While Traveling to Work is Compensable

When an Injury Incurred While Traveling to Work is Compensable Fort Mill, SC Attorney Generally, if an employee suffers an injury or accident while traveling to or from work, that injury is considered outside the course and scope of his or her employment and, therefore, not compensable under South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation scheme.  However, there are certain exceptions to this rule that will bring an injury within the scope of one’s employment. If you suffered an injury that you believe is work-related and want to file a claim for workers’ compensation in North or South Carolina, you should consult with a seasoned attorney such as Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC. Death on the Way to Work The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently considered the exceptions to the so-called “going to and coming from work rule” in the case of Wofford v. City of Spartanburg....

Auto Recalls and Product Liability for Car Manufacturers

  Auto Recalls and Product Liability for Car Manufacturers Charlotte, NC Attorney Most people ignore notices that they receive announcing a recall by an automobile maker due to a defect it discovered. These recalls have increased in frequency in the last few years. ABC News indicates that more vehicles were recalled in 2014 than in any other year before that, and a total of 550 recall notices were issued by carmakers for more than fifty million vehicles during that year. During the first eight months of 2015, carmakers conducted nearly 500 different campaigns to recall defective cars, which affected over 32.4 million vehicles. This is why car owners have to be vigilant in being on the lookout for recall notices, because the result of doing otherwise may be serious injuries or even death. Takata Recall One of the most significant of these recalls that occurred in 2015 involves the Takata...

Aggressive Driving in North Carolina

Aggressive Driving in North Carolina Charlotte, NC Attorney Aggressive driving is often cited as the cause of many accidents on the road, and it includes a wide range of high-risk, reckless, and potentially dangerous driving behaviors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as something that occurs when a person commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. There are various behaviors that, alone or together, are indicative of aggressive driving such as excessive and unnecessary honking, rude gestures, and yelling at other drivers, recklessly weaving in and out of lanes, cutting off other motorists, passing slow moving vehicles excessively, and running red lights or stop signs. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found by analyzing NHTSA data that as much as 56% of all accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007 involved some form of aggressive driving. Additionally, as...

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Scaffolding Collapse

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Scaffolding Collapse Charlotte, NC Attorney Last January, the families of three workers killed in a North Carolina scaffolding accident that occurred in March 2015 filed a wrongful death suit against four companies that were either involved in the project or supplied the scaffolding that failed in the accident. The three deceased workers men worked for a subcontractor that was helping to erect a $54 million office building adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center and the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. The families are unable to sue the subcontractor because, under North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation statute, employers who provide for workers’ compensation coverage are insulated from lawsuits if they have not committed any intentional wrongdoing against their employees. Alleged Negligence and Wrongful Death Section 28A-18-2 of North Carolina Statutes defines wrongful death as death “caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” The statute...

2015 a Deadly Year on South Carolina’s Highways

2015 a Deadly Year on South Carolina’s Highways Fort Mill, SC Attorney According to the Times and Democrat, preliminary data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety shows that 2015 was far deadlier in terms of deaths in vehicle accidents as compared with 2014. According to the article, there were more than 950 deaths on South Carolina roads and highways in 2015, 129 more than the 823 who were killed in 2014. This presents at 15% increase from the prior year. Similarly, the total number of fatal collisions increased by 129 from 2014 to 2015, which represents as 17% increase. Although these figures are still under review since some collisions are still under investigation, it is likely that the final totals will be worse. If you were injured in a car accident in North or South Carolina, you should seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, such...

Commercial Truck Companies and Driver Fatigue

Commercial Truck Companies and Driver Fatigue Charlotte, NC Attorney The U.S. Department of Transportation has found that truck driver fatigue has been a primary factor in the nearly 4,000 fatal large truck crashes each year. Consecutive hours of work without the requisite rest can cause commercial truck drivers to be fatigued, and when this occurs, the risk of serious accidents greatly increases, particularly because of the involvement of large trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association conducted a study that revealed driver fatigue as a factor in 30 to 40% of all large truck crashes. If you have been injured in a large truck accident in North or South Carolina, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney such as  Justin Bice of the law firm of Bice Law, LLC. Hours of Work Regulations The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues rules that determine the boundaries of how...

Four-Vehicle Crash with Multiple Fatalities in South Carolina

Four-Vehicle Crash with Multiple Fatalities in South Carolina Fort Mill, SC Lawyer According to a news report, four individuals were killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Lexington, South Carolina. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accidents began when a pickup truck crossed the center line and side-swiped the first vehicle, which was a Ford van. The van apparently spun out of control and collided with the second vehicle, a GMC SUV. The pickup truck continued down the road and ran into another a Ford Sport, which caught fire. The driver and two passengers of the Sport were killed, along with the driver of the pickup truck. Multi-Vehicle Accidents Determining who was at fault is the most pressing issue in multi-vehicle accidents. Although chain reaction may have started with a single driver’s negligence, other drivers may have also failed to exercise the requisite duty of care. There are different situations that could...

Jury Award in Fayetteville Medical Malpractice Case

Jury Award in Fayetteville Medical Malpractice Case Charlotte, NC Lawyer A jury in Fayetteville, North Carolina reached a verdict in a medical malpractice suit filed against the Owen Drive Surgical Clinic of Fayetteville and awarded over $7.5 million in damages. According to a report from the Fayetteville Observer, the plaintiffs were Melode Dickerson, a patient at the clinic, and her husband, Gregory Dickerson. The jury award consisted of $3.24 million in economic or compensatory damages, $4 million for pain and suffering, and $300,000 for loss of consortium. Generally, compensatory or economic damages is money that will cover costs such as past, present, and future medical bills to treat the injury caused by the medical malpractice, as well as lost wages. In North Carolina, there is no limit to the economic damages that may be recovered. Pain and suffering, on the other hand, is considered non-economic in nature and is also...

National Association of State Lawmakers Investigating Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Bill

National Association of State Lawmakers Investigating Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Bill Rock Hill, SC Lawyer According to a ProPublica report, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, whose members serve on insurance committees of state legislatures and act as gatekeepers for related bills in their states, will investigate a growing effort to enact legislation that will allow companies to opt out of workers’ compensation insurance and write their own company plan for how they will provide care for injured employees. Texas and Oklahoma currently allow companies to opt out, and Tennessee and South Carolina are seriously considering similar legislation. The Prevailing Scheme Currently, most states require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to provide medical care and lost wages to workers if they are injured on the job. In exchange, workers are barred from suing their employers. Generally, an employee with a work-related illness or injury can get workers’ compensation benefits regardless...

South Carolina Wrongful Death Settlements for Police Shootings Top $17 Million

South Carolina Wrongful Death Settlements for Police Shootings Top $17 Million Fort Mill, SC Lawyer According to a piece from the Post and Courier, the amount of settlements in cases involving police shootings has exceeded $17 million in 2015 alone. The bulk of these settlements were paid by municipal insurers, including the state’s Insurance Reserve Fund and the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Eventually, taxpayers will foot the bills for these settlements through higher premiums, and insurers have grown increasingly concerned in recent years about the increase in law enforcement liability claims. Many of these settlements involve wrongful death claims against law enforcement, and the largest settlements involve cases in which officers fired a gun at fleeing suspects, often as they tried to drive away. Settlement Breakdown The total of $17 million in legal settlements so far this year include $10 million in the 2011 case of a South Carolina...

NHTSA Proposes Stronger Truck Guards to Reduce Rear-impact Deaths

NHTSA Proposes Stronger Truck Guards to Reduce Rear-impact Deaths After receiving petitions from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, the National Transportation Safety Board, and from a North Carolina mother who lost two daughters in a 2013 truck crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed that trucking companies be required to install stronger guards on their trailers to reduce deaths caused when cars rear-end tractor trailers. According to the NHTSA, the stronger guards will prevent between and three serious injuries and one fatality a year. Rear-Impact Truck Accidents For decades, tractor-trailers have installed underride guards that hang down from the back ends of box trailers. These guards are currently built to protect passengers in crashes of up to 30 miles per hour. According to NHTSA, increasing its rating to be able to protect passengers in crashes of up to 35 miles per hour can...
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