Friday, 22 of August of 2014

Tractor-Trailer Accident Leaves North Carolina Pedestrian Dead

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney

A deadly collision between a tractor-trailer and a pedestrian this week ended in the death of one North Carolina man. According to police, a pedestrian was walking along a mountain roadway and was killed after being hit by a passing 18-wheeler.

Emergency responders say they received calls about the accident early in the morning, just before 6 a.m. Highway Patrol says the deadly accident occurred in Buncombe County along I-26, near mile marker 35. Police say since they accident happened so recently they have not yet been able to determine exactly what happened or whether any criminal charges would be filed against the truck driver. Police have also not yet released the name of the victim as they are still attempting to contact his family members.

In 2011, North Carolina reported 504 accidents between vehicles and pedestrians. In 2012, that number jumped 11 percent, to 561. The number of fatalities also ballooned upward, from 84 to 98, a whopping 17 percent increase. The average for the past five years is 497 accidents and 88 fatalities.

Though safety experts recommend that all pedestrians stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks and obey traffic signals when out walking along North Carolina’s roads, people in rural areas like Buncombe County cannot always easily follow such advice. Pedestrians in rural areas often find themselves forced to share roadways with cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and tractor-trailers in places that lack any conveniences for those on foot. When that is the case, drivers have additional obligations to watch for pedestrians, especially early in the morning or late at night when it’s dark and difficult to see.

When choosing an attorney the family members should consider a lawyer that has an excellent track record of defending pedestrians and a great knowledge of pedestrian and crosswalk laws. The faster the family contacts a lawyer the quicker a lawyer can investigate the scene of the accident and begin gathering evidence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, take a moment to read our car accident injury guide so you’re fully informed about what to do if you are hurt in a North Carolina (NC) car accident.

If you have been involved in a North Carolina car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina car accident FAQs.

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Husband And Wife Arrested After Deadly North Carolina Weekend Hit-And-Run

By Kevin Duffan, North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney

Police in Wilson, North Carolina say they’ve recently arrested a husband and wife duo who are accused of being involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident that took place over the weekend.

The two people arrested, Troy Gunter and Nicole Gunter, were charged Sunday night for their criminal behavior. According to police, Troy was the driver of the vehicle that hit and killed Hugh Johnston IV early Friday morning. Troy is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run involving serious injury or death and driving with a revoked license. He’s currently in jail on a $30,000 bond.

The passenger in the vehicle, Nicole, has also been charged in connection with the hit-and-run accident, for aiding and abetting and also for aiding and abetting the driving with a revoked license. She’s in jail on a $10,00 bond.

Police say the accident happened early Friday morning while Johnston was riding a moped home on N.C. Highway 42. At some point the Gunter’s hit Johnston from behind and fled the scene of the accident. Later that morning, another driving called 911 and reported finding a motorcycle helmet and pieces of a moped and a wrecked vehicle in the middle of the road. Emergency responders arrived and found Johnston alive on the side of the road. Tragically, he died while being transported to a local hospital.

After crashing into another car, the decision to bolt from the scene is not only heartless, it’s also against the law. Now, the driver responsible for the crash is likely to be convicted of criminal charges in addition to the civil penalties he could face. As experienced North Carolina (NC) personal injury and wrongful death lawyers we are familiar with these situations and are able to offer support to those in need. My firm successfully represented one couple who were seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident. My firm was able to secure a $225,000 settlement for our clients, giving them an opportunity to begin to put their lives back together in the wake of the terrible accident.

If you recently lost a loved one in a tragic North Carolina accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims. For instance, you may be wondering what a wrongful death claim is or how a North Carolina court would go about calculating damages in a wrongful death case. For these answers and more, check out my firm’s North Carolina (NC) wrongful death frequent asked questions.

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Speedboat Causes Wreck That Kills Young Mother And Son

By Mark Favaloro, North Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

A deadly accident took place over the weekend in North Carolina when a speedboat slammed into a stopped pontoon boat on High Rock Lake. The accident occurred in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday at the popular boating destination in Davidson County, NC.

According to police, the accident resulted in the death of Melissa Chambers Britt, a 32-year-old pregnant woman, as well as her three-year-old son. Two others were in a pontoon boat along with Britt’s husband William and Britt’s brother Michael Chambers when a speedboat that police say was traveling more than 50 miles per hour slammed directly into them.

The accident demolished the pontoon boat and sent everyone into the water. William was able to find his son who later died on the way to the hospital, but was unable to locate his wife’s body. Emergency responders were only able to find her body hours later after an extensive search. The brother, Michael, was also taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment of severe head injuries. He’s currently in critical condition.

Police say the driver of the speedboat, Michael Greene, and his three passengers were uninjured in the accident. Witnesses believe Greene was distracted prior to the accident and did not see the pontoon boat until it was too late to swerve out of the way. Police say there was no speed limit on the lake but that they are investigating the accident scene and will make an announcement later this week regarding possible criminal charges against Greene.

We extend our sympathy to the family of those who died in the terrible Memorial Day weekend accident. Losing a loved one is hard no matter what, but the fact that the accident happened on what was supposed to be such a happy occasion is especially heartbreaking. 

If you’re considering reaching out to an attorney, make sure it’s someone who has experience handling such difficult and emotionally trying cases. My firm handled one case where our client was killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer, leaving his wife and four children behind. In that case, we were able to secure a $2.4 million settlement for the family. Though the money did not help to heal the deep wounds left after the man’s death, it did help provide some much needed money to a family in need.

If someone you love died due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another person, you’re likely confused about how to begin the process of holding the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions. Wrongful death actions can be confusing and are often unfamiliar to most people who, thankfully, have little experience with such lawsuits. For more information on the process, read through my firm’s guide on the wrongful death claims process in North Carolina. Also, if you want some general background information on the issue of North Carolina (NC) wrongful death claims, read through some of my firm’s answers to frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the deadly boating accident in Davidson County, NC:


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Charlotte Truck Driver Speeding On Wet Roads Leads To Deadly Accident

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina have said that a truck driver was going more than 70 miles per hour in heavy rain when his vehicle crashed over a median and hit another oncoming car head-on, killing the driver.

The accident report filed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department revealed that Hiep Tan Truong was driving a six-wheel truck owned by the North Carolina Food Distributor company when the accident happened last Monday at 4 p.m. The wreck took place on a rain-soaked stretch of U.S. 52 South near the Clemmonsville Road exit.

Police say that Truong was driving his commercial vehicle at more than 15 miles per hour above the speed limit in the midst of a downpour. After hitting the oncoming car head-on, the truck continued and crashed into two more vehicles before finally overturning.

One man from Kernersville, Kenneth Leroy Baum, was left dead in the crash while two others suffered minor injuries. The driver of the speeding truck, Truong, was not injured in the accident. Police say charges will likely be field against Truong given his speeding and failure to operate his vehicle in a safe manner.

We extend our sympathy to the family of the man who died and the other injured passengers. Losing a loved one is always hard, but especially so when the accident comes out of the blue. The family of the victim in this tragic case should contact an experienced North Carolina (NC) wrongful death attorney to ensure that the driver is held accountable. Even though criminal charges are being pursued against the driver, it’s important to understand that a civil claim for compensation can still proceed regardless of what prosecutors decide to do. 

If you’re considering reaching out to an attorney, make sure it’s someone who has experience handling such difficult and emotionally trying cases. My firm handled one case where our client was killed by the driver of a tractor-trailer, leaving his wife and four children behind. In that case, we were able to secure a $2.4 million settlement for the family. Though the money does not help to heal the deep wounds left after the man’s death, it helps provide some much needed money to a family in need.

If you recently lost a loved one in a tragic North Carolina accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims. For instance, you may be wondering what a wrongful death claim is, how a court calculates damages or even what the difference is between a wrongful death claim and a normal personal injury action. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina wrongful death FAQs.

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$4 Million Verdict In NC Case Regarding Death Of Teenage Soccer Player

By Jim Lewis, VA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

A Charlotte, NC family was awarded more than $4 million in a wrongful death suit after their son died in a commercial bus crash in France while on a youth soccer trip. To learn more, read the full story on our Carolina site titled:

Charlotte, NC Family Awarded Millions After Son’s Death During Soccer Trip

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.


Driver Charged in Fatal Lumberton, N.C. Accident

By Richard N. Shapiro, North Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

A 79 year-old Maxton man was killed when his motorcycle was slammed into by another driver who sped through a stop sign and slammed his pick-up truck into the bike. The driver has been charged with misdemeanor death. To learn more, read the story on our main site titled:

Driver Charged with Misdemeanor Death in Accident that Claims Life of Maxton, N.C. Man

About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.


 



Deadly Pedestrian Accidents In North Carolina Increase 17 Percent In 2012

By Jim Lewis, VA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

Deadly pedestrian accidents are occurring with great frequency across North Carolina and specifically in the Triad area, a region encompassing Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. Just last month a van hit and killed a man in High Point and two days later a pedestrian on his way to work was hit in Kernersville, NC.

Data shows that the number of wrecks involving pedestrians has increased enormously from 2011 to 2012. In fact, High Point police say that the three pedestrians who have been hit and killed in the first three months of this year are as many as died in any of the previous five years.

In 2011, the unincorporated sections of North Carolina reported 504 accidents between vehicles and pedestrians. In 2012, that number jumped 11 percent, to 561. The number of fatalities also ballooned upward, from 84 to 98, a whopping 17 percent increase. The average for the past five years is 497 accidents and 88 fatalities.

No one knows what accounts for the sudden increase in deadly accidents. The problem, according to police, is that pedestrian accidents are difficult to combat because they can happen anywhere and at anytime. Police say they are not able to stake out certain types of roadways given that accidents can occur almost anywhere there are people and vehicles mixing.

The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective: 

Though safety experts recommend that all pedestrians stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks and obey traffic signals when out walking along North Carolina’s roads, people in rural areas cannot always easily follow such advice. Pedestrians in rural areas often find themselves forced to share roadways with cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and tractor-trailers in places that lack any conveniences for those on foot. When that is the case, drivers have additional obligations to watch for pedestrians, especially early in the morning or late at night when it’s dark and difficult to see.

Potentially Helpful Info:

When choosing an attorney the family members should consider a lawyer that has an excellent track record of defending pedestrians and a great knowledge of pedestrian and crosswalk laws. The faster the family contacts a lawyer the quicker a lawyer can investigate the scene of the accident and begin gathering evidence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, take a moment to read our car accident injury guide so you’re fully informed about what to do if you are hurt in a Virginia (VA) or North Carolina (NC) car accident.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

If you have been involved in a North Carolina car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s North Carolina car accident FAQs.

Here’s a Google Map showing the location of one of the recent fatal pedestrian accidents:


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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.


I-40 Accident Kills One And Leads To DWI Charges For Tractor-Trailer Driver

By Jim Lewis,  VA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

A deadly accident on I-40 in Greensboro, NC left one person dead and another hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer responsible for the collision has now been charged with DWI. To learn more, read the full story here on our North Carolina site titled:

“Truck Driver Charged With DWI Following Deadly Greensboro, NC Crash”

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.


Charter Bus Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Death Of NC Man

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

Virginia State Police have announced that they are investigating a charter bus crash in Capron, VA that left a North Carolina man dead and the bus driver facing criminal charges. The accident happened just after 7 a.m. on Route 58 near Route 652. The charter bus was heading to Hampton, VA from Chapel Hill, NC with a group of students and chaperones. Police say the bus driver lost control and ran off the right side of the road, eventually overturning the bus in a ditch.

At the time of the accident the bus was carrying eight passengers along with the hired driver. Two of the passengers were thrown from the bus as it overturned, one of whom later died. The man who died, Emmanuel Watson, was from Chapel Hill and was serving as a chaperone on the trip.

The bus had been hired to carry a group of students to visit Hampton University during an Open House presentation. Six of the passengers were taken to nearby Southampton Memorial Hospital for treatment of their relatively minor injuries. Another passenger who was thrown from the bus had to be airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital given the severity of that person’s injuries.

Police have announced that they are charging the 62-year-old driver, Larry Brocks, with reckless driving. The bus was owned and operated by a Washington-based company, Horizon Coach Lines. Police say the investigation into the exact cause of the deadly crash is ongoing.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Accidents involving commercial buses are sadly not rare events. In fact, as the popularity of bus services such as Megabus and others have exploded, so have the numbers of serious commercial bus accidents. These accidents frequently turn deadly given the large number of passengers onboard and the general lack of safety features on the buses. Charter buses and other commercial transportation operations rarely if ever have things like airbags or seatbelts, features that are standard on even the most basic passenger cars. Passengers are thus left unprotected and vulnerable in the event of a crash, leading to severe injuries and even death.

Potentially Helpful Information:

Mass transit or bus accidents are very different than a common fender bender.  The investigations can be much more time intensive and fighting with a commercial bus operator over damages is often a lengthier process than handling an accident between two individuals. Many of these bus companies, such as the one in the accident above, cross state lines all of which make recovering restitution much harder without the help of an experienced Virginia (VA) bus accident injury lawyer.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs:

If you or someone you love has been injured in a Virginia accident you likely don’t know where to turn for advice. The following answers to common frequently asked questions can help provide some basic information about why it’s important to obtain legal counsel after suffering an unexpected accident.

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.


Driver Found Guilty of Felony Death Settles Lawsuit with Victim’s Family

By Kevin Duffan, North Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

The driver who pled guilty of felony death by motor vehicle settled a lawsuit with the victim’s family. A second lawsuit the family has filed against the pub where the driver had been drinking prior to the accident is schedule to move forward. To learn more, read the article on our North Carolina site titled:

Family settles Lawsuit with Man Convicted of Daughter’s Death, Second Lawsuit Against Pub Moving Forward

About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.