Tuesday, 21 of November of 2017

49-Year Old Chesterfield Man Killed in Head-On Crash

A Chesterfield County man died in a head-on crash on Interstate 64 (I-64) near New Kent County, Virginia (VA). The at-fault driver was driving on the wrong side of the interstate when he crashed in to the victim’s vehicle. Preliminary news reports do not state what exactly caused the at-fault driver to wind up on the wrong side of a major highway. To learn more, read the story here:

Man Loses His Life in a Mid-Morning Crash on I-64

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.

 


Intoxicated North Carolina Tractor-Trailer Driver Hits and Kills Seven-Year-Old Girl

By Jim LewisNorth Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

A fatal hit-and-run accident in North Carolina left a young child dead after getting off the school bus. Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that troopers are investigating the deadly accident and have now filed charges against the driver of the tractor-trailer who is believed to have hit and killed the young girl.

A spokesperson with the state troopers has revealed that the accident happened on Tuesday as the Sampson County school bus was heading south on U.S. 421. Officers say the bus came to a full stop with it’s emergency equipment properly activated. That’s when the first-grade girl was getting off the bus at the same moment that a tractor-trailer hauling a full load of lumber passed the stopped bus and hit the child.

Unbelievably, the driver of the semi continued on, southbound on U.S. 421. Police were able to track down the trucking company and eventually the driver, 37-year-old Johnny Spell. Spell was arrested and charged with felony passing a stopped school bus, felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter. Police say that a continued investigation revealed that Spell was intoxicated at the time of the accident and he has now been given an additional criminal charge, this time a DWI while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Police say the investigation into the deadly accident is ongoing.

The North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney’s Perspective:

We extend our sympathy to the family of the young girl who died. 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.

Potentially Helpful Information: 

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 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. 

Have Questions? Check out our FAQs 

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.

Here’s a map of the area where the deadly accident occurred:


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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.


Deadly Asheville Accident Blamed On Driver Juggling Three Cellphones

By Jim LewisVA/NC Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

A deadly accident in Asheville, NC was likely caused by a driver trying to juggle using three different cellphones during morning rush hour. The accident, which occurred earlier this month on I-40, involved three vehicles and left two people with injuries and the distracted driver dead.

Officials with the Asheville Police Department say that investigators discovered three cellphones in the car of the vehicle that caused the accident. Two of the phones were open and found on the floor in front of the driver, Donna Evans May, and a third was found in the woman’s purse.

Police say that May was headed east on I-40 in thick traffic in her Ford Thunderbird when she rear-ended a Land Rover and pushed it into a third vehicle, a Ford minivan. May was going too fast for the traffic conditions and did not see that the Land Rover had come to a stop given that she was paying attention to her multiple phones. Two passengers in the Land Rover were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. May was critically injured and was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

According to AAA, using a cellphone while driving more than quadruples your risk of being involved in a car accident. Every day distracted driving contributes to more than 8,000 car accidents, far too many given how easily prevented the accidents are.

The recent accident should serve as an important moment to remind North Carolina drivers about remaining focused when behind the wheel. Given the endless distractions available to us all, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous driving is, especially for young and inexperienced drivers. Being alert, avoiding unnecessary distractions and remembering the rules of the road will help keep everyone safer on North Carolina highways.

Helpful Info:

If you lost a family member in a terrible North Carolina car, motorcycle or truck wreck caused by a distracted driver, it’s critical that you reach out to an experienced attorney who has successfully handled similar cases. The attorneys at my firm recently recovered nearly $70,000 for one of our clients, a student at a university in Norfolk, VA, who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a distracted driver.

If you’ve been injured in a North Carolina (NC) car crash, consider reading this article which covers many of the basic questions and concerns raised by those involved in auto accidents.

Have Questions?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a North Carolina car 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 car accident.

Here’s a map showing the location of the I-40 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.


Highway 109 Wreck Results in Death of Driver

By Jim Lewis, Wrongful Death Attorney

Our firm published a story about a tragic accident that took place on N.C. Highway 109 involving three vehicles. The wreck resulted in the death of a 49-year-old man. To learn more, read the story here…

Three-Car Wreck on N.C.. Highway 109 Results in Loss of Life

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-85 Head-on Crash Kills 5

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyer

A deadly two-car crash resulted in no survivors on the morning of April 9, 2011. Walter Edward Skinner of Richmond, Virginia drove his truck on the wrong side of the interstate and struck a Toyota, killing the driver and all passengers. To learn more, check out the story here:

5 Die in a Head-On Collision on Interstate 85

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.


Car Smashes Into Tree in DC, Injuring Child and Four Others

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Five people were hurt, with three suffering serious injuries, when a car slammed into a tree in Washington, DC near East Capitol and 17 streets NE. Read more below…

Car Slams Into Tree, Injuring Child and Four Others in Washington, DC

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.


Study Finds Most NC Young People Killed On-The-Job Died From Violations Of Labor Rules

By Mark FavaloroNorth Carolina (NC) Wrongful Death Attorney

Labor law violations on the part of employers were found in 52 percent of cases involving young workers dying on the job. To learn more, read the full story here…

Majority Of Young Workers Killed In North Carolina Died Due To Labor Law Violations

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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.


Two Killed in Fiery, Head On Wreck in North Carolina

By James Lewis, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

A car was driving westbound east of Hillsborough, North Carolina, when it slammed into a car going in the opposite direction. Both drivers died at the scene. Read more below…

Two Killed in Fiery Head-On Wreck in North Carolina

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.


Accident in Virginia Beach Results in Loss of Life

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney

A woman was killed while riding a motor scooter in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This loss of life was the result of an initial accident involving a Dodge Charger and Kia at the intersection of Drakesmile Road and Shipps Corner Road. To learn more, read here…

One Death Reported in Virginia Beach Car Accident

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

 


Greensboro, North Carolina Man Run Over in Hit and Run

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

A hit and run accident involving a red pickup truck left the driver of a moped dead, and the driver who caused the accident fled the scene. Police are still looking for the driver of the pickup. Read more below…

Greensboro NC Man Killed in Hit and Run

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.