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Recourse available for victims of drunk driving car accidents

The leading cause of death and personal injury in the United States is motor vehicle accidents. The devastating effects of car accidents on North Carolina victims and their families cannot be negated, but when the accident is due to drunk driving, the futility of it all seems even more evident. It seems as if too many drivers have become complacent and overconfident in their driving abilities, especially when under the influence.

Some accidents can purely be ascribed to genuine mistakes, but more often than not poor driving and unsafe practices of the driver are the causes of car accidents. North Carolina legislation stipulates that a victim injured in an accident resulting from the negligence or recklessness of another driver, or the family of a deceased victim, is entitled to compensation for damages resulting from the accident. Drunk driving, disobeying traffic laws and excessive speed are driving practices which is indicative of driver negligence.  

Man faces drug charges after ankle monitor assists in arrest

A North Carolina parolee faces the possibility of returning to jail after police managed to use the data obtained from an ankle device worn by him to locate him. He was wearing the device as part of the conditions of his parole. Now, he faces drug charges after his arrest on Christmas Eve.

The drug charges stem from allegations that he was one of two suspects in a car which did not stop at a traffic stop, resulting in a car chase. During the chase, someone in the car apparently threw a bag containing contraband from the vehicle.  It is reported that the bag contained a hand gun, marijuana, three ounces of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, as well as items which helped identify the driver.

Such a tragedy when children die in truck or car accidents

While celebrating the recent holidays, a North Carolina family could not foresee how their lives would be changed forever. Just one day after celebrating Christmas, a horrible accident took the life of their five-year-old son. It is always tragic when children die in truck and car accidents, but when such accidents happen during festive times, the tragedy seems even greater.

The family lives in an area where new houses are being built and, at one of the sites, workers were loading a construction truck with dirt. The unmanned truck started rolling downhill. At the time of the accident, a group of children were playing together in the driveway of the young victim's home. The truck, first struck a light pole, then the young victim, before crashing into the house. Fortunately, the other children managed to get out of the way of the truck and escaped injury.

Congregation mourns death of pastor after drunk driving accident

A North Carolina family and congregation are mourning the death of a senior pastor after a fatal accident. The pastor of the Abundant Life Church of God was killed in a tragic drunk driving accident on a recent Tuesday evening in December. All three his children, who were traveling with him, were also injured in the accident.

The accident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. It is reported that a 31-year-old driver skipped a red light and crashed into the minivan driven by the 43-year-old pastor. The pastor died at the scene of the accident. His children were taken to a hospital in the area. They were discharged on Wednesday morning and are now in the loving care of their family.

3 facts about bailing a friend out of jail

You got a phone call from a friend asking you to post bail. Your friend might have begged and pleaded for you to do this. Before you agree to put up money to get your friend out of jail, you have to understand some facts about bails and bonds so that you understand exactly what you are agreeing to do.

Decisions on child custody -- what is best for the children

When a couple decides to file for divorce and there are children involved, it is inevitable that the divorce will affect the children in some way or another.  Children are often seen as the victims of divorce because of the many ways in which they can be negatively affected. Fortunately, these effects can be minimized if North Carolina parents and their lawyers always remember that in every matter concerning the children, such as child custody decisions, the best interests of the children involved must be the first priority.

Within family law, "best interests" of a child require that the main aim of any discussions and subsequent decisions must be to ensure the mental health, security and happiness of the child involved. Divorcing couples should never lose sight of this important legal principle – no matter how difficult it may be.  When it comes to their children, a feuding couple should put aside their differences and focus on what would be best for their children.

The disruptive impact of car accidents in the holiday season

A recent accident in North Carolina has led to the death of a pastor, aged 43. The accident happened on a recent Tuesday evening in December. Fatal car accidents such as this one disrupts the lives of those left behind during a time when families typically come together for the holidays.

The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. According to the police report, the 31-year-old pickup truck driver ignored a red light. His vehicle struck the minivan driven by the pastor in the intersection. The passengers of the minivan, two children and a woman, were also injured. They were all transported to a hospital in the area, but the extent of their injuries was not reported.

Car accidents, a leading cause of personal injury claims

There is no doubt that motor vehicles are not only a part of the history of the United States, but they also play an intricate part in the daily lives of all Americans, including the citizens of North Carolina. Motor vehicles provide many comforts, but also cause a lot of heartache. Statistics indicate that 6.5 million car accidents occur in one year, resulting in 3 million injured victims and the deaths of many.

Motor vehicle accidents are among the major causes of personal injury claims. There may be many reasons for this, ranging from a lack of realization among drivers of the responsibilities accompanying the operation of a motorized vehicle to a false sense of security resulting from the regular use of a vehicle. Drivers become too comfortable in their abilities and fail to recognize their unsafe practices.

Drug charges follow undercover operation in North Carolina

Facing criminal charges can be a frightening time. Knowing that a conviction can lead to fines and incarceration, along with the long-term consequences related to employment and other prospects can scare any individual. Three North Carolina residents will likely be considering their defense options after their recent arrests on felony drug charges.

According to a report by deputies of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the arrests followed an investigation that involved a covert operation over a period of six months. They monitored drug activities in the area, and this included undercover dealings with suspected drug dealers. Some of those dealings allegedly included methamphetamine purchases at the homes of three individuals. They were identified as a couple, ages 52 and 46, who lived in one of the homes where meth was allegedly purchased, and a 45-year-old man in another house on the same street.

Avoiding motorcycle accidents

Over the years, motorcycles have become more popular throughout North Carolina, both as a mode of transportation and for recreation. As a rider, when you share the road with much larger vehicles it puts you in a high risk of becoming involved in an accident.

Even riders with years of experience can become the victims of intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, or drivers that simply failed to see them. In these instances, riders who have suffered serious injury should consult an attorney experienced with motorcycle accidents to learn about their rights.

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