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BLUE LIGHTS – EMPTY WALLETS

IF YOU USE A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA

A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to make it a crime to use your cell phone while driving.  House Bill 144 would outlaw “distracted driving” and impose penalties that increase with subsequent offenses.  Beginning December 1, 2019, the police will have reason to pull over drivers who use their hands to engage in distracted behavior that impairs their operation of a motor vehicle.  The definition includes the use of a handheld mobile telephone or handheld electronic device.  If you receive one of these tickets, then be prepared to spend a pretty penny because the infraction carries a $100 fine in addition to the costs of court which boosts the total cost of a citation to nearly $300.  If you receive a second offense, then the fine goes up as well as carrying insurance points which will also cost you more money.  If you don’t learn a lesson from the previous two tickets, then you can expect a $200 fine, court costs, and 2 insurance points for another offense within 3 years.

The 7th Amendment, is a tool designed by our founding fathers to ensure that the powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor, the politically connected and the unknown are equal in their ability to share their story with a jury.  Making sure these rights are forever retained by the citizens, helps protect us from tyranny.  This changed in the early 80’s when a handful of Supreme Court decisions incorrectly applied the Federal Arbitration Act to consumers and employees instead of leaving it between merchants as it was intended. It was a voluntary way merchants (equal power) could resolve disputes quickly and cheaply without having to go through the court system for contract disputes. The Supreme Court has allowed the Arbitration Act to be applied to individuals and enforced even when state law has voided them. This irrational reasoning was again the foundation of a 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision last year in Epic Systems Case, which allowed enforcement of arbitration clauses preventing employees from banding together to hold employers breaking the law accountable. When Wells Fargo cheated its customers by creating and charging for extra accounts, it protected itself with the forced arbitration clauses consumers did not know they had signed when they opened accounts. You find these forced arbitration clauses in all kinds of unusual places like nursing home agreements, cell phone contracts, banking agreements etc. It protects big business by preventing the harmed individual from having his or her day in court. The arbitration process limits discovery of information does not apply the rules of civil procedure, they frequently require secrecy of the results and are subject to the whim of a private arbitrator without the ability to appeal.

The US House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1423 to repeal mandatory forced arbitration. Call your senator and tell them to support the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act”. Every citizen deserves their right, assured to them under the Constitution to have a trial by jury. This is not a Republican versus Democrat or Conservative versus Liberal issue, it is as necessary to protect the right to a trial as it is to protect freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom of religion or any other right afforded us by the Constitution. Be heard and fight for what is yours as an American, YOUR RIGHTS.

 

 

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Chances are that you have encountered driving through a city that has placed red light cameras at intersections.  The stated purpose is to increase safety at intersections by imposing a penalty for those drivers who run red lights.   The penalty fine varies from place to place but is typically $50 or $100 for a violation.  If not paid timely, then the fine amount doubles in most locations.

The Good.  When driving through an intersection, it is nice to know that other drivers may be less likely to run a red light if they fear being fined for that bad driving habit.  We know that 40% of the roughly 6 million car crashes that occur in the United States every year are intersection-related crashes.  Various surveys and data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warn us that intersections can be dangerous places.  If red light cameras cause drivers to be more careful not to enter an intersection on a red light, then that should be a good thing for all of us.

The Bad.  While red light cameras may make drivers more reluctant to enter an intersection on a red light, they can create situations where drivers slam on their brakes to avoid getting a ticket resulting in rear end collisions near these red light camera equipped intersections.  A review of studies on the topic by the Federal Highway Administration supports the conclusion that red light cameras reduce the number of right angle (T-bone) crashes, but also increase the number of rear-end collisions.  As a result of the conflicting safety data, many cities have removed previously placed red light cameras and at least 9 states have banned them altogether from being used.

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Choose Wisely…Your Insurance Company Matters

It seems like any time you turn on a television, radio or computer these days, you can’t escape a commercial from an insurance company.  Think about.  I bet you can hum the jingle or say the catchphrase from half a dozen insurance companies without even thinking hard.  That’s not a coincidence.  There are a handful of insurance companies that flood the airwaves with commercials and have done so for years.  I’ll admit, some of these are pretty clever.   Whether it is a talking amphibian, a guy constantly causing chaos or an athlete giving neighborly advice, the goal is always the same: to sell you insurance.  And you know what, it works!  The biggest advertisers have the most insureds in the United States.

So you may be thinking, so what, who cares how much these companies advertise?  Here’s the thing: The top advertisers are also the most difficult insurance companies to deal with from a settlement perspective.  It’s my opinion that the biggest advertisers make up for all of those advertising fees by paying less on insurance claims.  How a claim is handled, varies greatly one from insurer to the next, yet the top advertisers are almost all the most stingy when it comes to paying claims.  I don’t think that is a coincidence.

At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we are proud to participate in various community events throughout the year (especially if they involve motorcycles!). We sincerely believe that one good deed can change the world, which is why we strive to support the residents of North Carolina and South Carolina both in and out of the courtroom. Our team is always looking to partake in new and exciting events and charities that support people in need. Despite the rainy and chilly weather, our staff participated in 5 wonderful charity events this December!

28th Annual Conover School Toy Run

December 1, 2018

Hog Happenin’ 2018 is just around the corner! As the sponsor of this exciting regional bike festival, our team at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor are more hyped than ever before, especially when we start thinking about all the reasons why you should be at the event. What is reason #6 for coming to Hog Happenin’?

#6 BBQ Competition

Hog Happenin’ is scheduled from June 7th to June 10th at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton, which is no stranger to awesome BBQ competitions. We are going to bring in local BBQ judges to sample the food of the competing teams. It is going to be a food-lover’s dream to see who comes out on top as the best BBQ pit master in the Carolinas!

If you are not going to enter into the BBQ competition yourself, then you will still be able to partake in the incredible BBQ offerings. There will be BBQ vendors selling food, sauces, accessories, etc. Best of all, some of the BBQ competition teams are going to sell the same BBQ the judges will be sampling. Our mouths are already watering!

Attorney Jason E. Taylor of The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor in North and South Carolina has always tasked himself with being the best possible legal representative for our law firm’s clients. With that in mind he was recently sworn into the United States Supreme Court.

Jason and his wife, Andie, traveled to Washington D.C. for the ceremony with a few other attorneys from our Judicial District. It was a true honor for Attorney Taylor and represents an incredible opportunity for him to bring client cases all the way to the Supreme Court, if need be. As part of his trip he also took the opportunity to sit in on a case and hear arguments in Supreme Court, a truly magnificent experience for anyone passionate about the law and judicial system.

Would you like a highly-skilled and experienced litigator for a personal injury claim of your own? Contact our law firm today to learn all about our legal services, case types we accept, and what you should do as a first step towards winning compensation from a liable party.

Hog Happenin’ is a massive yearly event that will be taking place again this summer, June 7-10, 2018, in Newton, North Carolina. This is an opportunity for motorcycle lovers and their friends and family members to come together and have a good time. Attractions will include bike games, bike shows, local rides, barbeque, and four days of live musical entertainment.

At the Law Offices of Jason Taylor, P.C., We Love Motorcycles

Our founding attorney, Jason E. Taylor, is a big-time motorcycle lover and a member of a number of motorcyclist associations, including:

  • American Motorcyclist Association
  • Bikers and Needy Children Foundation
  • Motorcycle Riders Foundation
  • Harley Owners Groups in Charlotte and Hickory

Even more than we love motorcycles, we love serving people, and participation in Hog Happenin’ allows us to do just that. The proceeds from this 6-day event go toward the Hog Happenin’ Foundation, which seeks to provide awareness of and relief for disadvantaged members of the community, including:

It’s the time of year to show our support for a local charity. The 6th Annual Bunny Run will occur on March 24, 2018 in support of Sipe’s Orchard Home, a transitional home for children. The Sipe’s Orchard home welcomes children and teens who are neglected, abused, homeless, or those facing behavioral problems. They first opened their doors in 1943, and have since done wonders to help children in the community. Our team at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, P.C. is proud to continue to participate in events to benefit this charity.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Harley Davidson, the 6th Annual Bunny Run brings together motorcyclists and community members alike. Participants and attendees are also encouraged to donate toys and other useful items from a specified list. The children and young adults at Sipe’s Orchard Home have made a list of their most wished for items, which is displayed around town and available online.

Last year, our own Attorney Jason Taylor was 1 of 120 individuals who participated in the 5th Annual Bunny Run, and he personally donated a much-needed dishwasher to the Houston Cottage of Sipe’s Orchard Home. We hope you will join us in participating this year as we strive to break the existing participation record.

Using The Litigator app, which you can download for free, you can have plenty of helpful information right at your fingertips. In particular, we have designed The Litigator app to come in handy immediately after being in an accident. (Remember to call 911 if someone has been seriously injured before you use The Litigator or any other app.)

What will you be able to find in The Litigator?

  • First, the app tells you what to do if you have been involved in a collision, step by step.
  • The app has what we call “legal cam” which allows you to send photos directly to a lawyer in our office.
  • The app also has an emergency call button to contact our office. A lawyer is on call. When you call after hours or on the weekend our call service takes your information and emails it to the on-call lawyer who calls you back.
  • The app also tells you about upcoming events and locations around the Carolina’s that we are participating in. Catch us at the events to collect your “Gator Stamp” a loyalty stamp program that will get you entered to win a grand prize!
  • Finally, the app has both our newsletter and links directly to our website.

Interested in downloading The Litigator? Be sure to look for it in your phone’s app download stores. If you already know you need a personal injury attorney in Hickory, please feel to call (800) 351-3008 and schedule a free consultation. We are always happy to hear from new and returning clients, and you can call us 24/7.

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