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Truck rolled over
Trucks are commonly seen on our country’s interstates and highways. These vehicles are crucial to our economy as they carry goods/cargo from one destination to another to meet the demands for goods countrywide. But needless to say, trucks pose a high risk of accidents to vehicles sharing the road with them. Due to their sheer size and weight, accidents with large trucks or tractor-trailers can cause serious injuries to small size vehicle drivers and passengers alike and considerable property damage.

The damage to the property and severity of injuries largely depends on the type of truck accidents. Some common types of truck accidents include:

Texting while driving
With the rapid increase in smartphone users in and across the US, distracted driving has become a concern in terms of traffic safety. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2018, 2841 individuals died in car accidents due to distracted driving. However, in the same year, approximately 276,000 people were injured because of distracted drivers, while distracted-affected property damage only collisions totaled to 659,000.

Due to carelessness and negligence of distracted drivers, others are at risk of suffering from severe personal injuries. Every day in the US, nearly nine people die and over a 1000 get injured in accidents that are reported to have a distracted driver. In 2018, accidents due to distracted driving cost the US around 40 billion dollars in damage.

Cargo truck
The growth of the trucking industry is crucial for the US economy. According to the American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of all the cargo and freight tonnage is moved in and out of the US on trucks. And to move approximately 10.5 billion tons of cargo each year, the trucking industry needs more than 3.6 million Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and nearly 3.5 million skilled truck drivers. Simply stated, without the trucks and truck drivers the US economy would take a dip and practically come to a standstill.

Let’s take a look at the current scenario. At present the US trucking industry is short 60,000 drivers. This gap between the demand and supply of truck drivers is expected to increase in the years to come, and by 2026 the United States is likely to become short 175,000 truckers.

Signing a Document
If you have been severely injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should file a personal injury claim immediately, before the statute of limitations expires. The compensation from this claim can help you and your family to cope with the financial burden associated with all the medical expenses for the treatment and lost wages due to missed workdays.

Needless to say, getting treatment for any injury is most certainly not cheap, as the average cost of an ER visit is from $150 to $20,000, depending on the severity of the injuries incurred.

Man blocking women from moving
Every day, workers across the Carolinas are mistreated at work. The employers of these mistreated workers may have policies in place which encourage them to file complaints with their supervisors or the Human Resources Department, to report the mistreatment. Unfortunately, many of the mistreated employees will file complaints that leave out critical details and this failure can prove fatal to any discrimination charge or lawsuit the mistreated employee may file against their employer in the future.

When you complain, be as detailed as possible and don’t be shy about including specifics about profanity or sexual remarks. If someone calls you a “shithead”, don’t tell your boss somebody cursed at you. Report the use of the word “shithead”. If a male coworker remarks: “Sally you have huge jugs or a great ass”; then Sally needs to tell her boss or Human Resources exactly what was said; she needs to specifically report the use of the words “jugs” and “great ass”. Sally can’t be shy or timid and simply tell her boss someone made comments about her body. Identifying the precise words used helps the employer fully understand the nature of the problem and prevents the employer from later claiming it didn’t appreciate how bad things were.

Hand with a Bandage on it
Most people are of the mistaken belief that if an injury occurs on someone else’s property that the property owner is responsible for that injury, particularly when that someone else is a business.  However, the law in North Carolina actually favors the property owner or business in the vast majority of situations.  Here are some of the hurdles that must be overcome to prevail in a premises liability claim in North Carolina.

The business or property owner (herein owner) may only be liable in situations where there is hidden danger or condition that was either created by the owner, or the owner allowed the condition to exist on the property for an unreasonable amount of time.   An example of this is where there is water on the floor in a grocery store.  The claimant must be able to prove not only where the water came from, but that the water had been there long enough that the grocery store (through its employees) had an opportunity to remedy the situation.  So, if another customer was walking down an aisle in front of you and spilled their drink on the floor, then you came along a few seconds (or possibly even minutes) later and slipped on the liquid and broke your leg, the owner is likely not going to be liable because they did not create the condition and it had only existed for a short period of time prior to your fall and the store did not have an opportunity to not only learn of the spill but also clean it up.

Severe Motorcycle Accident
The feeling of riding a motorcycle on the highway is like no other! One experiences a range of emotions, from fear to excitement. No matter how fun bike riding may be, it can be dangerous if you don’t take all the necessary precautions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and five times more likely to be injured than

four-wheel drivers. In 2017, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, while the annual bike injuries increased from 82K to 88K between 2009 and 2016.

Team of Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been severely injured in an accident, then you have the right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for the injuries and losses. However, the outcome of your case often depends on the way it is pursued. This is why it is advisable to hire a personal injury lawyer. With over 130,000 personal injury attorneys currently working in the US, selecting a lawyer to represent your case is not easy. And this is exactly what we’ll focus on in today’s post. Read on to learn about crucial steps that you can take when choosing a lawyer for legal representation.

Crucial Steps for Selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Suppose you have been involved in a car accident and have been injured in the process. In such a scenario, it makes a lot of sense to log on to the net and start searching for ‘motor vehicle accident lawyers near me.’ Here, it is important to understand why you must not delay in hiring the services of an auto insurance attorney.

A professional motor vehicle accident lawyer will serve your best interests and fight for your injury and/or other damage related claims to be processed and paid in full.

A spoon of medicaiton
In 2018, 1718 North Carolina residents were killed due to overdose thanks to the reality of opioid abuse which has become so commonplace in our society. During that same year, at least 6,769 North Carolina residents were seen in emergency rooms across our state for opioid-related concerns according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. As many readers know, this opioid crisis affects a broad slice of families across the state without regard to race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status and it is likely that you know someone affected by opioid abuse.

The use and abuse of these drugs affects us in the workplace, in our children’s schools, at church, community events, and certainly at our courthouses. If your coworker is dealing with an abuse problem, it affects their productivity and increases workload to others to cover for the coworker’s absence and performance. Our safety is impacted when these same individuals are working around us and operating equipment in a manner which puts our safety in jeopardy. Our children are impacted at school when dealing with the ramifications of a parent who is not capable of good parenting while on this track of abuse. The availability of drugs also makes our children susceptible to experimenting with drugs as they view the abuse of these drugs by the adults in their life. We are exposed to those whose faculties are impaired at church and community events. Finally, our courthouses are overwhelmed in dealing with the criminal charges that often accompany the use of opioids or criminal conduct by people in our communities who commit property crimes in order to generate the money necessary to sustain their addiction.

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