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It’s about time for all the little ghouls and goblins to make an appearance as we decorate our homes in spooky lights, faux spider webs, and the latest animated mechanical props lying in wait for the little ones to dare approach our front doors.

The origin of what we now call Halloween dates back thousands of years to the ancient Celtic festival of “Samhain”.  The Celts were primarily from what is now Ireland, with a sprinkling of the UK and Northern France.  November 1 was recognized as the beginning of the new year for the Celts.  It marked the end of summer and the end of harvest season and began the long cold winter for the region.  It was believed that the night before the new year represented a point in time when the worlds of the dead and the living could be crossed.  Spooky huh!

The Western NC Chapter of A.B.O.T.A. (American Board of Trial Advocates) gathered for an exceptional dinner at Bonterra Restaurant in Charlotte last Thursday evening.

The dinner included national members from various states and prospective members. Jason Taylor oversees membership for this chapter and organized this event with the help of our own McKenzie Jackson.  Proud to report that another LOJET attorney was in attendance as a prospective member, Mrs. Robyn Buckley.

Car Buying Tips from an Auto Fraud Attorney – Part 1

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At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we get multiple calls a day from people who feel they have been defrauded by a car dealership.  As a result, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the most common problems that vehicle buyers deal with.  Below, I’ve laid out a couple of the most common complaints I hear about and some tips that can be used to avoid these issues.

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You’ve all seen it.  The car swerving ahead of you.  The car drifting into your lane.  The car slamming on brakes at the last minute to avoid the line of stopped traffic.  When you pass by, if you are lucky enough to get by them safely, you see the driver’s head looking straight down at their cell phone actively scrolling their social media or text messages, and ignoring the rest of us on the road.  Not a care in the world except to be intently focused on the latest happenings on social media.

The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that only about 3% of drivers are using cell phone or other electronic devices while driving.  I, for one, do not believe this for a minute.  There is not a day that goes by where I do not see multiple people drifting from their lanes and fully absorbed in their cell phone while driving.  Each day seems to be worse than the previous day.  People are addicted to their Fakebook (you know people are lying about their perfect seeming lives on Facebook, right?) or Instagram accounts.

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No two settlements are identical.  But my friend/cousin/neighbor/etc. settled their claim for $$$$ and they were not hurt as bad as I was.  We hear this all the time when it comes to personal injury settlements.  Unfortunately, all I can say in response is “Good for your friend/cousin/neighbor/etc.”  Even within the same vehicle in an accident, there can be different settlement results among the claimants.  That’s because no two people are identical (except identical twins! And even they are going to have some differences—just ask their Mom).

Think about it.  Even in a rear-end collision, the occupants of the vehicle are going to be affected differently. *  Those in the back seat may be impacted greater than those in the front seat since they are physically closer to the impact.  Or maybe not.  Maybe the backseat passengers are children who are secured in proper car seats and are more insulated from the impact and were not injured at all, and yet the parents in the front seat sustained soft tissue injuries to their neck and back, or a knee injury from striking the dashboard, or a head injury from striking the steering wheel.  Each of those injuries, or lack thereof, is going to merit a different settlement value.

a-dedication-to-those-weve-lost-as-they-served-our-country-i-painted-my-own-hand-captured-the-shot_t20_yvo07L-300x200 It goes without saying that you don’t discuss politics or religion if you want to keep from upsetting some folks. So, I am going to briefly discuss both J. I hope you can not only tolerate my comments but go a step further and perhaps rethink your perspective, even if  you disagree with mine.  I want to discuss these issues in the context of the Bill of Rights. I am in the business of helping people, defending and fighting for their rights. All people. I believe in the Bill of Rights with every part of my being. According to the Bill of Rights it does not matter if you are straight or gay, black or white, man or women, republican or democrat or any “one off” from what I have listed.  We all have the same rights recognized and granted to us in the first ten amendments  to the US Constitution.

Under Amendment 1, we all have the right to believe in whatever religion we choose, including no religion. Each of these are equal, none greater than another. While I am not a huge fan of ORGANIZED religion (of any kind), I respect your right to believe, as well as your right not to. We are also granted the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. So, say and think what you like, but make sure you stop talking and let others do the same. You are not necessarily right; you are opinionated. Let others give their “2 cents” and if you have an open mind you might learn something. Let the press do their job and be thankful, even if you don’t like their slanted view, that they have a RIGHT to report it. I miss the days of straight forward news reporting instead of the opinionated perspectives we get today, but they are FREE to do it that way. Fortunately, you can get the facts if you change the channel and learn to listen and determine your own opinions. I encourage you to stop regurgitating  the sound bites you hear and get the full story, contemplate it and share “your thoughts” not as truth but as “your thoughts.”

accident-on-the-city-road-at-night_t20_neaR6K-300x200Picture it:  you’re driving home from a long day at work. You reach an intersection with a green light. But, you’re t-boned by someone that runs the red light while on their cell phone. You have suffered some very severe injuries. You must be extracted from your car by the fire department. You’re flown by helicopter to the nearest trauma left and spend a month in the hospital. Your medical bills when you’re released are more than $150,000. You also have a permanent injury and can’t return to your old job or way of life.

The liability insurance for the person that caused the accident becomes the first source of your recovery. Each state sets the minimum amount (“minimum limits” in lawyer-speak) each driver must have in order to drive. North Carolina’s minimum limit is $30,000South Carolina’s minimum limit is $25,000.  There are no hard statistics, but (in our experience) the vast majority of drivers carry only the amount required by law. It doesn’t take a math whiz to figure out that a minimum limit policy doesn’t go very far in your situation.  This sad scenario is something that we as injury lawyers see far too common. There is no worse feeling than telling an injured person that there is no way to get more money for a client.

Motorcycle accidents cause some of the most serious road injuries. In fact, they’re nearly 29 times more deadly than normal vehicular accidents. These accidents can cause even more severe injuries when motorcyclists don’t wear helmets, although injuries can happen to anyone involved in an accident on two wheels. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists sustain are head injuries, so it’s essential to know the signs of one following an accident. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can take days, weeks, or even months after an accident to show symptoms. Being that head injuries are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accident fatalities, it’s essential to understand the signs of a head injury to look for after being involved in one. Depending on the size, type, and location of the head injury, symptoms may include:

The exciting Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson Birthday Bash is just around the corner! The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor and our Hickory motorcycle accident attorneys are going to be there, as well as our famous Gator Girls!

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