Traffic fatalities rose in 2016 by 5.6 percent from the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The last year with more fatalities happened in 2007, and even worse, 2017 numbers, which are not yet available, are projected to be even higher than 2016. What is causing this increase in traffic… Read More


Some professions are more prone than others to giving employees certain illnesses. As an example, construction workers suffer from hearing damage at higher rates than office workers; agricultural workers die from cancer, caused by pesticide exposure, in greater numbers than those in other occupations; and a third of all currently employed coal miners have a… Read More


A car accident can be a stressful, frightening, and devastating experience. Although nothing can prepare you for the unpredictable nature of a car accident, it can be comforting and useful to know what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation. Get Medical Attention. The first thing to do after a car crash… Read More


If you are considering a divorce, you may be wondering where to begin. The laws and procedures for getting divorced depend on the state in which you file. This post outlines some basic divorce laws in the Tar Heel state. North Carolina Divorce Requirements To obtain a divorce in North Carolina, one or both of… Read More


In a case that substantially lowered the evidentiary bar in these situations, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district judge and revived a lawsuit against health insurance giant CareFirst, Inc. In June 2014, an intruder apparently broke into the insurance company’s Baltimore office, hacked into twenty-two different computers, and stole personal information from… Read More


In a previous post, we examined the two common legal theories in car crash cases. Regardless of the method that applies, the process is very much the same. Since the victim/plaintiff has the burden of proof, the victim/plaintiff must present persuasive evidence and present it in a compelling manner. The civil court burden of proof… Read More


A three-car crash on Highway 96 illustrates the complicated fact patterns involved in many car wreck cases. According to witnesses, a Toyota Camry driver was operating his vehicle erratically while tossing empty beer cans out of the window. After smacking into a pickup truck and causing it to roll down a steep embankment, the Camry… Read More


Many tortfeasors (negligent drivers) have insufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate the victim/plaintiff. Nationally, about 12 percent of drivers are completely uninsured, and North Carolina has one of the lowest auto insurance minimum requirements in the country. Fortunately, North Carolina recognizes some key third party liability theories, so victim/plaintiffs have legal options, even if the… Read More


Serious injury vehicle collisions can lead to well over $100,000 in medical bills alone. This figure does not include other direct losses, such as property damage and lost wages. Especially since health insurance companies sometimes refuse to pay for these expenses, due to liability reasons, these costs are often crippling. Legally, compensation in a car… Read More


Many people have an urge to put off estate planning. This is certainly understandable, as the entire concept deals with some uncomfortable topics. Yet, proper estate planning is incredibly important. If you want to protect your health and well-being, protect your underage children, and have a say in what will happen to your assets after… Read More