Topic: Bus Accidents

Your North Carolina Injury is Not the End of the World (Probably)–or At Least You Won’t Feel This Unhappy Forever

May 26, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

You’re deeply depressed by your recent North Carolina injury. Whether some idiot in a truck bashed your car by blowing through a stop sign, or a doctor misread your chart and gave you a medication that made you literally sick to your stomach, you are in pain. You are angry; you are confused; and you are deeply dismayed by your situation and the prospects for your future.

Obviously, what’s done is done. You can’t go back in time and undo the North Carolina truck accident or reverse the doctor’s negligent decisions. And you may indeed have a long road to hoe. You might never regain function of your leg. You might need to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. You might never be able to work as you once did. The brain damage caused by the accident may permanently limit your ability to be productive to two to three hours a day.

When you sit there and contemplate these scenarios–particularly the worst case scenarios–you can easily spiral into depression and apathy. This is really unfortunate. When you are depressed and/or apathetic, you may fail to take important kinds of action–such as contacting a reputable North Carolina mass tort law firm ASAP–because you feel too hopeless to persevere.

This is a shame, because science shows that our emotional immune systems are remarkably resilient.

Even IF a worst case scenarios plays out for you–e.g. you’re permanently hobbled by the accident or no longer able to work in a career that you love–these setbacks will not doom you to a lifetime of depression and unhappiness. Or at least they don’t necessarily mark you with that destiny.

That may sound very counterintuitive. But if you look at the research, those statements bare out.

Lottery winners notoriously experience euphoria for the first weeks or months after they win. But they ultimately wind up just as happy–and just as sad!–as they were before the pay day.

Likewise, people injured so severely that they are left as quadriplegics suffer extreme depression in the first few weeks and months. But they ultimately rebound to feel just as happy as they did before the devastating event.

This isn’t to say that you don’t have problems — that you shouldn’t feel depressed or anything. Rather, you should appreciate that your current emotional state is probably temporary.

Even more importantly, you need to avoid getting trapped by your emotions into “doing nothing” and/or into making impulsive and not-strategic actions that can have negative long-term implications for your finances and healthcare options.

To that end, consider connecting with the DeMayo Law team now at (877) 529-1222 for a free consultation, so that we can put you on a more strategic path with respect to your case.

North Carolina Class Action News: Legal Fight Over High Sugar, High Caffeine Energy Drinks — A Portent of A Larger Battle To Come?

May 23, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Are we witnessing the beginnings of a major mass tort battle in North Carolina (and well beyond?)

Perhaps so. And big beverage companies may be on the receiving end.

Last year, for instance, a woman in Australia allegedly died from over consuming Coca-Cola. According to the Chicago Sun Times, a Maryland teenager died after drinking two large Monster Energy drinks in a single 24-hour period. These drinks contain a lot of caffeine and also a lot of sugar. While testifying before Chicago City Council, Edward Burke discussed a federal report “that showed the number of annual hospital visits tied to highly caffeinated energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011 — to 21,000.”

According to the President of Chicago Medical Society, Dr. Howard Axe, “super caffeinated energy drinks,” such as Red Bull, Monster Energy, and Rockstar, pose serious health risks, “including possible fatalities to adults and children, particularly those with preexisting conditions.”

The legal brouhaha in Chicago is focused on the adverse health effects of over consuming caffeine. Another, potentially more fraught and momentous debate has to do with the adverse effects of the overconsumption of liquid sucrose. As most famously articulated by pediatric obesity specialist, Dr. Robert Lustig, calories from liquid sucrose may have especially adverse effect on the liver because of the way the fructose component of sucrose gets metabolized by that organ. Lustig builds the case — at least in the doses that modern North Carolinians consume sugar — that “calorie is not a calorie.” The consumption of sugary liquid beverages, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and even many fruit juices, may be doing tremendous harm to our population and precipitating problems like metabolic disease, obesity, diabetes, and even heart disease.

So far, obviously, we have yet to see a major class action or mass tort lawsuit against beverage companies. But some health advocates are suggesting that we may be witnessing at least the beginnings of such machinations — they compare our current era to the era a few years before Big Tobacco was held to legal account for advertising and selling dangerous products.

If you have recently been harmed by a product or service, you are probably far less interested in the legal battle over energy drinks than you are with your own wellbeing, financially, medically, and otherwise.

 The team here at the law offices of Michael A. DeMayo proudly represents victims and their families in serious North Carolina personal injury matters. Please get in touch with us today by calling (877) 529-1222, so we can provide you a free consultation and help you get educated and informed about your options.

Our Illogical Reactions to Superstitions: Really Important to Understand, If You Want to Fight Your North Carolina Class Action Optimally…

May 19, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Whether your son broke his ribs in an SUV rollover, your husband tore his ACL on an amusement park ride, or you suffered a devastating home fire when your space heater malfunctioned, you understand you have the potential to take some kind of legal action and perhaps to participate in a North Carolina class action or mass tort lawsuit.

But you are confused about what to do next. Should you connect with a legal team like DeMayo Law or “deal with the situation yourself” — i.e. work directly with an insurance company?

Everyone has different needs and sensitivities and comforts. But it’s important to be rational rather than impulsive when you make a big decision like this.

We often play to our superstitions rather than to logical common sense.

Consider the diverse nature of our strange beliefs. Whether you are afraid of the number 13; you bet your wedding date when you play the lottery; or you worry about a black cat crossing your path or something along those lines, part of you recognizes that you’re being ridiculous with the superstitions.

You understand that that you are using “magical thinking” and not logic. But even when you “call out” your superstitions — call your own bluff — you may not be able to overpower your subconscious resistance. You may not, for instance, ever feel comfortable sleeping on the 13th floor of a hotel. If you’re Russian, you may refuse to shake someone’s hand when they reach through a doorway to you.

Depending on how deeply you hold strange beliefs, they can really hamper your life.

The point is that wrestling with such strange beliefs–even when you make those beliefs conscious and you appreciate that they’re clearly irrational–is more challenging than meets the eye.

As much as we should “trust our guts” in certain situations, we also need to learn how and when to challenge our intuitions in order to achieve best results.

To that end, if you have reservations about connecting with an attorney–or if you have some strange belief about why you are not someone who “does” lawsuits, reflect on that received wisdom. Are those concepts actually serving you right now?

Consider, for instance, the worst thing that could happen, if you got a consultation with attorney, versus the best thing that could happen if you did. That the more that you can shine rational light on your fears, the more you can move beyond them and make more compelling and useful decisions.

Class Action Lawsuits “Brewing” For Budweiser

May 13, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser Beer, is facing a pretty serious class action lawsuit that alleges that the brewer watered down its products prior to bottling.

Thus far, plaintiffs in Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Jersey, Colorado, Ohio, and California have all filed suit against the beer manufacturer based on whistleblowing testimony from former high placed employees in the business–at 13 separate breweries.

Will a North Carolina class action against Budweiser be next?

Anheuser-Busch has fought back vigorously against the bad press–the company recently took out full page ads in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, and eight other major newspapers touting the fact that the company provided 71 million cans of drinking water to the American Red Cross and other disaster organizations. The cheeky headline read “they must have tested one of these.”

But a lead attorney in the case, Josh Boxer, shrugged off the newspaper ad blitz as a “classic non-denial…(the) alcohol readings, taken six times a second as the finished product is bottled, will confirm the allegations made by the growing number of former employees who keep coming forward to tell us the truth.”

In court, Anheuser-Busch will need to produce data on its internal and alcohol testing procedures. Ten different products are tangled up in the legal matter, including well-known brands like Budweiser, Michelob, and Bud Ice as well as more “exotic” brands, like Hurricane High Gravity Lager and Bud Light Lime.

Do you have a potential Charlotte class action lawsuit?

The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can help you understand and defend your rights to get compensation. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to file a personal injury suit or a mass tort action. Our team can help you strategize and determine the most effective, accurate course forward. Call us now for a free consultation, and get clarity on what you need to do.

The End of the Beginning of Your Quest for Justice After a North Carolina Injury

May 10, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

In the hours and days since your North Carolina injury–or your family member’s injury- you have been in a mad scramble to get medical care and make sense of your options.

What steps should you be taking (or not taking) to manage the medical crisis, collect evidence, and deal with the urgent logistics in your life? Who is going to take care of the kids while you’re hurt? Who’s going to handle the big work project that you had to drop to deal with the catastrophe? How will you pay the mortgage now that you’ve spent thousands of dollars out of pocket on ambulance and hospital services?

After you wrangle these urgent details, you then need to scramble to recalibrate everything in your life. You will also need to find a way to deal with the tremendous challenges of finding appropriate representation:

  • Do you have a case or not?
  • If so, what should you do first?
  • Whom can you trust?
  • How can you evaluate different law firms against one another?
  • How can you work effectively with a law firm to make sure that you get clear answers and good communication throughout the process?

All of these urgent questions might be on your mind. And they all need to be addressed.

The several lining–if there is one–is that, once you do get all of these things taken care of, assuming you have done everything effectively, you should enjoy renewed peace of mind.

The great gift that a solid North Carolina mass tort law firm can provide is the gift of clarity.

Even though your life may feel like it’s in a million pieces right now–if you know exactly what’s going to happen next and what to expect; and if you have trusted people working on your behalf–much of the stress and agitation will lift.

Obviously, even a superb law firm is not going to magically make your injury go away or eliminate the anger and frustration you feel about what happened. But you should feel a sense of relief and security that you are moving in the right direction.

And when people feel like their lives are moving in a positive direction, they often see passed their immediate limitations and handle the process with more grace and patience.

Connect with the DeMayo Law team right now for strategic, insightful assistance with your Charlotte personal injury matter.

NTSB Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

December 16, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

After spending a decade recommending that limits be placed on who can use a cell phone while operating a vehicle, now, the National Transportation Safety Board is now calling for a full ban on all cell phones and text messaging devices while driving. Only passengers would retain their right to talk on a phone or text message – unless it is an emergency situation, in which case a driver can call or text for help.

Currently, in North Carolina there is a statewide ban on texting while driving. Unlike a number of states, which have banned drivers from using hand-held cell phones, NC allows most drivers the use of both. The state has, however, prohibited drivers under 18 and school bus drivers from using cell phones. That said, even with such restrictions, this doesn’t mean that motorists are abiding by the laws. Our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm are aware of the impact that distracted driving can have on a motorist’s ability to drive safely. We represent victims and their families who suffered injury or experienced a death because a driver or another party was negligent and caused a North Carolina car accident.

Unfortunately, even though there is growing awareness of the dangers of texting and other distracted driving behaviors, many people can’t seem to stop. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its findings based on a national survey it conducted. Over 6,000 drivers participated.

Per the survey:

  • At any moment in 2010, nearly 1 out of every 100 drivers was either emailing, texting, on the Internet, or using a hand-held device for other purposes while rating. This rate of activity is about 50% over from the year before.
  • Most surveyed said they wouldn’t hesitate to answer an incoming call while driving.
  • Almost 2 out of 10 drivers admitted to sending emails or texting while driving.
  • Drivers in the 21-24 age group were more likely to text and drive.
  • Over half of respondents said making a call while driving doesn’t impact the way they drive.
  • About a quarter of those surveyed had the same opinion regarding how texting or sending emails affected their driving abilities.
  • 90% said they don’t like it when they are riding in car operated by a driver that is texting.
  • Bad weather was the situation during which most respondents would hesitate to talk on a cell phone or text/e-mail while driving.
  • Bumper-to-bumper traffic and rapidly moving traffic were two situations that might compel some driver to stop texting/e-mailing/talking on the phone.

Driver electronic device use in 2010, NHTSA, December 2011 (PDF)

NTSB: Ban all driver use of cell phones, CBS, December 13, 2011

More drivers texting but few think it’s dangerous, survey says, Denver Post/AP, December 9, 2011

More Blog Posts:

Enter Our Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm’s Drunk Driving Awareness Campaign This Holiday Season and Give Yourself the Chance to Win a Flip Camera, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, December 12, 2011

North Carolina Personal Injury: The Dangers of Road Rage, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, December

Enter Our Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm’s Drunk Driving Awareness Campaign This Holiday Season and Give Yourself the Chance to Win a Flip Camera

December 12, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

This holiday season, our Charlotte, North Carolina car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo would like to invite you to join us in keeping the number of drunk driving accidents down. Please don’t drink and drive.

To spread the word to your friends and family, we’ve created a powerful new video called “There are no extra lives when you drink and drive.” Please forward this to those you know and post it on your Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Let’s make a difference in our community. Participants can join our Flip Camera Giveaway by signing up on our Facebook page. The sweepstakes ends on January 2, 2012. You must be a US resident and at least 18-years of age.

According to national statistics, one out of three people will at some point in their lives end up involved in an alcohol-related collision. It doesn’t help that there are about two million drivers with at least three or more prior drunk driving offenses sharing the roads with our children.

Although drunk driving is a known killer every day of the year, the holidays are an especially dangerous time with so many people out celebrating and drinking. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself and others safe:

  • Don’t drive when you are drunk
  • Assign someone the role of designated driver
  • If you see that someone is too drunk to drive, take the car keys
  • If you are hosting an event, provide non-alcoholic drinks and don’t let anyone get into a vehicle unless you are sure the driver is sober
  • If you spot someone on the road that you think may be a drunk driver, immediately report him or her.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also beginning its nationwide crackdown on drunk driving for this season. Thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the US are taking part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Last week, the NHTSA issued its 2010 Fatality Analysis Reporting System figures. According to FARS, nationally there was a decline in both the total number of motor vehicle crash fatalities and alcohol-related deaths. 32,885 people died in US traffic accidents in 2010, which is down 2.9% from the 33,883 motor vehicle crash deaths in 2009. There were US 10,228 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2010, down 4.95% from the 10,759 fatalities in 2009. There was, however, a slight rise in the total number of North Carolina motor vehicle crash deaths with 1,319 traffic fatalities last year‚Äîthat’s 6 more traffic deaths than in 2009.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm represents clients and their families involved in collisions that were caused by drunk and drugged drivers. Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP today.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Crackdown on Drunk Driving, NHTSA, December 13, 2011

High School Seniors Start Sending Applications to Qualify for the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program

October 26, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm plays an active role in helping decrease the number of drunk driving accidents that happen every year. Part of our efforts comes to fruition with the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program. Every year, we award $2,500 college scholarships to a number of high school seniors.

Recipients are selected from a pool of participants from the North Carolina counties of Mecklenburg, Cumberland, Gaston, Anson, Catawba, Richmond, Union, Scotland, Cabarrus, Robeson, Cleveland, Burke, Lincoln, Alexander, Rowan, Iredell, Stanly, and Caldwell and the South Carolina Counties of Lancaster, York, Marlboro, Chesterfield, and Dillon. In addition to a scholarship application, candidates must submit a presentation encouraging fellow teens to not drink and drive. Sat or ACT scores, high school transcript, letters of recommendation, community/school involvement, and volunteer activities will also be considered. Please click here for more information about the program and how to apply. The contact person for the 2012 Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program is Kristine Woolley. Communications Director. You can reach her at Or (704) 343-4644.

Teens and Drunk Driving
Our Charlotte, North Carolina car crash lawyers believe that it is important to keep reminding teenagers that not only is underage drinking a bad idea, but also so is drunk driving.

Some reasons why teenagers drink and drive:
• Risk-taking
• The desire to experience the effects of alcohol
• Peer pressure
• The need to fit in
• False sense of immortality

Not only is drunk driving potentially fatal, but also alcohol consumption at a young age can impact memory, long-term thinking, and cause liver problems, and hormonal issues. Also, alcohol may impair judgment, the ability to gauge distances, slows reaction time, blurs vision, and can cause a person to engage in high-risk activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, eight teens are killed in motor crashes daily. Drunk driving is one of the behaviors that cause serious injuries and death to teens and others. Also, a drunken driver is subject to criminal charges especially if serious injury or death resulted. Help us make a difference in spreading the word about the dangers of drunk driving.

Find out about the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program.

Fill out an application

Related Web Resources:

Teen Drivers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Like” The Law Offices of Michael A DeMayo on Facebook

Underage Drinking, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

More Blog Posts:

North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Announces the 2011 Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program Winners, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, June 25, 2011

North Carolina Car Accident Law Firm and Former Winston-Salem TV Anchor Join Forces to Combat Drunk Driving Among Teen Drivers, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, April 22, 2010

NHTSA Ranks North Carolina and South Carolina as Two US States With Greatest Increase In DUI Deaths, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, September 2, 2008

North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks Damages from Four Asheville Bars Over Fatal Car Crash

October 16, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

A year after a drunk driver killed Mandie Kirkconnell in an Asheville car crash, her estate is suing four bars for her North Carolina wrongful death. Kirkconnell suffered fatal injuries on October 2, 2010 when her vehicle was hit by a car driven by Jennifer Kessler, whose BAC at the time was .262%. That’s more than three times above the .08% legal limit. The 26-year-old later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, felony death by vehicle, and reckless driving to endanger.

The defendants in this North Carolina wrongful death complaint are The Orange Peel, Highland Brewing Co., Temptations Red Room, and Sazerac. Per the civil lawsuit, employees at Highland Brewing, where Kessler first stopped, either should have known or already knew that she was drunk when they served her drinks. She drank more alcohol at the other three bars.

There is a North Carolina statute that bars establishments with Alcoholic Beverage Control permits from knowingly giving or selling alcohol to anyone who is ‘intoxicated.” Also, when third party ended up getting hurt or dying in a drunk driving accident because an establishments sold alcohol to minors or an already intoxicated persons, the state allows for the latter to be held liable through North Carolina personal injury and wrongful death complaints. Recovery is limited to $500,000.

Drunk Driving
According to a paper recently published by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers, even though drunk driving appears to have gone down 30% in the last five years, about 4 million Americans still acknowledge to having at least once driven while under the influence of alcohol. This has led to 112 million alcohol impaired driving-related incidents and thousands of deaths. That’s still 1/3rd of all driving deaths.

Telephone survey data was used by the CDC used telephone survey data to put together its drunk driving figures for 2010. Among its latest statistics:

• 81% of drunk driving incidents involved men.
• 85% of those involved in impaired driving incidents have engaged in binge drinking.
• People who didn’t consistently use seat belts were four times more likely to drive drunk.

The CDC researchers’ report can be found in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Drunk driving can cause devastating injuries for those involved. It makes no sense for lives to be lost and families destroyed because someone decided to get into a car and drive. You may have a Charlotte, North Carolina car accident case against a drunk driver or the party/parties that served the motorist alcohol or allowed him/her to drive while intoxicated.

Medical expenses, lost wages, lost benefits, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and funeral and cremation expenses can take a financial toll on the lives of victims and loved ones. There is no reason why you have to foot these burdens alone. Making the responsible parties pay is also a way to hold them accountable for their actions.

Lawsuit seeks damages in fatal drunk driving crash in Asheville, Citizen Times, October 13, 2011

Drunk driving down, still a factor in a third of crash deaths, Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Social Host Liability, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC

More Blog Posts:
Horrific DUI North Carolina School Bus Accident Raises Troubling Questions, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, May 27, 2011

DWI Driver Seriously Hurts Eight People in North Carolina Auto Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, May 12, 2011

Former News Anchor Tolly Carr Settles North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Family of Man Killed in Drunk Driving Accident, North Carolina Injury Lawyers Blog, November 24, 2008

North Carolina 15-Passenger Van Accident on I-95 Sends Several People to Hospitals

September 6, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Several people were injured on Monday in a North Carolina 15-passenger van crash close to I-95 in Wilson County. The single-vehicle crash resulted in the van flipping over and landing upside down in a field. The Wilson County Highway Patrol says the vehicle was transporting migrant workers.

According to one witness, people were crawling out of the vehicle while others were pulled out. There was a lot of screaming by the victims, who didn’t appear to speak English. Several of the 15-passenger van victims were sent to the hospital.

15-Passenger Van Accidents
Unfortunately, 15-passenger vans are among the vehicles most at risk of rolling over during a North Carolina motor vehicle accident. This information is now common knowledge, yet many schools, groups, day care centers, camps, athletic programs, recreational centers, shuttle services, churches, hotels, and organizations continue to use 15-passenger vans for transportation. If you or someone you love was hurt in a 15-passenger van crash, do not hesitate to contact our Charlotte, North Carolina 15-passenger van law firm to request your free case evaluation.

The problem with 15-passenger vans is that they are designed in a way that when they are actually loaded to capacity cargo and passengers their rollover risk triples. Yet approximately 500,000 15-passenger vans continue to transport millions of people every year.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, although 15-passenger vans have a lower death rate than other vehicles, it has a higher occupant fatality rate. Also, not just anyone can operate a 15-passenger van. Federal standards require that 15-passenger van drivers have a commercial driver’s license.

Because 15-passenger vans are bigger than most other autos, the driver must know how to navigate corners and turns, as well as how to safely back up. It doesn’t help that the van’s high gravity center causes the vehicle to become less stable the more weight is added to it. Too quick of a turn or lane change made or a tire blowout can cause the driver to lose control of the van, which could roll over to result in serious injuries, including head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Many people seem to forget that riding a 15-passenger van is not like riding a bus and seat belts must be used as protection in the event of a deadly crash. Yet the driver or those supervising the van or trip don’t always enforce this.

You may have reason to pursue a North Carolina personal injury case against a negligent driver of van operator or another party. You may have reason to file a North Carolina products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the 15-passenger van or the manufacturer of one of the vehicle’s defective/malfunctioning parts.

Several people injured in van crash, ABC11, September 5, 2011

Multiple People Hurt In Crash In Wilson, WITN, September 6, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Q&A: 15-passenger vans, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Analysis of Crashes Involving 15-Passenger Vans, NHTSA (PDF)

More Blog Posts:
Prevent North Carolina 15-Passenger Van Crashes by Not Overloading Vehicle, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 22, 2010

Tractor-Trailer Crash Involving 15-Passenger Van Kills 11 People, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, March 26, 2010

Minivan Tire Blowout Kills Six People and Injures 9 in Rollover Accident, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, December 2, 2009

Union County, North Carolina Dog Bite Lawsuit Blames School Staff for Incident on Playground

August 31, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

The father of a former Western Union Elementary School student is suing the Union County Board of Education for North Carolina injuries to a minor because a pit bull terrier bit his son on the school playground in 2010. According to the North Carolina dog bite lawsuit, the stray animal entered the school premises. Meantime, while the board acknowledges that the dog got onto the grounds and bit Jordan, it denies responsibility.

If you or someone you love was injured in a dog attack that occurred on another person’s property, you may have reason for filing a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit against the premise owner and/or the dog owner. Property owners can be held liable for North Carolina premises liability if there is a danger or unsafe condition on the property that causes injury that would/could/should have been prevented if it weren’t for the owner’s negligence.

Dog owners can also be held liable for the victim’s injuries. However, because of the state’s laws regarding contributory negligence, which stops victims that played any role in causing their injury from obtaining damages, receiving the compensation you are owed can be tough. Also, it doesn’t help that the state’s laws regarding dog bites appear to be more to the dog owner’s advantage.

For example, a North Carolina dog owner can be held strictly liable for the animal’s injuries if he/she purposely and willfully violated the state’s prohibition against letting dogs run at large. However, this is only applicable if the dog is more than six months old and was running at large on its own during night hours. Strict liability may also apply if severe injury or death resulted and the animal had been used in dog fighting or was previously declared “potentially dangerous” for either having terrorized or caused injury to another human being or animal while off the owner’s property. These are just some of the reasons why you should work with an experienced Monroe, North Carolina dog bite law firm that knows how to prove negligence and obtain the maximum recovery possible.

You should know that a dog doesn’t need to have broken skin during the bite for you to have grounds for a Charlotte, North Carolina dog attack claim. Dog bites can cause serious emotional injury and mental trauma that can impede the victim’s life. Also, as we mentioned earlier in the blog post, there may be more than one party who should be held liable for your North Carolina dog bite injuries.

Also, if a dog bit you, you should seek medical attention right away. Even if the actual physical injury doesn’t appear severe you may be at risk of infection or rabies, which can exacerbate your condition. Some dog bite injuries can be so serious that they can lead to permanent disfigurement, scarring, organ damage, and even death.

Father Sues Union School Board Over Dog Bite Incident, WSOCTV, August 31, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Dog Bites, American Humane Society

Dog Bites, Nolo

More Blog Posts:

Waxhaw Pit Bull Attack Leaves 5-Year-Old Dead and Her Grandmother with Serious Injuries, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 12, 2011

Mint Hill Dog Attack Injures Grandmother and Six-Year-Old Boy, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, December 24, 2010

Eye Complications Can Develop in Children Suffering from North Carolina Dog Bite Injuries to the Face, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, October 29, 2010

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board and High School Band Director Sued by Ex-High School Student For North Carolina Personal Injury

May 23, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

An ex-South Mecklenburg High School student is suing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board and school band director Richard Priode for infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and North Carolina personal injury. The plaintiff, referred to in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg injury complaint as “Jane Doe,” says she had a 13-month sexual relationship with Priode when she was a student and a band member there. The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to felony indecent liberties with a student almost two years ago.

In her Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury lawsuit, Jane Doe contends that the school board should have known about Priode’s history of “inappropriate behavior” involving students at schools where he had previously taught. The plaintiff says that Priode started directing sexual innuendoes at her in 2007 and that she was 16 when he convinced her to participate in a sex act. She says their sexual relationship took place at the school, as well as on a school band excursion in 2008. Jane Doe also says that when an instructor for the color guards did report Priode’s sexual remarks and innuendoes to the principal, that teacher was later fired.

Jane Doe got in touch with police in 2009 and Priode was arrested following an investigation. The plaintiff is accusing the board of negligence for not detecting her relationship with the band teacher and for not looking into the color guard teacher’s allegations. She says that because of the North Carolina sexual abuse, she has suffered mental suffering and emotional distress and has had to undergo psychiatric and psychological are.

North Carolina Child Sexual Abuse
Schools can be held liable for Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury if a teacher, another staff member, or someone else sexually abuses a student while on the premise or during school activity. Sex abuse can cause serious mental and emotional injuries for victims. Like other personal injuries, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be entitled to damages from all liable parties.

Teen sexual assault victim files suit against band teacher and CMS, WBTV, May 17, 2011

Woman’s lawsuit faults CMS’ background check, Charlotte Observer, May 18, 2011

Read the Complaint

Related Web Resource:

Board of Education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

More Blog Posts:
North Carolina Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Bishop Eddie Long, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, September 27, 2010

Charlotte Catholic Diocese Settles North Carolina Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit for $1 Million, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, May 7, 2010

North Carolina Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Names Two Priests as the Perpetrators, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, June 3, 2009


Charlotte, North Carolina Injury Attorney Michael A. DeMayo Now a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

August 10, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

Michael A. DeMayo, a Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury lawyer, is now a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Members must have won multi-million dollar verdicts, settlements, and awards for their clients. Attorney DeMayo, who is founder and president of the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, is also a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than 1% of US attorneys belong to this group, known for its excellence in advocacy and for having obtained for at least one client an award, settlement, or verdict of $1 million or greater.

Charlotte, Personal Injury Attorney DeMayo leads a team of dedicated professionals with over 100 years of combined legal experience. They are committed to obtaining the financial recovery that their clients and families are owed by negligent parties. Our North Carolina law firm represents victims and surviving family members with all types of injury cases, including those involving medical malpractice, automobile accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall, products liability, defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, nursing home neglect and abuse, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, pedestrian accidents, and workers’ compensation. The Law Offices of Michael DeMayo is located in Charlotte, Monroe, Hickory, and Lumberton, North Carolina. We also represent clients with South Carolina personal injury cases in the counties of Marlboro, Chesterfield, York and Lancaster.

Charlotte, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Michael A. DeMayo is also an active member of the community. Each year, his law firm awards college scholarships to a number of high school seniors for their innovative and creative ideas on ways to stop teens from driving drunk.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum & Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Michael A. DeMayo, Esq.

Verdicts & Settlements, Law Office of Michael A. DeMayo

Schools Must Protect Students Under Their Supervision from South Carolina and North Carolina Personal Injury

April 29, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

A Thomasville high school student broke his arm and suffered facial lacerations on Monday after falling 30 feet through a skylight and landing on the floor of a Thomasville High School classroom. Police say that three students who were taking part in a masonry program where allowed to go on top of the roof of the vocational building so they could learn how to make scaffolding. Following the North Carolina fall accident, 17-year-old Brian Shuler was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

According to Quindale Williams, a student who was quoted in, glass from the skylight started falling onto the classroom. Williams said that as Schuler fell, he struck the poles on the ceiling before falling face first onto the ground. Schuler was bleeding from his nose, mouth, and ears.

Following the North Carolina injury accident, Thomasville High School Principal Deboy Beamon said that the construction teacher had told Schuler and the two students that were on the roof to come down right before the fall accident happened. Beamon maintained that the school is committed to its kids’ safety. Moving forward, the students will have limited access to the building when they are on scaffolding.

As our Charlotte, North Carolina injury law firm has discussed in passed blog posts, schools are responsible for making sure there are no dangerous conditions or situations on the school grounds that can injure students or place their lives in peril. While the kids are under the school’s watch it is the responsibility of the school and its employees to remedy any hazards that might be a premises liability or a personal injury hazard.

Just yesterday in South Carolina, a Rock Hill teenager was assaulted by a fellow student on a school bus. Ashley Barber, 17, sustained razor cuts to her face after she was assaulted by a 15-year-old.

The 15-year-old is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, disturbing schools, and carrying a weapon on school grounds. Barber, who was released from the hospital after she was treated for her injuries, was charged with disturbing schools and carrying a weapon. A kitchen knife was found in the purse that she was carrying while on the bus.

Girl assaulted with razor on school bus, Charlotte Observer, April 29, 2010

Thomasville NC injury news: Student airlifted after 30 ft. fall through roof, Justice News Flash, April 28, 2010

Related Web Resources:

World report on child injury prevention, World Health Organization

Injuries among children and adolescents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Raleigh Pedestrian Accident Claims the Life of 6-Year-Old North Carolina Girl

August 25, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

Ashley E. Ramos-Hernandez, 6, died last Wednesday after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle during a Raleigh pedestrian accident. The deadly North Carolina traffic incident occurred during the afternoon close to the intersection of Hillock Drive and North Hills as the young girl was crossing the street. The driver that struck Ashley, 83-year-old Geraldine Baron Deitz, has been charged with passing a stopped school bus and misdemeanor by motor vehicle death.

According to Raleigh police, Dietz says she saw a stopped school bus ahead of her and that all of the bus’s markers and signals were not activated. She says she initially stopped for the bus but when it did not turn she kept driving until she heard a “thud.”

Witnesses, however, dispute her account. They say that the 83-year-old driver ignored the fact that the bus’s markers and signals were activated as Ashley and other kids were crossing the street. The fact that Deitz is an elderly senior driver is once again raising the issue of whether older drivers should be allowed to continue to drive without being tested again.

Since 1999, Ashley is the eighth student to die in a North Carolina pedestrian accident because of drivers who passed stopped school buses. Derek Graham of the state’s Department of Public Instruction was quick to point out, however, that all of the drivers did not fall under one specific age range. He also said that in North Carolina, drivers ignore school bus stop-arms about 2,000 times a day.

According to AAA:
• Almost 1/5th of child traffic deaths involving kids under age 15 are pedestrians.
• Most school pedestrian fatalities occur between 3 and 4 pm.

A driver who strikes any pedestrian due to negligence or carelessness can be held liable for North Carolina personal injury or wrongful death.

Child, 6, dies after being struck by car, The News & Observer, August 19, 2009

Back to School Driving Tips, KTVN News, August 24, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Walk this Way, Safe Kids

Walking Info

Parents File North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Lenoir-Rhyne University and Theta Chi Fraternity

August 4, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

The parents of a 19-year-old boy who died during a fraternity event while attending Lenoir-Rhyne University is suing the school and the Theta Chi Fraternity for his wrongful death. Harrison Kowiak died on November 18, 2008.

Kowiak was taking part in bulldogging, a game that involves pledges retrieving rocks in a dark field while fraternity members tackle them. While Kowiak weighed just 160 pounds, a number of the fraternity brothers were football players.

According to the North Carolina wrongful death complaint, Kowiak complained that he was hurt but no one took him seriously until he became unresponsive. The complaint contends that members of the fraternity took him to the hospital but lied about what had occurred.

Autopsy results indicate that Kowiak’s cause of death was blunt trauma to the head.

The Durham County wrongful death complaint also names as defendants the Theta Chi faculty advisor, the university’s fraternity supervisor, and 21 males that allegedly took part in the bulldogging.

Kowiak played golf for the university.

Hazing is illegal in North Carolina. Yet hazing continues to take place on some campuses even though this is not the first time someone has gotten hurt. While pledging a house in the Greek system can be a lot of fun and a great way to bond with people, this initiation process can turn deadly should activities get out of hand that they endanger the well-being of participants. Binge drinking, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, and physical abuse have been known to take place during certain hazing events.

Regardless of whether your son or daughter was injured or killed during an activity that was intended as good fun, if anyone behaved negligently and contributed to causing the accident you should explore your legal options for North Carolina personal injury or wrongful death.

Parents of Lenoir-Rhyne student sue over “hazing,”, August 1, 2009

Tampa Teen Got Fatal Head Injury During Frat Initiation,, November 20, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Dangers of Fraternity Hazing,

Abuse by Any Name, News & Observer, August 4, 2009

Chapel Hill Daycare Operator Sued for Infant’s Traumatic Brain Injury

July 22, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

In Durham County, the parents of a 7-month-old infant are suing Chapel Hill daycare operator Cheryl McAdoo Alston for his permanent traumatic brain injury. The North Carolina injuries to minor complaint accuses Alston of injuring the baby, who was attending Cheryl’s Infant and Toddler Preschool, and neglecting to get him medical care in a timely manner after she allegedly hurt him. The child’s parents are seeking over $10,000 in damages for their son’s personal injury.

A North Carolina traumatic brain injury lawsuit is not the only legal woe that Alston is facing. She was arrested last week for allegedly shaking the infant so violently that now, more than two months after sustaining the head injury, he is still under close observation at UNC Hospital’s neonatal unit. The boy’s parents say that he is impaired for life, and it is too soon to tell whether he will be able to walk or talk normally.

Alston, who has spent most of her life taking care of babies, has lost her license to run her at-home day care, and an Orange County, North Carolina judge has ordered the 53-year-old woman to stay away from kids.

Alston claims that after returning from washing her hands, the baby, who was in a car seat, would not respond to her. She says that when she grabbed him out of the seat, his head fell back when she tried to press him into her shoulder. The infant’s father arrived at the day care center at this time.

Alston maintains that she would never hurt a child. However, this is not the first time that social workers have questioned the care that she provides at her day care center.

In April 2008, North Carolina investigators interviewed Alston about another child under her charge who also sustained injuries. The child’s guardian was worried that Alston had failed to properly supervise the boy and that another child might have fallen on him.

Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are usually caused by a jolt or blow to the head or an injury that is penetrating enough that the brain’s functioning is disrupted. Depending on the severity of the TBI, the injury can be mild, resulting in temporary impairment, or severe, resulting in permanent or fatal brain injuries.

Daycare operator sued over abuse, ABC Local, July 21, 2009

Day care operator charged with injuring baby,, July 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Traumatic Brain Injury, CDC

Abusive Head Trauma,

North Carolina Bus Accident Sends Students to the Hospital for Treatment of Minor Injuries After Car Goes Under the Bus

March 3, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

In Lillington, a number of five high school students and a car driver were transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries following a North Carolina school bus accident. The traffic collision occurred yesterday morning when the school bus was rear-ended by a vehicle at the intersection of US 101 and Lafayette Road.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says the car, driven by Lillington driver Maureen Denise McCouat, went under the bus, seriously damaging her vehicle and causing minor damage to the school bus.

This is not the only Harnett County bus accident to happen recently. A number of week ago, another car slid under a school bus during a North Carolina traffic accident. Fortunately, no one was injured. Following the motor vehicle crash, the car driver waved to the occupants of the school bus before driving off. The motorist has yet to be apprehended. On Friday, a local elementary school bus was almost involved in an auto accident when another motorist swerved in front of it.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which defines a school transportation-related crash as a traffic accident involving an actual school bus or a vehicle being used as a school bus that takes kids to and from school or to school-related activities:

• 1,541 people have been killed in US school transportation-related crashes since 1997.
• 73% of these fatalities were riding in the other vehicles when the motor vehicle accident happened.
• 7% of the people that died were riding in the school bus when the traffic crash occurred.
• 20% of deaths involved pedestrians and pedalcyclists.
• Between 1997 and 2008, 27 school bus passengers and 16 bus drivers died in 36 single-vehicle accidents.
• 32 passengers and 34 drivers died in the 54-multiple vehicle crashes involving a school bus.

Driver Slams Under Bus: Students Go To Hospital With Minor Injuries, Dunn Daily Record, March 3, 2009

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Related Web Resources:
School bus injuries much higher than thought, MSNBC/AP, November 6, 2006

National Coalition for School Bus Safety

North Carolina Car Accidents: Over-Correcting is A Common Cause of Auto Crashes

December 1, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

Over-correcting when driving is a common cause of North Carolina car accidents. A driver ends up off the road, overreacts to the situation, and over-corrects in an attempt to avoid causing a motor vehicle crash. Unfortunately, what can end up happening is that by quickly turning the steering wheel to prevent an accident from happening, a single-vehicle rollover or a collision with another motor vehicle can result.

In January, Joseph Gerald Hart, 16, died in a Raleigh head-on collision with a delivery truck. The teen driver had over-corrected after driving off the road. In November 2007, 16-year-old Joel Duran drove off Interstate 40. While over-correcting, his SUV rolled over. Two of his passengers, 23-year-old Elizabeth Arch and 17-year-old Zepherino Duran were ejected from the vehicle.

Zepherino sustained critical injuries and Arch died from hers. Joel has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and manslaughter.

Adults, too, have known to over-correct. The Highway Patrol makes its troopers practice how to reenter the highway safely and correctly.

Last January, a school bus driver who over-corrected struck an SUV, killing its driver. The North Carolina bus driver, Trumeka Deon Wilson, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, over-correction and other driving errors can lead to catastrophic North Carolina car accidents that can cause serious injuries or deaths. In these instances, it is time to contact an experienced Raleigh, North Carolina car crash law firm about your case.

Other common mistakes that can lead to catastrophic North Carolina motor vehicle crashes:

• Drowsy driving
• Speeding
• Swerving out of one’s lane. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 15,574 people died in US traffic accidents in 2007 because a driver swerved out of their lane.
• Drunk driving
• Failure to yield
• Running a red light
• Reckless driving
• Not wearing a seat belt

Over-correcting linked to many accidents,, May 21, 2009

Most Lethal Driving Mistakes,

Over Correction- One of the Most Common Mistakes Teens Make,, May 22, 2008

Related Web Resources:
National Highway Traffic Administration

Teen Drivers, CDC

Return of North Carolina Motorcyclists In Spring Followed By Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 5, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has dubbed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to promote motorcycle safety and road sharing between motorcyclists and other drivers.

The national safety campaign comes less than a week after the end of North Carolina’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week, which took place from April 21 to April 25.

The statewide and national safety awareness campaigns couldn’t come at a better time. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles says that motorcycle deaths have risen—183 rider deaths last year compared to 61 motorcyclist fatalities in 1997.

Motorcycles account for only 1.96% of all registered motor vehicles in North Carolina, but make up nearly 12% of all traffic deaths. There are 500,000 licensed drivers in North Carolina with either a motorcycle learner’s permit or endorsement.

Promoting motorcycle safety is essential—especially as motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. Just lat month, a Guilford County school bus driver was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. She accidentally struck a motorcyclist when she failed to stop before driving through an intersection.

In North Carolina and South Carolina, our motorcycle accident law firm has helped many motorcycle victims and their families recover personal injury compensation.

Many motorcycle accidents occur because motorists fail to see the motorcycles on the roads with them. Driver inattention, inexperience, and drunk driving are also common causes of motorcycle crashes.

As your personal injury representation, our North Carolina motorcycle accident law firm can deal with all aspects of your personal injury case for you.

School Bus Driver Charged In Motorcycle Crash Death,, April 22, 2008

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,, March 31, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Gov. Easley Proclaims April 21-25 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week,, April 21, 2008

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

UNC Pediatrician Sued For Sex Abuse Asks North Carolina Medical Board to Suspend His Medical License

April 8, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

Dr. Mel Levine, a doctor and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine has asked the North Carolina Medical Board to put his medical license to practice medicine in the state in inactive status.

Dr. Levine is currently the defendant in personal injury lawsuits filed against him by several victims that are accusing him of sexual abusing them when they were young boys and patients at Children’s Hospital Boston in Massachusetts.

Dr. Levine says he is innocent of the allegations and his attorney says that the request to suspend his license is not an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Levine has also volunteered to stop seeing patients at UNC until the sex abuse allegations are resolved.

Dr. Levine is the author of “A Mind at a Time” and other books about learning disabilities. Prior to transferring to UNC, he was the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston.

The lawsuit accuses Dr. Levine of sexually abusing a boy from the time he was 8, in 1980, until 1985. He is also accused of sexually abusing six other boys, 5 to 13 years old, from 1967 to 1984. Some of these boys, now men, have also filed lawsuits against Dr. Levine.

A sex abuse lawyer for five of the men says that his clients waited to file their lawsuits because they were ashamed of the abuse or had suppressed the memories for years.

If you or your child was the victim of child sexual abuse by a teacher, doctor, coach, counselor, doctor, camp counselor, therapist, day care worker, a priest, or anyone else, you may be able to sue the perpetrator in civil court for personal injury damages.

A victim of sexual abuse may sustain physical as well as emotional injuries that can take its toll on the life of the victim and their loved ones. One of our North Carolina and South Carolina sexual abuse lawyers would be happy to speak with you to discuss your legal options.

Suit Accuses Pediatrician of Abuse, The New York Times, April 8, 2008

Doctor stops seeing patients after lawsuit, The Daily Tar Heel, April 8, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Biography of Dr. Mel Levine

UNC School of Medicine

Duke Lacrosse Players File Lawsuit Against Duke University and the City of Durham, North Carolina

February 21, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

Over three dozen current and ex-Duke Lacrosse players are suing Duke University, the North Carolina city of Durham, and a number of police and school officers. The federal lawsuit alleges abuse, fraud, and breach of duty during the high profile case, now dismissed rape case against three team members.

The three lacrosse players who were charged, Reade Seligmann, Dave Evans, and Collin Finnerty, are not plaintiffs in this civil case. They have filed their own cases against Durham and police investigators. The three of them reached a settlement with Duke University last year.

The plaintiffs in this latest lawsuit related to the rape case are 38 unindicted players and nine of their family members. They are suing for damages for emotional trauma, invasion of privacy, and other injuries.

In 2006, Seligmann, Evans, and Finnerty were indicted by then-Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong after a woman accused the three of them of raping her at a Lacrosse team party that March. State prosecutors dropped all charges against the three men in April 2007.

Apparently, Nifong and his investigative team had made up and suppressed evidence. The victim continued to change her account of the alleged attack. The federal lawsuit claims that the University and the city abandoned the lacrosse team in favor of protecting the images of the school and the city. The plaintiffs are accusing Duke of disregarding and discrediting evidence that showed the players did not rape the alleged rape victim.

As a result, the players say that they were harassed, abused, and disciplined as if they were already guilty of rape. The University cancelled the lacrosse team’s season.

The players want to hold the city of Durham responsible for Nifong’s actions. The former DA, who has declared bankruptcy and is a defendant in two other lawsuits related to his handling of the rape case was not named in this lawsuit. He was disbarred and spent a night in jail for his actions.

If you have suffered any injuries or losses because of the misconduct or negligence of any person or entity in North Carolina or South Carolina, you may be able to receive personal injury compensation for the harm that you have suffered.

Players allege Duke failed to protect their reputation,, February 21, 2008

Duke lacrosse players seek damages in federal lawsuit, USA, February 21, 2008

Related Web Resources:

McFayden et al v Duke University et al,

Duke Rape Case Unravels,, December 26, 2006

At Least 50 People Sent Hospitals After Greyhound Bus-Tractor-Trailer Accident Near Henderson, North Carolina

January 2, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

Two people were taken to a hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in critical condition and at least 48 others were transported to a Henderson hospital after a Greyhound Bus and a tractor-trailer collided near Henderson.

The bus was headed toward Raleigh on U.S. Route 1, when, according to a NC Highway Patrol Officer, it failed to slow down while the tractor-trailer attempted to turn. The bus rear-ended the truck. The bus then drove off the shoulder and down an embankment where it landed on its side.

If you are ever injured in an accident involving a bus or truck anywhere in North Carolina or South Carolina, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer right away.

Truckers and bus drivers are upheld to higher standards of motor vehicle safety than regular motorists. Injury accident cases involving buses or trucks are usually more complicated to prove than car accident or motorcycle crash cases.

An experienced truck accident attorney will be familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations that truck drivers and bus drivers are required to follow. A truck crash attorney knows what to look for to determine whether the truck driver was working beyond his or her legally allowed number of hours or whether a truck malfunction was the cause of a deadly crash.

Your bus accident lawyer can also determine whether other parties, ncluding the bus company, the government, a school district, or anyone else aside from the bus driver, can be held liable for your injury accident.

The size and weight of a large motor vehicle striking a victim who has little in the way of physical protection can lead to catastrophic—even deadly—injuries. Children, especially those riding school buses, are especially prone to serious injuries if they are involved in a school bus accident.

There are specific steps that you must take to maximize your chances for recovery in North Carolina or South Carolina if you are involved in any kind of motor vehicle crash.

50 Hurt in NC Bus, Tractor-Trailer Wreck, FoxNews, January 2, 2007

Greyhound Bus, Tractor-Trailer Collide On U.S. 1 Near Henderson, WXII12, January 2, 2007

Related Web Resources:


Greyhound Bus Line


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