Topic: Michael A DeMayo

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.

Letting Go of Timidity and Launching that North Carolina Class Action Lawsuit

April 26, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Why have you yet to file a North Carolina class action lawsuit? Why haven’t you take action to protect your rights and to hold a dubious insurance company or narcissistic boss or negligent product maker to any kind of account?

After all, you have plenty of reason to want to take action. Exhibit A: your serious injury or your loved one’s serious injury. Exhibit B: your strong belief (perhaps supported by evidence) that someone or some institution has not played fair with you–either failed to warn you about some danger or put you in harm’s way due to negligence, misanthropy, carelessness, fatigue, or some combination of bad factors.

Yet you are restrained. You are not taking action.

Rather than beat yourself up over this, recognize this “timidity problem” is incredibly common among accident victims. The tort reform lobby likes to paint North Carolina personal injury plaintiffs as somehow overly entitled or venal. This stereotype is totally incorrect–and almost the reverse of what’s true.

Most people who get injured are extremely reluctant to take their fight to the court system, even when they have extremely good reason to do so.

The reason they’re so reluctant is that most people don’t like to make waves. They don’t like the idea of “suing” someone or some company. It sounds really aggressive. Plus, when you “sue” someone or put up any kind of legal fight, you need to jump through all sorts of hoops and possibly retain a North Carolina personal injury class action lawyer (which can be an intimidating proposition). Then you may need to get embroiled in a battle that puts your reputation on the line (or at least so you fear). Ultimately, you may not even get results.

Thus, you could fight very hard, get your hopes up and then see those hopes dashed.

No, the problem is not that too many people pursue legal action–it’s that timid people who should at least consider their options are intimidated from exploring their options.

Understand that it’s an act of tremendous bravery and courage just to pick the phone and connect with a mass tort law firm, like DeMayo, at (877) 529-1222. Calling our firm or any reputable firm may force you to abandon your comfort zone, temporarily. And when you are sick and injured or financially struggling, the last thing you want to do is “go out of your comfort zone” even more.

But recognize that you owe to yourself and your family to understand your rights and options, even if you never decide to act on them through the court system. First, seek help, and then make a more informed decision once you know your options better.

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Provides High School Seniors with an Important Platform

June 18, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Attorney Michael A. DeMayo’s scholarship program for North and South Carolina high school seniors has been in action now for ten successful years. Certainly with the cost of a college education today, any amount of a scholarship is a help, however that is not the main purpose of this particular scholarship. The goal is to honor students for scholastic and personal excellence, measured not just by grades and SAT scores but also by applicants’ extra curricular activities and involvement in their communities.

However, the main purpose of this annual award is to help raise awareness and educate teens about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. As word spreads of this program, the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo receive applications from more and more interested students with each passing year. The amount of the scholarship has grown as well, starting in 2003 with five $1000 awards. This year DeMayo law handed out a $2,500 award to each of the fifteen 2012 winners. In total, there have been 97 scholarships awarded to high school seniors in the twentythree eligible North and South Carolina counties over the past decade.

DeMayo is frequently asked about the requirements for the scholarship. He’s set it up so that a student needs to have at least a 3.0 GPA and be attending a four year college to be eligible to apply. To see all the specifics of this scholarship, students are advised to look at the DeMayo scholarship webpage.

As a personal injury lawyer, Michael A. DeMayo sees firsthand the damage and devastation done to individuals and families as a result of drinking and driving accidents. In fact, the scholarship is ingenious as it affords a platform to write about new ideas and possible solutions to this crisis to the very people who are most affected by this issue – the teens themselves. DeMayo has been particularly impressed this year with the diversity of the applicants as well as the clarity and ingenuity of the presentations made by the students. He says it’s clear that they deeply care about this issue and have put in a lot of time, creativity and effort into their presentations, which can be done via video or website, power point, brochure or essay.

Click here to see a list of the 2012 scholarship winners as well as all the previous years’ winners. 

Michael DeMayo says his goal for this scholarship is to raise awareness of the problems related to underage drinking and driving, believing that if even one life is saved as a result, this scholarship program is a success. He believes that the creative suggestions and presentations made by the scholarship winners can indeed have a significant impact in raising teen awareness of this problem, and that raising awareness is always the first line of offense with any major public issue. Certainly, drinking and driving is a major issue that affects us all. And even more certainly, our future is in our young people’s hands – and their hands are on the steering wheel. 

Is the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo the Right Law Firm to Handle Your Case?

June 4, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

What do dog bites, defective products, dangerous drugs and drunk drivers all have in common? According to attorney Michael A. Demayo, they can all land you in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit. If you are the victim—the one who’s been injured or disabled, the one who has had your life shattered—then choosing which law firm to represent you in your case could not be more vital.

Of course, you want a firm that can win your case for you, but you also want to be treated professionally, personally and compassionately. Here are five things to look for:

  1. Experience with your type of case: The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo have handled over 35,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1992. Their legal team brings over 110 years of experience to the table, with cases running the gamut from dog bites to semi-truck accidents and everything in between.
  2. Ability to win settlements: Although most personal injury cases (over 90%) do settle out of court, Michael DeMayo notes that if a law firm has an aggressive reputation and is more than willing to take the case to trial, the defendant may offer a higher out-of-court settlement in hopes of avoiding a trial. In fact, the American Association of Trial Lawyers selected Mr. DeMayo as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the last two years. Please take a look at these verdicts and settlements to give you an idea of just how successfully our lawyers advocate for their clients.
  3. Professionalism: The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo have a team over 80 strong, whose primary focus is to help their clients. The DeMayo law firm assigns each client to a case manager who can answer any questions and keep them informed with regular updates about the status of their case. Customer service and professionalism in all aspects are priorities of this firm.
  4. Professional rating: Mr. DeMayo has a professional rating of AV Preeminent (5.0 of 5.0). This is the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, an independant national organization that’s mission is to accurately rates attorneys and law firms. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent rating reflects the fact that a lawyer’s is ranked by his or her peers at the highest possible level of professional excellence.
  5. Personal, caring and compassionate service: This is one of the areas where the DeMayo law firm excels. If you have been seriously injured, you are at a fragile period in your life. You need all the care and support you can get, including from your lawyers. Clients actually use the words “caring”, “respected”, “wonderful kindness” and even “relaxing” when describing their dealings with this firm. Obviously, there is nothing at all relaxing about a lawsuit, so if any client can use this term (and more than one has) it is a testament to the skill and compassion of DeMayo and his staff. Check out what our clients have to say about us in the top right-hand corner of our DeMayo Law home page.

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo offer a no-cost, no obligation initial consultation about the merits of your case. We also offer a free downloadable book, Carolina Injury Law.

Attorney Michael A. DeMayo Makes Arrive Alive® App Available via iTunes

May 21, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Michael A. DeMayo is pretty excited about the new iTunes app developed for his firm’s signature community service program, Arrive Alive – Don’t Drink and Drive. This passionate Charlotte attorney has been presenting his anti-drunk driving initiative to local area high schools for the past ten years.

The Arrive Alive® program aims to educate and enlighten high school kids about the dangers of teenage drinking and driving.  At the end of these powerful one hour presentations, students in attendance are asked to sign a pledge that they will not drive under the influence. The pledge also has wording that refers to keeping friends and family safe by trying to find them alternate means of transportation if they are intoxicated.

Although Michael A. DeMayo has personally made around 100 presentations at more than fifty different area high schools, due to the demands of his legal practice the amount of teens he can reach is limited.  But now, via the popularity of Facebook and iTunes, he is hoping that teens nationwide will make the same pledge.

DeMayo plans to also post information and videos, so that even teens who have not attended one of his presentations in person can reap the benefits.

Follow this link to download the free Arrive Alive – Don’t Drink and Drive App.

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo are calling for people to get involved by downloading the free app and adding a comment that might inspire teens and young adults to take a closer look at this issue. If you have been at any Arrive Alive presentations, your comments would be most welcome, along with any ratings or reviews of the app itself. And if iTunes isn’t your thing, you can also sign the pledge on our website.

The app was designed to be interactive, so that you can share your personal story or add any comments. Teens are very involved in social media, so the app is a perfect way to allow them to connect on this vital topic. Posts about the Arrive Alive® initiative and the new app have also been added to the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo Facebook page, for those who prefer to get involved in that way.

Michael A. DeMayo has been involved in the fight against teenage drunk driving for many years, after seeing so many clients whose lives have been shattered by this plague. Please join us in this vital endeavor – please encourage our kids not to drink and drive!

And although the Arrive Alive® program and the pledge were originally designed for teens, anyone of any age could sign it. After all, the problem of driving under the influence is hardly limited to teens. This is an issue that affects us all.

10th Annual “Arrive Alive: Don’t Drink and Drive” Program A Success with High School Students, Parents, and Teachers

May 8, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Teens, teachers, and parents are raving about the “Arrive: Alive Don’t Drink and Drive” program that took place at a number of area high schools last week. Led by Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Michael A. DeMayo, students received an education on the dangers of underage drinking and driving.

During the free, hour-long presentation, Mr. DeMayo showed students and faculty photographs from actual drunk driving crash scenes and told them about the catastrophic injuries and deaths that can happen when someone who is intoxicated decides to get in the driver’s seat. Accompanying him to the different schools was Karl Kakadelis, who was just 19 when he caused a drunk driving collision that claimed the life of his best friend. Students were moved as Kakadelis, now 27, talked about how that tragic night irrevocably changed more than one life.

There are no “do-overs” when a drunk driving accident happens and the consequences for everyone involved, including loved ones and friends, are very real. “Our goal is to prevent even one tragic accident from occurring,” said Charlotte, North Carolina Car Crash Lawyer DeMayo.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina Injury law firm is pleased to report that the message we set out to convey, that drunk driving is dangerous and can cause real life, tragic consequences, was acknowledged and received by program attendees and their parents:

“I want to thank (Mr. DeMayo) for trying to change people and turn their hearts before they break them. Like I said, I cannot thank you all enough for coming to my school and talking about this, because it moved me, and that is a life saved. God Bless.” — Jackie Davis

“Your presentation was very powerful. I feel like it really made our students think about making good decisions.  Thank you for what you do for our youth and keep up the good work.” — Dallas Hicks, School Resource Officer, West Iredell High School

“I wanted to tell Mr. DeMayo how much I appreciate his time in coming to North Iredell High School in Olin, NC to speak to the Junior and Seniors about the consequences of drinking on Prom Night. His speech had a huge impact on the students. My daughter is still talking about it. I just wanted to say Thank You!” –Kelly Parks


Schools that the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo’s “Arrive Alive” program visited this year included West Iredell High School, North Iredell High School, Porter Ridge High School, Forest Hills High School, Independence High School, Butler High School, Lake Norman High School, and East Gaston High School.

In addition to the “Arrive Alive” program, our Charlotte, NC injury law firm has been active in other ways to make sure that teens know about the perils of underage drinking and driving. For the 9th straight year, The Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program awarded $2,500 college scholarships to high school students. The winners were chosen based on their winning presentations warning their peers against drunk driving, as well as their grades and community service. To find out who the 2012 15 scholarship winners are, go to this blog post for details.

Teens, parents, and guardians can take the “Arrive Alive” pledge by downloading an App, now available via iTunes and Android.  Please visit us on Facebook to LIKE our page and download the App.

Watch this PSA from our Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm: “There are No Extra Lives when You Drink & Drive.”

Learn More About Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Michael A. DeMayo


The Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program Awards 15 High School Seniors $2,500 Each

May 4, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

For the ninth year in a row, the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program is proud to award $2,500 college scholarships to high seniors in North Carolina and South Carolina. Named after Charlotte, NC Personal Injury Attorney Michael A. DeMayo, the scholarship program seeks to help teenagers further their education while spreading the word that drunk driving is dangerous.

Candidates were evaluated based on their grades, community involvement, letters of recommendation, and original presentations or essays addressing other teens about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. Once again, the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP received a record number of applications and we were pleased by the efforts made by all of our student applicants and the quality of their work.

“Because young adults respond best to advice from their own peers, our scholarship program attempts to capture the ideas and suggestions of teenagers,” said Mr. DeMayo. “Even if our scholarships save just one life, the investment will have been worth it.”

The Winners of the 2012 Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program:

  • Bria Soto, Marvin Ridge High School County in Union County, NC
  • Taylor Thompson, Mooresville Senior High School in Iredell County, NC
  • Kirsten Consing, Fred T. Foard High School in Catawba County, NC
  • Cassidy Plyler, Metrolina Christian Academy in Union County, NC
  • Megan Gurjar, Lake Norman High School in Iredell County, NC
  • Graham Collins, Covenant Day School in Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Tanner Hallgren, Cato Middle College High School in Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Dakota Palacio, Al Brown High School in Cabarrus County, NC
  • Matthew Sciascia, Hickory Ridge High School in Cabarrus County, NC
  • Emilia San Miguel, Robert Logan Patton High School in Burke County, NC
  • Brianna Gallegher, East Lincoln High School in Lincoln County, NC
  • Austin Rhyne, North Iredell High School in Iredell County, NC
  • Amare Seltun, South Point High School in Gaston County, NC
  • Meredith Avant, Independence High School in Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Meredith Morrow, Ardrey Kell High School in Mecklenburg County, NC

A selection committee chose the winners. The 15 winning presentations will be made available through web links in a booklet that will be sent to lawmakers and community leaders who can hopefully use the students’ ideas and suggestions to shape awareness and public policy.

Since 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Michael A. DeMayo and his law firm have awarded over $200,000 in scholarship money to graduating seniors. Our annual scholarship program is part of our community outreach efforts to spread awareness among local youth about the dangers of drunk driving.

Mr. DeMayo also goes out every year to local schools with the “Arrive Alive! Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign.” The free, hour-long presentation is a wake-up call to students about the real life consequences that can happen when you drive while under the influence. Charlotte, NC Injury Attorney DeMayo brought “Arrive Alive” to eight area schools this week.

The Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program

Arrive Alive: Don’t Drink and Drive

LIKE the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo on Facebook

Download Our Free ” Arrive Alive” Mobile Phone App


More Blog Posts:

North Carolina High School Students Take the “Arrive Alive” Pledge to Join the Fight Against Underage Drinking and Driving, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, May 1, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Fights Underage Drinking and Driving with 10th Annual Arrive Alive! Don’t Drink and Drive” Community Outreach Program at Area High Schools, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, April 27, 2012

Deadline for North Carolina and South Carolina High School Students to Enter Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program is February 27, 2012, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 4, 2012

















North Carolina High School Students Take the “Arrive Alive” Pledge to Join the Fight Against Underage Drinking and Drunk Driving

May 1, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP kicked off the first day of its 10th annual “Arrive Alive! Don’t Drink and Drive” program with two presentations at local high schools. At West Iredell High School and North Iredell High School students made the commitment to not drink and drive.

During the presentations, Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney DeMayo spoke to the teenagers about the dangers of drunk driving. He talked about real incidents involving teenagers that died, sustained serious injuries, or hurt someone else because either they or someone else had been driving under the influence. “If we can just save one of you sitting here today from making the wrong decision, then our efforts will be worth it,” said Mr. DeMayo.

Joining him was Karl Kakadelis, who as a teenager was involved in the drunken driving crash that claimed the life of his best friend. Kakadelis has since become an advocate in the fight against underage drinking and driving. Yesterday, he spoke about that night and how it has impacted his life.

Following the presentation, a faculty member at West Iredell High School called the event “very powerful” and said “I feel like it really made our students think about making good decisions.  Thank you for what you do for our youth.”

Our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm is very pleased that our message was heard loud and clear by both teenagers and adults. We are inviting the students to take the “Arrive Alive” pledge, which is a promise to never drive under the influence of alcohol and, when necessary, ride with a designated driver or find other means of transportation. We also invited their parents and guardians to take the pledge to talk to them about the dangers of drunk driving and how to make safe decisions.

All of the students who take the pledge will have their names entered in a drawing. A girl and a boy from each participating school will be eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Students can take the “Arrive Alive” pledge by visiting the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo online or going to our Facebook page where you can LIKE us and download our free “Arrive Alive” mobile app.

Our “Arrive Alive” program continues on Wednesday, May 2 at Independence High School at 9am in Charlotte and Butler High School at 1pm in Matthews.

“Arrive Alive” is one of our signature community service programs. Along with the annual Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarships to 15 high school seniors in North Carolina and South Carolina, our Charlotte, personal injury law firm is dedicated to educating teens about the dangers of drunk driving.


Related Resources:

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Teen Drivers Fact Sheet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Impaired Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


More Blog Posts:

Drunk Driving a Factor in North Carolina Car Accident that Killed 17-Year-Old Raleigh Student, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 31, 2012

North Carolina Car Accident Disaster: Teens Texting Leads to High School Tragedy, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, April 6, 2011

North Carolina DUI Nets Man 15 Years in Jail, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, February 17, 2012


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