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Dangerous driver kills 1, injures 1 in tragic accident

Dangerous drivers have to be held accountable for their actions. If you've ever been in a severe accident, you know that some people drive while under the influence, when they're unwell, when they're texting or when they're talking on the phone.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage

North Carolina law requires that the owner of a motor vehicle carry a minimum of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage to protect other drives from their negligence. This means that even if you incur damages in excess of $30,000, the at-fault party's insurance company will only pay, at the most, $30,000. Because the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance coverage to reimburse the injured driver for all their related expenses underinsured motorist coverage allows the injured party to be further reimbursed through their own insurance policy. 

What constitutes overloading for a commercial truck?

Overloaded trucks cause some of the most dangerous situations on the roads. If you've ever seen a truck overturned, overloading could have been the problem. The same is true if you see a load that has come detached, falling on the road behind the vehicle. With heavy loads, these trucks can't stop quickly, turn easily or travel with much speed even when under the limits. Overloaded trucks pose a different issue, because they are more likely to be involved in an accident due to a load that breaks free from its restraints, problems controlling the vehicle and other issues. If overloading is found to be the reason for a collision, the victim may be in a position to file claims against the driver as well as the driver's company for the dangers the truck posed.

Temporary Partial Disability

It's a situation all too common in Workers' Compensation claims.  You have been injured at work and expect to fully recover.  Your employer has offered you a job while you recover from your injury, but it pays less than what you made before your injury.  Do you have to take the job, and if you do can you still receive benefits to make up the difference between your old pay and your new, smaller paycheck?

3 killed at construction job, at least 4 companies face the blame

Working in construction has never been easy, and it's rarely the safest job you can have. Despite that, there are ways that employers can help make the job safer for workers. Following regulations and safety procedures is vital, especially when workers are high above ground level, in a hazardous position or otherwise near dangerous machinery or equipment. If you're hurt on the job when you're working because of safety violations, your attorney may discuss the option of workers' compensation and other forms as well.

Court Denies Employee Workers' Compensation Benefits who Settled Third Party Claim

In an opinion filed December 1, 2015, the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that a plaintiff is barred from later claiming compensation under the Workers' Compensation Act after settling his claim with the third party tortfeasor without written consent of the employer or an order from the superior court or the Commission prior to disbursement of proceeds. 

North Carolina's truck accident statistics revealed

It's important to hold a truck driver responsible in the case of an accident. These drivers are meant to follow strict regulations, speed limits and time schedules, so they don't end up hurting you or others on the road. When someone falls asleep behind the wheel or makes a bad decision and causes an accident, it's your right to make a claim for compensation.

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