Articles Posted in Automobile Accident

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Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”

When a person thinks of an “automobile”, chances are they imagine nearly anything roadworthy. The term is conventionally defined broadly, and includes things like cars, vans, trucks, tractor-trailers, motorcycle and buses. Though this might be what most people think of when they imagine an automobile, most people, at least those in Washington State, would be wrong. A recent personal injury case there hinged on the definition of “automobile” and the answer about what qualifies might surprise you, it certainly surprised the plaintiff.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “The insurance company wants to send me to their own doctor for a second opinion. Do I have to go?”

Many people may not think that the status of their insurance has anything to do with their ability to bring a personal injury case following a car accident. After all, a car crash and the liability of the parties involved has little, if anything, to do with the particulars of the underlying insurance policy. A judge in New Jersey clearly disagreed with such reasoning and in an interesting recent personal injury case, ruled that faulty insurance was enough to get a lawsuit tossed out of court. To learn more about why the insurance flaws were seen as fundamental to the personal injury case, keep reading.

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Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”

We recently discussed the issue of the rising death toll in auto accidents across the country. Figures released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration revealed that more than 37,000 people died in auto accidents in 2016. The stunning figure represents not only an increase over the previous year, but a substantial increase when compared to only two years prior. In fact, traffic fatalities in the U.S. have leaped by an astounding 14.4% in the past two years alone.

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Charlotte DWI Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “Can I represent myself on a traffic ticket?”

Last year was a bad year from a traffic and safety perspective. According to recently released numbers from the Department of Transportation, more than 37,000 people were killed in automobile crashes in 2016. That number represents a 5 percent increase over the figures from 2015. Though this one-year increase is troubling enough, it is made worse when you understand that 2015’s numbers represented a 9 percent increase over figures from 2014.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: ” What should I do if I’m injured as a passenger in a car accident?”

Though you may have heard of dashcams (dashboard cameras) before, you may have thought these were only for police officers or other public servants. Though it’s true that police officers in many jurisdictions have and use dashcams, they are not the only ones. Dashcams have become increasingly popular for ordinary drivers, seen by some as a good way of protecting themselves in the event of an accident. Rather than worry about a he-said, she-said dispute, you can simply play the video captured by the dashcam and put the dispute to rest. Though there are important potential benefits of dashcams in a personal injury context, there are also some negatives that should be weighed when deciding whether to invest. To learn more, keep reading.

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Charlotte DWI Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “Can I represent myself on a traffic ticket?”

With the number of auto accident fatalities rising, many have been eager to identify the source of the increase. Some have blamed the increasing prevalence of smartphones and the attraction of text messaging. Others say that the rise can be attributed to a more general increase in the number of people on the roads. Still others blame pedestrians and bicyclists, saying that their distraction as well as increased presence on roadways is leading to higher numbers of deaths.

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “What happens if I am convicted of a DUI or DWI in Charlotte North Carolina?”

There’s been a big push in recent years by states across the country to legalize the use of marijuana. Though some started by limiting use to medicinal purposes, many have expanded beyond medicine into personal use. The argument in favor is that crimes involving marijuana unnecessarily harm individuals and clog up the court and jail system, all over something that isn’t even that destructive, at least relative to alcohol and other legal substances.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “Should I trust the insurance adjuster?”

Though it’s something few people think about when signing up for car insurance, it happens all the time. People get involved in accidents while driving someone else’s vehicle. The question then becomes, what happens next? Who is liable for the damages? Will the policy of the driver kick in? What about the owner of the vehicle? To learn more, keep reading.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

Golf carts are not something most people think about as being dangerous. They generally move pretty slow, aren’t known for their sporty handling and are generally associated with retirement communities and leisurely activities. Despite their seemingly safe reputation, golf carts are proving to be increasingly dangerous, resulting in thousands of injuries each year. Unlike other dangerous forms of transportation, like passenger vehicles or motorcycles, little if any action is taken to make the golf carts safer. Their speed (or lack thereof) means that regulators and other safety officials largely ignore them, often to the detriment of consumers.

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Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, chances are you’re confused about exactly what comes next. If you’re like most people, you haven’t been involved in any lawsuits before and are unfamiliar not only with the legal system generally, but with the personal injury process specifically. To help guide you through the complex process, consider the following bits of advice. These are suggestions of things not to do and are accumulated from various experts who understand personal injury and car accident cases well.