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Stay Safe During Holiday Travel

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, more and more Americans will be hitting the roads. Air travel has been expensive and unpredictable, with many flights leaving passengers stranded due to cancellations. This, coupled with stable gas prices, may make it more appealing for people to drive to their holiday destinations. Last year, more than 50 million people traveled by road during the Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving weekend officially begins on Wednesday evening and ends on Sunday night.

What Causes Holiday Accidents?

Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “Should I give a recorded statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company?”

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents in the United States. While the safety of vehicles has been improving year after year, the number of accidents has not been declining. Accidents caused by distracted driving have been on the rise and continue to be a concern. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a campaign to educate the public about the perils of distracted driving. The NHTSA campaign is called Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks.

Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “I was involved in a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Do I need a lawyer?”

A serious crash sent children to the hospital after a dump truck collided with a school bus in south Charlotte. 14 children who were aboard the school bus were taken to the hospital with various injuries. The bus driver sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident. The bus was carrying students to South Mecklenburg High School, nearby. The crash, which is reported to be caused by the dump truck, involved the school bus as well as another vehicle. The dump truck driver was also taken to the hospital. The children all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were all released from the hospital the same day.

Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “I was involved in a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Do I need a lawyer?”

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation. They offer a convenient and inexpensive alternative to driving a car, truck, or SUV. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. All drivers need to be aware of the ways they can improve motorcycle safety on the roads. May is designated as National Motorcycle Safety Month. Governmental agencies across the country focus on motorcycle safety education during the month of May.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “Can I wait a few months to pursue a personal injury claim?”

Bicycling seems to be more popular than ever. Whether you use a bike to get to and from work or for fun or exercise on the weekends, bicycles are a great option. Using a bike allows you to get to and from a nearby location without using any expensive gasoline, so it reduces your carbon footprint. Electric-assisted bicycles are becoming more common and less expensive, making it easier than ever to utilize a bike for quick trips around town. Unfortunately, bicycle safety is a concern. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) each year, on average, about 1,000 bicycles are involved in reported accidents, about 60 people suffer serious injuries, and about 20 bicyclists are killed.

Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “I was involved in a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Do I need a lawyer?”

Multiple-vehicle accidents can happen quickly. Suddenly, a single accident turns into a large crash scene, with numerous serious injuries and/or fatalities. Some of these crashes take place on highways, where vehicles may be traveling at a high rate of speed. Crashes like this happen when drivers have trouble seeing the road ahead or when a driver smashes into vehicles that are slowed or stopped. The result can be devastating. Some of these accidents happen with 10 or more cars and some of the most tragic multi-vehicle accidents may include dozens of cars and trucks.

Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What happens if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance?”

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Distracted driving is a continuing problem on our roads. Although the safety features in our vehicles continue to improve, injuries and fatalities caused by accidents have not significantly decreased. The NSC reports that about eight people a day are killed and hundreds more are injured on our U.S. roadways due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is negligent driving, which happens when someone does something, or fails to do something, that they knew could be dangerous or cause injuries to another.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: ” Is a tractor-trailer accident the same as an automobile accident?”

There are more than 12 million commercial trucks on America’s roads. Most drivers will share the highway with trucks on a daily basis. Truck accidents are often more serious than accidents that involve other types of vehicles. Truck crashes are more likely to result in severe injuries or fatalities, often to the occupants of other vehicles. Trucks are large and carry heavy loads, making them difficult to maneuver and stop. If you were hurt in a truck accident you may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon after the crash as possible.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if the accident was my fault?”

The number of vehicles on our roadways continues to increase over time. In 2020, there were more than 3,398,000 vehicles registered in North Carolina. With so many cars on the road it is not surprising that accidents happen somewhat frequently. What is concerning is that although there were fewer cars on the road during the pandemic, the number of fatal accidents increased.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if a loved one dies from the injuries sustained in a serious accident while the case is pending?”

A child was struck and killed by a vehicle when crossing a road in Mt. Pleasant, N.C. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon at about 3:48 pm on Mt. Pleasant Road. According to news reports of the accident, the child had just been dropped off by a school bus at a driveway. The school bus continued on its way and the child re-crossed the street to go to the mailbox. The child was hit by a Honda passenger vehicle.

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