North Carolina Residents Injured in Hoke County Collision: Contributory v. Comparative Negligence

Three Robeson, NC County residents were injured, and a man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Hoke County.  The 24-year-old man died at the scene after he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Mount Zionjoe-car flipped Church and Old Wire roads and his 2001 Pontiac struck a tree.

According to the police report, the 18 and 22-year-old all suffered serious injuries.  Two were flown to UNC Hospitals and one of them was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.  Further, all four people were wearing their seat belts.

North Carolina law applies the archaic contributory negligence standard, the least favorable threshold in the United States for injury victims.  Contributory negligence means that you cannot collect one dollar in damages if you were negligent in any way – even 1 percent.

Many North Carolina juries are reluctant to assign blame to victims because this standard is so harsh and unfair.  Therefore, It is important, in North Carolina, for the focus to remain on the carelessness or recklessness of the other driver.

South Carolina uses a more reasonable comparative negligence standard.  The standard is essentially that you can still collect if you were partly at fault.  However, your jury award would be reduced by the percentage of your fault.  Therefore, if your claim is worth $100,000 but you were deemed to be 25 percent at fault, your compensation would be reduced by 25 percent, bringing the claim to $75,000.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a consultation.  You can reach our South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  Further, if you are from North Carolina, call us at 704-499-9000 at our Charlotte, NC office.

Two Injured and One Killed in Catawba County Car Accident

A car wreck in Catawba County, North Carolina has resulted in two being injured and one has died.  The accident occurred last Wednesday afternoon on istock-person through roofCounty Home Road, near the town of Conover.  Police officials at the scene reported that one man was killed in the accident, and two women were being treated for injuries; one of the women is in serious condition.

According to the report, it is not clear what may have caused the wreck, or whether charges will be filed as a result; however, officials will likely be investigating this situation further.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, and have suffered personal injuries, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a confidential consultation. You can reach our Charlotte, North Carolina office at 704-499-9000, or contact us at our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444.

Apartment Fire in Southwest Charlotte Results in Injuries

Charlotte, North Carolina firefighters fought an apartment fire, and after it was finally brought under control, almost 30 units were either damaged or destroyed.  The fire took place at the Sun Valley Apartment complex off Arrowood Road in southeast Charlotte around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  When emergency crews arrived on the scene they spotted a large cloud of smoke; however, they could not detect where the flames were coming from.

Two residents were taken to the hospital with burns, while other residents ran from their homes.  Some were resting outside of the building sitting on their packed suitcases.  At this point, all they could do was watch the apartment buildings burn while firefighters pulled back as the situation became too dangerous.  Falling debris could be seen as the walls and the roof fell into ruin.

After the conflagration, when the fire was brought under control, it was discovered that close to 30 units were destroyed or damaged.  Rescue groups arrived on the scene to help the newly homeless residents.  There is no word as to how the fire started, but a couple people were injured as a result.

While it has not been discovered how this particular fire started, if it is determined to be the negligence of someone, the people who were injured may have a claim for personal injuries.  For a consultation of the rights you have after such a terrible event, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at our Charlotte, North Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We handle accident victims everyday, and welcome the opportunity to help you and your loved ones.

Charlotte Woman Charged with Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle

A Charlotte woman has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor death by vehicle after she was involved in a fatal car accident Sunday morning. Accordingly, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested the woman after she crashed her SUV into a Saturn and the driver subsequently died.

The police have not released what they believe to be the cause of the accident, however, the report does state that the 38 year old Charlotte resident crossed over the center line on Mallard Creek Road near the intersection of Sawgrass Ridge Place and struck a Saturn Ion head-on.

According to a nearby witness, the SUV flew up in the air, flipped twice while still air-born, and then landed on its hood. The witness stated that apparently the Saturn flipped as well, causing firefighters to have a tough time getting the driver out. It took the Fire Department 27 minutes to free the now deceased passenger of the Saturn.

The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead upon arrival to Carolinas Medical Center. Two other passengers were airlifted to CMC-Main with Life threatening injuries.

Another witness played her role in supporting her community, when she ran to the SUV to help the four children inside. The witness states that the children all crawled out of the SUV and into her arms, where they stayed until the ambulance arrived. The children only had minor injuries and lacerations.

The Police arrested the driver of the SUV and charged her with “misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving with no liability insurance.”

She was released late Sunday night from the Mecklenburg County Jail  under $10,500 bond.

The police have stated they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Being involved in any sort of accident can be terrible and frightening, whether you were the person at fault or not. At Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, we have been exposed to every type of car accident and are equipped to handle your case. Contact us today for a free consultation at 704-499-9000 or toll free at 877-374-5999.

One Person Airlifted After Three Car Charlotte Crash

At least three people were injured in a car wreck  last Tuesday afternoon on the SouthEast side of Charlotte.  The incident happened just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Ardrey Kell and Providence Road.

One person had to be helicoptered from the scene with serious injuries while the other two victims were transported to the Carolina Medical Center in Pineville.

According to the police reports, two SUV’s and a pickup truck were heavily damaged during the accident.  Also, A Charlotte Mecklenburg School bus was struck during the crash, but was not involved in the accident with the other cars, according to a report. 

Police have not yet said if charges will be filed against any of the drivers.

Contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys.  Our personal injury attorneys understand the emotional and financial hardships facing persons injured in an accident and want to help you or someone you might know.  We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.