Davidson Teen Escapes Death in Fiery Crash

A Davidson teen has miraculously escaped serious injury and death after a fiery crash on Interstate 85 Southbound near mile marker 98.

According to Troopers, the 19-tear-old teen’s car experienced tire failure, wet off the side of the road, crashed into an embankment and caught fire.

The teen was initially trapped inside the car, but was able to free himself by climbing out of the back window.

Luckily no other cars were involved the crash.

The traffic accident rates for people ages 16-19 are higher than those for any other age group on the road. Primary risk factors for young drivers include poor hazard detection, low risk perception, risk taking, not wearing seat belts, alcohol and drugs, and night driving.  It’s important for teen drivers to be aware of these risks and the proper safety precautions that need to be taken to mitigate them.  If you or a family member is involved in an accident, the trusted Accident Attorneys of Robert J. Reeves P.C. will be there to pave your successful road to recovery.  Call today at 803-554-4157 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Man Pleads Guilty to Hit-and-Run Involving Bicyclist

Last Friday, a 31-year-old man pleaded guilty in Davidson County Superior Court to a pair of charges in the death of a man who was struck and killed on a bicycle one year ago on Old N.C. Highway 109.

Superior Court Judge Richard Stone sentenced the man to between 1 year, 10 months and 2 years, 3 months in prison.  He will receive credit for 366 days spent in jail since turning himself in Nov. 2, 2011.

The man pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run resulting in serious injury/death and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The crash happened around 7:10 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011, on Old N.C. Highway 109 near Jolly Road, about a mile from Silver Valley Elementary School.  The now deceased bicyclist was riding south when a vehicle approached him from behind and struck him.  The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and landed in a ditch.

The man who hit the bicyclist expressed remorse about the accident to family and friends of the victim.

The rate of traffic deaths that happen after dark are three times higher than those that occur during the day.  Night driving presents an entirely new set of hazards that many drivers may not be aware of or don’t know effective ways to deal with them.  The most obvious reason for this is the fact that it is dark.  In fact, an alarming ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, which is severely limited at night.  After sundown, depth perception, peripheral vision, and color recognition are all compromised.  If you are involved in a serious accident, you need competent attorneys guide you on your most successful path to recovery.  Call the  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  

Fatal Crash in Davidson Sends Car Flying Off Bridge

A fatal crash on a Friday afternoon on U.S. 52 in Davidson County has left a Charlotte man and woman dead and another critically injured.

The man, 21, and the woman, 19, were both killed after the woman driver suddenly swerved the Ford Taurus sedan inot a guardrain and went off a bridge.

According to authorities, the car fell approximately 50 feet to its landing on Old U.S. 64 and then flipping onto an embankment.

A 16-year-old passenger was injured and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Authorities confirmed that drugs and alcohol were not involved in the crash.  A friend of the driver commented that the car was having steering problems prior to the crash.

With today’s busy and demanding lifestyles, regular maintenance of your car may sometimes take a back seat to other pressing obligations.  However, waiting until the last minute to make necessary repairs or maintenance could be placing yourself, your family and/or other road users in danger.  Luckily there is a simple solution.  Drivers should always keep up with their car maintenance schedule by referring to the owner’s manual or maintenance log book and speaking to a trusted mechanic.

The  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that drivers of even the most well maintained vehicles can be injured in a serious car accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, our seasoned litigators can be there to help you on your path to recovery.  Call 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free and speak directly with one of our attorneys today.

Accident Law and Indian Reservations – NC Accident Attorneys

We all have a vague idea that the laws are different on Indian reservations like the one in North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but what does it really mean after an car, truck, or motorcycle accident?  Basically it affects the court in which the matter will be heard: Tribal Court, State Court or Federal Court.

Basically, if the defendant is a member of the local tribe, a car accident case will generally be heard in the tribal court; if the defendant is a non-member of the tribe, a car accident case will generally be heard in state (or federal) court, even if the accident occurred on roads within the Indian reservation.

The basic reason for this is that, as long as the road was on a right-of-way given by the reservation to the state or federal government, the tribe’s claim of jurisdiction over non-members is fairly weak.  The accident occurred on a road that the tribe barely regulates and generally non-members tort defendants will generally have little meaningful interaction with the tribe.  The non-member came on the reservation to visit, isn’t a member of the tribe, and merely got into an accident on (usually) a state maintained road. The basis for giving the tribe jurisdiction over a non-member accident defendant is seemingly weak.

However, members obviously should be under jurisdiction of the tribe, and perhaps are owed the protection that a tribal venue might give.  Thus, when members are the defendants, the tribal court will likely have jurisdiction.

These are just the basic rules though.  State courts may have concurrent jurisdiction in these types of car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases, and federal courts will have jurisdiction over whether or not the tribal court has jurisdiction.  Federal courts may even have diversity jurisdiction in some cases as well.

Interestingly, it may not be so bad for the non-member defendant to try their car, truck, or motorcycle accident case in Tribal Court rather than North Carolina court: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recognizes comparative negligence rather than North Carolina’s contributory negligence.

North Carolina Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed anywhere in the Carolinas, call our accident attorneys at 877-374-5999.  You’ll speak to an attorney who will help you evaluate your case, and we’ll fight to get you your best possible recovery.