Tractor-Trailer Kills Woman in Charlotte

Traffic was tied up on both sides of Interstate 85 on Tuesday morning after a fiery, tractor-trailer crash that resulted in the death of one woman occurred after 11 a.m.

Bystanders on the scene report seeing a tractor-trailer with its front end demolished and the remnants of a small, mangled and burned red car.  Both the tractor-trailer and the car had been fully engulfed in flames at one point during the crash.

The truck driver was able to escape the flames just in time; however, the woman in the red car was not so fortunate and was killed in the wreck.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 85 near the Little Rock Road exit were shut down for over two hours.

Authorities commented that it was not yet clear whether charges will be filed.

Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

In 2010, accidents in the United States involving large trucks killed 3,675 people and injured 80,000. An alarming 276,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.  Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials across the country and beyond.  With the U.S. being one of the worlds most powerful economies, there is seemingly no end in sight for the need for heavy trucks to carry out the demands of trade and distribution.  This reality, however, means that the every day driver shares the road with these mammoth vehicles.  Although truck drivers are required to have certain skills beyond that of the normal driver, risks associated with large trucks remain present and the threat of accidents looms nevertheless.

The  Wrongful Death Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand that even the best trained truck drivers on the road are sometimes involved in accidents, potentially causing serious injury or death.  When someone you love has been killed in a serious accident involving a large truck or tractor trailer, our seasoned litigators can be there to assist you on your path to recovery.  We can investigate all aspects of the death and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.  Hire the best wrongful death attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.

Councilman Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Four-Car Crash–SC Accident Attorneys

A SC Councilman has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit surrounding a 201o ca accident that killed a 70-year-old woman.

The woman driver was struck by four vehicles on November 4, 2010.  The driver of the first car that collided with the woman’s vehicle has pleaded guilty for driving under the influence.  The Councilman’s vehicle was the second car to hit; however, he argues that he tried to swerve and is not responsible for the woman’s death.  This argument is further echoed by the Councilman’s attorney.

According to the Coroner, it was impossible to determine which of the four vehicles were responsible for the woman’s fatal injuries.

The Councilman is being sued for over $5 million.

South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys

If the unthinkable happens in your life, call the experienced car attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. Our seasoned litigators have over 75 years combined trial experience. Our team of personal injury attorneys include former insurance defense lawyers, a former Registered Nurse (RN), and former criminal prosecutor. We can investigate all aspects of a serious accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll free. We have offices in Charlotte and throughout South Carolina. We would be honored to have an opportunity to help you and your family get through this most difficult time in your lives.

Police’s Excessive Force Kills Mentally Ill Man–SC Wrongful Death Attorneys

The family of a 39-year-old man with schizophrenia who died after a struggle with Greenville police has sued the city, six police officers and Chief Terri Wilfong, alleging wrongful death “for use of excessive force by deploying multiple Tasers over an extended time and improper physical restraint technique,” according to federal court records.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court alleges wrongful death against officers who were called to the Augusta Street home of Andrew Torres in August 2012 to carry out a probate judge’s order sought by his family to take Torres to the hospital.  It also alleges that Torres’ constitutional rights were violated and that Wilfong “failed to promulgate adequate policies and failed to supervise her subordinates who use unconstitutional levels of force in taking mentally ill citizens into protective custody.”

Defendants deny the allegations.  According to police, Torres refused to cooperate and scuffled with officers at the time of the incident.

The Greenville County Coroner report indicates that Torres died of cardiac arrhythmia as a result of the use of Tasers, the physical strain of tussling with police, and having an enlarged heart.

The case has been ordered into mediation to be completed by February 4 of next year. The suit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.

South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorneys

If the unthinkable happens in your life, call the experienced wrongful death attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. Our seasoned litigators have over 75 years combined trial experience. Our team of personal injury attorneys include former insurance defense lawyers, a former Registered Nurse (RN), and former criminal prosecutor. We can investigate all aspects of a serious accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll free. We have offices in Charlotte and throughout South Carolina. We would be honored to have an opportunity to help you and your family get through this most difficult time in your lives.

NC Trooper Causes Accident on I-95- NC Accident Attorney

Early Wednesday morning, a NC Highway Patrol Officer was traveling on Interstate 95 in North Carolina near mile 61, when he failed to yield the right of way when he was merging onto the highway.It has since been determined that the officer was in fact at fault, and will be disciplined internally, and accordingly says officials.

Trooper M.A. Bethea, 32, failed to yield the right of way when he was merging onto the road near the Wade-Stedman Road entrance at 2:19 a.m., a patrol spokesman said. Bethea was chasing a speeder when he entered the road. However, he had not turned on his blue lights, and his cruiser was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Daniel Vigo, 35, of Cameron, officials said.

Bethea and Vigo were released from an area hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, officials said. Vigo’s 2003 Honda and Bethea’s cruiser were towed from the scene because they had heavy tire damage. Vigo has not been charged.

North Carolina Accident Attorneys 

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that resulted in personal injury ir death,  please contact the experienced accident attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. Our seasoned trial lawyers are able to help those individual injured in South Carolina and North Carolina. With over 75 years combined legal experience, former insurance defense backgrounds, and a former Registered Nurse (RN), our team is standing by to help get you and your family through this difficult time. For more information, please visit our website at www.rjrlaw.com. Compare our attorneys’ credentials. Then, call us for a private consultation about your particular situation and let us get you the help you and your family deserve!

Shoplifter Killed in Car Wreck- Lancaster Accident Attorneys

The South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., and a security firm in a case arising out of the death of a woman who attempted to steal two pairs of jeans but then died in a crash when store security continued to pursue her after leaving the store parking lot.

In June of 2006, Alice Hancock drove to a Lancaster Wal-Mart with her sister in the passenger seat. The two women went into the store, put two pairs of jeans into their bags, and left the store “undetected,” as they so thought. Apparently, the store security manager, Mr. Jones, was told to do whatever was necessary to obtain the license plate number of the suspected thieves, even after they left the parking lot. 

The issue was that the instructions given to Jones were in violation of Wal-Mart’s store personnel policy for addressing shoplifters.  According to court records, employees are prohibited from pursuing fleeing shoplifters that are in a moving vehicle. This did not stop Jones, however, as he then pursued the two shoplifters by vehicle. The chase lasted about two miles when Hancock crashed her car and was subsequently pronounced dead on scene. 

Concluding the case, and despite the policy violation, the court decided 2-1 in favor of Wal-Mart and the security firm.

Lancaster Accident Attorneys

If the unthinkable happens in your life, call the experienced wrongful death attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. Our seasoned litigators have over 75 years combined trial experience. Our team of personal injury attorneys include former insurance defense lawyers, a former Registered Nurse (RN), and former criminal prosecutor. We can investigate all aspects of a serious accident and hold all parties accountable for your loss. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll free. We have offices in Charlotte and throughout South Carolina. We would be honored to have an opportunity to help you and your family get through this most difficult time in your lives.