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Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian-Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on Friday on Steel Creek Road. According to investigators, a man crossing Steele Creek Road near the intersection of Branch Bend Lane was struck by a 2007 Kia.

A man was driving the Kia with three passengers inside at the time of the crash.  The pedestrian was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, but died Saturday Morning.

As of yet, no charges have been filed against the male driver.

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Studies conducted in 2010 revealed that 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S.  On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic collisions.  Road safety is a responsibility for all road users, drivers and pedestrians alike.  However, pedestrians can take extra precautions to ensure that the inherent vulnerability of walking around motor vehicles can be mitigated as much as possible.  If you are a pedestrian traveler, be sure stay visible to drivers by wearing bight and/or reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight.  Walk and stand clear of buses, hedges, parked vehicles, and other hazards before crossing.  Always walk on the sidewalk or on the road facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.  If possible, cross streets at marked crosswalks and intersections and make eye contact with drivers you cross in front of.  When crossing, look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street.

If one of you loved ones has been killed in a wrongful death action, please call the wrongful death attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower and we will evaulate your claim. Contact us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Tobacco Company Wrongful Death Appeal–Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal in a wrongful death case where a jury ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay $28.3 million in damages to a woman whose husband died of lung cancer after decades of smoking cigarettes.

The Winston-Salem tobacco manufacturer’s appeal is based on an alleged violation of its right to due process since the state court precluded litigation of certain issues that had not been necessarily decided during the so called “Engle” cases from which the Reynolds’ case stemmed.

The Engle progeny of cases relate back to the 1994 class-action suit by which the Florida Supreme Court allowed cases of sick Floridians to move forward individually and upheld jury findings that smoking causes disease, that nicotine is addictive, that cigarettes are defective and dangerous, ant that tobacco companies concealed the health effects of smoking.

Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

The  Wrongful Death Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand the delicate and complex nature of wrongful death lawsuits.  If you have lost a family member and believe you might have a wrongful death claim, our seasoned litigators can be there to assist you every step of the way.  We can conduct a thorough and complete investigation 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 wrongful  death attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.

Police Tases Teen To Death-Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys

Taser International Inc. has been ordered to pay $10 million to the Charlotte family of a teenager who died after being shocked by a Charlotte police officer.

The jury in a federal court retured the verdict for the wrongful death of 17-year-old Darryl Turner,  the teen who collapsed and died on the floor of a Food Lion store in northeast Charlotte in March 2008.  The teen was arguing with his manager when the policeman used the taser on the teen, striking him in the chest.   The teenager went into cardiac arrest.

Lawyers representing the family of the deceased teenager convinced jury members that the manufacturer knew, but failed to warn customers that the product could cause heart problems if administered near the heart.  The attorneys for Taser International, on the other hand, were not as convincing when they argued that the teen had heart problems that contributed to his death.

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A “taser” is a weapon that shoots dart-like electrodes that are attached with twine at a victim, causing electrical current to stun the individual into submission.  Although this alternative to deadly weapons has gained popularity over the years,  serious injury and death cases have been reported from the use of tasers by law enforcement officers.

The  Wrongful Death Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower understand the delicate and complex nature of wrongful death lawsuits.  If you have lost a family member and believe you might have a wrongful death claim, our seasoned litigators can be there to assist you every step of the way.  We can conduct a thorough and complete investigation 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 wrongful death attorneys with whom you and your loved ones can invest the most confidence.