North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

Who’s Right? North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that pedestrian fatalities in North Carolina have been on the rise for the past 10 years — up 54% since 2009 and up 13.4% from 2017 to 2018.

Since pedestrians are some of our most vulnerable road users, it’s important for drivers to always be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the road. It is likewise important for pedestrians to be aware of the rules that keep them safe and their rights when injured by a negligent driver in North Carolina.

Keep reading to learn the right of way laws in six common pedestrian crossing situations and how these rules could affect your car accident personal injury claim.

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divorce vaccinations

What Happens When Divorced Parents Disagree on Vaccinations?

Most people who receive vaccines are underage children who rely on their parents to make medical decisions for them. When parents disagree on whether to vaccinate their child, frustration and arguments can follow. And when a vaccination argument gets wrapped up in a divorce and all the other related legal complications, it can make it very hard for parents to find common ground.

So, what happens when separated or divorced parents can’t agree about essential medical care decisions such as immunizations? In this article, we’ll talk about how courts treat these disagreements and give an overview of your rights and options. Continue reading “What Happens When Divorced Parents Disagree on Vaccinations?”

North Carolina Pet Custody Laws

Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce? Understanding North Carolina Pet Custody Laws

Although many people consider their pets to be part of the family, in the eyes of the law, your furry friend is either property or an asset. So, like all other possessions in a divorce, ownership of your dog, cat, rabbit, or other domestic animal is included in the property division negotiation.

You can try to reach a mutual pet custody agreement with your spouse similar to a child custody arrangement. If you can’t decide what to do, however, the judge in your case will consider several factors to determine who gets the animal. Continue reading “Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce? Understanding North Carolina Pet Custody Laws”

Car Accident Mental Health

The Top 3 Mental Health Issues Victims Face After a Car Accident

After a serious car crash, most people focus on coping with financial setbacks and healing from physical injuries — but physical injuries aren’t the only type of damage victims deal with after an accident. Many car crash survivors experience serious, and sometimes long-lasting, mental health issues. While some emotional distress fades away over time, other psychological effects could be lengthy and have a substantial negative impact on your relationships, work, productivity, and general mental wellbeing.

If you’ve been in a serious car crash and are experiencing emotional distress, don’t try to cope on your own. You need to treat mental health issues just like any physical injuries you sustain in a wreck. Always speak to a doctor or psychiatrist. They might suggest coping methods or recommend psychotherapy or medication.

Keep reading to learn about the three most common mental health issues that are caused by car crashes and how filing a personal injury claim can help cover damages for your pain and suffering. Continue reading “The Top 3 Mental Health Issues Victims Face After a Car Accident”

Same-Sex Divorce North Carolina

Are Same-Sex Divorces Really the Same in North Carolina?

Same-sex marriages have been legal in all 50 states for over four years. Unfortunately, having your same-sex marriage recognized as legal doesn’t always translate to receiving equal or fair treatment, and some same-sex couples are running into unique problems while seeking a divorce. The main point of contention: how to determine when the marriage began.

Same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships first started becoming legal at the turn of the 21st century but weren’t made universally legal in the United States until 2015. Many same-sex couples lived in domestic partnerships, cohabitating arrangements, or marriages that took place in other states before their state began recognizing and performing same-sex marriages.

While same-sex couples can and do get divorced, many are discovering that there are complications they didn’t foresee. Keep reading to learn more about some of the difficulties and considerations that same-sex couples may face during a divorce. Continue reading “Are Same-Sex Divorces Really the Same in North Carolina?”

Pedestrian Safety in Charlotte

Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety

Not only can the hustle and bustle of city life be exhausting, but it can also be dangerous for pedestrians, especially during sunrise and sunset. In crowded city areas, such as uptown Charlotte, countless people walk to and from their cars, restaurants, bars, and workplaces during these times of the day. Sunrise and sunset are also popular times for runners who want to squeeze in a quick run before or after work.

With so many pedestrians out and about at sunrise and sunset and countless drivers rushing to and from work, pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen at dawn and dusk. But the traffic at twilight isn’t the only factor that makes these times so dangerous.

Keep reading to learn more about why twilight is so dangerous to pedestrians, how to improve pedestrian safety, and what to do if you’ve been in an accident as a pedestrian. Continue reading “Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety”

Child Custody Attorney

Can I Move Away With My Child During a Custody Case?

Divorce is difficult on the entire family, but children are often affected the hardest. If you are a divorced or separated parent and are considering relocating with your child, you should know that you might not be allowed to move, especially if the court decides the relocation is not in the child’s best interest.

If you are moving a relatively short distance or the move will not affect the current custody arrangement, the move should not be an issue. However, to move your child out of the state or a considerable distance within the state, you will need either an agreement with the other parent or court approval. If you have questions about whether you need to get approval to move or if you need help convincing a court that you should be able to relocate with your child, you should speak with an experienced family law and child custody attorney.

In this article, we’ll highlight a few key custody terms and discuss how a court will determine whether a custodial parent can move with their child. Continue reading “Can I Move Away With My Child During a Custody Case?”

Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?

Have you been injured in a car crash or another incident where someone else’s negligence is to blame? If so, you’re likely wondering about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim and what compensation you might be entitled to receive.

Accurately calculating compensation in an injury case is a complicated process that depends on many factors, so it often requires the expertise of a personal injury attorney. Some of the relevant factors include the extent of your injuries and the nature of the negligent person’s behavior.

We’ll discuss these factors in more detail later in this article, but for now, we’ll start by talking about the three types of compensation you could receive from a personal injury case. Continue reading “Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?”

Personal Injury Claim

No One Got a Ticket in the Crash — Can I Still File an Injury Claim?

Tickets and police reports can be useful evidence for supporting a personal injury claim and proving the other driver was at fault for your car crash. But what if a ticket wasn’t issued? Does this mean you can’t file? The short answer is no. A lack of a ticket does not mean a lack of fault.

If you were in a car crash and neither you nor the other drivers received a ticket, you can still file a personal injury claim if the other driver caused the crash. While proving fault does not require that a ticket be issued, working with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.

Keep reading to learn more about why the police might not have issued a ticket, how this will affect your personal injury claim, and how to prove fault. Continue reading “No One Got a Ticket in the Crash — Can I Still File an Injury Claim?”

Child Custody Myths

5 Child Custody Myths, Debunked

In 2015, more than a quarter of all children under 21 years of age had a parent living outside of their household, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether the parents were divorced or separated, many of these arrangements involved formal or informal child custody agreements.

There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about custody cases, due in large part to the fact that child custody agreements and rulings depend on factors specific to each situation. Dealing with child custody issues can be a very emotional and complex process, so it’s important to understand some of the common myths before you get started and work with a family attorney to better understand your options.

Continue reading to get a quick overview of typical custody considerations and learn about five child custody myths you shouldn’t believe. Continue reading “5 Child Custody Myths, Debunked”