August 2013

Whatcha Gonna Do?

August 30, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Earlier this week the artsy sector of Charlotte—NoDa looked more like the set of the hit TV show COPS after a man fled from police officers left the interstate and struck a fence.  The scene was shocking for fearful homeowners who had no clue what caused the noise and sudden blue and reds that covered the neighborhood. 

 This is just another reminder of how foolish some people can be on the roads.  These are the same roads that we travel day in and day out as we live life distantly from selfish acts.  As with any unexpected tragedy, inherent in the meaning is the unknown and unanticipated aspect of an auto accident.

These dangerous occurrences plague the headlines time and time again.  The driver, who later arrested, struck one vehicle from behind before ending the high speed chase in the quiet neighborhood.  The exact speed he was traveling at the time of impact is unknown, but officials say the speeds reached a hundred miles an hour.

The injuries this faultless victim suffered at the expense of the suspect’s reckless activity could take months if not years to overcome.  The unfortunate reality is she will be left to deal with these injuries while the suspect could be receiving three squares for a certain time and then later rock a new county issued anklet equipped with GPS and a red blink light. 

If you’ve been injured as the result of someone’s actions and don’t know how you’ll recover call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo today.  We can discuss your case with you and even set-up a free case evaluation by calling 877-333-1000.

Round ‘Em Up

August 21, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

If you were driving late night on Wilkinson Boulevard over the weekend then you noticed the roads were empty.  That’s because Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were roundin’ folks up left and right at a DWI checkpoint.  These late night checkpoints—particularly those conveniently placed near all night food places—are like shootin’ fish in a barrel for officers. 

This particular checkpoint had a much larger significance than just protecting other drivers on the road.  The parents of a young girl who died seven years ago because of a drunk driver attended the checkpoint the night prior in memory of their daughter.

The couple received the tragic news of their daughter seven years ago, but the continued dedication to preserving her memory gives officers the reminder they need to keep the roads safe with unbridled determination.  The following night there were over sixty charges with ten of those beings warrants.  Nobody wins with drunk driving—well correction—defense attorneys win.  Aside from the hefty fee collected by defense attorneys, nobody wins.  So, don’t do it.  Unfortunately, we all know several people disregard my advice all the time and auto accidents will continue to happen.

If you have been injured because of the careless actions of a drunk driver call us today.  At the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo we are ready and able to help you get through this rough time.  It’s not your fault, and you shouldn’t have to find a day to pay for medical bills, time out of work, replacing your vehicle, the emotional trauma caused by someone else.  We are always available just by calling 877-333-1000.

Seatbelts: Like Pacemakers—Most Effective When Used

August 18, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

After a week in the hospital, a Chester county man passed away as the result of an auto accident in North Carolina nearly a week prior. Officers say he did not wear a seatbelt. This is something that is so simple to do and so often we neglect to reach up, pull down and fasten it.

Auto accidents in North Carolina like anywhere are a risk. It is the risk of driving. Risk are measured in two ways—frequency and severity. The frequency of an auto accident cannot be controlled by wearing a seatbelt; however, the handy little device can be a life saver when it comes to the severity of a car accident.

Until recently, the only way to reduce the frequency was to drive less. There are cars that stop themselves. Additional training is required for drivers, harsher penalties for those who abandon responsibility to others while driving, and a more savvy approach to road design. All of these however, do not directly correlate to the severity. It’s so easy to do. Wearing the seatbelt can reduce the severity and in some situations that’s all that matters. Sure—fender benders happen. It’d be ideal to know prior to an accident that you’ll be in an auto accident. You can avoid driving that day and essentially eliminate the frequency down to zero and ultimately eliminate the concern over severity.

In the real world, that doesn’t happen—but accidents do. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Charlotte call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo today at 877-333-1000. If you prefer to learn more about the firm prior to speaking with someone, check out our website at www.demayolaw.com.

The White Columns Send a Message

August 14, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

If you’ve driven down Morehead just outside of Uptown it’s hard to ignore the large brick building that houses the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo headquarters. From the freshly manicured flowers and shrubs to the always polished white columns, the building stands as a reminder to insurance companies that you—an auto accident victim—has someone in your corner. 

There are whispers in this field of law that personal injury attorneys just “get a settlement” and bounce.  While sometimes it is in a client’s best interests a settlement may not get the most favorable outcome for you.  There are several personal injury attorneys in North Carolina who take on a case knowing that it may not be financially prepared to enter into a long drawn out litigation process.  Assuming the firm is able to reach a settlement agreement, if you—the client is unhappy with the settlement and choose to start the litigation process this firm may not be able to continue representing you.  This is always a reality and often a common misfortune. 

It may be very difficult to find an attorney who is able to start the process all over for fear of not being able to provide complete and competent representation within the statute of limitations.  If you have been injured in an auto accident in North Carolina you need to consider this likely result when deciding on the right attorney to represent you.  We at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo send the message to insurance companies every day that you deserve to made whole after an accident caused by their client.  Don’t send insurance companies the wrong message; check out our website, www.demayolaw.com to request a free case evaluation today.

Supermoms Replace Kryptonite with Anxiety Pills

August 11, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Earlier this year ABC News conducted a study that found one in five mothers use anxiety medication after giving birth. That number doesn’t even include those who get a help-me-out here and there while discussing the day’s woes down at the nail parlor! The statistic is almost laughable at first glance, but given the increased expectations it makes sense.

Moms do catch so much responsibility. From keeping the refrigerator full, sports uniforms cleaned, kids to and from school, to and from activities, dinner on the table, accounting for the home, getting homework reviewed the list could continue for days. All the while—maintaining a career in a highly competitive job market.

So, why does a personal injury attorney in North Carolina care about this? Well—the supermom in the car next to you may be sipping away on a morning coffee or applying the last stroke of mascara but you don’t know what supermom had to endure to get to that point of her morning. The morning schedule rolls of the tongue like the chorus of a country song, we all have a line. The line may come for do-it-all moms early morning when she lifts her hands to her ears and mutters, “my nerves are shot!” or “just give me five minutes!” and that otherwise uncontrollable anxiety gets the help me out the doctor recommends.

Of course the bottle has warnings like “don’t operate machinery” but engraving that message on the pill itself wouldn’t stand in the way of the sanity sought. I say this to be on the lookout for odd things. If you are involved in an auto accident in North Carolina and you believe something is odd or suspicious about the other driver’s behavior make a note of that. Gone are the days where a DWI is reserved for rowdy teens boozin’ after a football game. Many people take medications and then hop behind the wheel like it’s nothing. The challenge these medications may create are sometimes unrecognizable until after an accident.

If you believe this may have happened to you call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo at 877-333-1000 or if you’d prefer check out our website, www.demayolaw.com. We can give you a free case evaluation just by clicking that option on our homepage.

Auto Accident Shuts Down I-85

August 4, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Late Saturday night emergency medical techs responded to an auto accident that shut down the interstate for nearly an hour. The Charlotte auto accident sent five victims to the emergency room, one in critical condition. While many of the details of the auto accident are unknown at this time, it is known and being reported that a vehicle flipped near the Freedom Drive exit.

This certainly reiterates my point that while driving in Charlotte and surrounding areas, it is important to be safe. In these situations driving safely means watching other drivers just as much as watching your own actions. Fortunately, this was an accident that happened when there are not a lot of drivers on the road. This could have been a much worse accident if this happened when the interstate is congested with a lot of vehicles.

Also, it’s important to follow safety provisions such as signaling to change lanes, wearing a seatbelt, and following the speed limit. These laws are set in place to reduce the frequency and severity of these interstate accidents and keep all of us safe—or at least as safe as reasonably possible.

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in North Carolina, please call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo to find out if we can help. We can schedule a free case evaluation by calling 877-333-1000. If you prefer, you can request a free case evaluation on our website, www.demayolaw.com.

 
 

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