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Common injuries you may not associate with car crashes

Let us say that you are the front-seat passenger in a car that is rear-ended while stopped at an intersection. The impact causes your knees to slam into the dashboard.

The impact was painful, but you assume that your knees will feel better in the next day or two. Unfortunately, the discomfort does not diminish. What could be wrong?

Failed a Breathalyzer test? Don't give up just yet

There's nothing more soothing on a cold day than a shot of whiskey in your tea or a little cream liquor in your coffee. Or, maybe you just enjoy celebrating the good cheer of the whole holiday season with an occasional glass of wine.

Whatever your favorite, you know better than to get behind the wheel of your car while you're inebriated. You never exceed your limit, always make sure to have some food with your drink and wait until you're sure you're sober before you head home. That's why it is such a shock when a minor traffic violation ends with you flunking a Breathalyzer test and being arrested for drunk driving.

Tragic bus accident injures 9 children in North Carolina

Thousands of people -- many of them children -- rely on buses every day to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, not all bus drivers take their responsibility for the safety of others as seriously as they should.

A North Carolina bus driver is now charged with failure to yield after he caused a crash that injured nine children. The driver, a 50-year-old male, was transporting 25 students from Rogers Elementary School near Williamston when the accident occurred.

How to avoid construction disputes

Whether you're a general contractor or you only handle certain types of construction jobs, it's important to head off disputes before you end up in litigation. Save yourself some time, energy and money with this guide to avoiding complications and disputes.

1. Have a detailed conversation with your client.

Keep your kids safe on Beggar's Night

Taking your kids around from house to house in costume on Beggar's Night to solicit candy is one of the true joys of parenthood. Kids everywhere plan their costumes almost as soon as the first leaves start to turn -- and parents often get in on the act, as well.

That wonderful experience can turn into a tragedy, however, if you or your child end up struck by a car. In fact, the risk of being hit by a vehicle and killed more than doubles for kids on Halloween, which makes it critically important to take steps to minimize the potential risk.

When domestic violence turns into a kidnapping charge

Domestic violence is a complicated issue that tends to arise from deeply emotional situations. In a split second, you may make decisions that don't necessarily reflect your real intentions. Alcohol or drugs may fuel your anger and contribute to the problem.

It doesn't take much, however, for a domestic violence incident to morph into a situation that results in extra charges for you and legal issues that will dwarf your previous problems. Kidnapping, for example, is a common component of domestic violence charges.

What happens if a father dies before establishing paternity?

When a child's parents aren't married, legal paternity isn't automatic. While there are several ways that paternity can be established under North Carolina law, there are situations where a father dies before that paternity is established.

If that happens, what can you do? Here's what you need to know:

Why you shouldn't trust a quick offer from an insurance company?

You've recently been injured in a car accident. You've always heard that insurance companies play games to avoid paying up. You're pleasantly surprised, then, when the insurance adjuster offers you a quick settlement.

Hold on a minute. There are still good reasons to think twice about what you're being offered and why.

What are North Carolina's laws on negligence?

Are you partially at fault for the accident in which you were injured?

This is an important question in North Carolina because it is one of the few states that follows the rule of contributory negligence. The term "contributory negligence" is used to describe any actions you may have made that resulted in your injuries. If a jury determines that you are at least partially responsible for your own accident -- even just 1% at fault -- you cannot recover any damages. (In most other states, a comparative approach allows for a more measured approach that takes into account each party's negligence and can still allow for a partial recovery.)

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