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Austin Seeley Killed in North Carolina Highway 181 Crash

A young man named Austin Seeley from Johnson City, Tennessee was tragically killed in a car accident on Wednesday morning in North Carolina.  The wreck happened around 6:00 am on N.C. Highway 181 near Perkins Avenue near Morganton, North Carolina.

According to available information, Mr. Seeley was riding in the back seat of a car driven by another young man from Tennessee.  The driver was headed north on NC 181 when a collision occurred with an SUV headed south on NC 181.  As a result of the crash, Mr. Seeley was tragically killed and another passenger named Halley Guinn was seriously injured.  Ms. Guinn was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment.

Mr. Seeley was only 20 years old.  Media reports indicate that Mr. Seeley was not wearing his seatbelt and that he may have survived had he been wearing a seatbelt.  It is certainly unfortunate that this report suggests that Mr. Seeley may have been partially to blame for this tragic outcome.  Under North Carolina law, all passengers of a motor vehicle are required to wear a seat belt.  However, under this law, the failure to wear a seat belt is not to be considered in a case for the injury or death of a vehicle occupant.

Regarding what happened in the accident, we understand that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating this collision and there may be charges forthcoming against one or more of the drivers.

Read more about this tragic accident.

Impaired Driver Causes Surf City, NC Crash That Kills Robin Blankenship

In one of the worst accidents that we have seen in a long time, a Raleigh man who has been charged with multiple crimes including driving while impaired for a collision in Surf City, North Carolina that caused of the death of a young mother named Robin Blankenship.

The wreck happened on N.C. 50 West which is the main beach road along Topsail Island.  According to available information, Ms. Blankenship was traveling west on N.C. 50 when the impaired driver went left of center and collided head-on with Ms. Blankenship.  Ms. Blankenship was pronounced dead at the scene while her two year-old son was critically injured and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the other car, a 20 year-old man from Raleigh, has been arrested on numerous charges including open container violations and possession of controlled substances.  What is not clear from the available information is where the Raleigh man obtained his alcohol.  Since he was underage, there may be a claim against the provider of the alcohol for contributing to this horrific crash.

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Denton NC Hit-and-Run Accident Seriously Injures Gilbert Temberton

A very serious hit-and-run accident near Denton, North Carolina has resulted in very serious injuries to a gentleman named Gilbert Temberton.  The accident happened around 5:00 pm on Wednesday on N.C. Highway 109 when a man tried to pass Mr. Temberton in a no-passing zone.  The man hit the back of a trailer that Mr. Temberton’s was towing causing Mr. Temberton to lose control of his vehicle.  Mr. Temberton’s pickup then went left-of-center and hit a Honda head-on.  As a result, Mr. Temberton’s vehicle overturned and ignited.  He eventually was pulled from the wreckage and airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Honda, Shelley Steffons, and her passenger Richard Rickman were also seriously injured and taken to Wake Forest Baptist.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck, Michael Jenkins, was caught by NC Highway Patrol about an hour after the incident.  He has been charged with numerous crimes including driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.

Read more about this serious accident.

Under the laws of North Carolina, Mr. Temberton, Ms. Steffons and Mr. Rickman all have very serious claims against Mr. Jenkins for causing this wreck.  However, since Mr. Jenkins was driving without a license, there is a concern that he may not have sufficient insurance to cover these very significant injury claims.  If that is the case, the victims may need to make claims against there own auto policies for uninsured or underinsured motorists coverage.

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Sunset Beach NC Kite Severely Injures Beachgoer

A very serious incident happened Tuesday evening at Sunset Beach, North Carolina when a kite struck a beachgoer in the head.  The incident happened at around 5:10 pm near 32nd Street.  According to the limited information available, a kite used for kite surfing hit the beachgoer causing a very severe neck injury.

While this is certainly an unusual situation, it would seem that anyone operating such a kite has a duty to keep the kite under control.  In this case, the victim would appear to have a claim against anyone responsible for the kite.

Read more about this unfortunate incident.

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