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Two little girls killed in North Carolina tractor-trailer crashes

A Charlotte TV station recently reported on a fiery, deadly crash involving 18-wheelers on a North Carolina interstate. A family of four – including two young girls – was killed when a tractor-trailer hit their vehicle on I-95 just north of the South Carolina border.

The family members killed included a mom, dad and their two daughters: a one-year-old and a 4-year-old. A truck driver was also killed in the crash.

Workplace accidents: Where unsafe conditions meet unsafe acts

H.W. Heinrich was an American pioneer in the field of industrial safety. The principles he laid out in his groundbreaking 1931 book "Industrial Accident Prevention: A Scientific Approach" are still discussed and in use today.

One of Heinrich's assertions was that 88 percent of workplace accidents are caused by unsafe acts. A recent article about on-the-job injuries says that Heinrich's number is debated, but that the premise is sound: unsafe acts cause accidents that result in injuries.

No warning: Life with disability and without work

It was an ordinary day for 46-year-old Mark Schuh. The painting business owner was working alongside an employee in a custom home. He decided to take some 100-pound doors to his shop for a coat of stain, so he and his employee loaded them into a work trailer. It was then that his life changed forever.

The half-ton stack of doors gave way and fell, striking the businessman in the head. At the time, he said he didn't think the blow was serious. "The hit I took to my head was so light, and it only left a small scratch on the left side of my forehead. No bleeding, no nothing." He expected to go to the ER, get a prescription for a muscle relaxer, and then resume his life as an entrepreneur, husband, father and outdoorsman.

Minor injuries: pregnant pedestrian with stroller hit by car

Perhaps it was coincidence that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were out warning pedestrians crossing streets to be careful and to obey the law. And maybe the officers were doing that because of an incident earlier that day in which a pregnant woman pushing a baby stroller was struck by a vehicle.

The woman and child were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries described by police as minor. So in that sense the two were fortunate. Not all pedestrians escape collisions with motor vehicles with so little damage.

Crane collapses crowd list of worst construction accidents

Recent reports indicate that North Carolina's construction industry is on solid footing and that it can expect steady growth this year and in the near future. While that is good news for the state's economy and construction workers, it must also be acknowledged that some of those workers will suffer injuries in an industry plagued by safety issues and accidents.

Because we are now in prime construction season here in Charlotte, buildings and streets are being torn down and replaced or renovated. It's a good time to not only celebrate growth and change, but also to look back and remember construction accidents that took lives and left workers with serious injuries.

Best ways to avoid parking lot accidents

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us. With that, we all want to get to a store and pick up gifts for the special ladies in our lives. Indeed,  we all want to get in and out of shopping centers as quickly and expeditiously as we can, but in doing so, we will invariably run into careless people (literally and figuratively).

Despite this possibility, there are tips and maneuvers that can help drivers avoid parking lot accidents.

The future of truck drivers on America's roads

The next time you pass a semi-truck on the highway, you may not consider whether someone is actually driving it. After all, human beings have been behind the wheel of the largest vehicles on the road since they were introduced to American highways. Nevertheless, that may change in the near future.

Just like automakers and technology companies vow to bring self-driving cars to the road by the end of this decade, automated trucks may start crisscrossing American roadways before we know it. If that happens, what happens to truck drivers? Will they go away like so many jobs that have fallen victim to automation? 

Part II: Be aware that May is Mental Health Awareness Month

As regular readers of our North Carolina Law Blog know, we recently wrote about Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout May, advocates and organizations will be working hard to raise awareness, empathy, understanding and respect for those dealing with mental health issues.

As we noted in our previous post, some people who struggle with chronic depression or anxiety disorders will be unable to continue working. Fortunately, part our national safety net is there to catch them: Social Security Disability. With SSDI benefits, they are able to pay rent or a mortgage, buy groceries and get the medications and therapy that can help them to make the best of their situations.

Could your car have a counterfeit airbag?

The fallout stemming from defective Takata airbags affected a number of prominent automakers, including General Motors, BMW, Nissan and Toyota. The discovery prompted recalls of millions of vehicles and is still being felt today.  Of course, no automaker wants to have a car that has an airbag that shoots shrapnel into drivers’ faces when it deploys. After all, what is supposed to be a life-saving device should not be a weapon that takes lives. 

Despite the number of recalls on millions of vehicles, there may be additional questions about airbags. This is because a growing number of airbags included in vehicles have been found to be counterfeit. For consumers, this raises a huge concern. In essence, how can you tell if an airbag is counterfeit? According to consumer protection agencies, the key is to look at the seams on the steering wheel. If the seams look irregular or they are crooked, chances are that you may have a counterfeit. 

Man dragged from United flight to receive tax-free compensation

The images of a dazed and disheveled man being dragged off of a United Airlines flight will likely stay with us for quite some time. The airline came to a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was forcibly removed to make room for United personnel.

As expected, the terms of the deal were confidential, and one can only guess how much Dr. Dao will be compensated for his troubles. But one thing is certain, his payment will be tax free. The IRS allows for physical injuries to be compensated without taxation. Dr. Dao suffered a concussion, a broken nose and lost two teeth during his scuffle with police officers.