Author: Ralph W. Meekins

crashed motorcycle

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which means that every driver – whether they are operating a motorcycle, car, truck, or commercial vehicle – should consider the importance of sharing the road and exercising caution around each other. By working together to drive with caution and care, we can prevent…

injured worker

Workplace injuries are unfortunately common in North Carolina. In just one recent year, 71,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among North Carolina’s private-sector employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While workers can be injured in a wide variety of ways, some types of workplace injuries…

distracted driving using cell phone while driving

Social media has changed the way that we communicate, get our news, do business, and otherwise conduct our daily lives. While this interconnectedness has its benefits, it also has some serious drawbacks. Aside from privacy concerns, peer pressure, bullying, and information overload, serious public safety concerns must be addressed as…

crashed bmw

In the aftermath of a car accident, it is not uncommon for the other driver to claim that it was your fault when you firmly believe that they were responsible. This is a classic “he said, she said” situation, which can prove to be quite complicated until liability can be determined….

kid riding lime electric scooter

Over the past year, electric scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Skip, Spin and others began appearing on sidewalks and streets in cities across the U.S. Also known as dockless scooters (since they do not need to be returned to a dock between rides), these vehicles can reach speeds…

driving on highway with semi-trucks

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study showed that 71 percent of truck accidents were caused by a distracted driver. A distraction is any non-driving activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. Unfortunately, actions that take only three to four seconds (like texting) means that at…

drinking while driving

Living without a license after a driving while impaired (DWI) charge can be incredibly difficult in North Carolina. David R. Teddy of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., is experienced working with DWI cases, as he wrote the original version of The DWI Trial Notebook in 2005. Also, handling so many…

woman opening car door

Car accidents happen every day. Many of these “fender benders” do not cause serious injuries, and instead result in only minor damage to the vehicles. Scratched paint, dented bumpers, and other dings are not incredibly serious. People often wonder, “Do I have to report this type of minor accident?” Should…