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If you were injured in a car wreck in North Carolina and were not at fault, you or your attorney will likely start by contacting the at-fault driver’s insurance company. But what if it turns out that the at-fault driver did not have auto insurance? Perhaps they don’t even have a valid driver’s license, or maybe their insurance policy recently lapsed. Whatever the reason, you probably have a lot of questions about your options and what to do next.

Isn’t insurance required in North Carolina?

To drive a car in North Carolina, vehicle liability insurance is required, as is a valid driver’s license. Unfortunately, some people do not comply with these laws, so it is possible to end up injured in a wreck that involved an uninsured driver; however, if you have auto insurance, you are still protected.

Greenville, NC (June 26, 2021) – A 48-year-old man from Greenville has been identified in a fatal bicycle crash earlier this week. The collision happened on Tuesday, June 22nd around 9:15 on Memorial Drive.

According to the Greenville Police Department, Rufus Lacy was riding a bicycle southbound on Memorial when he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Alexander Dixon, of Snow Hill. Lacy suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the site by rescue workers. There were no other vehicles involved and no additional injuries were reported.

Dixon fled the scene following the crash but was later arrested by police. He has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run involving death. Dixon was taken to the Greene County Jail where he was held under bond.

Burlington, NC (June 13, 2021) – A 25-year-old man died following a bicycle crash in Burlington on Saturday. The collision took place around 5:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of South Church Street.

The Burlington Police Department, along with the Burlington Fire Department and Alamance County EMS responded to the crash scene following a report of the crash. When authorities arrived, they found Storm Lundy lying in the roadway. Garcia was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a 64-year-old woman traveling south on South Church Street. Rescue workers pronounced Lundy dead at the accident scene. The driver, who has not been identified was not hurt in the accident.

The crash caused the road to be closed for several hours while police investigated. There is no word on whether any charges are expected to be filed at this time.

After being hurt in an accident, clients typically have to deal with a lot of unexpected expenses such as high medical bills, medications, and medical equipment – all while missing work. Because of this, one of the first questions we get asked is, “How much is my case worth?”.

The legal team at Burton Law Firm gets it, and we can help. We put together these FAQs to give you a better idea as to how the value of each case is determined, where the financial recovery comes from, and when you can expect to be paid the money you deserve. If you have any questions along the way, give us a call. The North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Burton Law Firm are happy to talk with you, answer your questions, and provide you with a FREE consultation!

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When a family member is killed as a result of an injury or accident that was not their fault, the whole world seems to shift. Too often, loved ones are taken too soon and through no fault of their own as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes, and DUI accidents. When this happens, most people experience a variety of emotions including grief, anger, frustration and more. There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of, but this can be difficult in the middle of so much emotional pain.

Here at Burton Law Firm, we compiled a list of important actions for you to take following the wrongful death of a family member. Our hope is that this will give you some answers and take at least some stress off of your plate so you can spend more time taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time.

If your family member was not at fault for the injury or accident that took their life, here are some things we suggest you do or consider as soon as possible:

Wilmington, NC (February 27, 2021) – A man from Wilmington was hurt in a bicycle crash that took place on Thursday, February 25th. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on 17th Street near the intersection with Nun Street.

Officer E.G. Lippert of the Wilmington Police Department responded to the accident scene. According to a report, James Alfred McKoy was riding a bicycle when he came to the intersection and attempted to cross the road. As he was crossing the road, he was struck by a 2005 Honda operated by Tammy Rivenbark, of Rocky Point. A bystander at the scene rendered medical aid to McKoy before EMS arrived at the scene. When rescue crews arrived, McKoy was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. There is no further word on his condition at this time and no additional injuries were reported in the crash.

There is no further information available at this time. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Sneads Ferry, NC (February 22, 2021) – A man from Sneads Ferry was killed in a bicycle accident that took place on Saturday, February 20th. The accident happened around 9:50 p.m. on North Carolina Highway 172.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene. According to a report from troopers, 72-year-old Eddie Lejime Simmons was riding his bicycle on N.C 172 when he attempted to make a left turn. Simmons was hit by an oncoming vehicle driven by 19-year-old Ryuichi Joseph Reynolds of Sneads Ferry. Troopers believe that Reynolds failed to see Simmons, thus causing the crash to occur.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing at this time. There are charges pending against Simmons for failing to yield the right of way to Reynolds.

Shallotte, NC (February 9, 2021) – A 67-year-old man from Bolivia was killed in a bicycle crash that took place in Brunswick County on Sunday, February 7th. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 17 near Shallotte.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Mitchell Wayne Griffith was riding his bicycle southbound on U.S. 17 when he was hit by a white 2009 BMW. The BMW driver, who has not been identified, fled the scene before officers could arrive. Troopers later located the driver and arrested him in connection with the crash. Griffith died at the accident scene. There is no word on the events that caused the accident and police have not said which charges the driver is facing.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. There are no further details available.

High Point, NC (January 21, 2021) – The High Point Police Department responded to the scene of a crash involving a car and a bicycle on Thursday evening. The crash happened around 5:00 p.m. on South University Parkway at the intersection with Leonard Avenue.

According to Capt. Wolanin with the HPPD, the cyclist was riding near the intersection when they were struck by a car. The rider suffered serious injuries. An ambulance arrived at the scene and transported the unidentified bicyclist to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. There is no further update on their condition at this time. The driver remained at the scene following the accident. No other injuries were reported in the crash. There are no details on the events leading up to the accident and it is not clear if any charges are expected to be filed at this time.

No additional information is available.

Robeson County, NC (November 28, 2020) – A man from Pembroke was killed in a bicycle crash that took place in Robeson County on Thanksgiving Day. The crash happened on Union Chapel Road around 2:00 p.m.

According to the First Sgt. S.B. Lewis with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Larry Oxendine was riding his bicycle on Union Chapel when he was hit by a vehicle that was traveling on the same road. The driver of the vehicle, Marcus McGirt of Lumberton, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision. Oxendine was thrown from his bicycle following the crash. The bike came to rest in a ditch off the right side of the road. Oxendine died at the crash scene.

Following an investigation, police charged McGirt with several offenses, including driving while impaired and involuntary manslaughter. He was arrested and taken to jail. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and no other injuries have been reported.

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