Monthly Archives: September 2018

Prom Season Prompts Crackdown on Teen Drinking in North Carolina

With the prom season rapidly approaching, police in North Carolina are planning a crackdown on underage drinking. They will be increasing enforcement efforts which means more kids can be cited for minor consumption of alcohol. Statistics demonstrate that approximately two out of five car accidents that take place on prom night involve the consumption of alcohol. While the focus will be on preventing drunk driving, other students who are not driving may be cited as well.

Motor vehicle traffic on high school prom nights will be closely monitored by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and many local police departments, including those in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. They will also attempt to keep an eye on alcohol providers in order to minimize the availability of alcohol to underage drivers.

Drivers under 21 are subject to losing their driving privileges if they have consumed any alcohol at all–legal intoxication is not required. A recent spot check of adult alcohol providers in Orange County revealed that seven out of 40 businesses had sold liquor to underage purchasers. In some cases, they simply failed to adequately scrutinize identification presented by purchasers which may have been bogus or borrowed. Such practices make alcohol all too readily available to teenagers.

Teenagers make mistakes based on their age and lack of experience and maturity. While few would say that it is appropriate to drink when underage, kids are known to make mistakes. Increased patrols, spot checks, and roadblocks will inevitably result in more young people being cited for underage drinking. In some cases, they may also face charges for DUI as well. Parents confronted with this reality may want to obtain legal assistance for their sons and daughters to protect their futures and make sure that one youthful mistake does not ruin their lives. If you or a loved one is caught up in a circumstance involving drinking and driving, it may be in your best interests to contact the finest Baltimore DUI Lawyers out there.

New Jersey Company Sued Because of Two Construction Accidents

As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, it is likely that people will begin to see more construction sites appearing on the side of roads and buildings. Construction sites are often dangerous both for workers and passersby. And although there are state and federal safety regulations for construction sites, accidents still occur.

Just recently, two New Jersey men filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey subcontractor company for injuries they sustained in a construction accident two years ago. Though the two men were not injured in the same accident, they both allege that the subcontractor, as well as the building contractor and a country club, did not provide safe working conditions according to federal safety standards.

The two accidents occurred within days of each other. The first accident occurred when a worker fell from the roof of a townhouse where he was working. As a result, the worker sustained severe injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.

The second incident occurred several days later when another worker was injured. He had been removing a window when the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed. His injuries are not disclosed in the article.

The two workers allege that overall, the companies:

  • Failed to comply with local building regulations
  • Failed to provide adequate supervising
  • Failed to provide equipment in compliance with safety standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has already investigated the incidents and issued citations to the subcontractor. But to fight for financial compensation for their injuries, the two workers filed the lawsuit. If you find yourself in a similar instance, it is most likely in your best interest to speak to workers compensation attorneys in Philadelphia.

Car accident leaves one dead; driver charged

When someone you love dies, it can be a very difficult experience. However, when a loved one suffers a wrongful death because of someone else’s negligence, it can leave family and friends feeling devastated and alone.

Wrongful deaths happen all too frequently. Often, they come as the result of a car accident. When drivers speed, talk on a cell phone or text while driving, they put others in serious danger. In a recent case, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a woman was killed Tuesday in a tragic car accident.

The 24-year-old woman was thrown from the vehicle she was riding in when it ran off the road and crashed into a concrete post. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say there were two other people in the car at the time of the crash. Both were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.

The cause of the crash is not clear at this time.

The 21-year-old man who was driving the car has been charged with vehicular homicide and being involved in a fatal accident without a license. Both charges are felonies. Police also issued citations to the man for careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and not having a license. He is being held in jail and his bond was set at $5,000. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

This car accident illustrates the serious consequences of negligent driving. Now, the young woman’s family and friends will be forced to cope with her tragic death. 

 Accidents like these can happen anywhere. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Louisiana, don’t delay speaking to the best personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge.

Doing Business: Important Steps Immediately After a Sale

The Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement) becomes valid when, and only when, it is fully executed by you and the seller. In the average case, you, the buyer, will sign the Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement) first, but it becomes a valid “contract” only on the date that it is counter-signed by the seller or sellers. This date is important because it starts the clock running on several items, such as the time for you, as buyer, to obtain approval for a mortgage loan. 

In fact, after both you and the seller sign the Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement), there are three items that must be addressed immediately: 

(1) Termite Inspection – There should be a provision in the Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement) permitting you, as buyer, a certain period of time – usually two weeks or less – within which to have the house inspected for wood-destroying insects. As Chapter 7 urges, have the termite inspection done because it is important. Do not play cheapskate at this point in the game. It’s akin to checking under the hood before buying a used car.

(2) Mortgage Application – Although it is highly recommended that you start applying for a mortgage loan before you find a suitable house, if you have not already done so, this would be the time to begin the process. If you intend to finance the purchase of the house with a mortgage loan, you or your attorney should have had a mortgage contingency clause drawn into the Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement). This means that the sale of the house to you depends upon you obtaining a loan for a specific amount and within a specific time. All these “specifics” should be put into the Contract of Sale (Purchase Agreement). Chapter 8 outlines today’s typical mortgage application process.

(3) Ordering a Title Report – If you have an attorney, your attorney will be very familiar with this step and will be able to order a title report for you from a company she knows and trusts. If the termite inspection and mortgage application steps seem self-explanatory, this title report business may seem a bit sketchy to the inexperienced buyer. It’s really less complicated than you may think. The goal of buying a house is to acquire a measured-off piece of property from the seller, free of judgments, liens and other interests of third parties. The purpose of the title report is to make sure that the seller is really the owner of the property, that he or she has the right to transfer the property, that the property to be transferred is exactly the property that both parties mean to be transferred and that the property is being transferred free and clear of judgments, liens and other interests that a third party may have against the property. More on the title report can be found in Chapter 9. There usually is no contractual time constraint on obtaining a title report. However, a lender will not loan you money for your purchase until it has a chance to review and approve what it finds in the title report. Hint-Hint. 

With many moving pieces involved in nearly every new business venture, it can be monetarily beneficial to speak with your Milwaukee Business Formation Lawyer.