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Pedestrian Accident in Craven County Injures One, Kills Another

Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol have released new details on the recent pedestrian accident in Craven County. The crash occurred on December 6 when three men were walking westbound on Mile Road, west of US 17 near Vanceboro. According to troopers, a pick-up truck operated by a 28-year-old man crossed the center line and hit two of the three men. One of the men died and another was seriously injured. A third man was unharmed. Troopers said the driver hit a culvert and some trees before running away from the scene of the accident. In North Carolina, motorists are expected to take due care in avoiding collisions with pedestrians. Under North Carolina General Statute § 20-173, “every driver of a vehicle must exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” There are additional provisions…
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Are Holiday Party Hosts Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents?

Are you planning to throw a holiday party for your employees, family members or friends? If you are going to be serving alcohol at this party, then you should be aware that you could be held liable if one of your guests harms themselves or another person in a drunk driving accident. North Carolina law does hold the host responsible for drunk driving accidents in some cases. Social host liability could apply if you provided alcohol for the guest, you knew or should have known they were intoxicated, and you knew they would later be driving a vehicle. Depending on the circumstances, you could be liable for damages caused by the drunk driving accident. Can Party Hosts Prevent Their Guests from Drunk Driving? There are ways you could plan the party beforehand that may reduce the chances of guests drinking to excess. In addition, there are steps you could take…
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Six Types of Toys to Avoid This Holiday Season

Defective toys are a safety issue that consumers are forced to grapple with each year during the holiday season. Many of you may still remember the exploding hoverboards from 2015. This year will be no different. However, certain toys create specific hazards. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) claims certain groups of toys can be dangerous for children. Toys with small parts: Small objects are a choking hazard if they can fit in a tube that is 1.25 inches in diameter. MASSPIRG recommends testing small parts by trying to fit them down an empty toilet paper tube. Toys with small parts may also accidently be ingested. Toys with lead: Some products may still contain dangerous levels of lead. MASSPIRG claims it found excessive levels of lead in Fidget Wild’s fidget spinners. These products were sold at Target earlier this year, but have since been removed from shelves. Other products…
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Ed, Dahyanna, Eliam and David

“Mary – Thank you for everything that you have done, not just for me, but for my family as well. Thank you for going above and beyond and for working hard to meet the needs of your clients and work. God bless you, your family and your job, always!” – Ed, Dahyanna, Eliam and David

Do You Know How to Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire?

Christmas trees are an essential party of celebrating the holiday season for many people. If you celebrate this holiday each year, then you should be aware of the risks associated with buying a real Christmas tree. Unlike an artificial tree, real Christmas trees can catch on fire if they are not used correctly. You could reduce the chances of a Christmas tree fire by using the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Keep your Christmas tree fresh: Dry Christmas trees can catch on fire when they are exposed to excess heat. In fact, the NFPA recently published a video showing how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn down a house. While the CPSC recommends filling the stand with water, you should be cautious while using lights. Consider using lights that are battery operated instead of ones that need to…
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