Raleigh Car Accident Lawyer
At the Whitley Law Firm, we understand that being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, possibly leading to serious injuries, mounting medical bills, extensive damage to your vehicle, and even the inability to work or enjoy time with your family. Car accident claims can be complex and involve numerous parties, from the other driver to insurance agents to defense attorneys. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver or person, our Raleigh car accident lawyers can help protect your rights and seek the compensation you need and deserve. The drivers involved in a car accident are most typically responsible for the damages caused, with the at-fault party and their insurer owing compensation to the other party. Your car accident lawyer in Raleigh can negotiate with both your own insurer and that of the other party.
If an accident involves a commercial driver or large truck, the parent company may bear liability, in addition to the insurer and the driver himself. While there are limits to when a government body may be sued, your Raleigh car accident attorney can analyze the circumstances that led to your injuries and determine which parties may be liable and how to proceed. Here is an idea of the kinds of insurance-related issues you may run into after a car accident. Oftentimes, people who handle car accident cases on their own without an attorney miss certain damages that may be important to them and are allowed in their case. It is important to consult an experienced Raleigh car accident attorney as soon as possible if you have been in a car accident.
Your car accident lawyer can advise you regarding obtaining and preserving evidence of the crash, including photos of the scene, witness statements, police reports, and road and weather conditions. Because North Carolina is one of only a few states that still operates under the so-called contributory negligence rule – which completely bars victims who have contributed even a small portion to causing the accident from receiving compensation – your Raleigh car crash attorney will want to immediately begin investigating in order to counter any accusations that may prevent you from recovering the compensation you deserve.
North Carolina Senate acts to limit law that allowed pork farm verdict
Lawmakers take action after neighbors won a $51 million jury verdict from Smithfield Foods. RALEIGH, N.C. – Senators in the country’s No. 2 hog-growing state sought Thursday to further shield industrial-scale hog operations from lawsuits by neighbors who have long complained that open-air animal waste pits comparable to city sewage plants frustrate their daily lives. North Carolina’s Senate tentatively approved legislation to make it more difficult to successfully file lawsuits that claim a new or expanded agricultural operation created a nuisance for existing neighbors. Lawmakers acted weeks after neighbors won a $51 million jury verdict from pork giant Smithfield Foods after decades of complaints about horrible smells and other nuisances to politicians friendly to the pork industry. That was cut to about $3 million because North Carolina law limits damages meant to punish misdeeds.
About two dozen cases filed by more than 500 eastern North Carolina neighbors have spent years reaching this stage. Lawyers have targeted the hog-production division of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods – not the farm operators – because they said the company used strict contracts to dictate how farmers raise livestock that Smithfield owns. Smithfield is owned by Hong Kong-headquartered WH Group, which generated $22 billion in revenues last year, the company reported in March. Republican senators defended new barriers to nuisance lawsuits, saying they imperiled farm owners with Smithfield contracts and therefore rural economies. Farmers already get too little appreciation for producing food, said Republican Sen.
Brent Jackson, an agribusiness founder who represents Duplin and two other counties in what is the country’s heaviest concentration of industrialized hog lots. The law also would further insulate turkey farmers near Sen. Tommy Tucker’s Union County home who raise and ship 10 million birds a year. Neighbors have little to defend themselves from offensive conduct of livestock operations except nuisance lawsuits, said former state Supreme Court justice Robert Orr and Paul Stam, the former No. 2 leader of the state House.
Raleigh Family Law
Sonya DuBree is a Partner and founding member at Raleigh Family Law, PLLC. A third generation Raleigh native, Sonya has extensive ties to this community. Sonya is married to criminal defense attorney Richard T. Gammon, who joined Raleigh Family Law, PLLC in 2014. Her son, Luke, is a 14-year-old who loves skateboarding, having placed in several competitions, and his chocolate lab, Max.
As a parent to a teenager, Sonya has special insight into the complex issues parents face and the effect of a parent’s influence on a child’s life. Sonya received her Juris Doctorate from The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 1994 and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar the same year. As a graduate of the 1994 Campbell Law School class, she can boast of a solid legal education and that she is a member of the only class in the history of North Carolina with a 100% bar exam passage rate. While in law school, Sonya served as a clerk with the Wake County District Attorney’s office and the law firm of DeMent Askew Gammon and DeMent. Since the beginning of Sonya’s practice, she has concentrated on family law, including child custody, child support, alimony, property distribution, domestic violence, & restraining orders.
As an experienced trial attorney, Sonya often aids other family law attorneys by acting as a mediator in high conflict cases. Whether your case can be settled by agreement or requires litigation, Sonya’s analytical and negotiation skills will be incorporated into your case strategy. Because of her years of experience, Sonya’s hourly rate is $500 per hour. A team approach ensures that even if Sonya is in trial, there will always be someone available to provide you with immediate assistance.