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We believe in keeping you informed about the activities of the insurance industry and various accident and personal injury cases that may have a bearing on the issues you face. We also think it is important to provide you with as much information as possible to help you protect your rights and interests.


North Carolina State Senate Regulates Transportation Network Companies
07.27.2015
Mark Farbman, Attorney-at-Law in Charlotte, never uses Uber. "It's not regulated," he has always said. "Anything can happen." Not anymore. This week the Senate passed a bill to regulate so-called "transportation network companies," or TNCs, such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. "I deal with insurance companies when passengers and drivers are in accidents every day. I have for over 20 years. Regulation means these rides arranged on-line are safer. It means they have to be covered by auto insurance."
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2 HURT IN STREETCAR ACCIDENT
07.22.2015
Mark Farbman listens to a lot of people who have been injured in car accidents in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Most of the time the wrecks involve cars. But sometimes, there are cyclists, buses, or construction vehicles involved. "I've dealt with vehicles owned by large companies, not just individuals with their own insurance policies."
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Legal News in North Carolina
07.13.2015
Mark Farbman, personal injury lawyer in Charlotte, N.C., keeps his eye on local legal news. This week in Winston-Salem, a law suit by the NAACP against McCrory and the North Carolina Board of Elections will be heard by the Forsyth County Superior Court.
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Confederate Flag
06.29.2015
This week in Charleston, SC, our sister state's Governor, Nikki Haley, recommended that the Confederate flag be removed from Capitol grounds. "It's a symbolic choice in the wake of racist attacks in a holy place," comments Charlotte personal injury attorney Mark Farbman. "In a way, it's a small action to recommend to the legislature, when major change is needed; but it's the right recommendation at the right time."
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Driver’s Education May Go DIY
06.29.2015
How much is it worth to have safe drivers on the road? Mark Farbman, personal injury attorney in Charlotte, NC, is also the parent of a teenager. He knows from experience at work and at home that nothing replaces a good education and time on the road when it comes to avoiding accidents. Farbman has advocated for the rights of victims of car accidents for over 20 years. His perspective is that there should be more driver’s education, not less.
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Transparency for I-77 Contract, Please!
06.18.2015
Mark Farbman, personal injury attorney in Charlotte, NC, reads the fine print. He's glad our public servants do, too. "Thank God we have County Commissioners looking out for our interests! I'm so glad they read the fine print!" Farbman is talking about the ongoing debate over widening I-77, adding toll lanes, and generally relieving congestion between Huntersville and Mooresville on that heavily traveled highway, a last-minute pitch to liberate taxpayers from a private developer's grip has been issued.
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Traffic Volume Trends
06.09.2015
The Sun Belt has been growing in population for decades, and you can see it on the roads. There is more traffic everywhere in the Charlotte metropolitan region, including in the suburban sprawl that spreads into South Carolina. We are an economically robust region, but with that uptick in business come a downturn in quality of life. Most Charlotteans hear daily complaints about traffic.
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Rubios on the Road
06.08.2015
"There's a lot of great journalism in the New York Times," says Mark Farbman, personal injury lawyer in Charlotte, NC., "….and an article that caught my eye yesterday was about a Republican presidential candidate." Farbman refers to Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida.
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Gator Getter
05.26.2015
Attorney Mark Farbman, personal injury lawyer based in Charlotte, NC, sees a lot of suffering from needless car accidents. He's eager to see the "Gator Getter" relieve some of the problem from the roads. Here's what he means.
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North Carolina’s Summer Vehicle Driving
05.18.2015
Summer brings travel, which means more cars on the road. Summer brings home kids from college, which means more cars on the road. Summer means high schoolers driving during school hours, which means young drivers on the road during the day. Summer brings new schedules for children riding to and from day camps, which means new traffic patterns on the road. Mark Farbman, Charlotte, NC personal injury lawyer with over 21 years of experience has observed an increase in auto related accidents due to these changes in summer vehicle driving.
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Cameras Watching You!
01.05.2015
Have you ever felt watched at a red light? The RED LIGHT ENFORCED sign signals that a camera is on to document vehicular traffic at an intersection. If you run a red light, you pay a fine: $50 to $100. Charlotte and other NC cities had such safety measures in place from 1998 through 2006. In that year, the NC Court of Appeals ruled that at least 90% of all fines collected from folks running the red light at a camera had to go to area public schools. Although a good idea for public schools, cities couldn't generate enough revenue to comply, so the whole safety measure was put to an end.
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What is Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle Accident?
12.15.2014
Area residents were saddened to learn the news of a bus driver killed in a head-on collision with a garage truck Monday in Union County. The law office of Mark Farbman send condolences to the family and friends of 53 year old Tim McManus, the victim of the fatal crash on New Town Road in Waxhaw. McManus, who had worked for Union County Schools for three years, was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. He was reportedly wearing a seat belt.
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Car Wrecks Up this Thanksgiving
12.04.2014
According to a Raleigh, NC News Release, car crashes went up over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. Compared to last year, the period of time between 6:00pm on Wednesday and 9:00pm on Sunday yielded 17 fatal accidents in 2014. Last year, there were only ten. Attorney Mark Farbman comments, “This is not a good trend. There is nothing more tragic than a holiday marred by a tragedy.”
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Teen Drivers and Safety
11.10.2014
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Between the years 2000-2006, 19,076 young drivers aged 15-19 died in a car crash. Males were at roughly twice the risk of females. Teens think they are better at driving than they are, and that risks are less serious than they are.
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Gaston County Fire truck and a Deceased Pedestrian
11.07.2014
A fatal crash investigation is underway in Gaston County involving a Gaston County fire truck and a deceased pedestrian according to WCNC news.
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School Bus Accident In Charlotte; Second This Week
11.07.2014
Charlotte firefighters had to extricate a victim who was pinned-in their vehicle after a traffic accident involving a school bus this past Tuesday in Charlotte, NC according to WCNC.
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Traffic Accidents in NC average 3 deaths a day!
09.08.2014
The Charlotte area is a dangerous place to drive. According to the AAA Carolinas rankings of road safety, traffic accidents in our state account for three deaths a day. Furthermore, no Charlotte-area county was ranked in the top five safest counties in the state.
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Reidsville Man charged in Monroe, NC auto crash that killed 2
08.29.2014
According to the Charlotte Observer today, a Reidsville, Rockingham County, NC man Jose Estevez, 52, was taken into Monroe, NC police custody with the help of Rockingham County Sherriff’s Office. Mr. Herrera was charged with two counts of second degree murder, driving with a license revoked, and reckless driving.
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Teen Killed in Auto Accident this Weekend
08.29.2014
According to WRAL TV and other news websites today, a beloved North Carolina high school cheerleader was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday near Holly Springs, NC. That 17-year-old Madison Pearce, of Holly Springs, was killed in the wreck.
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Gecko is a Cash Cow for Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
08.26.2014
According to an August 25, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal, the GEICO Insurance Company's "gecko" ads have helped millions of auto insurance policies for the Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. owned insurance company. The green computer generated gecko with a Cockney accent is part of the seventh-largest advertising campaign in the USA. In 2013 GEICO spent over $1.2 billion dollars on the reptilian marketing cartoon. As a result, GEICO’s pretax underwriting profit jumped 17% to $393 million dollars.
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4 Teens Injured in Crash and 18-year Old Driver Charged with Reckless Driving
07.24.2014
Thursday night, shortly after 7 p.m., Dakota J. Morton, 18, of Snow Camp, NC, was driving north on Friendship Patterson Mill Road and struck the right shoulder near Doctor Pickett Road. The driver then overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times before hitting a power pole.
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Dangerous NC Pothole
07.24.2014
This past May, a man named Melvin Rainey was driving along highway 52 when he ran into a pothole. Melvin was shocked at the strength of the pothole when it jarred the car, shook the inside and pulled the steering wheel to the right. The biggest shocker, however, was the $1,800 repair bill for the damage of his wheel rim. Melvin filed a claim because he believed the State of North Carolina should pay for the pothole’s damage, considering the fact that the crash happened on a state road. Melvin also thought the Department of Transportation did not hold up its side of the bargain by failing to do its job of keeping the roads safe.
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High Point Woman Hit by Car Fights Crosswalk Ticket
07.24.2014
Janet Wade was hit by a car while using a motorized wheelchair to get to the grocery store Saturday. A police officer investigating the wreck on Westchester Drive and Evergreen Avenue wrote Wade a ticker for not using a crosswalk. Wade wrote a letter to the mayor’s office complaining about the ticket.
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Travelers Insurance: Profits Fall; Court Ruling Costing $10 Million Dollars
07.24.2014
Travelers Cos. Reported an 18% decline in 2nd quarter operating profit as wind and hail storms eroded earnings. Travelers’ shares fell $3.63, or 3.8% to $91.63 a share after the earning news was reported. Separately, the insurer was hit with an adverse legal ruling in a 10 year case involving asbestos-related claims of more than $500 million tied to the insurer’s coverage of fiber glass manufacture Johns-Manville, decades ago. The U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a 2012 by a lower court. The new court ruling forces Travelers Insurance to make the $500 million payment with back interest.
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2 women and Child Die in Caldwell County Wreck
07.23.2014
Two women and a child were killed Wednesday night in a head-on collision in Caldwell County, according to the NC Highway Patrol. Troopers report the car crossed over the center line and speed was a factor in the crash. The victims were identified by troops. The driver, Sabrina Handy, 29; her grandmother, Carolyn Handy, 75: and Caraon Handy, 4, Sabrina Handy’s son.
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South Carolina rural roads most dangerous in the nation.
07.22.2014
South Carolina is home to 50 million people and provides natural resources that give the energy, food and fiber that support the nation’s economy and way of life. However, a new report found that the bridges and non-interstate rural roads are in need of repair. There is a need to address the nation’s rural transportation system, which is critical to the nation’s booming agriculture.
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3 Fayetteville men killed in a 4 car accident.
07.17.2014
The city of Fayetteville, North Carolina has become increasingly larger within the past few years. The population of the Fayetteville area, which includes Fort Bragg and Pope Field, is just over 300,000. Fayetteville, with over 203,000 residents, is Cumberland County's county seat and its largest municipality.
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N.C. Reaches the Seatbelt Goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
07.16.2014
Each June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads a survey evaluating the use of seat belts in North Carolina. The survey was based on checks on more than 34,000 drivers and passengers. According to The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, over the past five years North Carolina has stayed around the range of 88 or 89 percent. Last year’s figure was 88.6 percent. Last June, North Carolina reached the goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by hitting the 90 percent mark in seat belt use. This is the first time the state wide average has hit 90 percent.
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Tracy Morgan Wal-Mart Lawsuit
07.15.2014
Former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” television star Tracy Morgan has been released from a New Jersey rehabilitation facility for near fatal injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian James McNair dead. He suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the crash. The New Jersey Turnpike accident involved a Wal-Mart truck driven by Kevin Roper, 35 of Jonesboro, Ga. that crashed into Mr. Morgan’s limousine van last month, killing Mr. McNair and injuring four others including Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua and Jeffery and Krista Millea. According to Mr. Morgan’s spokesperson Lewis Kay, Mr. Morgan will continue his recovery from home with an “aggressive outpatient program.”
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Recent NC Accident and Personal Injury Articles
07.10.2014
Below is a roundup of recent NC personal injury and NC accident related articles for June and July. Each of these examples are cases where the individual needs to protect their rights with a capable Personal Injury Attorney. If you ever find yourself in a similar, unfortunate situation please contact the offices of personal injury attorney, Mark Farbman. Mr. Farbman and his associates will consult you at no cost.
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Know Your Zones
05.26.2011
Attorney Mark Farbman talks about car accidents happening near Work Zones because of speeding and other violations. He explains North Carolina law about speeding in a Work Zone and gives driving tips to avoid car accidents and personal injuries near Work Zones.
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Cellphone Use Causes Car Accidents
05.13.2011
Attorney Mark Farbman informs about laws governing cellphone use while driving. A study showed that injury and property-damage crashes related to texting and cellphone use had a fourfold increase. Attorney Mark Farbman states laws that bann certain people from using a cellphone while driving in North Carolina. He says people need to know the law and drive safely in order to avoid a car accident involving personal injuries and/or property damage.
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Drunk driver kills two cyclists
04.13.2011
This past Sunday, a tragic accident took the lives of David and Trey Doolottle of New Hanover, NC. They were struck by a drunk driver during their morning bike ride. David Doolittle was killed instantly and his son, Tray, died a day later, 10 days before his 18th birthday.
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Kirby: Prom season add risks for teen drivers
04.13.2011
Mark Maynor, an Allstate insurance agent in Fayetteville and Laurinburg says in a news release, "Increased distractions like boisterous passengers, cellphones, music, food, drink, nighttime visibility and general excitement divert the young driver's attention from the road and could lead to dangerous and even fatal consequences."
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NC Highway Patrol program targets teen driver safety
04.13.2011
Raleigh, NC.- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is holding "Drive to Live" programs all this week to encourage teen driver safety during prom season
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Raeford man killed in one-vehicle accident
04.13.2011
Hector Lopez' 2004 Jeep ran off the right side of the road and steered the Jeep back onto the road, crossed the center line, ran off the left side and hit a tree, according to a report filed by Trooper D.R. Clark. Lopez was dead at the scene, the report said.
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Fatality risk in motorcycle collisions with roadside objects in the United States
04.11.2011
Motorcycle crashes with roadside objects often involve more than one impact event. The objective of this study was to determine the fatality risk in these roadside object collisions when compared with crashes only involving a collision with the ground.
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Morning Accident Leaves Driver Dead
04.01.2011
Charlotte, NC- Medic paramedics along with North Meck Fire and Rescue responded to a one car accident at the intersection of McCord Road and Ramah Church Road the morning of March 31, 2011 around 7 am. The vehicle drove off the right side of the road and struck a tree head on. Robert Durette was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
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School Bus accident left 1 Student Injured
04.01.2011
Shannon Sparks' 12-year-old daughter was riding the bus on her way home from Mills River Elementary when the bus driver pullet out in front of a vehicle at the intersection of Naples Road and Old Naples Road, in Fletcher. The fifth-grader was in a seat near the front of the bus, and the impact forced her back and side to hit a metal bar under the window, Sparks said. The NC Highway Patrol charged the bus driver with failure to yield.
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Teen Driver involved in Fatal Accident charged for texting while driving
04.01.2011
Columbus County- A teenage driver is facing charges after being involved in an accident earlier this week that killed a passenger in her car. Troopers say driver, Taylor Clark, was charged with misdemeanor of death by a motor vehicle, failing to yield, and texting while driving. Texting while driving became illegal in North Carolina December 1, 2009. The law says your vehicle must be in park before you send a text message.
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Clyde man killed after losing control of motorcycle
03.29.2011
Daniel Jeffery Gray, 24, of Bobs Lane, died at the scene after crashing his motorcycle on U.S. 19-23 shortly after 6 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Murray Whisenhunt said. Gray's 2001 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling at an estimated 70 mph when apparently he lost control and the bike ran off the right side of the road and struck a concrete retaining wall, he said.
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Crash kills two Wilkes County teens
03.29.2011
Two Wilkes County teenagers dies on Tuesday night in a single-car wreck. The driver was traveling south on N.C. 18 near Clear View Rd. when it ran off the right side of N.C. 18, according to the trooper's report. He said the driver lost control , and the car hit several trees and overturned.
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Driver killed in Hope Mills wreck
03.24.2011
According to the N.C. HIghway Patrol, a 47-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning when his 1999 Buick ran off the road, struck several trees and rolled over.
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Madison school bus in accident
03.24.2011
According to Highway Patrol, a pickup truck hit the back of a Rockingham County Schools bus as it was making a stop. The driver of the pickup truck was cited with failure to reduce speed. No students were seriously injured.
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Pickup slams into tractor-trailer, killing 2
03.24.2011
N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper C.B. Ferrell said the tractor-trailer was parked on the side of the road. He said a witness said the pickup, which had five men aboard, veered under the truck. Two men were killed and 2 injured.
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Woman Hurt After Police Vehicle Crashes Into Her Minivan
01.04.2011
A 43-year-old nurse was seriously injured Monday when her minivan was struck by a police SUV speeding to the scene of a foot chase without its lights and siren activated.
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Winthrop Grad, 24, Killed In NC Crash; Driver Charged With DWI
12.28.2010
A weekend car crash claimed the life of Hannah Floyd, a 24-year-old Chester native remembered as a gifted student with a vivacious personality. The driver of the car, Maegan Dacus, lost control on in the icy interstate and slid off the highway crashing into a utility pole. The investigating trooper reported that weather conditions and alcohol were factors in the crash, Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.
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Allstate Operating Income Rises in Q2; Capital Losses Hurt Net Income
08.05.2010
The Allstate Corp., headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., reported that second quarter 2010 operating income rose to $441 million compared to $297 million in the same period of 2009, reflecting improved results in both property/liability and Allstate Financial.
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Connecticut Fines GEICO $178K
04.09.2010
The Connecticut Insurance Department has fined four GEICO subsidiaries a total of $177,500 for improper rating, claim delays and the use of unlicensed adjusters among other violations. The total fine is a result of smaller fines assessed to four subsidiary companies. The fines follow a market conduct exam of GEICO operations in the state.
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State Farm Begins Sending Non-Renewal Notices in Florida This Week
02.01.2010
It's part of an agreement reached with the Office of Insurance Regulation in December. The company is cutting 125,000 policies in the next 18 months to reduce its liability in hurricane-prone Florida, where State Farm insures nearly 714,000 homeowners.
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Progressive's measured media spending was $252.4 million in 2005
05.03.2006
CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Progressive Insurance has put its $250 million-plus creative account up for grabs. Doner, Southfield, Mich., resigned the business last night after the Ohio insurance giant hired consultancy Roth Associates to conduct a review. Since 1999, Independent Doner has been Progressive's agency of record since 1999. During that period, Progressive grew into the No. 2 direct U.S. auto insurer. Sales have grown by about 19% annually during the last three years, to $4.2 billion.
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Progressive's Black Box: Is Big Brother Good for the Industry'
12.06.2004
Some drivers in Minnesota will soon have an added passenger in their cars: their insurance company. Progressive Insurance Company is using so-called "black box" technology to offer drivers discounts based on how much, how fast and when they drive. The pilot program, which is strictly voluntary, involves 5,000 Minnesota direct Progressive customers. The drivers will install a data-logging device provided by Progressive into their cars and then upload the data to the insurance company for up to 25 percent in potential savings.
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