Saturday, November 29, 2014

Consult a Lawyer after a Traffic Accident

According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, reported traffic crashes increased by 2.5 percent in 2012, compared with those in 2011. The number of fatalities also increased by 4.5 percent within that same time frame. What these numbers show is that traffic accidents are a genuine threat; they may occur any time. So if you ever find yourself involved in one, you would benefit greatly from consulting a personal injury lawyer.

The blaming game of traffic accidents

Accidents on the road may occur for a variety of reasons, including overspeeding, vehicle defects, driver error, faulty road conditions, distractions, bad weather, and intoxication. Most traffic accidents involve only two vehicles, with the driver or passenger of one party alleging that the driver from the opposite party is the one who caused the accident.

Your traffic accident could only be the beginning of your problems

Immediately after a traffic accident, the other driver’s insurance company may try to get you to make certain admissions or pin you down to take a recorded statement. All these could work to your disadvantage. It’s important to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. By doing so, you’ll be guided clearly on the steps to take to protect yourself from liability and lawsuits.

The law firm of Kurtz & Blum understands the consequences of a traffic accident. To contact an experienced car accident attorney in Raleigh, please call 919-832-7700.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Basic Law Firm Structure

Most lawyers in the U.S. work for a law firm, if not establish their own. The number of lawyers and non-lawyers in a law office usually dictate the extent of their capability. Some firms maintain a small workforce of a few attorneys and a dozen or so support staff members. Most law firms operating statewide normally don’t need hundreds of employees.

At the tip of the law office's spear are the partners, who are often the most experienced legal practitioners on the team. In many cases, they are also the founders of the law office. The typical law firm operates on a partnership structure to enable the expansion of its skill pool and offer more services.

Just below the partners in terms of hierarchy are the associates, who normally make up the bulk of a law office's pool of lawyers. Although often less experienced than partners, associates are just as competent and skilled, and offer their services at a lower cost. Associates can become partners by working for three to ten years, although it is uncertain whether their name will be added to that of the law office.

The bulk of the law firm's staff is comprised of support staff. These aren't necessarily lawyers, but they help lawyers by providing research materials, preparing documents, filing cases in court, and so on. Support jobs include law clerks, receptionists, researchers, legal assistants, legal secretaries, and court runners.

The law firm of Kurtz & Blum provides ethical legal counsel for residents of our great city. To contact a Raleigh lawyer please call 919-832-7700.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer: The Potential Dangers of Increasing UAV Use

Crime is inherently a cat-and-mouse affair. Whenever the authorities believe that they’ve effectively prevented a crime from ever happening again, crooks just find a new way to continue their dastardly acts. There’s no doubt that criminals today are becoming more brazen, more cunning, and more creative. Take for example, the attempt of two people to smuggle contraband into a South Carolina prison by using, of all things, an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Injured by Distracted Driving? Call a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted driving is a form of impaired driving in which a driver’s ability is compromised because he/she isn’t able to devote his/her full attention on the road. With the proliferation of smartphones, it’s easy to imagine what the leading cause for distracted driving is nowadays. To curb smartphone use while driving, one Virginia-based company is working on a device that detects drivers texting on the road. A recent Space Coast Daily article provides more information on this development.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tenacious Raleigh DWI Lawyer Mounts Tough Defense amid Tough Laws

Nine months after his drunk driving stint, Justin Bieber plead guilty to DWI charges and settled with a plea that involved a $50,000 donation to charity. The 20-year-old pop sensation was arrested in Miami in January after racing in a 30-mph zone at twice the speed limit. Even after being pulled over, he continued to show defiance in front of the cops. Bloodshot eyes, flushed face, and marijuana use evidently pointed to DWI, resulting in his arrest.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Seasoned Raleigh Lawyer Defends Clients in Racially Motivated Arrests

Durham recently joined the ranks of several North Carolina towns and cities in requiring police to put consent searches in writing. The decision by the city council came in response to racially motivated arrests, which have widened the rift between police and the community for years. Consent forms stood out among 34 recommendations put forward by the city's Human Relations Commission. Durham is the second city to require consent forms. Fayetteville pioneered this method in 2012 under similar circumstances. Other areas considering this approach include Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington. Unlike Fayetteville and Durham, however, these cities do not require police to comply with this method.