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North Carolina Family Loses Five Family Members In Tragic Acciden

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On December 5, 2010, five adults were tragically killed on Interstate 95 in Florida when their 1999 Ford Expedition rolled over after a tire blew out and the driver subsequently lost control of the vehicle. Four minors were injured in the crash as well.

According to the Police report, only two of the individuals in the accident were wearing a seatbelt. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Bill Leeper noted that seatbelts do increase passenger safety in some accidents, stating "Seatbelts are very important to keep you secure in the vehicle in the event of a rollover crash or a violent collision; It will keep you stabilized," Leeper said. "However, there are some crashes that occur that a seatbelt will not save you. A lot depends on the speed of the crash and the angle of collision." StAugustine.com, Tire Blamed In Fatal I-95 Crash, 12/07/10

AAA provides multiple safety tips regarding your automobile tires:

  • Check your tires regularly.
  • Use a tire gauge.
  • Inflate your tires to the correct pressure.
  • Know when your tires need to be replaced.
  • Rotate your tires regularly.

AAA notes that indicators that your tires require maintenance include: side-to-side "waddling" at slow speeds; an increased shimmy / vibration at increased speeds; a sharp pull to the side (misalignment); and weaving / fishtailing.

8newsnow.com, AAA's Tire Safety Tips, 12/08/10

You may want to review this brief, instructional video of how to handle a tire blowout as well.

We hope that you will keep this unfortunate family in your thoughts. We also hope you will consider the above-noted tips for the safety of you and your loved ones. In the unfortunate event that you or a family member sustain a serious injury or death, please remember that it is crucial that you immediately seek the consultation of a lawyer who will walk you through the legal process one step at a time. Under no circumstance should you speak with the insurance company - those whose sole aim is to deny your claim / pay you as little compensation as possible.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice

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