North Carolina Motorists Face Increasing Danger Of Auto Accidents With Deer

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

According to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, auto accidents involving deer in North Carolina have continued to increase in recent years. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) indicated approximately 19,300 animal-related crashes were reported annually from 2007 to 2009. Ninety percent of those accidents involved deer. Since 2007, such accidents have resulted in 3,353 injuries to drivers. Seventeen of those collisions were fatal. According to the N.C. DOT, approximately $127 million of  property damage resulted from these incidents. The top five counties for such collisions in 2009 were Wake (1,115), Guilford (594), Pitt and Rockingham (543), and Duplin (542). Wake County has consistently had the most animal-related crashes in recent history., Ashevilles Home Page, NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for deer during fall months, 09/30/2010

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Website indicates that Charlotte had the tenth highest number of animal-related crashes from 2007 to 2009, totaling 1,265 accidents. The N.C. DOT provides a complete list of data regarding such accidents for each county at its website (see link). North Carolina Animal-Related Crashes

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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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