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and grateful that
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In 1863, the first manufactured pedal bicycle hit
the streets of Paris. In March 1896, the first
manufactured gas-powered car hit the showroom
floor in Massachusetts. In May 1896, just two
months later, one of those first cars hit a bicyclist
in New York City.
It was the first officially recorded traffic accident involving a car and
bike. The cyclist suffered a broken leg. The driver spent a night in
jail. Unfortunately, it was just the beginning of a frightening and
In 2010, about 51,000 bicyclists were injured and 618 were killed
nationally, according to the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Each year right here in North Carolina, about 1,000 cyclists
are involved in police-reported crashes with motor vehicles,
according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation
(NCDOT). On average around 20 are killed and 60 are seriously
injured. From 2000 to 2008, 200 cyclists died in crashes on North
Crashes happen throughout the state on all types of roads, but the
top three counties for crashes for a 10-year period from 1997 to 2007
were Mecklenburg (1,221), Wake (1,025) and Guilford (713), according to
NCDOT.gov which features a wealth of crash data.
Along with April’s warmer weather, the number of crashes typically jumps
dramatically and peaks in July/August when children are out of school. Sadly,
children and young adults are the most frequent crash victims due to inexperience,
a lack of safety training and inadequate protective gear. But the number of bike
crashes involving adults is growing along with the increasing popularity of the sport.
While more experienced and more aware of safety concerns, serious cycling
enthusiasts still face grave dangers on the road. In many crashes, both drivers and
cyclists contribute to the crash, so it’s important for everyone to work together to
help prevent serious accidents and deaths.
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Tips, trends and information for Crumley Roberts’ clients Summer 2012
Hickory student wins our
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She’ll receive a $1,200 prize package to our way to help a local student offset
transform her dorm at N.C. State, some of the necessary college
where she will enroll as expenses and increasing
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Morgan plans to major country.
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Auto attorney knows cycling joys and pain
By Dré Fleury While I raced regionally, she was racing don’t watch out for cyclists and often see
Personal Injury Practice Group Leader, Crumley Roberts throughout the country and around us as a bother or in the way.
the world. She did the CA circuit in the
Like most kids, I rode bikes growing up, I’ve had a million close calls. While in law
spring, Southern US in the early summer,
but I started to take it seriously after I school at UNC, I slammed into the side
then northeast/Canada in late summer, in
started watching the Tour de Moore in of an SUV that pulled out in front of me.
addition to the Europe, Central America, Fortunately, I was not injured, but many
Southern Pines. I’d hang around the bike
and the Bermuda series. fellow cyclists are not so lucky.
shop and looked up to racers.
Grace won stages in European races While I hate to see anyone injured, I thrive
While I was in law
including Tour de Laude and also raced on helping cyclists injured in accidents.
school, my girlfriend
as a domestique to some of the nation’s As a personal injury attorney, I handle 10-
Grace (now my wife)
top cyclists - Kristen Armstrong, Tina 20 serious cycling injuries each year and
started racing. I’d go
Pic, Kori Seehafer and Laura Van Gilder. have represented pro racers from across
to her races, and I also
Armstrong was an Olympic gold medalist. North Carolina.
started racing on a
regional level. We’ve maintained our relationships in I’ve helped people who are permanently
the bike world and really value those disabled from bike/auto collisions and
I became a lawyer.
friendships. helped others get back on their bikes and
Dré Fleury Grace became one of
the top 10 cyclists in the even into racing.
My wife and I both understand the joys
country. She rode for top womens’ team and dangers of cycling. I bike to work I truly hope you never need my services,
such as Genesis, Lipton, Quark and regularly right here in Charlotte and love but if you are in a serious accident,
the US National Olympic development riding/mountain biking whenever I can. please know that all of us at Crumley
team. But I’ve found that many drivers simply Roberts would be honored to help.
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Some antidepressants may You may be at risk
of injury from some
cause serious birth defects prescription drugs
Recent studies have raised By Brian L. Kinsley
concerns about the use of Selective Drug Injury Practice Group Leader, Crumley Roberts
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) The very drugs your doctor prescribed to
Antidepressants such as Paxil®, help you could cause serious and perma-
Prozac®, Zoloft®, Effexor®, nent damage – even death. So please visit
Celexa®, Wellbutrin®, Lexapro®, our website regularly for the latest updates
Luvox®, Cymbalta® and Pristiq® on potentially dangerous drugs. If you
by pregnant women and the risk of or someone you know may be affected,
serious birth defects. please contact us immediately.
These antidepressants have been Visit CrumleyRoberts.com and click
linked with birth defects in newborns on HOT TOPICS on the left side of
that were exposed to the drug during our home page for important information
If you or someone you know has taken
the early stages of fetal growth. about possible health dangers from the
any of these drugs while pregnant and
The Food and Drug Administration given birth to a child suffering from a following prescription drugs and more:
(FDA) is investigating reports of birth defect, please call us immediately. • Depo-Provera • Yasmin/Yaz
congenital heart defects, cleft palate, There could be a link between your • Pradaxa • Actos
cranial defects, abdominal defects, child’s birth defect and the drug, even
• Accutane • Antidepressant (SSRI)
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help recover or pay for costly medical
Crumley Roberts is also investigating bills, specialized caregiving, and other Brian Kinsley is Crumley Roberts’
claims on behalf of clients with children expenses – even loss of income. You Practice Group Leader for Drug Injury &
who have suffered birth defects possibly may be eligible for compensation from Defective Product Cases
caused by these antidepressants. the manufacturers of these drugs.
Judges select 10 students out of nearly
150 applicants for 2012 scholarships
Each year, Crumley Roberts recognizes 10 North The Next Step Scholarship is open to North Carolina
Carolina students by giving each a $1,000 scholarship community college students planning to take the next
toward college tuition plus an iPad. This year, nearly 150 step by transferring to an accredited four-year college or
participants met our March 1 deadline, and judges have university in North Carolina.
selected 10 deserving winners. These applicants were judged on references and a
The Chairman’s Scholarship recognizes North Carolina written essay which sought insight on why the student
high school seniors who showcase an outstanding decided to move on to a four-year college and why he/
aptitude and passion for community service in their local she should be a recipient.
or global communities. See Page 7 for a complete list of winners or visit
Applicants are judged on community involvement, CrumleyRoberts.com and click on Community
extracurricular activities, letters of reference and a Involvement.
written essay. This year’s essay topic focused on ways to
prevent distracted driving (texting while driving).
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Tips, trends and information for Crumley Roberts’ clients Summer 2012
Auto Insurance Policy Review –
When is Enough Enough?
By Marcus Hayes
Personal Injury Practice Group Leader,
The next time you’re stuck in traffic,
pick out seven cars around you and
guess which driver is completely
uninsured. As traffic starts moving
again, you’ll want to stay as far away
from that car as
possible, and of course,
hope you guessed right.
About 14% of drivers
one in seven) are
uninsured, according to
the Insurance Research
Council (IRC). It’s not
a gamble you want to take, so make
sure you protect yourself financially by
having enough auto insurance coverage.
You can’t always avoid an auto accident,
but for just a few extra dollars per
month, you may be able to quadruple
your coverage, but when is enough
enough? There is no one-size-fits-all
Just having the North Carolina Where can you save? If you have an
solution. older car and no loan, one coverage area
required minimum of $30,000 bodily
Policies can be highly personalized, but injury liability is a big gamble. you actually may be able to decrease is
the key areas you want to review are The most common injuries in auto collision and comprehensive, which can
liability and uninsured/underinsured accidents are neck, head, brain and represent 30-40 percent of your total
motorist coverage. Medical payments back injuries, and a broken back with premium cost. But consider using any
coverage or MedPay is also a great surgery and related expenses could savings to boost your liability, uninsured
thing to have in your policy, because easily top $150,000. motorist and medical payments coverage.
it basically gives you instant cash Any Crumley Roberts’ client who would
It’s not just uninsured or underinsured
following an accident. like a free auto insurance policy review
drivers who pose a risk. Not having
Liability coverage is required in North enough liability coverage if you’re at can simply mail the declarations page of
Carolina to ensure you can cover fault could wipe you out financially, your policy to: Crumley Roberts, Attn: Auto
someone else’s injuries and damages and the person you injure can even Insurance Review, 1051 East Morehead St,
if you’re at fault. In 2009, the state also come after your home, assets and Suite 100, Charlotte, NC, 28204.
started requiring matching levels of more. What if you total someone’s Marcus Hayes is Crumley Roberts’ Northern
uninsured and underinsured motorist $80,000 Porsche or Mercedes, and Region practice group leader for personal
coverage (UM/UIM) to ensure that you you only have the minimum required injury. He’s a member of the Million Dollar
also protect yourself. MedPay coverage $25,000 property damage liability Advocates Forum and also a member of the
is optional but extremely affordable. coverage? National Trial Lawyers for the last two years.
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Upcoming safety checks, programs
help protect you and your family
We see firsthand the devastation Please join us at upcoming events and
meet Jason Knight, our new Community
that accidents and injuries can have
Involvement Specialist. Find complete
on families, and we’re working hard details, event dates and more at
to stop accidents before they start. CrumleyRoberts.com.
One way we’re doing that is through community Before joining Crumley Roberts, Jason
involvement in safety programs throughout taught Social Studies at Winston Salem Prep
the Carolinas. In fact, our attorneys and staff Academy and at High Point Friends School,
regularly volunteer and participate in programs Jason Knight
where he also coached basketball, track and
like bicycle safety rodeos, bike helmet Community Involvement Specialist field, and served as the Athletic Director.
giveaways, teen driver programs and more.
Workers’ Comp Playbook
helps workers win
It’s hard to compete when you don’t from an experienced attorney,” said
know the rules of the game. That’s Brown. “Claims are complicated;
why Crumley Roberts’ attorney, each one is unique and requires
Mike Brown, wrote and developed thorough evaluation beyond what
The Workers’ Compensation this book can accomplish.”
Playbook, An Employee’s Guide
The Playbook can help workers
to Understanding Workers’
Compensation in North determine if they may have a claim
Carolina. and help them understand the steps
to take if injured at work. It contains
Until now, employers and insurance
“instant replay” examples based
companies had the advantage in
on actual cases and even includes
Workers’ Compensation claims, but
samples of some of the most
Brown’s play-by-play analysis of
commonly used Workers’ Comp
the rules and procedures is leveling
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Author Mike Brown grew up in
easier for employees to understand Compensation.
Duplin County, North Carolina, in a
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“It’s not a substitute for legal advice, of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and we encourage anyone with a and received his law degree from
work injury to seek legal counsel Campbell University.
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Tips, trends and information for Crumley Roberts’ clients Summer 2012
Crumley Roberts’ attorneys earn
prestigious state, national honors
Kathleen Q. DuBois was honored with a Triangle peer nominations, evaluations and
Business Journal 40 Under 40 Leadership Award for professional achievements. Mike
2012. Each year, the weekly business newspaper is our Practice Group Leader for
honors 40 people under the Workers’ Compensation. He’s a
age of 40 for their community graduate of University of North
and professional achievements. Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned
An accomplished workers’ his law degree from Campbell
compensation attorney, Kathleen Michael T. Brown
is an active member of state
and local bar associations. She’s Dré Fleury was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers
a board member at the Forsyth as one of the top 40 under 40 attorneys in North Carolina.
Kathleen Q. DuBois
Work/Family Resource Center, This national organization is composed of the Top 100
and in 2011, was named one of the “100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers from each state.
Filipino Women in America.” Kathleen is a graduate of the Membership is extended only to
University of Notre Dame and the Wake Forest University those attorneys who exemplify
School of Law. superior leadership, reputation,
influence, stature, and profile as
Michael T. Brown was named as a 2012 North trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff
Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers - which includes and criminal defense. Dré is our
attorneys under 40 years old who have been practicing Southern Region Practice Group
less than 10 years. Selections into this prestigious Leader for Personal Injury. He’s a
Rising Star category are made annually on a state-by- graduate of Washington and Lee University and the UNC
state basis through a rigorous process that considers School of Law.
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Next Step Winners Julie Ann Hicks Greyson Daniel Whitaker
Rochelle Nicole McCain Surry Community College Union Academy
To attend Appalachian State University
Rockingham Community College Marissa Marie Stockstad
To attend Eastern Carolina University Darren Seitz Lipman A.C. Reynolds High School
Raquel Tasha McCain Guilford Technical Community College Treyaun Quantez Fulton
Rockingham Community College To Attend North Carolina State University Parkland Magnet High School
To attend Eastern Carolina University
Chairman’s Scholarship Winners Tiffany H. Song
Diedra Shantwanette Lowery Northern Guilford High School
Richmond Community College Jordan William Black
To attend Meredith College Bandys High School
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