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Pitfalls to avoid when selling a business

Economic conditions have improved significantly in North Carolina and around the country in recent years, and some entrepreneurs in the Tar Heel State may be thinking that now is a good time to cash out and sell their businesses. While the volume of mergers and acquisitions tends to increase during times of prosperity and economic growth, that does not mean that negotiations will be straightforward and buyers easy to find.

Study compares truck driver health with accident rates

Living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging for truck drivers in North Carolina and around the country. Operating a commercial vehicle is a relatively sedentary occupation, and the menus of roadside dining establishments do not always feature a wide variety of healthy choices. A report published by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2014 suggests that obesity, smoking and diabetes rates are twice as high among long-haul commercial truck drivers, and a research team from the University of Utah School of Medicine indicates that drivers in poor health are involved in significantly more accidents.

Federal government delays training standards for truck drivers

North Carolina programs that train drivers of commercial vehicles will need to wait to find out when standards published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will become effective. The FMCSA had originally intended the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators to roll out in February 2017, but President Trump halted new federal regulations across all agencies upon taking office.

Choosing a broker to help sell a business

A North Carolina entrepreneur who is looking to sell a company may want to do so with the help of a broker. However, there are many questions that a seller should ask prior to choosing one to work with. For example, it is important to know whether the broker is a Certified Business Intermediary. It may also be a good idea to ask if they're a member of the International Business Brokers Association.

When can someone file a wrongful death claim?

A death in a North Carolina family can substantially disrupt normal life and inflict financial hardships. When a surviving family member has cause to believe that negligent actions by another party resulted in the death, then a lawsuit can be brought forward on behalf of the victim's estate. Generally, any wrongful acts or neglect that might have imposed liability for damages upon someone if the victim had survived would serve as qualified reasons to pursue damages for wrongful death.

Family sues German airline for crash that killed loved ones

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that the family of an American mother and daughter who were killed in a plane crash that occurred in the French Alps filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Feb. 1. According to reports, the family is seeking compensation from Germanwings after the co-pilot of the flight crashed the plane in a remote area. The German airline company's parent company, Lufthansa Airlines and United Airlines were also named in the lawsuit.

An increase in motorcycle accident deaths in 2015

Motorcycle riders in North Carolina face many dangers on the roads, and these dangers can be amplified by unsafe behaviors. A new report shows that decreased helmet use, lack of riding skills and increased alcohol and drug use have led to more motorcycle deaths in recent years.

Offering legal help for victims of distracted drivers

Today's world is a busy one. From computers and fax machines to navigational devices and cellphones, we find ourselves relying on technology to help us with our tasks. However, our North Carolina personal injury law firm has seen firsthand how multitasking when driving, especially texting, has lead to serious car wrecks that result in catastrophic injuries to those involved.

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