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May 27, 2021


For most people, Memorial Day is a time where they celebrate freedom – and in more than just one way. Memorial Day is time to salute the U.S. veterans who sacrificed to preserve and protect us. And then many of us will celebrate freedom of the road, and take off on a trip this holiday weekend.

It is known that Memorial Day is one of the heaviest traveled weekends, which translates into more people on the road and more accidents. An average of 358 fatal accidents happen each year during the Memorial Day weekend according to the National Safety Council.

Here are some safety tips from the NHTSA on how to protect your family this Memorial Day weekend.

1. Avoid drinking and driving

Driving and alcohol do not mix. Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in a car crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. We encourage you to talk to teens about alcohol if you have young teenage drivers in your house.

2. Keep your windshield clean

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good share and you have a clear view out your windows. A sudden thunderstorm can hinder your visibility more quickly if your windshield is covered with grime.

3. Never leave kids or pets unattended

Do not leave your children or pets in the car unattended. Even if you are just running a quick errand into the store, you need to realize that temperatures inside your car can increase to deadly levels quickly

4. Keep your tires properly inflated

If you’re planning on taking your family or friends on a road trip this Memorial Day weekend, make sure your tires are ready to for the drive by making sure they are inflated properly.

5. Stay alert while driving

Finally on our list is to always stay alert and avoid distracted driving when you get behind the wheel this Memorial Day weekend. It’s important to make sure you get plenty of rest before you leave on your adventure. Allow plenty of time for you to get to your destination and stay hydrated by bringing water with you.

The attorneys and staff at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!



May 24, 2021


Did you know that there are more than 11 million recreational vessels are registered in the U.S.? That means more and more Americans are enjoying their time in and on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,291 boating incidents that resulted in 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and about $46 million in property damage in 2017. It is important that you are prepared and using the correct equipment, no matter what type of vessel you are using – driving or riding in a motorized boat or  paddling a canoe or kayak – and making sure you have the right life jacket is essential.

Whether you are in a motorized boat or a kayak, a life jacket is at the core of safe boating. It is reported by the U.S. Coast Guard that in 2017 76% of boating deaths were due to drowning, and 84% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Most know that the regulations on life jacket use vary from state to state. The National Safe Boating Council’s “Wear It” program encourages all boaters to wear a life jacket any time they are on motorized or non-motorized boat.

Even if you are a good swimmer, you need a life jacket. When someone falls off a boat, they could  become unconscious, disoriented or injured, and the life jacket will keep their heads above water so they can breathe and more easily be rescued. Every child should be wearing a life jacket at all times when they are boating. Finally, no matter your age or boating experience level, the data shows that life jackets do save lives. Accidents happen to quickly to be reaching for a stowed vest, you should always have one on.

Make sure you choose the right life jacket for the activities you will be doing on the water. You should double check the life jackets to make sure they are U.S. Coast Guard approved and fit correctly:

  • Make sure the life jacket is the appropriate size for your weight and size.
  • Make sure you’ve properly fastened the jacket.
  • Put your arms straight over your head, ask someone to grab the tops of the arms and gently pull up; you should make sure there is no extra room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your face or your chin.

National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28, 2021. Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP encourages all boaters to always wear a life jacket while they are on the water.

May 21, 2021


Most people do not think of their car as a “workplace,” however lots of people use a car as transportation to and from a job – so in a sense, driving could be considered a job, and it is one of the most dangerous jobs out there.

When you get behind the wheel, your mind has to be focused on other vehicles (trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and cars), the speed limit, road conditions, pedestrians and more. No matter how far you are driving, a mile or hundreds, safety matters when you get behind the wheel.

Before you ever start your car, you should be looking at your vehicle and making sure everything is in good working order according to Automotive Fleet. If the car you are driving is unfamiliar to you, such as a rental, be sure you take time to locate important controls such as wipers and lights and adjust the seat and mirrors before you head out. You don’t want to be distracted trying to find them later.

Multitasking may be part of most jobs, but it should not be part of driving. Any distraction increases your chances of being involved in a car accident. There are three basic reactions that can be affected by distractions: the time it takes to perceive a situation, the time it takes to act on that information and the time it takes your vehicle to complete the response. Even a split-second delay in your reaction time can lead to an accident. Be sure to pull over before using your phone. Use your navigation tools before taking off on long trips – do not try to type while driving. Build time into your travel plans to stop and eat. And if possible, keep items you may be tempted to use in your trunk and the things you may need, like sunglasses, close in hand.

More than half of all serious injuries and fatalities from car crashes involve people not buckled up or not buckled in properly. Make sure you buckle up before heading out. Make sure you follow posted speed limits and watch for changing conditions based on weather. Make sure you pull over if you feel tired or drowsy and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This blog is provided by Hardee, Massey & Blodgett for informational purposes only.

May 19, 2021


Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. Not only can they make you question your driving confidence, but if you are involved in a bad accident, you could be left with a serious injury that prevents you from working. It is important for you to understand the steps that need to be taken to help care for yourself – and knowing when you need an attorney is one of them.

If you have been in an accident in Greenville, North Carolina, do not hesitate to contact Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP for advice and guidance. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to guide you through the legal process to help get you the compensation you may deserve for damages after your auto accident. Contact us to see how we can help.

Reasons to Hire an Attorney Following a Car Accident

If you are a victim of car accidents, you may be entitled to different types of damages, such as pain and suffering or permanent injury compensation under North Carolina law. The biggest factor that needs to be considered when you are wondering if you should get an attorney following the car accident are:

  • Has an injury has occurred?
  • Does your injury require ongoing medical treatment?
  • Does your injury affect your ability to work?
  • Was the at-fault driver’s conduct being egregious (i.e., speeding, distracted driving such as texting and driving, or drunk driving)?
  • Was there a death associated with the accident?

Studies show that in most car accidents, hiring a reputable lawyer can raise your settlement  more than if you had pursued the case yourself. A lawyer will be your personal advocate. They will negotiate on your behalf to get you the best settlement possible for the damages which you have incurred. By hiring a personal injury lawyer to manage your case, you will have a knowledgeable attorney on your side who understands the procedures of an injury claim – everything from filing a lawsuit to litigating on your behalf in court.

Reasons You Will Not Need an Attorney After a Car Accident

There is a time to hire a lawyer, and a time when seeking an attorney following an accident is not needed. The following is when you most likely will not need an attorney:

  • No one was injured.
  • Your accident has exceeded the statute of limitations (three years in North Carolina)

After an accident, you should perform a personal assessment and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Was I injured?
  • Was anyone else injured?
  • Can this be easily resolved without an attorney?
  • Is my insurance company being reasonable?

The answers to these questions can help you determine which route to take.

However, if you are unsure about whether or not to hire an attorney, contact Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys will be happy to assist you in making the right decision for you after your accident.

Call us at (252) 378-2525 to get started with your free consultation today!

At  Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, our trusted team will take special care to account for all of your losses and will work hard to make sure you are made financially whole once again.

Call our team at (252) 378-2525 to get the compensation you may deserve following a serious car accident.