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Donnovan Kendall Yates, 23 will be facing multiple charges as a result of the incident that happened at 4 a.m. at the Bayside Restaurant on Maine Street in Craven County, NC. According to eye–witnesses, Yates had been travelling westbound on East Maine Street when he turned into the parking lot and crashed into the restaurant. Apparently, the act may have been intentional and brought about by a domestic dispute.

Four people sustained minor injuries, including Yates himself. Curtis Adams, co-owner of the restaurant had to be brought to Carolina East Medical Center wherein he received 19 stitches for a cut over his left eye. John Adams, Curtis’ father, also injured his arm. The place was mangled and it will take probably months to repair the property damage. Yates will have to face the consequences of his irresponsible behavior.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66 percent of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving actions, such as passing on the right, running red lights and tailgating and even driving while angry can be categorized under aggressive driving. Statistics show that there has been a 51 percent increase in aggressive driving incidents since 1990. Of particular note, 37% involved the use of firearm, 28% involved other weapons, and 35% involved the use of car as a weapon.

The insurance company may refuse to pay a claim if the act was intentional. The policy probably excludes acts where the driver meant to do the harm rather than having done so by accident. So, it may be important for the claims here to be for the bad guy’s negligence so they are paid.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.

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