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What Can We Do to Prevent South Carolina Truck Accidents?

Our South Carolina Injury Attorneys Discuss the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act In addition to truck driver negligence or error, many factors can lead to individuals suffering catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths in trucking accidents. The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) recently met with the survivors of serious truck crashes and the families of those wrongfully killed in trucking accidents for the annual Sorrow to Strength conference hosted in Washington, D.C. This four-day-long event included meetings with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Congress members. They met to discuss the TSC’s support of a bill aiming to regulate the loads amounts truck drivers can legally transport as well as enacting other preventative safety measures. What is the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act? The Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, also known as SHIPA, is a bill that would freeze the current truck size and weight limits from…
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Does the Prosecutor Represent Me If I Am Hit By A Drunk Driver?

Columbia Injury Attorneys Assisting Victims The South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged a man with felony DUI after an early morning crash that killed another man. An SUV was hit from behind and knocked off the road and into a tree. The driver, alone in his vehicle, was trapped inside and died at the scene. The Highway Patrol charged the driver of the other vehicle with felony DUI resulting in death. The drunken motorist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The state is charging the drunk driver with a felony DUI criminal case. In a criminal case, the family of the victim is not represented, and even if the drunk driver is found guilty, no damages will be rewarded to the victim’s family. The prosecutor does not represent victims of accidents when the state charges a drunk driver with a crime. However, the family of a person killed…
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What Can I Do If I Suspect a Nursing Home is Abusing My Family Member?

A Columbia Injury Lawyer Explains Your Rights According to Families for Better Care, a Gallup poll revealed that almost 80 percent of adults 55 and older believe that nursing home operators are dishonest. Nursing home abuse and neglect is much more of a problem than many people know or understand. Whether the result of neglect, physical, psychological or sexual abuse or financial exploitation, the mistreatment of the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is not only an issue for which Nursing Home Report Cards found 90 percent of all nursing homes were cited, but that many times leads to serious consequences, such as wrongful death. What is Nursing Home Abuse? Nursing home abuse occurs when the operators and/or staff of a nursing home or assisted living facility mistreats one or more of its residents in some way. There are several types of nursing home abuse, including: Neglect –…
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Is Texting and Driving Illegal in South Carolina?

Columbia Injury Attorneys Explain The Law [UPDATE: As of June 2014, South Carolina has passed a ban on texting while driving. This new law supersedes the local ordinances and creates consistency throughout the state.] South Carolina is one of only a few states in the nation without state laws banning texting while driving. Statewide legislature has attempted to pass several bans in the past without luck. However, in the absence of these legal measures, municipalities across the Palmetto state have taken action to pass their own bans in hopes of reducing the amount of car crashes and fatal car accidents associated with distracted driving. The municipalities that have passed bans on texting and other cellphone-related distractions while driving include Beaufort, West Union, Mount Pleasant, Columbia, Sumter, Clemson and others. Recently, Charleston also began the process of approving a strict ban on texting while driving. However, in order for the texting-while-driving…
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