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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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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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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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What Are Surgical Never Events?

The term “never event,” coined by the former CEO of the National Quality Forum, refers to medical errors that should never happen, such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, leaving an object inside the body after surgery, or performing surgery on the wrong patient. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 71 percent of never events are fatal. Furthermore, the incidence of never events is a reliable indicator of a hospital’s overall safety practices. Are Never Events Common? Can They Be Prevented? Never events may be rare for an individual hospital, occurring once every five to ten years; however, nationally, they occur at least 4,000 times every year, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins. Across the country, foreign objects like sponges or scissors are left inside a patient’s body after surgery 39 times a week. Moreover, the researchers believe that the real…
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