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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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Why Does South Carolina Constantly Rank At the Bottom in Bicycle Safety?

Columbia Injury Attorneys Talk Bicycle injury statistics are hard to come by, partly because police in many states don’t bother to file a report if the cyclist isn’t seriously injured. In some states, reports get filed only if a person is seriously injured or the motor vehicle sustains damage serious enough that it must be towed. Only a fraction of bicycle crashes are ever recorded by the police—possibly as few as 10 percent. Despite knowing that these numbers are underreported, the National Safety Council estimates that in 2012, as many as 49,000 bicyclists were injured and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The total annual cost of bicyclist injuries and fatalities is over $4 billion. The emotional cost is far higher. How Does South Carolina Fare for Cyclists? Sadly, South Carolina ranks among the worst states for cyclist fatalities. In Charleston alone, only about two and a…
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South Carolina Bans Texting While Driving (Finally!)

Accident Attorneys in Columbia Applaud the New Law As of June 2014, the Palmetto State proudly joins 48 others in banning texting while driving. The ban supersedes at least 19 contradictory city and county ordinances on texting while driving, finally achieving consistent standards for the entire state. The new law reads as follows in pertinent part: It is unlawful for a person to use a wireless electronic communication device to compose, send, or read a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways of this State. This ban on texting while driving is necessary for South Carolina. The State Department of Public Safety reported that during a single two-year period, the combined number of distracted driving accidents in just one tri-county area was over 10,000. Of these, almost a third resulted in injury and 20 were fatal. Is the Texting While Driving Ban Strict Enough?…
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