Articles Posted in South Carolina Car Accident

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 20 percent of all auto accidents occur in commercial parking lots. Mostly, these will involve property damage and perhaps minor injury. parkinglot1

However, where pedestrians are involved, injuries may be serious.

There is generally a false sense of security while navigating parking lots. It’s part of an everyday routine. But that also means people often aren’t paying attention. Drivers are adjusting their radios, pedestrians are pushing carts, a child darts out in front of his mother. In a split second, everything can change.  Continue reading

For the first time since 2007, the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. could exceed more than 40,000. If this happens, it would be the highest number of motor vehicle deaths in eight years. caraccident4.jpg

That’s according to a new report by the National Safety Council, which that in the first six months of the year, nearly 19,000 people had died nationally and another 2.2 million were seriously injured.

Traffic deaths were on the rise in 34 states, with some of those reporting increases of more than 20 percent from June 2015 compared to June 2014. It was up to nearly 60 percent higher in Oregon. Florida, Georgia and Minnesota saw increases of between 26 and 29 percent.
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Everyone knows, when you see or hear an emergency vehicle rushing to the scene of an accident or crime, you must yield right of way, so as not to interfere with the vehicle. It is also true an emergency vehicle is allowed to run red traffic signals when traveling to its destination, assuming it is responding to a valid call. However, this does not give the operator of an emergency vehicle the right to drive in a negligent and dangerous manner or use its emergency equipment, including lights and sirens, when there is no valid emergency situation.

fire-engine.jpgThis is exactly what some plaintiffs are alleging in a series of cases recently filed in South Carolina, according to a news article for the Charleston Post and Courier. In one of the cases, plaintiff’s attorneys have alleged a North Charleston fire truck was on its way to a car crash at speeds of up to 25 mph over the posted speed limit of 45 mph. Traveling 70 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 45 mph is unnecessarily fast and dangerous, according to plaintiff’s car accident lawyers.
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According to a recent news report from WLTX 19, one person was killed in an early morning car crash in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The fatal car accident occurred on Interstate 95.

Thumbnail image for car-crash-m.jpgAuthorities say the crash occurred just after midnight around the exit of State Highway 521 near Manning, South Carolina. A South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson stated the accident involved a single Chevrolet Impala. It is believed the vehicle ran off the roadway and crashed into a tree. The only occupant of the Impala was the driver who was killed in the tragic motor vehicle accident.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fatal car accident and also the identity of the driver. State troopers say the victim was too badly injured in the horrific accident and they were unable to locate any other identifying information.
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South Carolina’s seat belt law requires, with few exceptions, that every driver and every occupant of a motor vehicle being operated on a public street or highway be fastened into a safety belt.
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However, there are many other states in which back seat passengers are not required to wear seat belts, or exceptions are made for those traveling in livery cabs or other public transport vehicles. This lends to the erroneous assumption that backseat passengers are somehow safer than those seated in the front.

For years, this was true. It’s why the front passenger seat position was often referred to as the “death spot.” Those in the front were simply closer to the impact of the crash, and often had few protections, whereas at least those in the back had the front seat to slow or stop their ejection.
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The rise of Uber and other ride-sharing apps and opportunities is a testament to changing times and an increased interest in alternative transportation options. In addition to providing an alternative to drinking and driving, Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing applications cut down on gas mileage and are better for the environment. While there is still a lot of hype, one of the criticisms of Uber is that drivers are not adequately covered by insurance. Riders throughout North and South Carolina should be aware of the potential risks of getting in a vehicle and their options for taking legal action in the event of an accident.

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According to the Uber website, consumers who choose to solicit a ride through the mobile application should understand that they will be riding in a personal vehicle, not a company car. In the state of North Carolina, personal automobile policies exclude coverage for liability when the vehicle is “being used as a public or livery conveyance.” This can create significant complications for victims of Uber accidents, pedestrians, and others injured by an Uber driver.
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All motorists should be concerned about highway safety and winter travel, especially around the holidays. While drivers and passengers in small vehicles, SUVs, and trucks must take precaution, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking extra effort to ensure that commercial semi-trucks and accompanying equipment are safe for use. The NCDOT performs a thorough check-up on these trucks to determine whether they are ready for the roads during winter weather. According to maintenance officials, it is important for all trucks to be in proper working condition and repaired now, before the most dangerous winter storms.

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The DOT is also responsible for ensuring that roads are safe for motorists throughout the winter. The agency has expanded its ability to salt the roads before a storm and have an increased capacity for storing and carrying 15,000 gallons of the salt-water mixture used to de-ice state and interstate highways. In addition to prepping equipment and emergency responder crews, the DOT is also asking for residents to be prepared for storms. According to the agency, the majority of winter storm fatalities are caused by indirect accidents, including car collisions, fallen trees, broken power lines, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Estate of Edmund M. Carman v. Tinkes is an appeal that involved a deadly car crash between a Ford F-350 pickup truck and a Honda Civic. The driver of the Honda was operating the vehicle in the dark without headlights when he crashed into the commercial pickup truck at a traffic light.

pickup.jpgAccording to the court opinion, the Civic hit the corner of the pickup truck’s large steel bumper and was sheered in half. The driver of the Honda was killed in the car accident.

Our Spartanburg car accident attorneys know that this is different than most car accident lawsuits by the fact that the plaintiff was the estate of the driver of the Civic and not the pickup truck driver.

While it would seem likely that the at-fault party was the driver of the Civic, the plaintiff claimed that the pickup driver was negligent in several ways and was actually the responsible party. The claims of liability were based on the fact that the driver of the truck was allegedly making an illegal turn at the time of the accident, and that the bumper was dangerous and created the unsafe condition that resulted in the death of the plaintiff.
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A legal rule known as the “statute of limitations” requires that injured parties wishing to file a lawsuit against another must do so within a certain amount of time, or their claim will be barred. That is, they will forfeit the right to sue and collect damages for their injury.
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Ever state, including South Carolina, has a statute of limitations, which varies depending on the type of injury and the state where it’s filed. In both South Carolina and North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 3 years.

Our Spartanburg car accident lawyers know that while there are some situations in which the statute of limitations can be “tolled,” or set aside for a certain amount of time, the circumstances under which this can be done are limited. This is why it is critical that claims for injuries arising from car accidents be filed within a reasonable amount of time after the crash. Consulting with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible after the wreck can help you avoid potential problems with the statute of limitations.
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Extending the string of safety issues and problems, GM has announced three more recalls bringing the total to more than 20 million cars and trucks this year. This means that GM broke its own recall record of 10.75 million vehicles in 2004. This month, the company plans to identify those entitled to compensation for the ignition switch recall, and how much each recipient can expect to receive.

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The compensation plan is expected to be presented by a consultant who is considered a “compensation expert.” The internationally renowned compensation strategist also helped develop compensation packages for victims of 9/11 and families who lost loved ones in the Virginia Tech shooting.

The most recent recall covers over 474,000 vehicles worldwide. After investigations, the company finally admitted that a transmission transfer can cause the vehicles to shift into neutral on their own. The ignition switch issues have resulted in loss of power as well as roll away vehicles, though GM says that it knows of known crashes or injures. Our Greensboro car accident attorneys are dedicated to providing comprehensive and strategic advocacy to individuals who have been injured in a car accident. We have experienced representing individuals in cases involving complex auto accidents and truck accidents resulting from texting and driving, failed maintenance, drinking and driving, defective auto parts, and general negligence.
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