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November 15th, 2014

Halloween Arrests for Drunken Driving Are Over 500

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download (29)As a result of the state’s “Booze it & Lose It” initiative this year, there were nearly six hundred arrests. With around four hundred law enforcement agencies participating statewide, the effort netted and additional 16,854 criminal and traffic citations on top of the already impressive five hundred eighty-three DUI arrests. After the end of the three day initiative that ran from October 31 to November 2 Wake County topped the charts with the most arrests while Brunswick County only had twenty-one.  Mecklenburg County, Forsyth County and Guilford County fell somewhere between the other two for arrests. There has been no speculation as of yet, as to how many lives may have been saved by getting the drunk drivers off the road.

We at Howell and Christmas are ready to help if you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one was killed by a drunk driver.  You can be assured that our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Posted In: drunk drivers, In The News
November 14th, 2014

Thanksgiving Is Third-Deadliest Holiday for Road Travelers

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traffic-abstractThanksgiving is the third-most dangerous holiday in the United States when it comes to motor vehicle accident fatalities. According to USA Today, only Independence Day and Memorial Day are have higher incidences of motor vehicle accident deaths.

There are a lot of reasons why more collisions occur over Thanksgiving, including more people on the roads and more impaired drivers. Every motorist needs to be aware of the added risks and should make a commitment to make smart choices behind the wheel in order to reduce the chances that an accident will occur. If an accident does occur, a car accident attorney can help.

From 2006 to 2011, 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths that happened during November occurred over Thanksgiving weekend. This period extends from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to Sunday night.

Between 2001 and 2008, more than 400 people died each year on Thanksgiving weekend. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there are 416 motorists killed in accidents over Thanksgiving.
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Posted In: auto accident
November 13th, 2014

Freight Train Collides With Car

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download (28)Just before 9 a.m. on Saturday a freight train slammed into a car near Azalea Drive in Charleston. Local authorities, including the North Charleston police, firefighters and EMS, arrived on scene shortly after the accident. They were joined by CSX investigators as well. While no one was hurt in the incident, trains and traffic were shut down for nearly an hour in the area of the crash. The exact cause of the incident remains unknown and the investigation into the accident is still on going.

Fortunately in this crash no one was injured, but oftentimes a train crash results in death for the people involved. Medical bills, insurance claims, funeral expenses and many more mundane concerns all compound to make already stressful situations even worse. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney often times can help alleviate some of those burdens. We at the Charleston-based firm of Howell & Christmas are exactly the sort of help you need.
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Posted In: In The News
November 10th, 2014

Supreme Court Case: Edwards v. South Carolina, 1963

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Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 235 (1963) was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) in an 8-1 opinion delivered by Justice Stewart, reversing the Supreme Court of South Carolina decision to uphold the breach of the peace convictions of 187 African American students (the “protestors”) that protested segregation by marching on the State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. Justice Clark authored the Court’s lone dissenting opinion. As stated in Justice Stewart’s majority opinion: “The circumstances of this case reflect an exercise of . . . basic constitutional rights in their most pristine and classic form.” Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 235 (1963).

 

On March 2, 1961, the protestors met at the Zion Baptist Church in downtown Columbia. Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 230 (1963). From there, in separate groups of about 15, they walked to the South State House grounds—an area of two city blocks open to the public.
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Posted In: In The News
November 9th, 2014

Deadly Accident Closes Highway in Ravenel

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download (18)Details remain scarce regarding the exact nature of the accident that closed a section of Savannah Highway in Ravenel. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and closed down a section of the road while they investigate. Reportedly, one victim of the two car accident was killed and a second was airlifted to an unknown location for treatment.

Small accidents like this happen all the time. Oftentimes they strike without warning. Stressful situations become horrific on the turn of a dime. When tragedy strikes you may be left shocked and desperately seeking help. With a well-rounded approach to law, we at Howell and Christmas are ready to help.

You can be assured that our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve when a loved one is taken from you. While no amount of money can give you a loved one back, compensation for auto accidents can help you with all of the financial burdens that inevitably arise from these tragedies.
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Posted In: In The News
November 7th, 2014

Friend of Car Crash Victim Questions EMS Choices

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download (17)One of four victims of a car crash over the weekend, seventeen year old Erwin Sanchez-Gil, was breathing and responsive according to his friend Dante Villanueva who was on the scene moments after the accident. “I was talking to his brothers and to his best friend,” said Villanueva. “They pulled him out of the car. They rolled him over and he was breathing. He rolled his head and he was blinking.“I don’t care how small of a chance it is, he was alive,”

EMS officials disagree however. They reported that Sanchez-Gil was not breathing and had no pulse when they arrived on scene and had suffered injuries that made it impossible for him to be alive.

If you or a family member have been the injured in a car accident, chances are that if you want to get the kind of compensation you need and deserve, you will need a lawyer.
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Posted In: In The News
November 7th, 2014

Tired, Fatigued Truckers Pose Hazard to South Carolina Drivers

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truck-driver-trainingTruck driver fatigue can prove deadly. Just this past summer, the problem of driver fatigue made headlines when comedian Tracy Morgan was nearly killed in an accident allegedly caused by a sleep-deprived trucker.

In an effort to combat driver fatigue and ensure tired truckers are not on the roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed new limits on the number of hours that truckers can work per week and the number of hours they can drive before being required to take a 36-hour rest break, including two overnight periods. These limits have been the subject of a great deal of controversy and have been opposed by professional trucking groups, and now some senators are reportedly trying to change the rules. Recent surveys, however, suggest that most drivers of passenger cars would generally prefer stricter regulations.

According to The Hill, senators disagree on the number of hours that truckers should be permitted to drive before taking a rest break.
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Posted In: tractor trailer accidents
November 5th, 2014

Fleeing Driver Struck By Passing Motorist

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download (16)Cedric Donnell Johnson, a driver whom a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over for erratic driving, has been released from Medical University Hospital after being struck by a vehicle. The thirty-year-old man attempted to first flee from officers in his vehicle, before losing control of the car and coming to rest in a grassy patch. He then attempted to flee on foot across interstate 26. This ended poorly as he was struck by a passing motorist. After being transported by EMS to Medical University Hospital, it was determined his injuries were non-life threatening. He has been charged with speeding, driving with an open container and having no driver’s license with a charge of failing to stop for blue lights pending.

Often times, tragedy strikes without warning. When tragedy strikes you are frequently left shocked and needing help. We at Howell and Christmas are ready to help. You can be assured that our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
November 3rd, 2014

Small Explosion Injures Two at Elementary School

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download (15)A small, homemade explosive made from a two-liter bottle filled with a “volatile substance” detonated around 8 a.m. at the Emily Dickenson Elementary School Monday. A bus driver who was passing by the “acid bomb” was injured by something that was expelled from the bomb, what exactly is unclear. A second adult was exposed to fumes from the device. While there were students in the building at the time of the explosion, none were injured. The bomb has been described as “not particularly sophisticated” and when the bomb squad swept the building no other devices were found. Two other nearby schools were either shut down or locked down as a precaution.

If you or a family member have been the injured in an accident at school or work, chances are that if you want to get the kind of compensation you need and deserve you will need a lawyer. The Charleston based firm of Howell & Christmas are exactly the sort of help you need.
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Posted In: In The News, workers compensation
October 31st, 2014

Higher Incidence of Fatalities in Rollover Accidents

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traffic-abstractAn October 29 collision in North Charleston near the intersection of Rivers Avenue and Greenridge Road resulted in overturned vehicles. Live 5 News indicates that several people suffered injuries in the collision and needed to be transported to the hospital. Because the cars tipped, the incident was classified as a rollover accident.

According to Safe Roads, more than 10,000 people died in collisions in a single year as a result of rollover accidents. Although around only 3 percent of motor vehicle collisions are classified as rollovers, these types of collisions account for around one-third of all occupant deaths. Rollover crashes are especially dangerous because occupants are frequently ejected when the vehicles tumble. Head injuries are also especially common after a rollover, which can be fatal or lead to permanent brain damage.

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are more prone to rollover collisions than other types of passenger vehicles.  In particular, light SUVs are more than six times as likely to be involved in fatal rollover accidents.  
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Posted In: auto accident