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March 27th, 2014

Woman Critically Injured by Own Car

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Kurt NordstromThere are many dangers in life, and these dangers often come from people who are behaving in a dangerous or irresponsible manner. When these people are out on the road, they do not only pose a danger to themselves, but to anyone else who happens to be using that particular stretch of road at the time.

An attempt to fix a car ended in injury for a 29-year-old woman. Her car stopped in the middle of the road, perpendicular to traffic on Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw Island. She got out to change her tire, and while she was doing so a car struck the other side of her vehicle. This caused her to be critically injured by her own car.

Investigators still don’t know why the car was stopped across the lane, but since it was parked in the right of way officials have not charged the man who hit her car with anything more serious than drunk driving.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, serious injuries
March 24th, 2014

Two People in Hospital after Interstate Pileup

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We all work hard to stay safe on the roads. We buckle up, we pay attention as we drive, and we try our best to follow the traffic laws. But one moment of indiscretion can lead to long-lasting consequences for everyone involved. How do you deal with such situations, in which both your property and your own health is put at risk? Take the three-car pileup from this week in Anderson Country, South Carolina, as an example.

The wreck was apparently caused by an improper lane change along Interstate 85. Two vehicles, a Dodge Caravan and a Honda Accord, were caught up in the accident when a third car, a Chrysler Crossfire, improperly swapped lanes. As a result, all three vehicles ended up in the embankment and the Honda landed upside down, suspended in the air by some fallen trees.

After the Sunday-morning drive went awry, the Piercetown Fire Department was called to the scene, which was located near mile marker 30.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
March 23rd, 2014

Teenager Injured in Shooting Accident

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HeatherAccidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Sometimes they have tragic results, sometimes they result in “minor” injuries or damages. Whatever the case, time and money will be needed to recover, which means legal compensation will be in order. It’s not only a matter of financial help during or after recovery, but in most cases it is a matter of justice, as well.

Police in North Charleston are looking into a shooting incident which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old male.

According to a member of the North Charleston Police Department, responders were called to Corley Drive regarding a victim who had been shot shortly before 7:00 p.m. on March 23. Once they arrived, officers were able to determine that a 15-year-old male had indeed received a gunshot wound to the buttocks, police say.

Statements from witnesses recount a gathering of other teenagers in the area when the victim was shot.
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Posted In: accidents at home, child accidents, In The News
March 16th, 2014

SC Highway Patrol Cites School Bus Driver for 2 Accidents in 1 Day

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bsabarnowlThe safety of our families depends upon the majority of drivers observing the laws and using good judgment when they are behind the wheel. This is all the more important for those school bus drivers who take our children to and from school every day. We entrust them with the lives and safety of dozens of students every day, and hold them to a higher standard for the sake of our children.

South Carolina Highway Patrol reports two accidents caused by a school bus driver in one day.

The bus driver, 61, a resident of Union, was cited both times for driving too fast for conditions, according to troopers. More than 20 students were taken to the hospital to have minor injuries treated after the first accident. The bus was traveling down Whitlock Lake Road when it left the road and ran into a tree.

The Union County Emergency Services director confirmed that six children were taken to Wallace Thompson Hospital in Union.
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Posted In: auto accident, child accidents, In The News
March 7th, 2014

School Bus Accident Injures 13

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redjarThere are few things more terrifying than an accident involving children. When they board that school bus in the morning to go to school, or in the afternoon on their way home, we expect them to be safe. No driver, however, no matter how good, can account for everything, and sometimes accidents happen. When a reckless driver endangers others, especially our children, they should be called to make a full accounting for any damages they may have caused, even if the accident was considered ‘minor’ by authorities.

Thirteen people were injured in an accident involving a school bus in early March on Bells Highway in Walterboro. Details are light at this time, and the exact circumstances of the accident are unknown. According to officials with Colleton County Fire and rescue, a school bus and a pickup truck were involved in the accident. Ten people were injured on the school bus, while three people in the pickup were hurt.
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Posted In: auto accident, child accidents
March 5th, 2014

Disabled Man Injured in Dispute with Dorchester Deputies

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V31S70There is no doubt the police do heroic work, but they are only human. Sometimes, their intervention can create some unfortunate results, though they meant only to protect themselves and others. Despite their intentions, police departments are just as liable for the damages they cause as much as any citizen, if not more so.

After an incident with the police, a mentally-disabled man was hospitalized when he fell through a glass door in his Harleyville home on March 1, said his family and police. According to the 45-year-old man’s father, the man has the mentality of a small child.
Two deputies were dispatched to the home when a neighbor reported a woman screaming. The neighbor stated she attempted to call the home, but there was no answer. When police arrived, they knocked and saw the man inside moving around and peeking through the blinds, but no one opened the door. According to the man’s mother, he was told never to open the door and to stay inside at all times.
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Posted In: accidents at home, In The News, serious injuries
March 4th, 2014

Five Arrested in Orangeburg on Drug Charges

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Marcus QuigmireNo matter what the charges, one thing should always be certain: the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone is entitled not just to defense, but to defense that will fight for clients instead of meekly giving in to the prosecution. Often, defendants and attorneys alike will act as if a case is hopeless, when in fact many cases can be won with the right attorney.

A year-long investigation resulted in the arrest of five people on drug charges, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials stated that they had been receiving complaints about drug activity originating from a Russell Street home for quite some time.

When deputies when to the home, five people were arrested, three of them residents. Police also seized marijuana, a small amount of crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, as well as a loaded handgun.

The five suspects were charged with manufacturing and possessing other substances, as well as with distributing and selling, with intent to sell near a school.
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Posted In: drug injury, In The News
March 3rd, 2014

‘Accident Service Fee’ Ordinance Under Consideration

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quapanAn accident, no matter how “minor”, can be an expensive occasion. There are repairs, possibly increased insurance, even medical bills in some of the worst accidents. At the very least, there will be a cost in time and effort that could have better been spent elsewhere. A new ordinance pending in the St. Andrews service district may soon add to that cost. Even drivers who don’t live in the area, and who are only passing through, may well be effected.

As it now stands, firefighters from neighboring areas can respond to calls out of their service district to improve response times. This agreement has dramatically shortened the time it takes for firefighters to arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, this has been a great burden in the St. Andrews district. Before the response agreement, they received about 900 calls for aid. Just five years after the agreement was made, there were over 5,000 calls.
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Posted In: admiralty law, In The News
February 26th, 2014

Deadly Accident in Orangeburg

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wikipediaA deadly car accident in Orangeburg happened after the driver disregarded a stop sign.  The driver drove his Pontiac through the intersection of Five Chop Road and Bozart Road and hit an embankment. The passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and died. The driver is currently hospitalized.

Statistics from 2000 reveal that over 13,000 people are killed every year in accidents caused by people driving through stop signs. The majority of these crashes occur due to driver error and oversight, typically from impatience of impairment from drugs or alcohol. In other cases, it may be due to a stop sign being the improper method of controlling traffic.

When a lawyer is reviewing a case involving a stop sign, they will set up observation around the intersection where the accident occurred to see how traffic flows. They will count the number of cars using the road, the times of day when traffic is heaviest or lightest, and how many other accidents occur there.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
February 23rd, 2014

Soldier Killed During Training

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Wikimedia CommonsBeing in the military comes with a certain amount of risk. While most people assume that most deaths and injuries occur in combat, a large portion of them actually occur while in training. A recent tragedy in Fort Bragg brings this to life.

One soldier was killed and two others wounded after a training exercise on the North Carolina base. The 18th Fires Brigade was participating in artillery live-fire training, when there was an incident with one of the guns. Details have not been released on what exactly happened, but it involved a M777 light, towed howitzer. Medics on the scene are credited with saving the lives of two soldiers, one of which is being treated at Womack Army Medical Center and the other at Duke University Medical Center. The soldier who was killed was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. The incident is currently being investigated by the Army.
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Posted In: In The News, wrongful or accidental death