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September 29th, 2014

Expect South Carolina Deer Collisions to Increase during Last 3 Months

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deerAccording to Myrtle Beach Online, South Carolina ranks No. 10 nationally in the number of deer-related motor vehicle collisions. When a car crash is caused by a deer, you likely need to make a claim with your own insurer to cover any damage. In some situations, however, multi-vehicle accidents happen when animals are involved. Determining whose insurance should cover costs and losses can be very complicated – a dilemma that an experienced lawyer may be able to help untangle.

Drivers in South Carolina are most likely to become involved in an accident with a deer during the months of October, November and December. There is an increased number of deer crossing roads during these months because of mating season and hunting season.

The risk of a collision with a deer is substantial. The odds that South Carolina drivers will hit a deer this year are as high as one in 93.
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Posted In: auto accident
September 26th, 2014

Train Derailment in Park Leads to Train Shutdown

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The tragic children’s train accident that took the life of young Benji Easler made the tracks difficult for others to look at without remembering the loss of the 6-year-old. Now the plans for the redesign of Cleveland Park in Spartanburg S.C. have been voted on, with council members agreeing not to add the miniature train that had been part of the park for decades.  The train, which had been used to ferry children about the park, was involved in a horrific accident three years ago that injured 28 people, as well as killing the Easler boy. Investigation into the accident found that the train’s driver had been driving it far too fast, which resulted in the accident.

As is often the case with accidents, the damage done goes far beyond the most obvious injuries and fatalities. Families will always grieve the loss of loved ones and the injured will carry the very real pain and the remaining scars for the rest of their lives.
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Posted In: child accidents, In The News
September 24th, 2014

BB Incident at Bus Stop

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We send our children off to school, believing they will be safe and praying no harm comes to them while they are out of our sight.  Many times our concern is groundless as they arrive and depart the school safely.  However, circumstances are still out of our control, and accidents still do happen.  Accidents that cause injury, accidents that stress our insurance, and our lives.

In North Charleston at a school bus stop, a student from the Northwoods Middle School was walking with other students and heading toward the Ashley Phosphate Road bus stop was injured when a BB Gun went off, hitting the student just below the eye.  The student who fired the BB Gun has been suspended and may face expulsion as well.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, we can help. With policies of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide services and excellence in the advice provide for our clients, we will be there for you in your difficult and confusing moments of need. 
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September 22nd, 2014

Head-on Collision on US 278

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No one plans on suffering injuries when they get in their vehicle, but as we all know, accidents happen even when all necessary precautions are taken. Holidays and other events often increase the number of accidents and injuries, both on and off the roadways.

There was an automobile collision that took the life of one person, and seriously injured five others in Aiken County South Carolina last Saturday on or around noontime. Although the reports are unclear as to the names and ages of those involved, it has been learned that the collision was a head-on crash that happened on U.S 278.  The collision occurred as one vehicle attempted to pass another on the road, which resulted in it hitting a car coming from the other direction.

As a result of the investigation, charges are likely to be filed.

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed, our personal injury lawyers can assist you in getting the settlement you deserve in the wake of this tragedy.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
September 19th, 2014

Jet Ski Crash Involved Drunk Rider

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Darlene Barron, a 47-year-old woman from Westminster is currently being charged in a jet ski collision that sent herself and five other victims to the hospital.  On August 31st, just after 6:30 pm, Barron was driving her jet ski near Cane Creek Landing on Lake Keowee.  It was at that time that her SeaDoo Jet Ski struck another jet ski.  Investigators to the crash arrested Barron and charged her with, among other things, boating under the influence with great bodily harm.  Barron is currently out on$10,000 bail.  “I’m sorry, but I have nothing to say” was all she informed reporters as she left her bail bond hearing.

Many times, tragedy strikes without warning. When tragedy strikes you are frequently 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.
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Posted In: boating accidents, drunk drivers, In The News
September 19th, 2014

Distracted Drivers Endanger South Carolina School Children

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school-bus-stopA South Carolina school bus carrying 27 children and two adults was nearly involved in a dangerous collision recently. The bus was forced to swerve off the road when it was passed by two cars in the oncoming traffic lane, forcing an oncoming vehicle to swerve. Fortunately, no injuries occurred as a result of the accident. Live 5 News reports that no tickets were issued because the cars that caused the bus to swerve did not stop their vehicles.

School bus collisions are a real risk for children, brought into focus in an NBC News video indicating that as many as 2 million more motorists passed school bus stop arms in 2013 as compared with the number who passed in 2011. When a child is injured on the way to or from school, a lawyer should be consulted for help.

A spokesperson from American Traffic Solutions told NBC that “there is no question that distracted driving plays a role” in the increase in motorists passing school buses.
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Posted In: pedestrian accidents
September 17th, 2014

Two Injured Evading Traffic Stop

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Authorities are planning to bring charges against the driver who hit a tree on Thursday afternoon, and possibly the passenger as well.  An Anderson Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a woman driving a Dodge Magnum on Sugar Hill Street right about the time that school got out.  In response to the blue lights being flipped on, the woman sped away.  The police officer discontinued the chase when he realized that children were getting out of school at that time; however shortly thereafter he observed that the vehicle had collided with a tree.  Both the driver and the passenger were injured in the crash and were assisted by local EMS crews.

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. The firm of Howell & Christmas are the help you need.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
September 15th, 2014

12 Students Injured in Bus Accident

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Dills Bluff Road is still busy, as officials have not yet completed the investigation into what caused an accident on Friday afternoon in Charleston, SC.  Near rush hour, a motor vehicle and a school bus from Durham were involved in a collision that sent a dozen students to the hospital.  Initial reports indicate that the car traveled through the intersection without stopping first, and hit the bus that was coming from the James Island Charter High School at that time.  There were over 30 students on the bus when it was hit, on the driver’s side.  EMS crews transported twelve of them to local hospitals for treatment.

Often times tragedy strikes without warning and already stressful situations become horrific on the turn of a dime. 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 get the compensation you deserve when a loved one is taken from you.
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Posted In: auto accident, child accidents, In The News
September 14th, 2014

DUI Driver Rams Car into Tree, Kills Driver

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Just after 11:30 pm on Saturday night, Tammy Brown, a 45-year-old woman from Manning SC was driving east on SC 261. According to the police report, her vehicle struck the rear of the vehicle in front of her. The collision forced the second vehicle, driven by Manning resident Maurelio Deleon, 34, to go off the road. When it did so it struck a tree, killing the driver.  The passenger, who remains unnamed in the reports, was severely injured and was transported by EMS crews to a local hospital.  Brown herself was also transported to the hospital to be checked out, and was arrested on multiple counts, including felony DUI.  Her bond was set at $60,000.

No one plans on suffering injuries when they get in their vehicle, but as we all know, accidents happen even when all necessary precautions are taken. Holidays and other events often increase the number of accidents and injuries, both on and off the roadways.
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Posted In: auto accident, drunk drivers, In The News
September 12th, 2014

How Would Medical Marijuana Legality Affect S.C. Roadways?

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medical-marijuanaSome South Carolina lawmakers are pushing for the state to join 16 others in legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. Two states—Colorado and Washington—have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In South Carolina, however, these recent efforts have failed despite the fact that a 1980s law technically permits cannabis to be provided within the state.

Before medical marijuana is legalized in South Carolina, it is important to consider the impact that stoned drivers could have on road safety statewide. A recent ABA Journal article discusses the difficulty of effectively regulating stoned driving to minimize the risk of collisions caused by those who are impaired by cannabis. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are drivers on the roads who have consumed or inhaled marijuana and who are not safe to operate their vehicles.

WBTW reported on a South Carolina law passed in 1980, Section 44-53-650, which gives the director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) the authority to “obtain marijuana” though the means most appropriate under federal law.
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Posted In: auto accident