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All Posts in Category: auto accident

 

How to Get the Keys Away from Your Parents

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 14 Nov, 2016
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shutterstock_202943038Picture this: You are driving down the road and get behind a driver who is crawling along, despite the 65 mph posted speed limit. You see nothing but gray curls above the head rest in the vehicle in front of you and roll your eyes. You do your best to get around the driver, wondering why they are still on the road at all.

Despite your annoyance, you may have the same questions running through your mind as that driver’s family. Knowing when and how to get elderly parents out from behind the wheel can be difficult. No one wants to make a family member feel lesser or embarrass them in some way. Follow these… Read More

 

Could Your Driving Habits Be Costing South Carolina Millions? [Infographic]

Posted by Gary Christmas on 31 Mar, 2016
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See our infographic below to learn more about the impact of Charleston County car accidents.

In 2013, South Carolina saw a record number of car accidents. There are, of course, many factors that can lead to an accident, but the two most common are distracted driving and drunk driving. The good news is, it’s easy to reduce your risk of causing a drunk or distracted driving accident in Charleston: Simply drive safely.

Not only will other drivers thank you for driving cautiously, so will your wallet. If you get caught driving dangerously, whatever the reason, you could face a ticket — and a Read More

 

Are You Driving Distracted?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 07 Mar, 2016

You have heard of the dangers of distracted driving, and you have a very clear picture of what constitutes distraction. Or do you? While you may consider using your cell phone to be a distraction, others may consider eating to be a distraction. Still others may consider that people who are changing the radio station are distracted. The truth is, anything that takes your attention away from your primary task behind the wheel can be considered a distraction.

The most common include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone in some way
  • Eating and/or drinking
  • Talking to other people in the vehicle
  • Applying makeup
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What to Do After a Hit and Run

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 02 Mar, 2016

Being involved in any type of accident is nerve wracking. Being involved in a hit and run may be even more so. There may be no more gut wrenching feeling that watching the person that just struck you speed off to avoid getting into any trouble with law enforcement. Instead of following your first instinct and giving chase, there are a few things to do following this type of accident.

1. Call Emergency Services

The first thing to do after being involved in any type of accident is to call 911. Let the dispatcher know if you are injured, your location and that the other driver has taken off. The dispatcher … Read More

 

Recovering Lost Wages After a Car Accident

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 26 Feb, 2016

The aftermath of a car accident can be traumatic. Having to recover from injuries is time consuming and stressful enough. Worrying about how you will pay your bills is not something you should be forced to do. It is not uncommon for people to be so injured that they lose time at work and, in turn, money from their paychecks.

In some instances, an insurance company will provide compensation for lost wages. If you carry personal injury protection (PIP), you can file a claim with your own insurance company to secure this compensation. Unfortunately, no matter how good of a customer you have been, you … Read More

 

Self Driving Cars Can Get Into Car Accidents

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 22 Feb, 2016

When you envision self-driving cars in your mind, what do you think of? If you are like many people, you think of cars that are impervious to accidents and even speeding tickets. After all, a computer is driving and computers are smarter than humans. Or are they?

Google is currently testing prototypes of self-driving cars on the roads and highways of California and Texas. While they do drive themselves, humans are still required to be behind the wheel and ready to take over in case of emergency. These Level 3 vehicles are expected to be replaced in the near future by Level 4 vehicles, or those that are… Read More

 

Can a Car Crash Be Considered Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 19 Feb, 2016

Most people would not consider a car accident to be medical malpractice — until they give it a bit of thought, that is. Car accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. A car may not function properly. A driver may not follow the rules of the road. Weather conditions can change suddenly. No one could argue that these causes of car accidents are some of the most common.

Other causes of car accidents involve medical issues. A doctor may have prescribed medication and failed to warn a patient of the side effects. A person may have undergone treatment for a medical condition and not been told that… Read More

 

Drowsy Driving Responsible for Car Accident Deaths

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 17 Feb, 2016

The focus in the news lately has been texting and driving. Texting and other forms of distraction lead to thousands of accidents on America’s roadways every day. A new study has been released and it tells us that there may be something that causes even more accidents and is more common than distracted driving: Driving while tired.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Traffic Safety Culture Index, it is estimated that nearly 21 percent of fatal accidents involve drowsy drivers. In 2010, that number sat at 16.5 percent. To compile the numbers for the latest study, researchers… Read More

 

Leading Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 10 Feb, 2016

Car accidents occur on a daily basis around the country. These accidents can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. In the United States in a recent year, more than 30,000 people died in vehicle collisions and more than 2 million people were injured. In the same year, 767 people died on South Carolina roads.

When you are involved in a car accident in South Carolina, you can attribute the accident to any number of reasons. Here are the top seven.

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the leading cause of accident in our state. From eating behind the wheel to talking on … Read More

 

Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 08 Feb, 2016

Getting into a vehicle accident can be one of the most harrowing experiences of your life. A car accident is scary, it is stressful and it can have lasting consequences. There are common mistakes that people make after car accidents that can affect your rights. Learn from others and avoid these mistakes.

1. Losing Your Cool

Stay as calm as you can following a car accident. The angrier you get, the more likely you are to say or do things you shouldn’t.

2. Ignoring Evidence

Do your best to gather evidence immediately following the crash. Do not depend on the police or anyone else to do it for you.… Read More