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Biking Accidents in Columbia SC

Published on May 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm in Auto Safety, Personal Safety.

As the weather begins to warm up more and more bicyclists are getting out on the road. Bicycling is a great way to great fresh air and can act as a part of a healthy lifestyle. However, due to their lack of protections, cyclists who are involved in accidents often suffer serious injuries, especially if they are struck by a car or another motor vehicle.  

Drunk Driver Accidents: What You Need To Know

Published on Apr 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm in Auto Safety.

An unfortunate reality is that there are far too many drunk drivers on South Carolina’s roads each year. In fact, recently South Carolina has had the worst number of drunken driving deaths. While there are criminal charges that accompany the arrests of drunk drivers, families are often left feeling incomplete, especially if they lost a loved one.  

Motorcycle Accidents in South Carolina

Published on Jan 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm in Auto Safety, Personal Safety.

Motorcycle accidents can be tragic and often fatal. In the year 2010, there were 1,819 reported motorcycle accidents in South Carolina alone. As a matter of fact, fatalities from motorcycle accidents accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the traffic fatalities in 2010. If you are injured while riding a motorcycle, and if you can establish that another person was at fault, you might be eligible for substantial compensation.

Trucking Accidents in South Carolina

Published on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm in Auto Safety.

An accident involving a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or other type of truck is not your typical automobile accident. Trucking accidents have been and continue to be more common as the number of both trucks and cars on the road continues to significantly increase on an annual basis. A recent story highlights the severe danger of trucking related accidents, where three people were recently killed in a crash involving a semi-truck carrying gasoline. According to the police report, the crash involved a semi-truck carrying gasoline, a pickup truck and two SUVs [and] was reported at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 26 in Spartanburg County near the South Carolina-North Carolina line.

Types of Car Accidents

Published on Dec 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm in Auto Safety.

Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Government officials who investigate car crashes often assign them to one or more “type” classifications. This enables government officials to compile statistics on common types of collisions and analyze trends in the data.

For those who are involved in a car accident in South Carolina, it may initially appear that the type of car accident they were just involved in is of little importance. After all, if someone else caused the car accident, shouldn’t that be the end of the inquiry? However, the type of car accident can make a great deal of difference in determining what testimony and evidence may be available to support a claim for compensation.

Types of South Carolina Car Accidents

A car accident is typically classified according to the main cause of the crash. However, there may often be more than one factor that contributed to the crash. A car crash may also be classified according the consequences of the crash (i.e., what type of injuries were sustained or whether all involved parties remained at the scene). Common types of car accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Where at least one driver was engaged in some other activity while driving, such as talking on a cellphone, texting, or talking with other occupants
  • Impaired Driving Accidents: Where at least one driver’s ability to drive safely was impaired because of alcohol, drugs (whether prescribed or illegal), or some other substance
  • Truck Accidents Where at least one of the vehicles involved is a commercial vehicle or large truck (i.e., a big rig, tractor-trailer, or other large commercial vehicle). The drivers of these vehicles typically work for companies with experienced and dedicated attorneys representing their interests. Not only this, but important evidence relevant to the accident investigation (like the commercial driver’s logbooks and data from the truck’s onboard computers) can be lost if it is not promptly requested and preserved
  • Multiple-Car Accidents: When more than two cars are involved in a crash. It can be especially problematic to determine who is at fault in a multi-car accident
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents: Where one party flees the scene of the accident after a car accident has occurred. Unless there are witnesses to the accident who can describe the driver and/or car involved, it can be difficult to bring suit against the proper individual
  • Fatality Accidents: Where at least one person involved, either a driver or an occupant, died from injuries sustained in the crash either on scene or at a hospital.

Where to Turn for Help After a Columbia Car Crash

Call The Solomon Law Group at (877) 323-3120 immediately following a South Carolina car crash. After gathering preliminary details about your crash from you, we will be able to gather important evidence and identify relevant witnesses based on the type of car crash in which you were involved.

Drugged Driving Wreaks Havoc on South Carolina Roads

Published on Dec 1, 2015 at 11:02 am in Auto Safety.

Accident Victims Harmed by a Drugged Driver Must Turn to Experienced Car Crash Attorneys for Help

Drivers operating under the influence of drugs cause thousands of fatal accidents annually. People driving after taking drugs suffer from the same loss of motor skills, judgment, perception and concentration as those driving under the influence of alcohol. Frequently, drivers take drugs and drink alcohol at the same time creating an even more lethal combination. Call the dedicated car crash attorneys at The Solomon Law Group today if you or someone you love were injured by a driver who was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. The Solomon Law Group is committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous. Although not as prevalent as driving under the influence of alcohol, statistics prove that driving under the influence of drugs is a problem on our roads. According to statistics released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), nearly four percent (3.8%) of drivers surveyed in a 2013 study reported driving under the influence of drugs. The study revealed that younger drivers were more likely to drive under the influence of drugs, with 10 percent of 18 to 25 year olds admitting that they had done this.

The carnage on the roads caused by drivers operating under the influence of drugs is staggering. Each year 4,000 drivers who had ingested drugs were killed in a vehicle crash. The actual number of vehicle crash fatalities where one driver was under the influence of drugs is actually greater than 4,000. According to MADD, 57 percent of all drivers killed in car crashes had either alcohol or drugs in their systems, while 17 percent had both. These statistics do not even take into consideration other people killed in the accident, let alone those seriously injured in a crash involving a drugged driver. MADD cites a 2005 study that concluded more than 50 percent of all traffic crashes causing “level-1 trauma” involved drugs other than alcohol.

Drivers who operate with drugs in their system, whether the drugs are illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medications, can lose the ability to safely drive a car. Drugs can impair several skills that drivers rely on to safely operate a car, including judgment and reflexes. The effects are magnified if combined with alcohol. According to evidence compiled by MADD, driving under the influence of drugs will cause impaired judgment, meaning drugged drivers may take more chances. Drugs also impair the driver’s ability to accurately perceive the situation on the road, especially if the driver’s vision is impaired. Additionally, drugs negatively influence a driver’s attention span and ability to focus. Drugs also diminish a driver’s reaction time, causing them to respond slowly, thereby increasing the likelihood of causing a crash.

Attorneys Experienced in Representing Victims of Drugged Drivers Can Help

The dedicated attorneys at The Solomon Law Group understand the growing problem that driving under the influence of drugs is on the roads today. Our attorneys have the experience and the passion to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (877) 323-3120 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and interests.

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