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How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Car Accident?

Published on Oct 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm in Auto Safety.

From fender-benders to catastrophic collisions, car accidents victims are likely to experience physical and mental trauma. With traffic collisions in South Carolina happening every 3.7 minutes, thousands of individuals are left to pick up the pieces after an auto wreck every year.

Recovery can be a difficult and long process, especially if the accident resulted in severe physical injuries. While it can be difficult to determine just how long it will take to recover from a car accident, there are some factors that can be examined.

Immediately following a car accident, you should evaluate yourself for injuries. It’s important to note that not all injuries are visible, and some injuries may not be recognizable for days. Soft tissue injuries are common after a car accident. These injuries occur when muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn. Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries and can take anywhere from weeks to months to completely heal and go away. Some people may experience symptoms for longer.

Top 5 Ways a Poorly Maintained Road Can Cause a Wreck

Published on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:01 pm in Auto Safety.

As a vigilant driver, you’ve probably noticed a variety of hazards on the road that can be hard to avoid. Many of these hazards are caused by poorly maintained roads. Poor road conditions can lead to property damage and personal injury, in the event of an auto collision.

Generally, government agencies and municipalities are required to maintain safe road conditions. In South Carolina, interstate highways, and primary and secondary highways are maintained by the state, according to Section 57-5-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Local roads are maintained by the surrounding municipalities.

How Often Do Inexperienced Drivers Cause Accidents?

Published on Sep 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm in Auto Safety.

Getting a driver’s license can often feeling like the first step towards freedom and adulthood for any teenager. In their haste to pick up their friends and go for a ride, inexperience can make them forget what they’re doing has the potential to be deadly if not done responsibly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,333 teens, ages 16-19, in 2015 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That means six teens die every day from auto accidents. So while the 15-19 age group only accounts for 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 11 percent of all motor vehicle injuries.

In order to prevent these unnecessary injuries and deaths, it’s important to understand why inexperienced drivers cause accidents. With that understanding, we can implement initiatives and laws to save lives.

Rise in Staged Collisions

Published on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:59 am in Auto Safety.

Written by: Reginald C. Hair

As car wreck attorneys, we are passionate about assisting clients that have been injured through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, we realize that some of our clients may find themselves victims of staged collisions. South Carolina ranks number seven (7) nationally for staged vehicle collisions. Alan Wilson, state attorney general, received 1,915 insurance fraud complaints in 2016, according to The Post and Courier.

The purpose of this blog is to give our potential clients an overview of exactly what a staged collision is and how to avoid becoming a victim of a staged collision. A staged collision is not an accident. It is a form of insurance fraud that criminals engage in to recover money from insurance companies. Staged collisions harm innocent drivers and contribute to higher insurance premiums. ​

Most staged collisions occur in cities or areas where there is a higher volume of vehicles and traffic. Below, we will cover a few different tactics and maneuvers that people use to cause staged collisions.

How is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?

Published on Aug 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm in Auto Safety.

While an accident between two passenger vehicles is always a traumatic event, an accident between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck can be even more devastating because of the truck’s sheer size. In the event you’re in a truck accident, determining liability can be challenging because trucking companies often have determined legal teams fighting for them. It’s important to understand how you can prove the truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence so you can receive the compensation you deserve.

Gathering Effective Evidence

Photographs. If you’ve received medical attention after the crash and are able to, take as many pictures from as many different angles as possible of the crash scene. You’ll want photographic evidence of all damages to your vehicle, as well as the truck. It’s also a good idea to document the road conditions, any traffic signs, and the general location.

How Can We Improve Motorcycle Safety in South Carolina?

Published on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:47 am in Auto Safety.

A single devastating motorcycle accident can negatively impact the lives of many people. With hundreds of motorcycle crash fatalities occurring each year in South Carolina, it begs the question what can be done to improve motorcycle safety and save lives.

The Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle accident deaths in South Carolina account for 7.7 percent of all traffic fatalities each year. The majority of these accidents involved another vehicle.

Many motorcyclists are responsible, safe riders. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always matter when negligent drivers are on the road. Motorcycle accidents can occur when other drivers speed, shift lanes without checking their blind spots, or drive under the influence.

Motorcyclists can also claim some of the responsibility for wrecks. South Carolina reported having issues with unlicensed, untrained, and intoxicated riders. Also, 75 percent of unhelmeted motorcycle accidents result in fatalities. Helmets are required for individuals under 21 and encouraged for anyone older.

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