October can be a beautiful time of year in South Carolina due to the fall foliage. However, between the abundant leaves falling off the trees and the increased rain this can lead to slippery roads that can cause ATV accidents. After two children were injured in two separate ATV accidents, public safety officials are calling for parents to ensure that their children are wearing helmets when riding an ATV. Even if a child is going slowly, they can still suffer severe injuries if something goes wrong. Although the risk of a serious ATV accident increases if a person is not wearing proper protection or slips on wet leaves, these accidents can also be caused by malfunctioning ATVs.
In a court of law, there are specific rules governing what types of things can and cannot be admitted into evidence. Admitting something into evidence means that the evidence, whether it be an object, a statement, documents, photographs, or video, can be introduced for the judge or jury to consider when determining the outcome of the case. If something does not fit in with the rules, it is considered inadmissible and the judge or jury cannot consider it, even if it would be extremely important to the case.
For drunk driving accidents, some of the evidence a lawyer may want to introduce includes a breathalyzer test, statements made to officers during the arrest/stop, statements made at the police station, or videotape evidence showing the completion of a field sobriety test. In 2009, South Carolina law began requiring any videotape evidence to include field sobriety testing. This law has made prosecuting and holding drunk drivers accountable for catastrophic injuries and deaths very difficult.