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What to Do When Your Car is Being Recalled

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Every year in America, motor vehicle manufacturers issue thousands of recalls. Many of these are safety recalls involving defective parts that make it dangerous to drive your vehicle. Knowing if your vehicle is subject to a recall can help keep you safe. Having a defective vehicle with a recalled part may seem like a nuisance, but fixing it can improve the safety of your vehicle overall. It is important to know your rights if your vehicle is recalled. Continue reading to see what you need to do when a motor vehicle product recall is issued, learn where to check for a recall notice, and discover how the personal injury lawyers at HawkLaw, P…

How is Fault Determined in a Left Hand Turn Accident?

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40% of all crashes in the United States occur at intersections. Most of these crashes involve a vehicle making a left-hand turn. These left-turn crashes happen all the time, and the injuries they cause can be truly catastrophic. Left-turn collisions may leave victims with debilitating damage from serious injuries, including neck and back injuries, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you were in a car crash or other accident involving a car making a left turn in South Carolina, our car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need to…

What You Should Do After a Jet Ski Accident

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Jet skis and other watercraft provide enjoyment to thousands of people on the beaches, rivers, and lakes of South Carolina. In Myrtle Beach, for example, the Intracoastal Waterway offers many opportunities for boating activities. Unfortunately, recreational vehicles like jet skis can be dangerous, especially if the operator is drinking or otherwise acting recklessly. In 2021, 658 people lost their lives in boating accidents in the United States. Eighteen of those fatalities were in South Carolina. From 2017 to 2021, an average of about 17 people died in boating accidents each year in this state. Even when an accident is not fatal, it can c…

How is Fault Determined in a T-bone Accident?

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In 2020, side-impact car crashes, also known as T-bone collisions or broadside collisions, accounted for almost 23% of all car accident deaths across the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2020 alone saw 6,500 car accidents involving the side of the vehicle that resulted in fatalities. T-bone accidents are dangerous because they often occur at high speeds when someone is turning or blazing through a busy intersection. They can cause serious injuries and even death. If you were involved in a T-bone accident and find yourself seriously injured, do not hesitate to call the dogged South Car…

What Are the Risks of Weaving Through Traffic?

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When you are driving your motorcycle on the open highway, it can be tempting to pass by slow-moving vehicles. However, going at higher speeds increases your likelihood of a fatality or serious accident, especially when you pair speeding with other dangerous practices such as weaving through traffic or lane splitting — which, by the way, is illegal in South Carolina. In The Palmetto State, motorcycles are entitled to – and supposed to – use a full lane, just like other motor vehicles. Still, even motorcyclists who follow traffic laws may be vulnerable to other reckless and aggressive drivers. Unfortunately, those on bikes are more susceptib…

What to Do if Your Car Was Crashed by an Unlicensed Driver

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Every South Carolina driver is required to have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle within the state. In most cases, drivers never question whether another driver has their license — everyone assumes that others follow the law, just like they do. However, that is not always the case, and driving without a license can come with stiff penalties. That is why an unlicensed driver is more likely to flee the scene of an accident. If that happens, you might be left hurt, alone, and afraid. You also might not know what to do to protect your legal rights in that situation. If you have been involved in an accident with an unlicensed driver…

Common Hazards Motorcyclists Should Avoid on the Road

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Road hazards are a risk to all motorists, but doubly so to motorcycle riders. Riding a motorcycle should be a fun, carefree experience, but motorcyclists experience many dangers on the road every day. Unlike a car, a motorcycle does not offer the protection of walls and a roof, so minor obstacles can quickly turn into life-threatening hazards. Learn about some of the most common road hazards that cause motorcycle accidents, and if you are involved in an accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. Common Road Hazards for Motorcyclists in South Carolina As a motorcyclist, hazards that present a minor threat …

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on a Personal Injury Settlement?

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After suffering an injury in a serious South Carolina accident, you are probably worried about getting the maximum settlement for your claim. You should not have to pay out of pocket for something the at-fault party did. However, getting fair compensation is only part of your concerns. You also need to know whether you must pay taxes on your personal injury settlement or what you will need to claim on your tax return. In most cases, you will not have to pay taxes for most of your compensation, but there are exceptions where some tax may be due. Your South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you determine the compensation you are owed …

What is the Average Payout for a Rear End Accident?

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Rear-end car accident cases in South Carolina are not always as cut and dried as they may seem. It is true that whether you were brake checking or the other car is tailgating you, or both, or in some different situation, rear-end car crashes usually have a clear driver who is liable for the accident. If someone has hit you from behind in a rear-end car accident, you may still be wondering what to do next. The experienced car accident lawyers at the HawkLaw, P.A. law firm are ready to assist you with gathering evidence, building a strong accident injury claim, and negotiating with insurance adjusters on your behalf. You do not have to go it…

Filing a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit? You Need These Documents

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a public health agency operating under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The federal agency has steadily been compiling data and analyzing the water contamination occurring at two water treatment plants at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The water treatment plants in question are the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water facilities. In the early 1980s, it was discovered VOCs were in the water supply. In time, information emerged that the water supply was contaminated by chemicals used by a …
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