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What if I’m Injured by an Elderly Person in a Car Accident?

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .
Baby boomers are an aging generation and live active lifestyles that include driving. According to the reported South Carolina population as of 2016, 16.7% of the population is aged 65+ and many of these citizens currently have active SC drivers’ licenses. While age is not an indicator of an individual’s driving ability, the effects that come with aging can have a detrimental influence on driving ability. A person’s mental and physical attributes can indicate whether he or she can safely keep driving. Ensuring Drivers are Safe In SC, drivers older than 65 must complete a vision test at every license renewal period, as well as details about…

What Are the Worst Intersections in Charleston? Some Top Reasons Why

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .
Intersections are inherently dangerous, even at their best. At their worst, they can be the setting of dozens of serious and fatal collisions each year. As many local drivers may have discovered, Charleston has a few such intersections. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, 13 of the most dangerous intersections in the country are in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Five are in North Charleston alone. Here’s a breakdown of what makes some of Charleston’s intersections so deadly. #1. International Boulevard and Interstate 526 One of the intersections included in the National Coalition’s report is that at International Boulevard a…

Holiday Fatalities in South Carolina

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Holidays are frequently the most popular times to travel in the United States. In 2016, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimated that 232.7 million people traveled 50 miles or more during major holidays. Of those, nearly 89% (207.1 million) traveled by car. Busy roads increase the chances of catastrophe, and holidays can make that worse. Indeed, in 2016, the National Safety Council estimated 2,458 traffic fatalities in the U.S. across six distinct holiday periods: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. We teamed up with visual content agency 1Point21 Interactive to help us visualize…

Understanding Modified Comparative Negligence in South Carolina

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Since 1991, the case Nelson vs. Concrete Supply Co. 303 S.C. 243, 399 S.E.2d 783 (1991), South Carolina has recognized a modified comparative negligence rule in civil claims. Under the modified comparative negligence rule, an individual will face liability for his or her percentage of liability in an accident claim. The rule ultimately determines the amount of damages a plaintiff may recover for losses. Understanding Modified Comparative Negligence in South Carolina In South Carolina, a plaintiff less than 50% at fault for an accident may file a claim against a wrongdoer and receive compensation. However, the jury may reduce the total dama…

7 Top Things to Collect After a Car Accident in South Carolina

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One minute you’re driving along I-95, I-77, or a local highway and the next minute your vehicle sits crossways in an intersection – accidents happen fast. In the aftermath, drivers often forget to keep track of crucial information that may protect them later. Print this checklist and keep it in your glovebox. After a car accident, run through our information gathering checklist to ensure you take the appropriate steps. Important Items to Get immediately after an Auto Accident Your After Car Accident Information/Item Gathering Checklist: Smartphone, Cellphone, and/or Camera. While we cannot advocate using these devices while driving, they …
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