Pedestrians in S.C killed at Shocking Rate

South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyers 

Pedestrian accidents in Lexington and Richland Counties are high compared to the rest of South Carolina

As gas prices rise and the economy remains in a rut, many Columbia drivers are resorting to walking, creating more foot traffic in the metropolitan area and making pedestrian-related car accidents a bigger concern.

Pedestrians in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas are being hit by cars at alarming rates this year. Nine pedestrians died on public streets in Richland and Lexington counties in the first three months of 2011. In contrast, 14 were killed in the two-county area in all of last year. This total is even more upsetting when you consider that it amounts to more than a third of the 25 pedestrians run over and killed statewide since Jan, 1.

Steven Ferguson, a well-known Midlands dancer and teacher of the arts, was removing books from the trunk of his car on Assembly Street near the Richland County Public Library in March when a driver sideswiped a parked car and hit the one directly behind Ferguson’s, pinning Ferguson’s legs between the two vehicles for nearly half an hour.

Ferguson has already undergone nine surgeries to repair his legs. According to The State newspaper, doctors have told him he might be able to put weight on his left foot within three to four months, although there is no timetable for his more seriously injured right leg.

To help combat the high cost of medical expenses due to his injuries, friends and colleagues held a dance benefit last Tuesday where local dance companies performed in the fundraiser.

Pedestrians killed this year are from all walks of life – the victims have ranged from an 87-year-old man who retrieved aluminum cans along West Columbia roadsides to a young woman who unwisely ran between the tires of a tractor trailer rig.

There are many factors that can cause a pedestrian accident. For more information on pedestrian safety, visit the SCDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one due to another person’s negligence contact our South Carolina Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.

Mineral Springs Train Wreck Results in Fatality

South Carolina Train Accident Attorneys

How is it that in this day and age of technology, trains not have a GPS system alerting them to a problem ahead on the tracks?

Emergency crews have spent all day today clearing the debris from a train wreck that occurred in Mineral Springs, North Carolina.

Two CSX train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided in Union County, North Carolina.

The company’s spokesperson, Bob Sullivan, said one locomotive struck the other one from behind causing the train accident which occurred at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday Morning.  It is still unclear as to how fast the trains were traveling when the train wreck occurred.  According to reports, one train was stopped on the track.  However, it is unclear why the conductor was not notified that the other train was stopped ahead.

County officials said one of the railroad employees died at the scene and the other passed away at a medical center in Charlotte.  Two other crew members were treated at the crash site.

CSX officials said one train had 12 freight cars and was traveling from Atlanta, Georgia to Charlotte, North Carolina. The other had nine freight cars and was heading to Hamlet, North Carolina from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Both trains derailed and caused families in the five homes near the track to evacuate when a fire started.  Officials said no hazardous materials were involved.

If you need legal advice, we recommend that you seek the advice of a licensed attorney.  If you have any questions about this blog and/or need to talk with an attorney, contact us today for a free, no cost consultation to discuss your legal rights. At Strom Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys provide comprehensive legal services designed to protect your rights and your interests.  Our lawyers are licensed in South Carolina, New York, and Georgia.

Avoiding Death by GPS

As the school year comes to an end, you may be thinking about your upcoming summer vacation.  If your trip involves driving to a new destination, you may want to think about mapping out your directions beforehand.

As reported by CBS news, more and more of us rely on directions generated by our GPS devices.  Experts are warning that putting too much faith in GPS technology can lead to trouble, and sometimes deadly consequences.

Death by GPS was highlighted when a Canadian couple got lost in the Nevada wilderness after following GPS directions to a dead end.

Rita Chretien, who was missing for seven weeks, was found in the couple’s van earlier this month. Her husband, Albert, who’d gone for help, is still missing.

The tragedy is believed to be the result of the couple’s reliance upon their GPS.

According to some reports, GPS can also become scrambled around airports, areas which may otherwise be unfamiliar to drivers.  Reliance upon a scrambled GPS can lead an unsuspecting driver to end up in a compromising situation.

To minimize the potential for disaster, make sure that you do not follow your GPS blindly and that you carry a map or print off directions in advance.

At Strom Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys provide comprehensive legal services designed to protect your rights. Contact us today to arrange a free case review. Our lawyers are licensed in South Carolina, New York, and Georgia.

If you need legal advice, we recommend that you seek the advice of a licensed attorney.  If you have any questions about this blog and/or need to talk with an attorney, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. At Strom Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys provide comprehensive legal services designed to protect your rights and your interests.

Chain Reaction Wreck on I-85 Results in Fatality

According to Charlotte news reports , on Monday morning Katrina Ware was killed, and seven more were injured as a result of what eye witnesses described as a chain reaction collision, involving at least five vehicles headed southbound on I-85 in West Charlotte.

The accident occurred in the southbound lanes between Freedom Drive and the Billy Graham Parkway at approximately 8:00 A.M., near the Billy Graham Parkway interchange. According to reports, the accident occurred when a Freightliner truck struck the rear of a Honda, forcing the Honda into the rear of another car; that car struck a Jeep which hit a pick-up truck and overturned.  A box truck flipped on top of another car.  As a result of the accident, one person was killed and seven more victims were taken to the hospital.  Although the accident is under investigation, at least one eye witness has reported that speed appeared to be a factor in the chain reaction.

Reports further indicate that ambulances were delayed from responding to the scene of the accident because other drivers parked on the shoulder, preventing the ambulances from being able to pass.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ware family and we wish a speedy recovery to the other victims injured as a result of this tragic accident.

Share The Road and Don’t Forget to Look Twice

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has selected May as motorcycle safety awareness month.   Motorcycle riders have the same rights and are governed by the same rules of the road as cars, trucks, and 18 wheelers.  Unfortunately, the reality is that given the enormous disparity in size, weight, and protection if a biker is injured the results can be deadly.  

According to the NHTSA, approximately 80% of reported motorcycle accidents result in an injury or death compared to 20% in automobile accidents. According to these same statistics, approximately half of the motorcycle crashes involved the use of alcohol.

However, what a motorcycle lacks in size and protection, can be offset by its maneuverability, ability to swerve, and ability to stop quickly. 

If you are a rider, remember to drive defensively, and to wear protective equipment.  While a  helmet is a must, you should also wear eye protection, clothing which provides some measure of protection from abrasion and is brightly colored so that you are easily seen, gloves, and protective footwear such as leather boots.  

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, almost 50% of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, so you should also be aware of the posted speed limit.  

For more information on motorcycle safety visit  www.nhtsa.gov .

If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident, call the motorcycle  wreck attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.