Charleston Area Woman Arrested in Hit-and-Run, Bicyclist in Critical Condition

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West Ashley Woman Arrested as Suspect in Hit-and-Run that Injured Bicyclist

bicycleCharleston County police have arrested a woman who they believe was involved in a hit-and-run earlier this week, which left a bicyclist in critical condition.

Katherine Anne Mosson, 26, was arrested on Friday, November 22nd, and charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury/death, and an improper lane change.

According to police reports, the incident occurred around 12:45 AM on Sunday, November 17th, near St. Andrew’s Boulevard. The bicyclist, 29-year-old Terrell Wright, was traveling north in the bicycle lane when he was hit by a car. Police say that the vehicle fled the scene after the accident, constituting a hit-and-run, but a piece of the car was left behind. Officers later identified the piece of the car as a charcoal gray Honda Accord between model years 2003 and 2007.

Police say that Mosson drives a gray 2005 Honda Accord, registered in her name. Police identified the missing pieces as part of the fender on the front passenger side.

Wright’s family says Terrell has serious swelling of the brain and on Monday, November 18th, he was put on a respirator.

Mosson is currently held at the Charleston County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in South Carolina

Hit-and-run accidents are an all too common problem. Many times hit-and-runs result in not only damages to the vehicle, but also injuries to victims. Injured victims can be left with expensive medical bills and no compensation.

South Carolina law requires drivers to stop after an accident, even if the accident is with a parked car. Pedestrian accidents are no exception. If a driver fails to stop, they may be subject to criminal prosecution. Failure to stop is a felony when the victim suffers serious bodily injury or death. Following a hit-and-run, victims may be left with injuries and no insurance information from the at fault driver. For this reason, South Carolina drivers are required to carry uninsured/underinsured motorists’ coverage.

It is especially important for drivers to stop at the scene of an accident when a pedestrian or bicyclist has been hit, because these people are less protected than other drivers or passengers in a car.

Unfortunately, injuries from bike accidents are very common.  Negligent drivers send several hundred thousand cyclists to the hospital every year.  Some riders protect themselves by wearing a helmet and obeying traffic laws, but sometimes that is not enough to prevent serious injury from a bike accident.

Bike accidents most often lead to:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head trauma, including traumatic brain injury
  • Road rash
  • And sometimes death

When cars collide with pedestrians, serious injury often occurs. Pedestrian accidents are common in areas where there is both high pedestrian traffic and high motor vehicle traffic.

A pedestrian accident can result in people being killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips, and traffic islands.  The most serious pedestrian accident injuries result from pedestrians making contact with vehicle bumpers, hoods, or the windshield of a passing car or truck.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents

Many times insurance companies will dispute hit-and-run claims leaving victims with mounting medical bills and no way to pay them. Other times, insurance companies will pay hit-and-run accident victims far less than they deserve. If you were injured resulting from a hit-and-run, the South Carolina Accident lawyers at the Strom Law Firm can help you. While you focus on getting better, we will focus on getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today or fill out a free web form to see how we can help you. 803.252.4800

Car Lands on Roof, Driver Arrested for Reckless Driving

Car Goes Airborne, Lands on Roof in Forest Acres, Driver Arrested for Reckless Driving and Other Charges

roofOne man has been arrested on several charges, including reckless driving, after he caused the vehicle he was driving to go airborne, and land on the roof of a home in Forest Acres.

Antwon Ashley, 21, was taken into custody overnight on Sunday, November 24th. He has been charged with reckless driving, driving under suspension, hit and run with property damage, failure to stop for blue lights, littering, and trafficking in crack cocaine.

Police also claim that Ashley is a gang member.

According to current police investigations, Ashley was part of an illegal drug transaction that occurred about 2 AM on Saturday near Senate and Heidt Streets. As he drove away, a police officer noticed that the car did not have its headlights on and was driving erratically, so the officer attempted to pull Ashley over. However, Ashley did not stop for the officer, and ended up hitting an embankment after a sharp turn, which launched the vehicle into the air, and the car landed on a roof.

Reportedly, the family was home at the time, but no injuries were reported.

“At 2:30 a.m. we heard a loud bang,” homeowner Steve Taylor said. “It woke us up, we didn’t know what was going on and I walked out the front door and there were two policemen in the yard and one of them informed me there was a car on our roof. And I stepped out into the yard and looked back up and there was a car on the roof and it was alarming as you can imagine.”

A crane removed the car from the family’s roof at around 6 AM. Crack cocaine and cash were recovered from inside the vehicle as evidence, but Ashley himself was nowhere to be found.

Another suspect has been arrested for providing false information to the police. The vehicle was registered in her name, according to officers, although the woman’s name has not been released to the public.

Ashley is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Reckless Driving and Other Traffic Offenses in South Carolina

Common South Carolina Traffic Offenses Include:

  • speeding,
  • following too closely,
  • driving with a suspended license, DUS
  • DUI,
  • driving without insurance,
  • careless driving, and
  • reckless driving.

Many people do not consider that in addition to your traffic citation, you can lose points off of your driver’s license and you may be forced to pay increased insurance premiums.

When making your decision about how to best handle your traffic ticket, you need to make sure that you understand the consequences of your conviction.  A plea of guilty, nolo contendere, which means that you are not admitting guilt but that you do not contest the charge, or simply forfeiting your bond are all considered a conviction in South Carolina.

In SC, if you accumulate a total of 12 points your license may be suspended.  Your license may also be suspended if you fail to pay your traffic ticket within 12 months of the day it is issued.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Reckless Driving Charges

If you have been pulled over and charged with reckless driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, or other traffic offenses, you may need a solid defense to help lower your ticket or keep you out of jail. Whether you are charged with a two-point violation, four-point violation, or even a six-point violation, you need to make sure that your driver’s license is protected. Defense attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case. Contact us today at 803.252.4800

Thanksgiving Traffic Will Be Thicker than Ever in South Carolina

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This Thanksgiving Holiday, More South Carolinians Than Ever Will Hit the Road, Expect Traffic

trafficAccording to AAA of the Carolinas, about 567,000 motorists in South Carolina will drive to and from Thanksgiving day celebrations over the national 5 day holiday.

The motor club also said that 630,000 South Carolinians will travel for Thanksgiving, which is slightly up from the last few years – and most of them will be in the car.

The estimate from AAA covers only Thanksgiving travelers that the group believes will travel 50 miles or more. Motorists will compose about 90% of the Thanksgiving holiday travelers, which means worse traffic this year.

The Thanksgiving period is defined as between Wednesday, November 27th, and Sunday, December 1st. The highest number of holiday travelers depart on Wednesday (37%), and most will return on  Sunday (33%). Air travel departure times are a little earlier, with most Thanksgiving travelers leaving on Monday, November 25th, and expected to return the following Monday, November 2nd.

Because the holiday is 5 days long, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers. Increased traffic significantly raises the risk of car accidents. Last year, 13 people died in car crashes while traveling for Thanksgiving in South Carolina, which was an 8% increase for the annual average traffic fatalities for the rest of 2012.

“As a traditional family holiday, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “Drivers should expect heavy congestion and plan on taking more time to reach their destination.”

Although Thanksgiving is always a busy and therefore dangerous driving holiday, this year traffic volume will be larger due to lower gas prices. Additionally, more people are expected to drive because not as many people have purchased plane tickets for travel, despite airline prices being 1% lower than last year.

To help Thanksgiving travelers reduce stress and stay safe, the SC State Transport Police, the SC Trucking Association and SC Highway Patrol will be holding Safety Breaks at three rest stops around the state. These will be held at rest stops along the most popular highways in South Carolina: the Cherokee County Welcome Center along I-85, the Orangeburg Rest Area on I-26, and I-95’s Colleton County Rest Area. Officers will hand out safety materials and interact with drivers to help prevent distracted  driving and encourage seatbelt use.

Survey data is taken from AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, AAA/HIS Global Insight holiday travel forecast and AAA Carolinas data.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Cases from Distracted Driving Accidents

Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, distracted driving can lead to an accident, causing serious personal injury or even death. If you have been injured by an accident caused by distracted driving, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.