Justin Bieber Sued for Pedestrian Accident

Justin Bieber Sued For Personal Injury After Pedestrian Accident

pedestrian accidentJustin Bieber recently managed to get out of a DUI charge in Florida, but now he faces a pedestrian accident lawsuit in California, for allegedly hitting a pedestrian in a minor car accident last year.

Walter Damon Lee filed his pedestrian accident lawsuit on Wednesday, June 25th, in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Lee claim that the teen pop idol hit him while driving his Ferrari around Laurel Avenue last June. Lee alleges that he has been unable to work as a result of the accident.

Lee alleges in his complaint that Bieber “negligently, carelessly, recklessly, wantonly and unlawfully” caused the Ferrari to hit him “thereby causing injuries and damages”. Lee’s injuries are described as “laceration and crush injury, hematoma formation, deep abrasions to the left knee and leg, fluid collection in the left knee and leg, deep venous thrombosis in the calf and ankle.” Lee also alleges a “loss of earning capacity” in addition to ongoing medical needs as he has recovered from his car accident injuries.

Lee claims personal injury and property damage in excess of $25,000 as a result of the pedestrian accident.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation from Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.

Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.

If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death.  Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.

A South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for:

  • medical bills and funeral expenses
  • loss of income
  • loss of consortium and loss of support.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a car accident, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Ridesharing Companies: What Happens After A SC Personal Injury Accident?

Ridesharing Companies Branch Out to SC, Personal Injury Dangers Loom

ridesharing companiesSC personal injury accidents occur every day.  If you are the victim of an accident, you may be looking for insurance coverage to help you pay for your medical bills and lost wages.  With the expansion of ridesharing companies such as uberX into South Carolina, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff is warning South Carolina citizens that they may not be covered in the event of an accident.

On Tuesday, June 24th, the South Carolina State Office of Regulatory Staff released a statement of public advisory warning potential ridesharing users that uberX and other such companies do not have adequate insurance or registration with the state, putting passengers at risk of loss in the event of a  SC personal injury accident.

The office said that uberX had posted craigslist ads looking for drivers in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Greenville, which means the San Francisco-based company could move into South Carolina in 2-3 weeks. The ORS said that it has not received an application to operate as a commercial transport service, meaning the company violates South Carolina regulations.

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have insisted in other state cases that they are not a traditional taxi service, but a mobile app that connects passengers with drivers, who use their personal vehicles and rely on personal insurance in the event of an accident. However, past problems with accidents have shown that the driver’s personal insurance does not always cover the costs of personal injury in the event of a car accident.

The OSR said in its public statement that using ridesharing apps that hire drivers without a certificate from the Public Service Commission could leave customers with potential gaps in insurance coverage in the event of a car accident leading to personal injury. Some vehicle insurance policies have specific clauses that do not cover personal injury in the event that the driver uses the vehicle for commercial purposes.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft both recently announced that they would expand insurance coverage for their drivers in the event that the contract employees are involved in an accident while acting as employees. If the driver is logged into the mobile app to accept fares, whether the driver is driving a fare or not, Uber says its new insurance plan will cover the driver in the event of an accident. The insurance will cover the driver after the driver’s personal insurance fails, up to $100,000 in bodily injury and $25,000 in property damage.

“Uber is taking this step to eliminate any ambiguity while the insurance industry and state governments update policies and regulations for the new world of ridesharing transportation,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We are proud to be the standard bearer on this issue as we believe that this clarity is in the public’s best interest.”

“Safety always comes first in the cities and communities we serve,” Uber says. “We make sure all ridesharing drivers undergo background checks that are among the most stringent in the industry.”

A lawsuit going forward in San Francisco alleges that the mobile app also distracts ridesharing drivers, because it encourages them to take their eyes off the road in order to pick up fares. This distracted driving problem led to the death of a little girl on New Years Day in San Francisco, and the family has filed a wrongful death personal injury suit against Uber.

The Strom Law Firm Defends Victims of Distracted Driving in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed because of an accident, whether it was caused by distracted driving or DUI, the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. The sooner you hire one of our accident lawyers, the sooner we will be able to investigate your case and the stronger your case will be. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to call us. 803.252.4800

Four Southern States Target Reckless Driving on I-95

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Four States Cooperate to Target Reckless Driving on I-95 for Three Days

reckless driving on I-95South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia have joined forces in a three-day crackdown of reckless driving on I-95 for a striking 900 miles.

“On I-95 we see a lot of speeding and aggressive driving, meaning improper lane changes, things of that nature,” Dorchester County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russ Conklin said.

“It seems like a lot of the people are in a hurry to get to where they’re going and we just want them to slow down,” Conklin said.

The reckless driving crackdown began on Tuesday, June 17th, and will go through the 18th and 19th.

“As we work with our partners in other states, the Patrol continues its commitment to reduce the number of commercial vehicle related crashes,” said Col. David Brierton, Florida Highway Patrol director. “Whether you are driving a commercial motor vehicle or a passenger car, we want you to arrive at your destination safely.”

“Drive safe and stay alive,” Conklin said.

Drivers on I-95 through Dorchester, SC have noticed the increased police presence.

“Yes, it makes us slow down a little,” said Joe Cevella, who was traveling on I-95 to New York.

“There was a lot of them, but it’s okay, it’s keeping everybody under control,” said Mary Collins, who was driving to Kentucky.

Law enforcement officers are also ensuring that commercial drivers, including 18-wheelers, are following the law and staying alert. Commercial truck drivers are often as guilty of reckless driving as private car owners, because they are trying to make strict delivery deadlines which can cause stress on the driver.

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

Texting and Driving Ban Now in Effect in South Carolina

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Texting and Driving Ban Should Result In Fewer Accidents in South Carolina

texting and driving banOn Monday, June 9th, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the state’s texting and driving ban into law. The texting and driving ban went immediately into effect after Governor Haley signed it.

The ban covers writing or reading texts, emails, or social media sites while operating a vehicle. South Carolina is the 45th state to pass this legislation.  Frankly, it’s about time as distracted driving and  texting and driving cause more accidents than drinking and driving. Prior to the statewide ban, local municipalities took matters into their own hands. Greenville, Beaufort, and Charleston Counties all passed texting and driving legislation to protect their citizens. The number of local governments banning texting and driving spurred the successful statewide ban. “At least we have an overall texting bill that makes the entire state exactly the same. The way it was, nobody knew what the texting law was when they drove from one county to the next,” said Rep. Don Bowen, R-Anderson, who’s fought for a statewide ban since 2010. “In a state not well-known for regulating behind-the-wheel behavior, legislators are saying, ‘Your decisions behind the wheel have consequences for everyone because you endanger everyone else as well as yourself,'” said Tom Crosby, spokesman for AAA Carolinas. “It’s a great start.” A “training period” of 180 days will go into effect once the texting and driving ban is signed into law, during which time police will issue warnings rather than tickets.

The ban supersedes local ordinances, passed in 19 townships and cities across South Carolina, that regulate texting and driving differently from the statewide ban, including higher fines or points deducted from drivers’ licenses. Under the compromise texting and driving legislation, drivers who violate the law will not receive any penalty points on their licenses, but will face fines starting at $25, with the maximum penalty at $50. The use of GPS for navigation and texting emergency services in the event of an accident are permitted, according to the new law. Police officers would also be prohibited from confiscating or viewing drivers’ cellphones when they pulled someone over for texting and driving. “This texting and driving ban will save more lives than any other action by state government in years,” said Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden. Texting and driving studies in recent years have shown that texting and driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

Distracted Driving, Including Texting and Driving, in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod
  • texting or writing emails
  • checking social media

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted driving while cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers, Including Texting and Driving

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, 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. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

Wal-Mart Trucking Accident Caused Tracy Morgan Crash

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Driver that Caused Trucking Accident Involving Tracy Morgan Had Been Awake Too Long

trucking accidentIn the early morning on Saturday, June 7th, a driver caused a serious trucking accident that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of the other passengers in his vehicle.

Reportedly, 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper had been awake for 24 consecutive hours before causing the tractor trailer accident. The Jonesboro, GA resident, who drives trucks for Walmart, has been charged with death by automobile and aggravated assault  by auto.

“This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. “The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.”

About 1 AM on Saturday, Tracy Morgan’s limo van was hit by Roper’s truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed one of Morgan’s fellow comedian passengers, James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.

Tracy Morgan is reportedly in critical condition after the trucking accident, but is “more responsive, which is an incredibly encouraging sign,” publicist Lewis Kay said Sunday.

Roper turned himself in to police after the trucking accident, and was released on $50,000 bail on Saturday night.

“The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead,” said Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police. “At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn.”

Trucking Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury and Wrongful Death

Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles such as semi tractor trailers, flatbed or tanker trucks, buses, or construction accidents can often result in a serious injury or death.

Many times truck drivers cannot see in certain blind spots around their large 18 wheeler.  You will also find that many truck drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road.  They are pressured by deadlines and DOT regulations are often racing to get to their destination .

Tractor trailer accidents can also occur as the result of driver fatigue.  Drivers may get distracted or even fall asleep at the wheel, leaving them unable to avoid a trucking accident.

Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be disabling. Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can cause:

  • traumatic brain injury,
  • paralysis,
  • severe disability, and
  • even death.

The Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you if you have been injured in a trucking accident. With careful analysis and investigation we will look at critical factors including:

  • maintenance and equipment records for the truck;
  • whether the truck load was appropriate, properly sized and within the weight limit;
  • Weather, road, and grade conditions;
  • whether the driver was operating within DOT regulations.

If you or a loved one has been such a victim, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC trucking accident lawyersWhether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help.

SC Lawmakers Pass Texting and Driving Ban

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Texting and Driving Ban Passes House and Senate, Goes to Governor

texting and drivingAfter a long struggle and an 11th-hour compromise, South Carolina lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a ban on texting and driving, making SC the 44th state to pass such legislation.

On Wednesday, June 4th, the House passed the texting and driving ban 94-2, while the Senate passed the new legislation 42-2. Under the compromise texting and driving legislation, drivers who violate the law would not receive any penalty points on their licenses, but would face fines starting at $25.  Texting and driving is dangerous and can result in an accident.

The use of GPS for navigation and texting emergency services in the event of an accident are permitted, according to the new law. Police officers would also be prohibited from confiscating or viewing drivers’ cellphones when they pulled someone over for texting and driving.

A “training period” of 180 days will go into effect once the texting and driving ban is signed into law, during which time police will issue warnings rather than tickets. The ban supersedes local ordinances, passed in 19 townships and cities across South Carolina, that regulate texting and driving differently from the statewide ban, including higher fines or points deducted from drivers’ licenses.

“The ban will help protect the people of South Carolina, clear up confusing and irregular local regulations and make our roads safer around the state,” Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, said.

“Without a doubt, this is a great day for the lives of all drivers and passengers in South Carolina,” said Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Conway. “Finally we catch up with the rest of the country in acknowledging a white-and-black reality – texting while driving kills.”

Distracted Driving, Including Texting and Driving, in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod
  • texting or writing emails
  • checking social media

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers, Including Texting and Driving

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, 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. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

Distracted Driving Is a Huge Problem in the US

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As SC Schedules Debate about Texting and Driving, Stats on Distracted Driving Released

distracted drivingThe state of South Carolina is one of very few states remaining in the US that does not have a specific texting and driving ban, although other forms of distracted driving have penalties. The current proposed texting and driving ban must pass by Thursday, June 5th, if the state has any hope of regulating this new and deadly form of distracted driving.

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that distracted driving is just as deadly as drunk driving. Statistics from 2010, the latest year with available data, showed that 17% of the economic cost of traffic accidents came from distracted driving, particularly texting and driving; in contrast, drunk driving had an 18% economic burden, while speeding was the costliest at 21% of the economic cost of all traffic accidents.  Distracted driving accidents can be prevented.

“Including lost quality of life, these crashes were responsible for $129 billion, or 15 percent of the overall societal harm caused by motor-vehicle crashes,” the report said.

In total, “the price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the United States based on calendar year 2010 data — and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries,” the NHTSA said.

Despite these disturbing numbers, as well as local governments’ specific distracted driving legislation, South Carolina legislators cannot agree on what a texting and driving ban should look like for the entire state.

“We need continuity and uniformity across the cities and the counties,” said state Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, a sponsor of the bill.

“We have a great chance of passing a statewide ban,” said Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, a sponsor of the statewide ban, in spite of the fact that the Legislature is racing against its adjournment on June 5th.

Distracted Driving in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, 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. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.