Rideshare Services Don’t Do Proper Criminal Background Checks

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Rideshare Services Accused of Failing Criminal Background Check Policies

criminal background checkAfter sweeping the United States and the world with its popularity, rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar now face accusations in their homestate – California – that the companies don’t conduct thorough enough criminal background checks, to prevent personal injury and car accidents.

The district attorneys of both San Francisco and Los Angeles said on Thursday, September 25th, that Sidecar Inc in particular, but other rideshare companies as well, have failed to conduct proper, thorough criminal background checks on their contract employee drivers in accordance with California business law.

The rideshare services have already encountered numerous accusations as they expanded across the country, hiring drivers in nearly every major city, including three cities in South Carolina. In particular, taxi companies have filed lawsuits against Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar for violating taxi company codes, which regulate drivers and their vehicles in the event of a car accident. Uber also faces a wrongful death lawsuit from a family in San Francisco, accusing the service of promoting distracted driving through the mobile app that helps drivers find fares. On New Year’s Day, this year, a driver in the city hit two children and their mother while the family crossed the street, killing a 6-year-old girl and injuring the other two victims.

In response, Uber and Lyft have both expanded their insurance coverage of drivers, but the companies have primarily hidden behind vague employment laws around contract employees, claiming their drivers much provide their own personal insurance because they use their personal vehicles, rather than specifically-labeled company provided taxis. The companies have also argued that they created a mobile app business, not a taxi company, and they cannot regulate how users interface with the smartphone app.

George Gascon, the district attorney of San Francisco, and Jackie Lacey, his counterpart in Los Angeles, filed a complaint against all three major rideshare companies, with a focus on Sidecar, stating that the companies mislead customers on how thoroughly they run criminal background checks. Without submitting employee drivers to criminal background checks, drivers with histories of felony DUI or assault and battery could become employees and find victims through the rideshare service.

According to Sunil Paul, the chief executive of Sidecar, he has already discussed the issue of background checks with local regulators, but he was surprised by the “sudden escalation” in concern in California. Mr. Paul said that his company runs thorough criminal background checks in accordance with the state’s law, but that Sidecar also cannot exclude potential employees if they were convicted of a felony seven years ago or more.

“We value innovation and new modes of providing service to the public,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “However, we need to make sure the safety and well-being of consumers are adequately protected in the process.”

The Strom Law Firm Helps 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

NASCAR Driver, Tony Stewart, Could Still Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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NASCAR Driver, Tony Stewart, Cleared of Criminal Charges, Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

wrongful death lawsuitAfter an horrific crash that killed one NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart, the driver responsible has been cleared of criminal charges and liability, but the victim’s family may still pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

In August of this year, driver Tony Stewart accidentally struck and killed fellow NASCAR driver Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint-race.

The accident occurred at Canadaigua Motorsports Park, when Ward reportedly pulled over and exited his vehicle, attempting to flag down Stewart in what appeared, according to surveillance footage, to be an attempt to confront the other driver. Ward reportedly spun out while racing alongside Stewart. When Ward stepped into the track, however, Stewart’s vehicle hit him, leading to Ward’s death.

On Wednesday, September 24th, a grand jury chose not to indict Stewart on criminal charges, although there was evidence that Stewart was high on marijuana at the time of the crash. Stewart could have faced serious manslaughter and DUI for drugs charges.

“I am sure from their deliberations and discussions that the fact that Kevin Ward was observed running basically down two-thirds of the track, into a hot track in the middle of other cars that were still racing, played a big, big factor in their decision,” one prosecutor said. However, he added that Stewart had enough marijuana in his system to impair his judgment.

Ward’s family said they may file a wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart. They said that “focus should be on the actions of Mr. Stewart.”

“Our son got out of his car during caution while the race was suspended,” the family’s statement said. “All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Tony Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing this tragedy.

“There are no winners in tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park,” NASCAR said in a statement. “This has been a difficult time for everyone involved and we have respected the local authorities responsible for reviewing this case.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina

The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience.  While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.

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 filed 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.

Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

 

Texting and Driving Campaign “#X” Goes Viral

One Day After Premiere, Texting and Driving Campaign “Just Text #X” Goes Viral

texting and driving campaignTexting and driving has surfaced as one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and young adults, higher even than drunk driving. The mortality rate for distracted driving in general is as high as the mortality rate for drunk driving for the general population.

The latest research study, published in the August edition of the journal, analyzed traffic data over an 11 year period, and looked closely at traffic patterns and car accident data in which police officers specifically stopped drivers for texting and driving (called primary enforcement laws). The study also looked into the effectiveness of other texting and driving laws, which ban the practice, but allow police to issue tickets only if texting and driving also impacts other traffic laws.

Currently, 45 states ban texting and driving, with 39 of those using primary enforcement – more than the 33 that allow police to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt. South Carolina recently passed texting and driving legislation, making it the last Southern state to do so.

There are approximately 3,300 fatalities related to distracted driving car accidents each year in the United States. The CDC reports that 31% of 18-64 year old drivers in the US admit to having sent a text while operating a vehicle in the past 30 days.

These statistics are terrifying. Too many drivers, despite local laws, believe that they can multitask – driving while fiddling with the radio or GPS, talking on the phone, or worst yet, texting and driving.

A new texting and driving campaign, in partnership with AT&T’s long-running “It Can Wait” campaign, has launched and in just 24 hours, gone viral. “#X” is a hashtag that texting and driving campaign creators encourage anyone to send to their conversation partner in order to quickly pause the conversation while they drive. Pop culture stars like Tim McGraw and Demi Lovato teamed up with AT&T’s latest incarnation of the “It Can Wait” campaign to promote #X on social media as well as a video.

So far, the program has received 5 million pledges from people pledging to avoid texting and driving.

Meanwhile, a branch of the texting and driving campaign created “The Great American Rivalry Series #X Battle” focusing on high school students, who not only are just learning to drive, but many of whom own their first cell or smart phones. The battle encourages students to tweet #X and their school’s hashtag, and the school with the most “noise” from tweets will win. So far, the #X texting and driving campaign racked up 1.37 million tweets for the battle alone.

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.

Family Settles with Greenville South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Greenville and Family Settle South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Taser Death

South Carolina Wrongful Death LawsuitThe family of a 39-year-old schizophrenic man and the City of Greenville, SC have finally reached a settlement in a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit.

In 2010, victim Andrew Orval Torres allegedly struggled hard enough with police officers, who were acting under a probate judge’s orders to take the schizophrenic family member to a hospital for treatment, that officers attempted to restrain Torres using tasers. However, the tasers ended up leading to Torres’s death.

According to the Greenville County coroner, Torres had an enlarged heart, which made him susceptible to cardiac arrhythmia and stress placed on his heart.

His family filed a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against the six police officers and the former police chief, Terri Wilfong. However, Wilfong retired as a police chief in April of this year, and was subsequently removed as a defendant from the wrongful death lawsuit.

The family filed the South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against the Greenville police force for use of excessive force by deploying multiple Tasers over an extended time and improper physical restraint technique.” The family also alleged that defendants violated Torres’s constitutional rights and that Wilfong, as the Greenville police chief, “failed to promulgate adequate policies and failed to supervise her subordinates who use unconstitutional levels of force in taking mentally ill citizens into protective custody.”

Neither the family nor the city would disclose the terms of the wrongful death settlement, but plaintiff’s attorneys confirmed that an agreement was reached on Monday, September 22nd.

The family reported that they had warned Greenville police that Torres was prone to paranoid episodes and would refuse to cooperate when his medication stopped working. “They were also on notice that confrontational and aggressive tactics were counter-productive in peacefully taking Andrew into custody and produced a physical reaction of passive resistance to avoid being taken to the hospital,” the South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit stated.

Defendants said initially that they would specifically allege and show unto the court that Torres had a pattern and practice of hostile, threatening or unlawful behavior toward members of his family and/or the public, and of engaging in violent, aggressive and unlawful behavior toward law enforcement.”

Three officers involved in the incident were cleared of wrongdoing in Torres’s death.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina

The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience.  While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.

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 filed 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.

Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The South Carolina wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Tech Company Offers Anti-Distracted Driving Program

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Tech Company and Sprint Partner for Anti-Distracted Driving Program

anti-distracted driving Although many activities can distract a driver – talking to a passenger, messing with the radio, eating or putting on makeup – the current number one cause of distracted driving is mobile phone use.

Mobile phones, especially smartphones, come with numerous apps and programs that can cause distracted driving. Not only can drivers text, they can use GPS, search for music, use social media, or even simply talk on the phone. However, all of these activities can take the driver’s focus away from the road, and can lead to deadly accidents. In fact, a recent study showed that texting and driving was as deadly in the US as drunk driving.

Drivers know they should not use their mobile phones while driving, but almost everyone is susceptible to the temptation. Now, however, a tech company in partnership with Sprint has created a program for phones that will prevent texts and phone calls from coming through while the user is driving.

Katasi, founded by former NASA engineer Scott Tibbitts, received funding from American Family Insurance to develop the anti-distracted driving program, and Sprint agreed to let the company use their service to implement the design.

The program is not a traditional mobile phone app – instead, the program uses a telematics device to inform the phone that the phone’s user is driving. Telematics is a combination of technology and mobility which is becoming massively popular for multiple applications, from vehicle-to-vehicle communication to prevent accidents, to in-car phone and GPS services. With the help of increasing vehicle-internet connectivity, Tibbitts’s device sends a wireless message to Katasi’s servers that the vehicle is in motion, and the driver’s phone sends GPS information about its location. When both coordinates align, Katasi’s program shuts blocks text messages. It can also block phone calls, emails, and other data, but the tech company has focused on texting as the main culprit of distracted driving accidents.

There are apps in existence to stop texting and driving or other forms of distracted driving. AT&T offers a free app called DriveMode, which has reportedly been activated 1.5 million times since it premiered in 2012. Spring also offers an anti-distracted driving app called Drive First, and a service offered by CellControl uses Bluetooth technology to pair phone and car to prevent distracted driving.

However, there have been legal issues surrounding Katasi’s technology, including the easily permeability and potential hack-ability of the technology. Katasi and Sprint would both need to accept responsibility for car accidents that occurred due to distracted driving if the program failed or was hacked. The program has stalled temporarily while the companies work out the finer legal points.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina distracted driving 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.

Smartwatches Could Cause Distracted Driving

Despite Cell Phone Bans, Distracted Driving Could Increase Due to Smartwatches

smartwatchesApple recently announced the new iPhone 6, as well as the Apple Watch, the latest in a growing market of smartwatches. The new iPhones feature larger screens so websites and media can be seen more clearly, and smartwatches like the Apple Watch hook into phones, allowing the user to quickly read emails, text messages, and social media chats.

However, smartwatches could add to the distracted driving problem, which is one of the leading causes of car crashes and car accident deaths in the US. Although drivers do not need to use their phones to view these messages, they still must take their eyes off the road for a split second, and that could lead to a serious accident.

Some smartwatches, such as the Pebble, do not allow wearers to respond to messages. However, the Apple Watch allows users to draw messages in response, and also use a “walkie talkie” feature to hold a conversation.

“The actual offense of distracted driving speaks specifically to holding a handheld device,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in Ontario, Canada. “Because it’s not necessarily being hand held, by definition it would probably be a tough thing to proceed on.”

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver; 3,300 of those people died from their injuries. Research from the University of Buffalo suggests that as much as 10% of pedestrian visits to the emergency room are caused by distracted drivers. The Department of Transportation estimates that, despite multiple reports of how deadly distracted driving can be, as many as 660,000 Americans are on their phones in some form while driving, every single day.

“If I’m reading a text off my device, I’m not engaged in driving,” Patterson said. “Our position would be, as with the distracted issues, is how it interacts with the driver and does it meet those fundamental distraction issues. Simply calling it a watch I’m not sure completely removes it from the legislation.”

In June of this year, South Carolina became the 45th state to pass texting and driving legislation, but like many states, does not ban some other uses of cell phones in vehicles, such as typing or using GPS. These uses can still create a distracted driving situation, and San Antonio lawmaker Rep. Mike Gallagher has proposed a ban on any cell phone use in the city while driving.

“The main thing has to do with hand-held devices. In other words, if you’re driving down the road, if you can talk to somebody without using hand-held devices you’re fine, but it’s those people that are holding something in their hands,” said Gallagher.

“Remember, driving is not a right, it is a privilege,” Gallagher said.  “We owe it to other drivers on the road and ourselves to operate a vehicle in the safest manner.”

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina distracted driving 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.

Man Charged with Felony DUI in Fatal DUI Accident

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DUI Charges for Man Who Caused Fatal DUI Accident that Killed Two People

felony DUI accidentThe South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested a Westminster, SC resident on DUI charges after he caused a fatal DUI accident that led to a 5-car pile-up and the deaths of two people.

Around 7:45 PM on Saturday, September 6th, 52-year-old Drew Greene allegedly broadsided a vehicle, which killed the driver and passenger.

Victims Joshua and Michelle Silvers, 29 and 28 years old respectively, were killed in the fatal DUI accident when Greene drove through a red light and hit their car. Joshua Silvers was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of his injuries. His wife, Michelle, went into cardiac arrest at the scene and later died after being transported to a local hospital.

Investigators said five other people were hurt in the crash, after the initial car accident led to a multi-vehicle pile-up.

Greene has been charges with two counts of felony DUI for the fatal DUI accident.

On Monday, September 8th, a judge set Greene’s bond at $100,000. He will spend 60 days in jail due to outstanding warrants, and his next trial date is set for October.

DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

A car 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 (referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI), 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, recklessness, DUI, 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.

Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:

  • tractor trailer accident,
  • automobile accident, including DUI accidents,
  • burn injury,
  • brain injury,
  • motorcycle accident,
  • construction site accident,
  • defective product,
  • toys or childrens’ product,
  • medical malpractice claim,
  • nursing home neglect and abuse, or an
  • injury sustained while working on the job.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with DUI Car Accident 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 DUI car accident, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina personal injury accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

GM to Help Prevent Distracted Driving by Developing New Software

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GM and Takata Reportedly Developing Eye-Sensing Tech to Prevent Distracted Driving

prevent distracted drivingA new facial recognition software may be applied to vehicles to help prevent distracted driving, according to a new report.

The system was developed by Australian company Seeing Machines, which works with automotive supplier Takata – a Japanese company that recently suffered scrutiny due to their faulty airbag switches. Allegedly, the new system monitors a driver’s eye movements and eye-blink frequency, so the software can detect when the driver is beginning to doze off, or look down at their phone. The software has been touted by Seeing Machines as a way to prevent distracted driving, one of the largest causes of road accidents and deaths.

“Safety doesn’t sell cars – sexy sells cars,” said Ken Kroeger, Seeing Machines’ chief executive. “But once cameras are there, they can be expanded for other features and purposes.”

General Motors has reportedly signed a deal with Takata to purchase 500,000 of the “Seeing Machines” which the company may install in some of its vehicles soon. GM has declined to comment on the purchase, however, and has not yet announced how the anti-distracted technology will be implemented, or in what vehicles.

“The key way for carmakers to differentiate themselves is how they enable the consumer and create and share content,” said Thilo Koslowski, analyst at research group Gartner. “The user experience is an untapped opportunity that will crown the leader in this space.”

Kroeger stated that the technology has applications beyond preventing distracted driving – for example, the facial recognition software could prevent a teenager from driving the vehicle past 10 pm, or could allow the driver to choose specific apps such as music players with their eyes, so they can still focus on the road while driving.

Distracted Driving in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • texting and driving
  • talking on or playing with a cell phone
  • eating or 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 a South Carolina distracted driving accident can result 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 distracted driving 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed for Bike Crash that Killed Former Napster COO

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Family Will File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against LA Cop That Killed Entertainment Lawyer in Bike Crash

bike crashThe family of an entertainment lawyer and former COO of Napster announced on Thursday, August 28th, that they would move forward with the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles County Police Department and the officer whose distracted driving led to a bike crash.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined, earlier this week, to file criminal negligence charges against the police officer who caused the bike crash. Reportedly, the sheriff’s deputy was driving along Mulholland Drive while using his mobile digital computer to send a work-related text message, when a bend in the road caused him to veer into the bike lane. Because of his distracted driving, the deputy fatally struck 65-year-old cyclist Milton Olin, Jr, a prominent Los Angeles entertainment lawyer and former COO of Napster.

However, the DA’s office announced that, because of an exemption in California distracted driving legislation that allows emergency responders to use cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving, the sheriff’s deputy was not at fault and no criminal charges would be filed in the fatal distracted driving bike crash.

“[Deputy Andrew] Wood briefly took his eyes away from the road precisely when the narrow roadway curved slightly to the left without prior warning, causing him to inadvertently travel straight into the bike lane, immediately striking” Olin, according to the incident report. The DA’s office stated that there was insufficient evidence against Wood to file criminal negligence charges.

In response to the announcement related to Olin’s December 8th, 2013 death, Olin’s family stated on Thursday that they would move forward with a wrongful death civil lawsuit, including Los Angeles County, the county sheriff’s department, and Deputy Wood responsible for Olin’s bike crash death.

“The county has acknowledged that Deputy Wood was driving while distracted,” said the Olin family attorney. “The Olin family intends to move forward with their lawsuit to hold the county, the Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Wood accountable through the civil justice system.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina

The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience.  While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.

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 filed 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.

Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800