SC Worst in Nation for DUI Deaths

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MADD Finds that South Carolina Leads Nation in DUI Deaths

DUI DeathsNew traffic death information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that South Carolina leads the nation in DUI deaths.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a national anti-DUI advocacy group, examined the information from the NHTSA, which shows in 2013, there were 335 South Carolina deaths from DUI-related accidents. That number was about 44% of all traffic fatalities in the state – the national average is 33% of traffic deaths being caused by DUI.

“Improvements aren’t being made fast enough, and it’s a shame that we lead the nation in such devastating circumstances,” said MADD South Carolina Program Director Steven Burritt in a released statement. “It forces us to ask ourselves as a state once again whether we’re doing everything we know we should drive these numbers down. We know the answer is that we’re not.”

Although national DUI deaths reached over 10,000 for yet another year, the number of DUI accident deaths fell a small amount between 2012 and 2013 – there were 10,322 DUI deaths in 2012, and 10,076 DUI deaths in 2013, the most recent year for traffic fatality data.

MADD examines DUI fatality data as part of the group’s ongoing “Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving,” which calls for better law enforcement sobriety checkpoints, ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, and better driver alcohol detection systems in cars.

The group was part of passing Emma’s Law this past year in South Carolina, and MADD South Carolina hopes that the effort will reduce DUI deaths in the state in 2014 and beyond.

“Emma’s Law is going to help with these numbers going forward, for sure,” said Burritt.  “But we did not go as far as 24 states have done to require these devices for every DUI offender, so we can’t expect the kind of massive drops those states had.  Also, Emma’s Law can only meet expectations if those who should be convicted of drunk driving actually are.  We know this isn’t happening.”

DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

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 South Carolina 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 was a victim 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

Target Zero Campaign Focuses on DUI and Traffic Fatalities

Target Zero Campaign Aims to Prevent Traffic Fatalities this New Years

Traffic FatalitiesEvery year, the holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving to New Years, corresponds with a rise in traffic fatalities. Many people drive to visit family and friends for various holiday festivities, and the stress of driving can lead to car accidents. And holiday festivities often involve drinking alcohol, so many people make the mistake of driving home after a few beers or glasses of wine, and at the very least, are arrested on DUI charges; at worst, they cause a deadly accident.

This year, traffic fatalities and accidents in South Carolina have gone up again, after finally declining in 2013. Last year, there were 762 traffic fatalities, which was a 30-year low for the state. However, this year, that number has jumped to 806 due almost entirely to the holiday traffic rush.

South Carolina police will be involved in the Target Zero campaign – a program which runs all year, but which becomes the focus for many officers during the holidays.

“Through Target Zero we go around asking people how many fatalities do you want in your family? How many people do you want to know to be killed in the state of South Carolina?” Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly explained.

“When you put it into reality there’s always gonna be some type of fatal collision of course throughout the state. But when it’s in your family or it’s somebody you know, it always hits home,” Wimberly said.

“Driving under the influence still contributes to almost half of the fatalities,” Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said. “We want to start 2015 on a positive note. Target Zero is our goal.”

South Carolina recently passed legislation to ticket drivers who text and drive, so Target Zero will focus not only on drunk drivers, but on distracted drivers as well. Studies show that distracted driving can be just as fatal as drunk driving.

“We just ask that you find some other way home so you don’t go out and kill someone or yourself,” Wimberly said.

“We made tremendous strides in reducing the number of highway fatalities last year,” SCDPS Director Leroy Smith said. “Unfortunately, motorists are still not heeding the warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving. We want to finish out the year with zero traffic fatalities, and removing drunk drivers from our roadways is a major step toward that goal.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuits from Traffic Fatalities

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 traffic safety violations such as drunk or 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.

Trucking Companies Must Help Stop Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving is a Huge Safety Problem for Trucking Companies

distracted drivingDistracted driving is becoming one of the biggest road safety hazards in the United States. Numerous studies have shown that modern technology poses a huge temptation to drivers – hands-free phones, smart watches or other wearable tech, Bluetooth headsets, and even simple texting and driving. One study, conducted by AT&T, showed that three-quarters of drivers chose to text and drive, regardless of the dangers. Another recent study showed that distracted driving, especially texting and driving, is just as deadly as driving under the influence (DUI).

But too many drivers succumb to the temptation, including truck drivers – and that becomes a liability for trucking companies.

“What we don’t want is that truck driver holding that phone up to his ear,” said Michael J. Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association of CT. “That’s distracted driving. That’s dangerous.”

Trucking companies are some of the most vocal advocates for tougher distracted driving laws. Currently, each state varies in its laws and penalties, although most states now have laws against texting and driving.

“We have a lot of stake here,” said Riley. “There’s a moral commitment to doing things safely, there’s an economic component to it all, and we’re proud of what we do and we don’t want to do it in a way that jeopardizes anybody’s safety.”

Enforcement of distracted driving laws can be difficult, due to the prevalence of the harmful practice. One way that states combat the problem is to set up checkpoints, cameras, and police cruisers to catch those breaking the law, especially truck drivers.

“There are studies that say the more proactive we are about enforcing it, the greater it does reduce it,” said Lt. Donald Bridge, a Connecticut DMV Inspector. “The trucks provide a higher platform for the driver so it’s harder to see in there, so we have to take vantage points where we’re up above that and looking down into the cabs.”

“As traffic approaches, we’re looking at everything,” Sgt. Aaron Reimer of the Ohio State Patrol said.

However, Sgt. Reimer says there’s a larger problem with issuing tickets: “The drivers aren’t taking it seriously enough.”

Federal law says that talking on a cell phone is illegal for truck drivers, because it not only causes distracted driving, but the driver takes one hand off the wheel, which means he or she could lose control of the truck. However, because federal law is so strict against truck drivers, thousands of distracted driving accidents involving commercial trucks are actually caused by the other driver.

“Two-thirds of accidents involving commercial vehicles are actually caused by a vehicle other than the commercial vehicle,” Bill Graves with the American Trucking Association said. In Ohio in 2013, there were 10,000 commercial trucks on the roads, and 2,000 distracted driving accidents involving the trucks.

Still, distracted driving catches up to truck drivers too often. “We found that truck drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in one of these safety critical events compared to when they weren’t texting,” said Jeff Hickman, a researcher with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Trucking Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury and Wrongful Death

If you or a loved one has been such a victim, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC South Carolina trucking accident lawyers. Whether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help. Contact us today at 803.252.4800.

Jennifer Lopez Victim in DUI Car Accident

Jennifer Lopez and Friend Leah Remini Hit by Drunk Driver, Took Selfie After DUI Car Accident

dui car accidentOver the weekend, pop culture icon Jennifer Lopez and friend Leah Remini were enjoying a trip through Malibu in Lopez’s new car when the pair were hit by a drunk driver. They were fine after the DUI car accident, but Lopez had some choice words for her fans through Twitter.

“Sitting at a light,” she captioned the selfie she took, “Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok!!! #GRATEFUL #THANKYOUGOD #DontdrinkandDrive!!!! #cursedthatfoolout #theBronxcameout #dontmesswithmycoconuts #mamabear #leahstayedcalm #thatwasweird”

The pair took a selfie after the DUI car accident to show that they were all right, if displeased.

The two pop stars were in the car with two children when the drunk driver in a pick-up truck struck the rear of their vehicle at a red light, then drove away. Leaving the scene of a DUI car accident is also a serious crime.

Lopez told reporters and police that the drivers both got out of their vehicles to exchange insurance information, when the truck driver suddenly got back in his car and drove away. Deputies found him quickly, and arrested him on DUI charges. His name has not been released to the public.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the DUI car accident.

DUI Car 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

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

Multistate Traffic Safety Campaign Up for Labor Day

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SC, NC, GA Take Part in “Hands Across the Border” Traffic Safety Campaign for Labor Day

Traffic Safety CampaignAn estimated 1.5 million people will travel through the Carolinas this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Carolinas. About 90% of those traveling will be driving, which means traffic safety becomes very important for end-of-summer celebrations.

South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have teamed up for Hands Across the Border, a multistate and multiagency traffic safety campaign that will crack down on intoxicated and distracted driving during the holiday weekend.

The traffic safety campaign includes increased police coverage, which began on Tuesday evening, August 26th. On that night, 96 police officers from 20 agencies patrolled the streets to improve traffic safety as residents begin celebrating Labor Day and the end of summer.

Traffic safety checkpoints will be set up along state boundaries so officers can check for drunk drivers, drivers with suspended licenses, reckless drivers, and distracted drivers. The checkpoints will remain in place through Labor Day, September 1st.

The Hands Across the Border traffic safety campaign not only catches drunk and distracted drivers, but has a history of catching fugitives, drug offenders, improperly-secured children in car seats, and drivers with outstanding warrants.

AAA Offers the Following Defensive Driving Tips to Avoid a SC auto accident 

  • Manage your time, visibility and space on the road. Leave three to four seconds of following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Reduce blind spots:  adjust your side mirrors so you can no longer see the side of your car. Although it may seem awkward, it nearly eliminates blind spots in most vehicles.
  • Avoid internal and external distractions while operating your vehicle.  Pay attention to the road in front of you and vehicles around you as opposed to the radio, other passengers, mobile devices or activity on the side of the road. Avoid eating, grooming, or applying makeup while behind the wheel.
  • Do not drive drowsy. Get a full nights rest before any long trips and if you feel yourself nodding off, pull into a rest area or service station and move around to wake your body up before continuing down the road. Alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time and motor skills. It is never safe to drive after consuming alcohol.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol affects everyone differently and its impact can change significantly when mixed with medications.  Consult your pharmacist for information on driving safely with all prescription and over-the-counter medications

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Cases from Traffic Safety 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 traffic safety violations such as drunk or 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.

Bicyclist Death Leads to SC Felony DUI Charges

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Driver Faces SC Felony DUI Charges After Striking and Killing a Bicyclist

SC felony DUI An Atlantic Beach resident was arrested on SC felony DUI charges on Saturday, July 12th, after striking and killing a bicyclist while driving drunk.

Demetrius Cordell Hall, 24, was arrested on Saturday on charges of SC felony DUI resulting in death. As of Sunday afternoon, he was still being held in jail with $25,000 bond.

Victim Herminio Vasquez Mendoza, 33, died at the scene of the accident, according to Horry County deputy coroner Tamara Willard. The cause of death, determined after the autopsy, was multiple trauma.

According to police reports, Mendoza was headed south on US 17 South on his bicycle, in a residential part of the highway, when Hall, who was driving a Nissan, struck him. Hall continued for a few blocks before getting out of his car and walking back to the scene of the crash, where he encountered several officers. Police conducted a field sobriety test and found that Hall was intoxicated. They took him to Seacoast Medical Center for a blood sample, and while the results of the blood test have not yet been released, the test backed up their felony DUI charges.

DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

 felony dui 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:

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 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

Orangeburg Man Faces Felony Charges in Motorcycle Accident

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Suspect Arrested on Felony Charges for Manslaughter, DUI After Motorcycle Accident

motorcycle accidentA man from Orangeburg now faces felony charges related to a motorcycle accident that killed the off-road bike’s driver.

The suspect, 41-year-old Shareef Shabazz, may also face criminal charges for possibly beating the driver after hitting the dirt bike.

Shabazz went before a magistrate on Monday, March 31st, on a criminal charge of felony driving under the influence involving death. His bond was set at $75,000.

According to Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle, the victim, 36-year-old Travis Morgan, died from blunt force trauma and internal injuries caused by the motorcycle accident.

Highway patrol investigators say the motorcycle accident occurred around 7 PM on Sunday, March 30th. Shabazz ran his Chrysler into the back of Morgan’s Kawasaki off-road bike. Although Shabazz was not injured in the motorcycle accident, he was taken to a local hospital for examination “because he was beat up after running over the victim.”

Shabazz could face additional criminal charges if the motorcycle accident is ruled intentional. Many of Morgan’s relatives, who live in the area where the accident occurred, think that the felony DUI was intentional. However, investigators are still examining evidence.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Fatalities

A motorcycle accident typically involves serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries to the driver.  Many times, these accidents are the result of careless conduct by individuals driving automobiles and other larger motor vehicles. The injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident are typically serious, often permanent, and sometimes deadly.

The amount of compensation that a person injured or killed in a motorcycle accident receives depends upon several facts, including the financial losses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.

Typical causes of car and motorcycle 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. Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Car and Motorcycle Accident Death and Injury 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 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

Alcohol-Related Car Accident Deaths Underreported

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Study Shows Car Accident Deaths Caused by Alcohol Use are Underreported

underreportedA new study from the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicates that car accident deaths caused by drunk drivers are underreported on death certificates.

“Alcohol misuse is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it accounts for 89,000 deaths annually and of those, 49,500 are acute causes – they are injuries or poisonings….,” said study author Ralph Hingson, of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “The one area we’ve made enormous progress in over the last 30 years is reducing alcohol involvement in traffic deaths and alcohol-related traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. have been more than cut in half.”

The researchers compared information on death certificates to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) between 1993 and 2003. They found that, nationally, 70% of drivers in car accident death cases undergo blood alcohol testing, and those results are logged into FARS. A driver is considered drunk if their  blood alcohol level is 0.08 or above.

Although this information is logged with the NHTSA, drunk driving is not often listed as the cause of the car accident death on death certificates. The study found a variety of reasons for the discrepancy, including state laws, which may not require BAC testing for deceased drivers, or the death certificate may need to be issued before BAC results come back.

“The physicians on the other hand, who fill out death certificate, they’ll put down whether it was a heart attack, suicide, cancer, whatever, even though alcohol was a major contributor,” Hingson said.

Researchers concluded that just over 3% of death certificates issued for car accident deaths listed alcohol as a contributing cause, while FARS data revealed that 21% of car accident deaths involve alcohol in some way.

“What we hope we would do is draw attention to this issue and have states work on developing the types of medical examiner systems and policies that would create more comprehensive testing so we could get a better picture of [what the] magnitude and trends of these problems are,” Hingson said.

Higson hopes that accurate information in car accident deaths, especially those with alcohol as a factor, can help policy makers and advocate groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “What we want to do is take advantage of that knowledge and monitor more accurately where we’re doing,” he said. “Are things getting better? Are things getting worse? And what kinds of programs and policies will be most effective?”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Car Accident Death and Injury 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 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

SC Senate Bill Will Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones

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New Proposed Bill Will Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones in SC

work zoneA proposed bill in the South Carolina Senate will at least double fines for speeding through work zones in the state.

Elizabeth Ward, from Georgetown County, testified before the senate on March 18th, regarding the speeding-related death of her son, Kenneth Long, Jr. Long was 22 years old and working at a construction site when a drunk driver was speeding through the area, and struck and killed Long.

“The gentleman did not even slow down through the work zone area,” she said. “He had 1,500 feet to hit his brakes and try to slow down and he didn’t. He left the road and my son was running for his life when he hit and killed him.”

However, the driver’s speeding penalty was only $310, and four points on his license.

The current senate bill would double the speeding fine through a work zone from $250 to $400, if no one gets hurt. If a worker is injured, the speeding fine skyrockets to $1,000 and a jail sentence of 60 days.

After hearing the testimony, however, senators suggested they should amend the bill to $500 for speeders, if no one is injured in a work zone – if someone is injured, then thespeeding driver would have to pay $2,000 and spend a currently undetermined amount of time in jail.

Sen. Yancey McGill, D-Kingstree, said of the bill, “This is huge! I’ve been in the Senate 26 years. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Half of the fine money would also go to pay state troopers to monitor work zones for potential speeding or distracted driving.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many incidents we had,” Highway safety consultant Earl Capps told senators. “Drivers going through work zones, going through closed lanes. One of them destroyed my car going 90; blew a .15 (blood alcohol level) an hour afterwards. We had at least two dozen company vehicles hit by people in closed lanes. We had a number of fatalities.”

Billy Grayson, safety officer for Banks Construction, said, “Our guys, they’re tough highway workers, but they are still fearful of stepping foot into a work zone at night because of the things that we’ve seen on almost a daily basis. Not just night time but day time. We have near-misses with people driving in work zones hitting equipment. We’ve had people hit.”

His boss, Reid Banks, agreed that placing state troopers at work zones would make the difference in speeding and distracted driving, more than financial penalties. “We might get ’em once every couple of weeks. We need ’em on our jobs every night,” he said.

Peanut’s grandmother, Alberta Howard Bratcher, said of the proposed fine increase, “No amount of money will bring him back. But just maybe another family won’t have to suffer what we’ve suffered and will suffer the rest of our life.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Speeding and Distracted Driving 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 speeding or distracted driving car accident, you may have a 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