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

School Bus Cameras Used to Enforce Traffic Safety

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New Law Allows Better Enforcement of Traffic Safety with School Bus Cameras

traffic safetyA new South Carolina law allows police to better enforce traffic safety laws, and ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses when the “Stop” arm is out, by using the built-in school bus cameras.

According to a WIS investigation, in one single day of the 2012-2013 school year, there were 560 traffic safety violations involving drivers illegally passing school buses. This practice has led to several pedestrian accidents and even fatalities when children get hit by cars.

The law was signed in June and as of August has officially gone into effect. Law enforcement officers can review security video from school buses for traffic safety violations, where previously, officers had to rely on witness reporting, unless a pedestrian or other driver was injured or killed.

Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Walhalla, helped push the bill through the state legislature to Governor Nikki Haley’s desk. The measure stalled in a subcommittee until mid-May, when a car struck a 15-year-old Gaffney High School student as she crossed the street to her bus. Alexander distributed photos of the crime scene to his colleagues to emphasize the disastrous consequences if they did not act.

“My goal is to have better compliance,” said Alexander, R-Walhalla, who introduced the measure in May 2013. “It’s not about the tickets but the safety of the children.”

Alexander’s bill simply makes traffic safety around school buses more enforceable, and does not change the penalties for violating school bus traffic safety, which are steep. There is a minimum fee of $500 for school bus traffic safety violations, plus six points off the driver’s license for the first misdemeanor conviction; additional convictions raise the fee to $2,000. Misdemeanor becomes felony in the event of an injury.

Officials say that school bus traffic safety violations are mainly due to inattentiveness – looking at cell phones or distracted in other ways.

“We support law enforcement cracking down on aggressive drivers and keeping our children safer,” said education spokesman Dino Teppara.

The Department of Public Safety scheduled a news conference for Thursday, just ahead of the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. Meanwhile, school districts are installing exterior cameras on random buses on a pilot basis, to determine which camera system works the best.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help South Carolina Drivers with Reckless Driving and Accident-Related Charges

South Carolina drivers face serious penalties from law enforcement if they practice reckless driving, drunk or impaired driving, or fail to use their seatbelts. 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.

If you have been pulled over and charged with reckless driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, or other traffic safety 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

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