South Carolina Auto Related Accident Fatalities Increase in 2014

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South Carolina Auto Accident Fatalities on the Rise

Accident FatalitiesIf you spent any time this past weekend on I-95 or I-26, you witnessed first hand the impact that holiday travel can have upon our roads.  Whether simply due to winter weather, holiday party traffic, or distracted driving, increased traffic on South Carolina roadways brings an the increased risk of an accident which can lead to South Carolina Auto Accident Fatalities.

During the holiday season, the likelihood for a fatal South Carolina automobile collision increases. In fact to date, the number of South Carolina auto accident fatalities increased from 2013.  Of the 545 South Carolina motor vehicle accident fatalities, approximately half, 258, were not wearing a seat belt.

During this holiday season (as with the rest of the year), it is extremely important that you drive with care for yourself, your occupants, fellow motorists, and pedestrians on the road. To minimize the chances of car accidents in South Carolina remember to:

  • designate a driver;
  • keep your vehicle well maintained;
  • follow the laws of the road;
  • avoid distractions (i.e.: texting, adjusting the radio or DVD player, bending down to pick up something that fell, eating, applying makeup, etc.).
  • always wear a seatbelt.

The Strom Law Firm can help you or a loved one if you have been in an automobile accident. Lamentably, such collisions are all too common, and even if the accident is a fender-bender, passengers can sustain injuries that can impact them for months, years, or a lifetime. A simple accident, such as the one in Sumter, can ultimately result in the death of an individual who was loved by friends and family. Please don’t wait to contact the SC Accident Attorneys at Strom Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation to discuss the facts of your case. (803) 252-4800.

Smart Phones Causing More Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving Less from Talking, More from Smart Phones

smart phonesA new survey of distracted driving in the US shows that fewer people are talking on their phones, but more people are texting and driving, writing emails, or checking social media through their smart phones.

State Farm has conducted an annual survey every year since 2009 to measure drivers’ attitudes and behaviors toward various forms of distracted driving, from texting to talking to eating. The number of drivers who report having a conversation using a cell phone has decreased, but the number of drivers who admit to texting, writing emails, taking selfies, or composing social media messages has increased.

According to the survey, 26% of drivers admit to surfing the internet while behind the wheel; 25% admit to reading emails; and 20% admitted to reading messages on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

“We’re not sure why (these behaviors) are increasing,” says Chris Mullen, State Farm’s director of technology research. “But they are just as dangerous. People have a perception of what they are able to do with the attention span they have (while driving). They believe they have available attention they can spend on something in addition to driving. They will spend that time with various behaviors.”

However, drivers seem to know that these behaviors are dangerous, and choose to engage in them anyway. The State Farm survey reported that 80% of drivers knew that sending a text was “very distracting,” while 68% responded that reading a text was “very distracting.”

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how dangerous distracted driving can be. One-third of all crashes – 36% – occur at intersections, mainly because of driver recognition and decision errors, which includes failure to see potential dangers. Driver decision errors account for 84% of all crashes in the US.

The survey showed that, although most drivers choose to engage in these distracted driving behaviors anyway, some were beginning to self-regulate. State Farm reported that 63% of motorists said they were more likely to check their phone while stopped at a traffic light, then put it down to drive.

These numbers are especially disturbing this holiday season. AAA estimates how many travelers will be driving during the holiday season, and since gas prices are their lowest in years, the automotive agency believes more people will drive to their destinations. This means there will be more stressed out drivers on the roads, trying to coordinate with friends and family, which can lead to more distracted driving accidents.

At least 44 states have, so far, passed some form of distracted driving legislation. This year, South Carolina passed a statewide ban on texting and driving, although other forms of distracted driving are legal.

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.

SC Texting and Driving Law In Full Force

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Warning Period of SC Texting and Driving Law is Over

SC Texting and Driving LawThis past June, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill banning texting and driving. To inform drivers that the practice is now illegal, law enforcement spent several months pulling drivers over and issuing warnings about typing on a mobile phone or tablet while driving a moving vehicle. Now, however, the grace period has ended and the SC texting and driving law is in full effect.

Reportedly, police have issued 278 warnings about SC texting and driving laws in the last 6 months.

The first time an officer catches a driver texting and driving, the fine will be $25. Subsequent offenses will lead to a $50 fine. No points will be taken off the driver’s license for texting and driving. Many safety advocates want tougher anti-texting and driving laws in the state.

“I think it’s a good first step, but everything needs to be modified. I think $25 is nothing, that’s like going to McDonald’s with your family,” said Mark Conley, the owner of Beach Driving School, LLC. Many states that ban texting and driving fine drivers $100-$200 and remove points from the driver’s license.

The Centers for Disease Control state that 9 people are killed every day in the US because of a distracted driver, and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety says that 46 people have already been killed as a result of distracted driving in 2014 in South Carolina alone. While many things can distract drivers, such as talking on the phone or changing a radio station, texting and driving is becoming one of the most common offenses, despite legislation in most states that makes the practice illegal.

Camden, SC passed one of the first SC texting and driving laws in the state. City of Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd says that the ordinance helped cut down on traffic accidents in the city.

“What we saw was a tremendous change, as far as compliance with our statute,” Floyd said. “We’ve been very happy with the effects of it.”

Distracted Driving, Including Texting and Driving, in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • 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.

Senator Calls for End to Dangerous “Chameleon Carrier” Trucking Companies

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Senator Calls for Closing Trucking Company Loophole that Creates Chameleon Carrier Companies

Chameleon CarrierA US Senator is campaigning against “chameleon carrier” trucking companies, which use a federal loophole to avoid paying fines by dissolving and reapplying for a new trucking license.

New York Senator Charles Schumer recently sent a concerned letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration expressing his concern over the loophole, because it allowed trucking companies to avoid liability.

“It is critical that a better system be developed when it comes to screening potential ‘chameleon carriers’ and unsafe drivers who shouldn’t be on the roads,” Schumer said. “While most companies that receive violations and citations quickly take steps to improve their safety operations, some carriers are able to evade oversight by simply closing down and re-emerging with a new name.”

“Rather than pay the fine or face repercussions, some (trucking companies) dissolve and reapply for permitting under a different name,” Schumer continued. “They’re called chameleon carriers. Same owners, same employees, same vehicles, just a different name.”

Schumer says that there are at least 500 such companies in New York State alone, including one trucking company that evaded liability for a fatal accident in Ithaca earlier this year. In his letter, Schumer informed the FMCSA that a simple solution would be to just look more closely at the applications.

“They should look beyond the name and see who’s behind it,” Schumer said. “If it’s the same drivers, if it’s the same trucks, if it’s the same owners in any way, they should look carefully and could prevent them from getting a new license.”

FMCSA spokesperson Marissa Padilla said the federal trucking company safety agency agrees with Senator Schumer, and has already taken some aggressive steps to better vet carriers that apply for new licenses. The agency has also upped fines for carriers that attempt to dodge liability by changing their names. In addition, the FMCSA has passed new regulation this year that would shut down trucking companies that repeatedly violated this rule.

“We appreciate Sen. Schumer’s support of our aggressive efforts to combat chameleon carriers and Acting Administrator Darling will respond to him directly on the new rules and policies we are taking to keep these unsafe companies off the road,” the FMCSA responded.

Trucking Companies and 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 lawyers. Whether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help. 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.

Minivans Fail Safety Crash Tests

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Minivans Fail Basic Safety Tests, Especially Overlap Crash Tests

Crash TestsA consumer protection and insurance company tested four of the most popular minivans in the US and found that the vehicles performed poorly in crash tests, especially overlapping front bumper safety tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced on Thursday, November 20th, that of four models of minivan sold in the US, only the Honda Odyssey received a “good” rating. The Nissan Quest, the Chrysler Town and Country, and the Dodge Caravan all received the lowest ratings on the crash test.

Minivans have been a popular vehicle type for families for years, due to their size and their expectations of safety. However, the IIHS revealed that the notion that minivans are safer than sedans or SUVs is simply untrue.

“Minivans are popular among parents, a group that tends to be safety conscious, but we’ve only seen two so far that offer decent protection in small overlap crashes,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.

The crash tests used dummies in the vehicles to measure potential personal injury to drivers and passengers. The cars were slammed into objects to replicate might what occur during a 40 mile-per-hour crash into a utility pole or another vehicle. The safety tests showed that crash forces bypassed the main energy-absorbing structure of the vehicle, which could lead to terrible personal injury for the driver or front-seat passenger.

The IIHS determined that the problem stemmed from the framework of the minivans themselves. Minivans are built on car platforms, but the doors, engine, and trunk all extend out further than the underlying frame. Much of the vehicle is located outside of the main safety structure. Minivans are also heavier than cars.

While some minivan manufacturers, like Toyota, are already taking steps to make their vehicles more resilient in these types of crashes, the damage done from overlap crashes during the test was shown to be truly devastating. For example, in the Nissan Quest’s crash test, the structure was pushed almost 2 feet inward at the lower hinge pillar, and the parking brake moved 16 inches – almost a foot and a half – toward the driver. Both of the driver dummy’s legs were pinned – the left was trapped between the seat and instrument panel, while the right was caught between the brake pedal and the toe pan. After the test, technicians had to cut the entire driver’s side seat out, then use the crowbar to free the right foot.

Although the Quest received good markings for its safety belt and airbag restraints, that safety measurement was compared only to keeping the dummy’s body in place while the rest of the vehicle was crushed inward.

“That kept the measured risk of head injury low, but that’s about the extent of what can be expected from the restraint system when the basic structure collapses so completely,” Zuby says. “A real person experiencing this would be lucky to ever walk normally again.”

The Town and Country minivans failed in a similarly catastrophic manner during the crash test.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury and Vehicle Recalls

If you have experienced a problem with a defective product in your automobile, especially if a defective part has led to an auto accident or personal injury, and a proper vehicle recall notice has not been issued, you may be entitled to compensation. The South Carolina Accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We can help you with complicated auto insurance claims, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve to help you with lost income and medical bills. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, and New York. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today at (803) 252-4800.

Low Gas Prices Lead to Highest Expected Thanksgiving Travelers Traffic

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South Carolina Hopes to Keep Traffic Deaths Low During Busy Thanksgiving Travelers Season

Thanksgiving TravelersEvery holiday season, AAA offers traffic safety and travel tips during busy road travel times, including Thanksgiving travelers. This year, AAA forecasts that the greatest number of Americans will travel on the roads since 2007 – a whopping 46.3 million people driving to and from Thanksgiving celebrations.

The huge increase in holiday traffic has been linked to gas prices being at their lowest in five years. The average national price for gasoline this year is 43 cents lower than last year – $2.85 per gallon, compared to 2013’s $3.28 per gallon.

About 89% of all Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destinations, which is a 4.3% increase over last year’s Thanksgiving traffic forecast.

About 656,000 South Carolinians in particular are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. About 591,000 of those Thanksgiving travelers will drive.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays for drivers, because many people take off work or school beginning on Wednesday, then return Sunday or Monday. Many people frequently drive either a short distance to visit family on Thanksgiving day itself, or travel a greater distance out of town just before the holiday. Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday for some, and during the celebrations, many people drink, which can lead to a South Carolina DUI charge, or even worse, a South Carolina car accident. The high number of drivers on the road at any time increases the risk of a car accident, and the added stress can make an accident even more likely.

Traffic safety seems to be improving in South Carolina, just in time for the holiday season. Statewide, there have been 692 deaths in traffic accidents this year, which is down from 707 traffic deaths last year. However, so far 5 people died in South Carlina car accidents just this past weekend alone – the weekend before the holiday – which could signal a rough holiday for South Carolina’s drivers. Last year, a total of 5 people died over the Thanksgiving weekend itself.

Consumer Reports offers driving and traffic safety tips for the Thanksgiving traffic this year:

  1. Be prepared with an emergency kit including water, first aid kit, blanket, and flashlight.
  2. Know the weight capacity of your vehicle and be careful how much you pack in your car. Extra load can put stress on the vehicle’s frame, and could cause it to buckle in the event of an accident.
  3. Be patient during times of heavy traffic.
  4. Don’t be distracted. Do not use cell phones while driving, even just to talk, because you could cause an accident. Hand your phone to someone else in the car, or pull over, if you absolutely must make a call or send a text.
  5. Make sure to wear your seat belt!

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with South Carolina Personal Injury Cases Caused by A Distracted Driving Accident

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

Midnight Rider Reaches Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Family and “Midnight Rider” Producers Reach Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

wrongful death lawsuitThe family of a woman killed while working on the set of “Midnight Rider” earlier this year settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the producers of the independent film.

On Wednesday, November 19th, 11 defendants, including producers Randall M. Miller and Jody Savin, agreed to a wrongful death lawsuit settlement with the family of Sarah Jones, who worked as a camera assistant on the set of the film. On February 20th, a freight train barreled through the set of the movie, and Jones was killed after being struck by the train.  Unfortunately, train injuries occur more often than you might think.  According to Operation Lifesaver, there were 2087 accidents in 2013, leading to 929 injuries and 251 fatalities.

“While the crew had been told they would have 60 seconds to remove themselves, the equipment, and the hospital bed from the trestle bridge, the train approached with a rapid speed and the crew had less than 60 seconds to react,” the wrongful death lawsuit stated.

“Richard and Elizabeth Jones’ objectives in filing this lawsuit, after the death of their 27-year-old daughter, Sarah, have been clear and unwavering,” the family’s attorney said in a statement. “To find out what happened on the day of their daughter’s death, determine who was responsible, hold those who made bad decisions accountable and ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again on another film set. Today, we are another step closer to fully achieving those objectives.”

The wrongful death lawsuit  claimed that the “Defendants’ negligence actually and proximately caused Sarah’s injuries and death, rendering Defendants liable to Plaintiffs’ for Sarah’s injuries, pain and suffering, the value of her life, and all other elements of damages allowed under the laws of the State of Georgia.”

The terms of the wrongful death settlement have not been disclosed.

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 file a South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit. A SC wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death.  Surviving family members in a wrongful death lawsuit 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 A South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Columbia, SC 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

Tracy Morgan Fighting Traumatic Brain Injury After Car Accident

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Tracy Morgan May Not Be The Same Due to Traumatic Brain Injury Following Car Accident

traumatic brain injuryAttorney for comedian Tracy Morgan says his client is struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury after his car accident involving a tractor trailer over the summer, and he may never be the same again.

Five months after the car accident with a tractor trailer working for Walmart, star of hit comedy series “30 Rock” may not have suffered just a broken nose, leg, and ribs, but also a traumatic brain injury.

The tractor trailer accident also killed one of Morgan’s friends and fellow comedian James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.

“Mr. Morgan is a fighter,” Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s attorney, said in an interview. “He’s fighting to get better. And if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that. But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”

About 1 AM on Saturday, June 7th, 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. Reportedly, 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper had been awake for 24 consecutive hours before causing the tractor trailer accident.

After Tracy Morgan filed a personal injury lawsuit against Walmart for negligence on the part of their employee, the company stated in September that the lawsuit was unfounded.

“Upon information and belief, plaintiffs’ injuries, if any, were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device,” Walmart’s court papers said.

On Tuesday, November 18th, Morelli and attorneys for Walmart met for a scheduling conference. Morelli stated the extent of Morgan’s injuries, including signs of what could be a traumatic brain injury, which could mean the comedian would never fully recover, continue his popular career, and would need a lifetime of medical attention.

“When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” Morelli said. “So that’s where he is. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

Traumatic brain injuries occur when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic brain injury may be the result of a:

For many victims, a traumatic brain injury is not immediately noticeable. A great amount of force does not need to be applied to sustain a head injury.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, defective product, or negligence, the Strom Law Firm can help. We understand the emotional and financial impact of serious personal injuries. Our firm offers free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800.

Rear-View Cameras Help Prevent Backover Accidents

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Car Accident Prevention Advocates Promote Rear-View Cameras to End Backover Accidents and Deaths

backover accidentAAA Mid-Atlantic safety officials say that recent tests conducted using rear-view cameras in some vehicles show that the added safety feature helps prevent backover accidents and deaths, especially involving children.

Recent tests conducted by AAA using rear-view cameras showed that the safety addition improved visibility behind the car, SUV, or truck an average of 46%. The researchers evaluated 17 vehicles from 11 different manufacturers, and used both factory-installed and aftermarket rear-view camera systems. They found that cars that were lower to the ground, like sedans, had 36% improved visibility behind the vehicle, while hatchbacks and SUVs had 75% improved visibility.

Rear-view cameras are a great supplement for drivers and are especially helpful for viewing the first 10 feet behind the vehicle, which are the most hazardous in terms of back-over risk for young children,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “However, while these cameras dramatically improve rear visibility, they do not replace the need to check around your vehicle for obstacles before getting in to your vehicle and backing up.”

Although the study did not completely prevent backover accidents, AAA said that the safety feature would go a long way to saving lives and preventing serious personal injury from such accidents. According to one safety group, KidsAndCars.org, 61 children were killed in backover accidents across the country in 2013 alone. The predominant age of children injured or killed in backover accidents is 1 year old – between 12 and 23 months. Tragically, in 70% of those accidents, a parent or relative is behind the wheel of the car that causes the accident.

“You can’t avoid hitting something you simply cannot see. Most people don’t realize how prevalent this problem is,” Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kids and Cars, said. “Or how preventable it is.”

“Everyone would agree that the worst thing that can ever happen is to lose a child,” Janette Fennell stated. “Add to that that you were somehow responsible — that you were the driver of the vehicle. Most parents never get over it.”

Consumer Reports offers a tool to measure the blind zone – not just a blind spot – around your vehicle so you as a driver can be aware of the backover and rollover potential of your vehicle. KidsAndCars.org adds that it is important to walk around your vehicle and inspect it closely to make sure no children are in the area before driving away, especially if you are in the vicinity of a child under the age of 5.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with 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 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