Don’t be a Distracted Driver

Turn on the news any given day and you will hear about a car accident or another state that has passed a “No Texting While Driving” ban.

Accidents caused by distracted driving are a common occurrence. While everyone knows that cell phones and GPS devices can cause you to be distracted while driving and potentially result in a car accident, do you recognize external distractions?

The most common form of distracted driving is distraction caused by texting, talking, or otherwise using a cell phone or media device. While you may think you are only diverting your attention away for a second and it’s no big deal, your inattention may cause an accident.

Another cause of distracted driving may be outside noise or distractions. Driving with your windows down could potentially cause an accident. The windows may cause papers to fly around or bugs to enter in the vehicle. The noise from a crowd outside a vehicle may also cause distractions.

Heated discussions can also divert your attention. It is important to recognize that when you are talking with your children or significant other you may become so focused on the heat of the moment that you lose sight of what is happening on the road.

Lastly, eating, drinking, and applying makeup are major causes of distracted driving. If you are hungry, pull over and eat. If you are putting on makeup, do it before you get behind the wheel.

A distracted driver can be due to many things. Taking your eyes off the road for even the shortest period of time can cause an accident. Avoid distracted driving at all costs.

If you or someone you know has been in a South Carolina car accident involving a distracted driver, call us at 803-252-4800.   The South Carolina Accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Browns DL Breaks Arm in Motorcycle Accident

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USA Today reported that Cleveland Brown defensive end Marcus Benard broke his arm in a motorcycle accident Monday night, shortly after the team’s practice ended coming off their bye week.

Coach Pat Shurmur told USA today that Benard is undergoing more tests and evaluation. The 26-year-old wrecked his motorcycle on Interstate 71 about 90 minutes after the Browns wrapped up their first practice in preparation for Sunday’s game in Oakland.

Benard, who played in all four games this season, will likely miss a lot of time and may have to go on injured reserve.   However, it appears he was lucky to avoid a more serious injury.

Ohio authorities say they are still investigating Benard’s crash.  It’s not yet known if any other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Last year, Benard led the team with 7½ sacks.  However, it has been a rough year for the NFL player.

In November, he was hospitalized after fainting in the locker room before a practice.  He did undergo tests, which ruled out any heart problems or other major medical conditions.  He claimed the incident was related to stress caused by the impending birth of his son.

Unfortunately, the Browns have a history with motorcycle accidents that some know all too well.

Seven years ago, tight end Kellen Winslow sustained near-deadly injuries when he wrecked his motorcycle while doing tricks in a parking lot near his home.

Marcus Benard overcame long odds to make it to the National Football League. He was signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

He spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster.  At the end of last year, he sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice as Cleveland upset Pittsburgh.

By: Pete Strom, South Carolina Accident Attorney

WaveRunner Collision results in $35M Dollar Decision

A jury found Yamaha liable for a WaveRunner accident in 2005 that killed a 14-year-old girl.

The jury awarded $19 million to the family of the deceased teenager and $16 million to the teenager’s best friend who was injured in the crash.

In reaching their verdict, the jury held Yamaha responsible for failing to correct steering problems with the jetski itself and further failing to alert consumers of the hazards created by the mistake.

Source: Palm Beach Post

South Carolina is home to 2,876 miles of shoreline and 437,672 acres of lakes.  This creates seemingly limitless opportunities for recreational activities, and, unfortunately, for people to get hurt if something goes wrong.  According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, in 2010, there were 107 boating accidents that resulted in 26 fatalities.

Boating accidents are commonly the result of:

  • Operators who are not paying attention,
  • Inexperienced drivers who should not be operating the boat,
  • Boat drivers who speed and lose control,
  • Impaired boat operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Regardless of the reason for the incident, if you are injured in a boating accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a South Carolina boating accident, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation ot review the facts of your case.  803.252.4800

By: South Carolina Personal Injury and Accident Attorney Pete Strom