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

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

Driver Kills 2, Injures 23, Fleeing DUI Checkpoint at SXSW

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Driver Fleeing DUI Checkpoint Kills 2 at SXSW Conference

DUI checkpointA driver fleeing a DUI checkpoint hit several pedestrians attending the SXSW conference, a film, music, and interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

The driver, whose name was not released as of Thursday, March 13th, injured 23 people and killed 2, one of whom was a Texas woman riding a moped, and the other was a Dutch man riding a bike.

Reportedly, the driver was initially asked to pull over at a DUI checkpoint outside of the conference, but sped away, breaking through a police barrier and plowed down several people who were waiting outside one of the conference buildings, and others waiting outside of a nightclub. He drove for two blocks before his car stopped and he attempted to flee on foot, but police subdued and arrested him.

Emergency workers were able to respond quickly and the suspect as well as his victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Initially, 15 of the 23 victims were hospitalized. Two people remain in critical condition with head injuries.

“This is an individual that showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed into in his attempt to get away,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said of the suspect.

“It looked like something out of a movie,” said Russ Barone, who was at the festival. “A few people lying on the street … with their friends around them trying to get them up, trying to get them back to life. Hopefully, they are.”

Acevedo said that police had dash cam video of the DUI checkpoint incident, and blood samples from the suspect.

DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

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:

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

Victims of a DUI Accident

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Fighting for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

A drunk driving accident can change your life forever, and cause serious injury or even death.

In addition to the physical injuries, drunk driving injury victims often feel angry, frustrated and hopeless.

An accident caused by a drunk driver can leave you with:

  • mounting medical bills
  • injuries that prevent you from being able to work
  • medical treatment that you need, but cannot pay for
  • funeral expenses
  • an injured spouse, leaving you as the sole bread-winner.

Financial recovery after a crash with a drunk driver can be difficult – if not impossible – to handle on your own.  Founded in 1996 by Former US Attorney and Assistant Solicitor Pete Strom, The Strom Law Firm, LLC, has a team of experienced victim’s advocates who can provide aggressive representation to victims and families. The team pursues justice and fair compensation for injuries sustained through no fault of the victim and their family after an accident with a drunk driver. Continue reading “Victims of a DUI Accident”

Rapper Flo Rida Charged with DUI

Rapper Flo Rida has recently been charged with driving under the influence. The rap celebrity was pulled over, so no one was injured.

Police say Tramar Dillard, better known by his stage name, Flo Rida, was spotted driving his Bugatti erratically in Miami early Friday morning on June 10, 2011.

According to the police report, when pulled over, Dillard was slurring his speech and had blood-shot eyes.  Police say the rapper told them he’d had a few drinks and did not believe he could walk a straight line.

The report then says Dillard asked officers to let him walk home, after he failed a field sobriety test.  A crowd gathered nearby, and also pleaded with police to let the music star go.

The 31-year-old was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. He is being held on $2,000 bond.

TMZ reports that Flo Rida’s Bugatti has a $1.7 million dollar price tag, and was extremely close to being impounded.  One of the rapper’s close friends got police approval to take the vehicle home after paying the $115 towing fee.

An email sent to his agent on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Not all DUI’s are so simple. Drunk drivers are more likely to cause accidents, and injuries do occur.  In the wake of a serious auto accident involving alcohol, drunk driving injury victims often feel angry, frustrated and devastated by the senseless nature of the crime.

While we cannot change what has happened, we can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one.

We can help you recover:

  • medical bills,
  • lost wages and lost income,
  • property damage, and
  • pain and suffering.

We can also pursue a liability claim against the drinking establishments or hosts whose negligence led to the accident.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident through no fault of your own, contact one of our South Carolina auto accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a no cost consultation to discuss the facts of situation. 803.252.4800