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 to 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 caseContact the South Carolina personal injury accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

People Understand Dangers of Texting and Driving, Do It Anyway

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Study Shows Drivers Understand Danger of Texting and Driving but Chooses to do it Anyway

danger of texting and drivingA new survey shows that 98% of drivers understand the dangers of texting and driving – statistically, it just as dangerous as drinking and driving – but those drivers chose to text and drive regardless of the increased risk of injury or death.

Three-quarters of the people surveyed said they chose texting and driving regardless of the laws or dangers of texting and driving. Many states have passed legislation to ban texting and driving, as well as checking social media or email on a smartphone. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they read text messages while stopped at a stop sign or red light, and over one-quarter said they sent texts while driving.

Over one-quarter of the drivers in the texting and driving survey said they believed they “can easily do several things at once, even while driving.”

The study was conducted by AT&T, as part of their larger anti-texting and driving campaign. The phone company designed the survey with help from David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, who is also a professor at the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine.

“We compulsively check our phones because every time we get an update through text, email or social media, we experience an elevation of dopamine, which is a neurochemical in the brain that makes us feel happy,” said Dr. Greenfield. “If that desire for a dopamine fix leads us to check our phones while we’re driving, a simple text can turn deadly.”

AT&T is offering a free app for smartphones that will silence text and other message alerts while the phone owner is driving, to help prevent the temptation to text and drive.

The survey asked more specific questions about why drivers were texting and driving. They found that 28% said they were afraid they would miss out on something important if they did not immediately answer the message; ¼ believed that their driving was not impaired by reading or responding to texts; also ¼ of respondents felt pressure to respond right away because it was expected of them; 6% said they thought they might be addicted to texting; 14% admitted they became anxious if they did not respond to a message right away; and 17% said they felt a “sense of satisfaction” when they can read and respond to a text message.

Texting and driving has surfaced as one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and young adults, higher even than drunk driving. The distracted driving practice also has as high a mortality rate for the general population as drunk driving, according to studies. South Carolina recently passed texting and driving legislation, making it the last Southern state to do so.

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 Distracted Driving 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 caused by distracted driving, so contact us 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

Driver In NYC Tour Bus Crash Arrested for DUI

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Tour Bus Driver Arrested for DUI After Bus Crash Causing Numerous Injuries

bus crashThe driver of a double-decker tourist bus in New York City has been arrested on DUI charges after causing a bus crash with another tour bus late on Tuesday night.

The tour bus crash occurred around 8:30 PM on Tuesday evening. A Gray Line bus, carrying five passengers and a tour guide, came to a legal stop with its lights flashing, when the CitySights bus – which only had the driver and a tour guide on board – crashed into the right rear of the Gray Line bus. The tour bus crash caused the Gray Line bus to jump onto a side walk and knock over a light pole, injuring several pedestrians. Three pedestrians had serious but not life-threatening injuries, while others sustained minor injuries.

“We are very, very fortunate that there were not more injured,” a deputy fire chief, Roger Sakowich, said.

William Dalambert, 58, was arrested on DUI charges after failing a field sobriety test. While a Breathalyzer test did not register any alcohol in his blood stream, arresting officers said the driver was clearly impaired, and was taken to jail for a blood test. The results of the blood test have not been released.

“Twin America is committed to the highest standards of safety and customer service and in addition to cooperating with local authorities, we are simultaneously conducting a thorough internal review of our safety rules and driver protocols,” said David Chien, a spokesman for Twin America, which is the parent company of both bus lines.

Driving under the influence, whether it is from alcohol or drugs, is a serious offense in all 50 states. DUID charges in South Carolina can lead to jail time and fines, and injury along with a DUI can lead to felony charges.

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 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

 

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 caseContact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

DUI in Southern California Leads to 6 Deaths

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Woman Charged with Felony DUI that Led to Deadly Crash in Southern California

DUIA woman in Southern California has been officially charged with felony DUI after driving the wrong way at over 100 mph, and causing a crash that killed six people.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, from Fontana, CA, was reportedly traveling over 100 miles per hour and going the wrong way on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar on early Sunday morning, February 9th. She has been arrested and charged with suspicion of felony driving under the influence (DUI), and felony manslaughter.

Culbreath suffered a ruptured bladder and broken femur, and was taken to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center where she is in serious but stable condition.

According to witnesses, Culbreath drove a red Chevrolet Camaro and while driving the wrong way on the 60 Freeway around 4:40 am on Sunday, collided head-on with a red Ford Explorer. Another vehicle was also involved in the accident. At least two people were ejected from the vehicles. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene of the DUI accident, and two more died at UC Irvine Medical Center.

The victims’ names have not been released.

Rodrigo Jimenez, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, called the crash “a horrific collision” after inspectors at the scene measured skid marks and dug through debris from the vehicles.

Authorities are seeking to have blood tests conducted on Culbreath, but investigators believe they found traces of alcoholic beverages in her vehicle.

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