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

US Vehicle Recalls at 9-Year High

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Agency Says Vehicle Recalls in US at Record High

vehicle recallAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle recalls in the United States are at a 9-year high.

Statistics from the NHTSA’s report show that automobile manufacturers issued vehicle recalls for 21.9 million cars in 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, which is up 9% from last year. It is also a record high since 2004, when automotive manufacturers issued a stunning 600 vehicle recall campaigns and pulled 30.8 million cars off the market.

The NHTSA suggested that part of the reason behind the spike in recalls has to do with vehicle manufacturers using more common parts to save money. However, that means when something is wrong with a part, more cars are recalled due to product problems.

Toyota led the number of recalled vehicles for the fourth year in a row. The Japanese automotive manufacturer recalled 5.3 million vehicles in 15 separate campaigns. Their 2013 total was nearly the same as their 2012 total.

Chrysler Group, LLC had the most vehicle recall campaigns – 36 separate recall notices – but came in second place for number of cars recalled. The company pulled 4.7 million cars in 2013. Reportedly, some of the company’s vehicle recalls came after sparring with the NHTSA, after reported fire risks and trailer hitch problems associated with Jeeps.

Honda Motor Corp showed improvement – in 2012, the company ranked second for number of vehicles recalled, but in 2013 the manufacturer placed third. The company issued 15 separate vehicle recall campaigns and pulled 2.8 million cars.

Hyundai ranked 4th with 2.2 million recalled vehicles; General Motors recalled only 760,000 cars, putting the company in 9th place, but it had the second-highest number of recall campaigns (23); Kia Motors had only 3 vehicle recall campaigns but pulled 1.1 million cars; and BMW North America had 14 recalls but pulled only 960,000 cars.

Statistics from 2013 also show that more automotive manufacturers are issuing their own vehicle recalls when they notice a problem, so the number of NHTSA-influenced recalls fell sharply. In 2012, the NHTSA influenced the recall of 9.4 million vehicles, while in 2013, that number fell to 7 million.

The NHTSA also showed that the agency has issued more and higher fines to automotive manufacturers that fail to issue timely vehicle recalls. For example, Ford paid $17.35 million after the agency found that the manufacturer did not notify consumers of a vehicle defect in a timely fashion. That is the maximum fine under current federal law.

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 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.