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

Marijuana Use May Increase Your Risk of Having an Accident

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A new study at Columbia University found that driving while under the influence of marijuana may double the risk of an individual getting into a car accident, when compared to other drivers.

Researchers reviewed nine epidemiological studies and found that drivers who drive under the influence of marijuana are significantly more likely to be involved in vehicle crashes compared to drivers who are not under the influence of the drug.

The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that more than 10 million people age 12 and older have driven a vehicle under the influence of illicit drugs in the prior year.

Marijuana is the most commonly-detected non-alcoholic drug used by drivers.

Until recently, experts were not certain about its role in causing car accidents. A full report on the research is published online in the journal Epidemiological Reviews.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), approximately 5,811,000 automobile accidents occurred in 2008. Of these automobile accidents, there were 37,261 fatalities and 2,346,000 injuries.  In a single moment, millions of families were disrupted and forced to face costly medical bills and suffer lost wages, as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported 270 fatalities in 2011 on South Carolina highways alone, and reported 1,000  deaths total in South Carolina due to motor vehicle collisions.

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in 2008 one person was killed in a DUI accident every 21 hours, and one teen driver was involved in a fatal car accident every hour. One pedestrian was killed by an automobile every 3 days.

Contrary to what television lawyers may tell you, motor vehicle accidents can be expensive and complicated. In all likelihood, “getting the cash you need now” really means is that you won’t have the cash you’ll need down the road.

Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Car Accident Victims
Automobile accidents, commonly called car wrecks, happen every day in South Carolina and nationwide. Even minor car accidents can lead to severe injuries and high repair costs. As a result, automobile accident cases are often complicated. Many people, including attorneys, regard car accident cases as run-of-the-mill, which is rarely the case.  The attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC, understand what it takes to protect the rights of victims injured in car accidents.

By: South Carolina Accident Attorney Pete Strom


When to File a South Carolina Accident Report

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If any automobile accident results in death or injury to any person, or damage to personal property, an accident report should be filed immediately.

A South Carolina accident report must be filed within ten days after an accident occurs to avoid the risk of the driver losing their license. South Carolina accident report forms are at any police station or sheriff’s office. After completing the form, file it at the location listed.

The experienced South Carolina Automobile Accident Attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. can help you understand the legal process and will fight for fair compensation for your injuries.

Do not let an insurance adjuster take advantage of the situation by settling your claim for as little as possible. Insurance adjusters make money by pushing you through a quick settlement. If you have been in a South Carolina car accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights. The South Carolina car accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will review your case free of charge.

Our South Carolina wreck attorneys and support staff have experience dealing with automobile accidents and insurance companies, and can help ensure you receive fair compensation for all your injuries, current and future. Even if you are the victim, and your case does not involve life-altering injuries or complex legal questions, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will aggressively defend their case. The insurance companies who most often defend at-fault drivers spend millions of dollars teaching their adjusters how to successfully deny claims.

Have questions? The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. offers a  free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.  Call us today to see how we can help. 803.252.4800

Contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.

Car Accidents: Never Leave the Scene


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If you are involved in an automobile accident with another vehicle or pedestrian, it is important to remember to never leave the scene of the accident. If you leave the scene of the accident, you may subject yourself to criminal prosecution, even if the collision was not your fault.

If you are in a wreck, the most important thing to do is to make sure that everyone is safe, and determine whether there are any injuries.

You may want to warn oncoming traffic to avoid a second collision until law enforcement arrives.

What Should I Do Immediately After the Accident?

1. If  you or anyone else is injured, contact 911. If you are injured, you need to seek medical attention.  Once your injuries are examined, make sure that you follow your doctor’s advice. Continue reading “Car Accidents: Never Leave the Scene”

Car Accidents: Legal Rights and Insurance


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Although drivers must legally carry auto insurance, no one plans for a car accident.

Car accidents are stressful.  If your vehicle is damaged extensively, your transportation is gone.  If you were injured, you can incur substantial medical bills, and be out of work.  In the midst of dealing with the aftermath, you can expect that an insurance adjuster will contact you soon after the accident.

The insurance adjuster may be friendly, and might even seem to help you with your case. However, you should not give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster before speaking to an attorney. Statements on record can damage your claim. The South Carolina Accident Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

Dealing with Uninsured and Under-Insured Drivers

If you have been injured in a South Carolina auto accident with a driver who does not have insurance, or the driver’s insurance cannot cover the cost of your injuries, don’t give up hope. Depending upon the facts of your case, our South Carolina accident attorneys may be able to locate additional insurance coverage.  The Strom Law Firm, LLC will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.


Contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.

Car Accidents: Help the Injured

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Should I call 911 or Help the Injured First?

If you have been in an auto accident, you know that a single moment can change your life. If you are injured in a South Carolina automobile accident, call 911 immediately.  

Are Injuries always Obvious?

No, not all injuries appear at the time of the accident. Symptoms can develop later on. Even if symptoms are delayed, the injury can still be severe. 

Car Accident Statistics: According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), there were approximately 6,570,000 automobile accidents in 2002. Of these automobile accidents, there were 42,815 fatalities and 2,925,758 injuries. 17,419 of the fatalities were alcohol-related.

Contrary to what television lawyers may tell you, motor vehicle accidents are not simple. In all likelihood, when they say “get the cash you need now,” that means you might not have the cash you need down the road.

Contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help. 803.252.4800

Even if you do not retain us as your lawyers, we can make sure you are on the right path emotionally and financially.

Our South Carolina auto accident injury lawyers have the experience you need. Whether your case involves:

The auto injury lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C.  will help you maximize the amount of compensation that you receive, and let you focus on getting better.

Depending upon the facts of your car wreck case, you may also have a defective products claim against the manufacturer of the automobile or truck.

Don’t let the insurance company try to settle your claim for less than it is worth.  Insurance companies are focused on making money, not ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Although the insurance adjuster may push you to settle your claim, you need to make sure that you understand the full extent of your injuries, and receive proper treatment.  You also need to know whether you will need future treatment, or suffer from any future impairment before you even consider settlement.  Contact us today for a free consultation to hear how we can help.

Car Accidents: Exchanging Information

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In South Carolina, drivers must exchange basic information after an automobile accident occurs. This information includes: name, address, license number and driver’s license (upon request). Remember to never leave the scene of a car accident until the necessary information is exchanged.

What Should I Do If I Hit an Unattended Car?

If you hit a parked car and the driver or owner is not available, you should try and locate the owner to provide him or her with your contact information. If you cannot find the owner of the vehicle, be sure to leave a written message for them that includes all of your information. Place the message in an obvious location where the driver will see it. Continue reading “Car Accidents: Exchanging Information”

Car Accidents: Damages

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 No one plans for an auto accident.

We are commonly asked by our clients what type of damages they can  expect to receive if they are injured in a car accident through no fault of their own.   While it may seem like an easy question, the answer is it depends.  When evaluating an accident case, we examine:

  • the extent of your injuries including whether you will need future medical treatment;
  • whether you have incurred any lost wages or loss of income;  
  • the pain and suffering you have endured and
  • whether you have any permanent scarring or disability

While it cannot change what happened, compensation for your injuries can help you get back on the road to recovery.  Continue reading “Car Accidents: Damages”

ATV Safety Tips

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All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are small, one- or two-person vehicles used for recreational purposes.  They are most often used on off road courses and in open fields.

ATVs can be a lot of fun when used properly.  However, riding an ATV can be extremely dangerous, particularly when high speeds are involved.  Safely operating your ATV may help minimize your risk of an accident. 

According to, there were 131,900 emergency room visits and 376 reported deaths from ATV use in 2009. Continue reading “ATV Safety Tips”