How Fatigued Truck Drivers Cause Accidents

Did you know that a fatigued driver is just as incapacitated as a drunk driver? Studies have found that fatigued drivers are the equivalent of a driver at .10 BAC. In fact, fatigued drivers are responsible for over 500 car accidents per year in South Carolina.

Truck drivers are much more likely to be fatigued than the average driver. Truck drivers are often on the road for 8 to 10 hours at a time. They are legally limited to 11 hours in a 14-hour period, with no more than 8 hours between breaks. That still allows for drivers to operate with less than the recommended amount of sleep.  Continue reading “How Fatigued Truck Drivers Cause Accidents”

What Not to Do in a Car Accident in Myrtle Beach

Being in a car accident is one of the most stressful experiences that you can go through. If you have never been in a car accident in Myrtle Beach before, you may not be aware of the steps you should take while still at the crash scene. Making these mistakes could jeopardize your case later. Here is what you shouldn’t do in a car accident.

Not Contacting Authorities

You should contact the authorities as soon as the car accident happens, even if you think that no one was seriously injured or the damage looks superficial. Vehicle damage can be deceiving, appearing to be minor but actually costing several thousand dollars to fix, and injuries and medical treatment may not be immediately noticeable at the scene. Continue reading “What Not to Do in a Car Accident in Myrtle Beach”

Avoiding Teen Accidents and What to Do When a Car Wreck Happens

There are few milestones that strike a parent’s heart with terror like a child getting their first driver’s license. When your baby is behind the wheel of a car, your imagination can come up with the worst case scenarios every time they leave the house. Teaching your children some simple habits will help avoid teen accidents. It is also important to teach them what to do if they are in a car accident.

Avoiding Teen Car Accidents

Most teen car accidents are caused by the teen driver not paying attention to the road. There are several things that you can teach your teens to help them avoid these types of accidents. For example, you can restrict the number of passengers your teen is allowed to have at one time. You may also want to restrict the ages of the passengers or limit passengers to siblings only.  Continue reading “Avoiding Teen Accidents and What to Do When a Car Wreck Happens”

Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault

Car accidents are more common than you might think. The average adult will be in four car accidents during their lifetime. If you have been in an accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, you need to make a case to get the compensation you deserve. To give you an idea of who might be considered at fault, here are some examples of the three most common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Crashes

Rear-end car crashes, or “fender benders,” are the most common type of car accident. About 40 percent of all accidents are rear-end crashes. In most cases, the person to rear-end the other driver is at fault. There can be some exceptions, however. If the driver who was hit slammed on the brakes or had other erratic driving behavior that led to the rear-end crash, they could be found to be partially or completely at fault. If someone backs into your car, you are also not liable even though it was their rear-end that was damaged. Continue reading “Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault”

What to Do After a Truck Accident

You are probably aware that semi-trucks and tankers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road, but you may not realize just how common these accidents are. There are about 500,000 truck accidents each year in the United States, with 50,000 of those leading to fatalities. Truck accidents can be much more complicated than other auto accident cases. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.

Immediately Seek Treatment

Truck accidents are no laughing matter. The truck or tanker is so much larger than your vehicle that you are more likely to be severely injured in these accidents. Make sure that you put your safety as your first priority. Make sure that you are safely away from the scene and have received initial medical treatment right away. Doing so is in your best interest, as your health is important; and the sooner you seek treatment for your injuries, the more likely you will be able to be compensated for all of the associated medical costs. Continue reading “What to Do After a Truck Accident”