Preventable and Dangerous: Tire Blowout Accidents

Anyone can be involved in an auto accident. According to recent statistics, about 5 percent of the licensed population in South Carolina was in an auto accident in 2015, and other statistics show that 95 percent of accidents are preventable and due to human error or negligence. One type of accident that is completely preventable is tire blowout accidents. Here’s what you need to know.

Why They Are Preventable

Keeping your vehicle in good working order is your responsibility as a citizen with a driver’s license. This includes checking your tires for wear or damage on a regular basis. Tire blowouts happen most often when tires are worn or damaged on the side wall of the tire. Not checking your tires or repairing your vehicle is considered negligence in case of an accident.  Continue reading “Preventable and Dangerous: Tire Blowout Accidents”

Common Types of South Carolina Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the roadways. Semi-trucks have large blind spots. And because they are very large compared to other vehicles, they can cause a great deal of damage in an accident. While some truck accidents are not the fault of the semi-truck driver, there are several types of truck accidents that you should seek out an attorney for a personal injury case. 

Distracted Driving

Semi-truck drivers have a lot of technology at their disposal that makes their job easier and helps the company they work for to keep tabs on their movements and timing. This technology can include navigational systems, communication systems, and fleet management systems. Unfortunately, all of this technology can lead to distracted driving, which can lead to fatal accidents. Continue reading “Common Types of South Carolina Truck Accidents”

What to Do When You Are Injured in an Accident

Accidents happen frequently, and it is important that you take the appropriate steps when you are in an accident regardless of who is at fault. In April 2018, a research study was published that ranked South Carolina as the third deadliest state for auto accidents, with 20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016. With that kind of statistics, it is inevitable that you may one day need to know what to do in an accident. Here are the steps you need to take.

Call for Help

You should immediately call 911 for any accident. If you or someone in your vehicle is injured in an auto accident or any other type of accident, your first priority should be to make sure that you are safe and receive medical attention. If you do not feel comfortable getting out of your vehicle before an ambulance arrives, resist assistance until they are on the scene.  Continue reading “What to Do When You Are Injured in an Accident”

What is “Bad Faith” And How It Applies to Your Auto Accident Compensation

The people of this country purchase insurance to protect themselves in case of an accident. The state of South Carolina requires all drivers to have car insurance for this reason. Yet what happens when an accident occurs and the car insurance company refuses to perform their duty and obligation? This is what is called “bad faith,” and it can have a detrimental effect on your ability to get compensation for an accident.

First Party Bad Faith

In a first party bad faith insurance lawsuit, the insured party may make a claim for their own losses based on their policy. If it is bad faith insurance, the insurance company will deny the claim without basis or possibly even without investigation. For example, if you hit a light pole and file a claim but the insurance company never sends out an adjuster or fails to respond to your correspondence, this could be a bad faith insurance claim. Continue reading “What is “Bad Faith” And How It Applies to Your Auto Accident Compensation”

What You Need to Know About Bus Accidents in Myrtle Beach

Bus accidents in Myrtle Beach are more common than you might think. When bus accidents occur, it is important that you get compensation for your injuries and medical costs. Bus accidents are unlike car accidents, in that with a bus accident, you are not wearing a seatbelt. It is also different in how insurance companies handle the claims. Before accepting any settlement from an insurance company or the bus company, it is important to understand the facts surrounding bus accidents and why you should contact an attorney.

Bus Accidents are Common

Bus accidents are more common than you might think. Already this year, there have been two bus accidents in Myrtle Beach. One accident in March resulted in 23 people riding a city bus to be sent to area hospitals for treatment. Another accident involving a school bus sent 25 students to the hospital with injuries. You may think that because restraints are not required buses are safer than cars, but in reality, the wrong type of accident can lead to serious injury. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Bus Accidents in Myrtle Beach”