It can be a terrifying experience to see a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way road coming straight toward you. Although not as common as some other types of collisions, wrong-way accidents can cause severe or fatal injuries when they occur. Wrong-way driving can result in a deadly crash, in which two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide head-on.
Injuries suffered in a car crash are not always apparent immediately after the accident. Adrenaline, shock, and other factors may mask injury symptoms until later. We will explore one of the most common hidden injuries, whiplash, and shed light on other lesser-known injuries that can result from car accidents. Understanding these hidden injuries is critical for seeking appropriate medical treatment and pursuing a personal injury claim.
Blind spots are areas around a vehicle in which the driver may not be able to see other vehicles. These areas are particularly large on semi-trucks because of their length and because truck drivers sit much higher off the ground than passenger vehicle drivers. Known as “no zones,” these blind spots are located on all four sides of a big rig:
Dashboard cameras are commonly known as dashcams. These devices are legal in South Carolina, provided they are mounted on the dash – not the windshield – and do not obstruct the driver’s view of the road. If you have been involved in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, a dashcam can provide valuable evidence to support your claim for compensation.
The Fourth of July is a time for fun and family. Across the country, people celebrate this holiday with barbeques, pool parties, fireworks, and hometown parades. Unfortunately, there are many dangers associated with fourth of July activities, including DUI-related accidents, swimming pool accidents, and fireworks accidents that can turn a fun-filled day into a tragedy. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a Fourth of July accident due to another party’s negligent actions, Allen Law could provide you with answers about filing a claim or lawsuit. Call us at (843) 882-5005 to discuss what happened to you or your loved one.
After a close call with a drowning accident, it is possible to develop serious complications due to water in the lungs. You or your loved one might feel fine, but a condition known as secondary drowning is a risk. If you or a loved one suffers from health complications after a partial drowning accident caused by another party’s negligence, you could file a premises liability claim to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Most people who live or work in cities take elevators for granted because they use them so frequently. Elevators are always there to provide quick and easy access to upper or lower floors in a mid-rise or high-rise building. Elevators are mechanical devices, and they can break down or fail, causing serious injuries to unsuspecting riders. South Carolina elevator safety laws were enacted to help keep residents and visitors safe.
Lifeguards have a responsibility for the safety of the people they are guarding. Public pools have a duty to ensure the lifeguards they hire are qualified and properly trained. When lifeguards and their employers fail in those duties, they may be held liable for resulting accidents and injuries. The following are answers to some frequently asked questions about lifeguard liability in South Carolina.
Proper braking technique is very important in a big rig, particularly on a downhill slope. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Brakes use friction to slow down or stop a truck. Excessive braking on a decline can cause overheating and lead to brake fade, a condition in which friction and effectiveness of a truck’s brakes are reduced. Continued overuse of the brakes can cause them to fail entirely, leading to deadly truck accidents.
The teenage years are one of the riskiest times to drive a vehicle. Automobile crashes are the leading cause of preventable death for teens, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC). In 2020 in the U.S., approximately eight teens died and hundreds more were injured in motor vehicle crashes every day, as reported by CDC. A total of 2,276 individuals were killed in crashes involving drivers ages 15 to 18, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Crash risk is particularly high during the first few months after a teen gets a driver’s license.