Van Flips Right Over the Border- Fort Mill

On Wednesday afternoon, a woman was seriously injured when a van flipped during an accident in York County. The accident took place on Interstate 77 going southbound, right past Highway 160 near Fort Mill, SC.

The victim was 56-year-old Elizabeth Houston, who was driving a brown colored Toyota van at the time of the accident. Ms. Houston was taken to a nearby York County hospital, but was found to have no serious life-threatening injuries.

There was no alcohol to be found in the incident. Luckily, Ms. Houston was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, which may have resulted in her injuries being so minimal.It does not seem completely clear the cause of the accident, but Ms. Houston was charged with improper lane change according to the accident report prepared by the police.

The accident did cause hours of ruckus however, as two of the four lanes of the highway were blocked, and onlookers traveling at a slower that normal speed caused major traffic congestion.

 

The South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed in any type of accident, call the South Carolina personal injury attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999, or use this form, for a free consultation with an attorney to help you evaluate your claim and to get the recovery you deserve.

 

 

Fatal Accident on I-26 kills 11 -year- old- Columbia Accident Attorney

A tragedy occurred on Interstate 26 Saturday night, when an 11-year-old’s life was taken in a fatal car accident. A mother and her 11-year-old son were traveling on Interstate 26 when their car suddenly struck the guardrail, slowing down to a complete stop in the center of the fast lane. Almost immediately thereafter, their car was impacted by another car that skidded into the mother’s vehicle.

The frightened mother than gathered her children as quickly as possible in an attempt to evade any additional damages, and began to walk along side the road.  As the family made their way slightly down the road, the 11-year-old boy was struck by a pickup truck, throwing his body into the median. Thereafter, an 18-wheeler rapidly approached the disaster, and in an attempt to avoid the now pileup, he swerved into the median. It is unclear whether the child was hit by the 18-wheeler or not when the truck ran atop the median.

The child was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol M.A.I.T. team was called to the scene of the accident and began an investigation into the accident. Deputy Chris Keller of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene to assist with traffic control on the interstate.

To make matters even worse, as Officer Keller was standing towards the rear of his vehicle directing traffic around the accident, a Jeep approached and would not merge over. Officer Keller was able to escape the impact of the Jeep before it crashed into his patrol car. Luckily, Officer Keller suffered no injuries, but the damage to the patrol car amounted to a total loss.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol subsequently arrested the driver of the Jeep, Billy Dwayne Jones, 38, of North Charleston, who has been charged with driving under the influence. Jones was released on a $992.50 personal appearance bond.

 

In a horrific situation such as the aforementioned, it is difficult to place blame on any one party in particular, as it appears as though it was just one tragic event after another. It is important to obtain counsel to protect yourself and others from any further harm or injustice.

The South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed in any type of accident, call the South Carolina personal injury attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower at 877-374-5999, or use this form, for a free consultation with an attorney to help you evaluate your claim and to get the recovery you deserve.

 

A Teenager Plays with Fire and Gets Burned- Accident Charlotte Attorney

A teenage boy, aged 14-15 years old was flown to Tampa General yesterday morning after a game with a friend and fire erupted into serious burns for the boy. The teenager was known in the neighborhood for his love of basketball, and was spotted by witnesses playing from the wee mornings til the late of the night. Monday morning, around 10:45, a neighbor arrived home after a workout to hear screams coming from the usual place he had heard dribbles many times before.

The neighbor immediately called 911, only to find that the child and his friend had allegedly poured gasoline onto the dining room table, and set the table aflame. It was this alleged act that is proposed as the cause of the injuries to the teenager, although the Police have not yet officially released the cause of the fire.

The boy’s friend, however, remained unscathed by the flames as the teenager took the brunt of the burns. The boy’s status has just been released to be that of critical condition.

In North Carolina, children are held to different standards than adults when dealing with injuries, unless of course the child in engaging in adult-like behavior, such as driving a motor vehicle. Moreover, North Carolina is one of only 5 states that follows the common law theory of contributory negligence. Contributory negligence will completely bar recovery is the plaintiff is even 1% negligent. However, in the case of children, the courts follow the colloquial ” rule of sevens.” This rule states that any child under the age of 7 is presumed to be incapable of negligence. Children aged 7-14 will also be presumed to be incapable of negligence; however there is a rebuttal presumption that the defendant may use. Lastly, if the child is over the age of 14, there is a presumption that the child is in fact capable of negligence, however, that presumption too may be rebutted.

Thus, injury cases involving children in North Carolina can often be tricky, especially by following the archaic theory of contributory negligence. In the event that the case becomes chaotic, obtaining counsel to sift through the weeds my alleviate both yours and your child’s stress.

 

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Women Injured By Train at Defective Crossing Loses – Fort Mill Accident Attorney

The South Carolina Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s decision denying recovery for a woman injured at a stop sign controlled railroad crossing.  Her lawsuit, brought by a guardian ad litem, as she is in a coma, is against both CSX, the train operator, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation, responsible for maintaining the signage at the crossing.  Apparently, the train hit her car as she was crossing the tracks after the train blew its horn too late, the train tracks were improperly obscured by trees and vegetation, and the stop sign and stop line were too close the crossing.

In South Carolina, trains must start blowing their horns no shorter than 1,500 feet from a crossing.  Equipment on board the train revealed that the horn only began blowing at 1,161 feet from the crossing.  CSX is responsible for this failing.  CSX is also responsible for maintaining sight of the rails from the crossing by clearing trees and vegetation.  The plaintiff argued that CSX had failed to sufficiently clear the sight lines.

The plaintiff’s theory against the South Carolina Department of Transportation is that they negligently placed the stop sign and stop line and negligently inspected the crossing in such a way that allowed the plaintiff to be injured.

All three occupants of the car were injured.  The most seriously injured passenger was placed in a one-month, medically induced coma, while doctors drilled a hole in her skull to relieve pressure on her brain. She still suffers severe intellectual, behavioral and physical impairments, four years later according to the facts assumed by the court.

Judge Short dissented and would have granted a new trial.  Plaintiff is appealing to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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ROCK HILL DUI- CLOVER MAN FACES 25 YEARS ON FELONY DUI CHARGE

On Tuesday, July 24, a 19 year old man from York, James Kyle Rose, has been charged with one count of felony DUI resulting in a death, two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and driving under suspension. These charges come just three weeks after Rose was arrested for DUI on July 8.

According to Police, Rose swerved off the right side of the road, hit a tree and flipped over. All four passengers in the car were ejected, and 18-year-old Clover girl, Clarissa Disbrow, was killed. Paramedics took Rose and another passenger to Piedmont Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Another frightening reminder that you don’t have to hit someone else to be charged with Felony DUI. If you are driving under the Influence and one of your passengers are hurt or killed, you could be facing charges such as these. Felony DUI resulting in Death carries up to 25 years in prison. If you find yourself or someone you know charged with Felony DUI, you need to seek the advice of serious professionals trained to represent you.

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