“Negligence” in South Carolina

The central idea behind the theory of negligence is that people must exercise reasonable care when they act (any activity from driving your car to laying asphalt).  This takes into account the fact thatjoe-sedan and SUV accident any act may cause the harm of another person.  If an injured person proves that another person acted negligently, the action of which caused injury, the plaintiff may claim monetary damages.

Negligence cases are very fact specific, where the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant’s accidental injury not only caused the harm, but was followed through in an unreasonable manner.  Further, damages must be proven.

Now, where do we start?  In South Carolina, the statute of limitations during which suit may be brought on the theory of negligence is three years.  This means that if a period of three years has passed since the negligent act, suit may no longer be brought.  Further, South Carolina uses the doctrine of modified comparative negligence to assign fault.

This system has two important aspects: (1) the injured party may recover only if he or she is less than 50 percent at fault; and (2) if the injured party was also negligent, the originally negligent party is only liable for the percentage of damages he or she caused.

Therefore, if the jury finds that a driver is 70 percent negligent and the other driver is 30 percent negligent, the person who is 30 percent negligent will collect 70 percent of his or her damages.  Also, if either driver is more than 50 percent negligent, that driver will recover nothing.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in South Carolina that may have been the result of someone’s negligence, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at 803-548-4444, or 877-374-5999.

SC Man Charged with a DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident

A little after 8:00 p.m. on Monday night, two people were riding their bicycles down a South Carolina country road, when they were abruptly confronted by a speeding vehicle.Pedestrian Accident Attorney

The 45-year-old defendant was traveling east on Bay Road, when he rammed his Honda sedan into two pedestrians riding on their bicycles. Afterwards, he left the scene of the crime and sped away.

The defendant was tracked down when eye witnesses reported the type of vehicle that they saw hit the cyclists and then sped away from.

The police were able to take the description of the defendant, in conjunction with the make and model of the vehicle, and tracked the defendant down in his home, where he was subsequently arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Both charges carry serious penalties in South Carolina.

The conditions of the cyclists have not yet been released at the time.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a similar accident, or charged with a DUI, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Man Hit by Amtrak Train in Concord, NC

An Amtrak train had to make an unexpected and sudden stop on Sunday night.  The train, which departed for Raleigh at 5:15 from near Charlotte, struck a man trespassing on the tracks.

 The accident occurred just outside of Kannapolis in Concord, NC, according to Amtrak reports.  Amtrak also stated that no passengers were harmed and the train was not damaged.  Authorities are investigating the incident and attempting to find information as to what the man was doing on the tracks.

Any injury can have a devastating effect on a person’s financial and emotional well-being.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a wreck or accident, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys.  Our personal injury attorneys handle cases in North and South Carolina.  Our personal injury attorneys understand the hardships that come with injury related to an accident.  We are licensed in both North and South Carolina, where you can contact us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Charlotte High School Student Struck and Killed on Bicycle

A Myers Park High School student is dead after tragically being hit and killed while riding his bike to school Tuesday morning.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, the 14-year-old freshman was riding on the sidewalk when he lost control from swerving to avoid trashcans.

He was struck just before 7 a.m. on his morning ride to school by a US Foods Truck in the 2100 block of Sharon Lane near Providence road.

The young man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and died on the scene.

Friends and family visited the scene of the crash, leaving flowers and notes.

No charges are being filed against the truck driver.

In 1999 in the United States, there were 750 bicycling fatalities and 51,000 bicycles injuries resulting from traffic crashes.  Sharing the road is a concept that needs to be honored by all road users, drivers and bicyclists alike.  The fact that certain modes of transportation differ so greatly, however, demands that road users stay especially alert to what is happening around them at all times.  If you or a loved on has been injured in a accident involving a bicyclist or otherwise, the competent Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to fight for your rights as you find your most successful path to recovery.  Call today at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Bicyclist Hospitalized After Being Struck by Elderly Driver

A 57-year-old bicyclist is hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning on N.C. Highway 8.

According to reports, the man was in stable condition Thursday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

The accident happened around 10:16 a.m. when man was riding his bicycle on the 3000 block of N.C. 8 and was struck by a 88-year-old Lexington man driving a 1992 Dodge.

A trooper from the N.C. Highway Patrol said that the driver attempted to pass the bicycle by moving over to the left to provide room for the bicyclist.  As he was passing, the biker swerved over into the Dodge and sideswiped it.  The bicyclist was thrown from his bike.

The bicyclist suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke after the crash.

According to the NHTSA, around 53,000 bicyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932, the first year in which estimates of bicyclist fatalities were recorded.  Moreover, this number only reflects those fatalities that were reported.  Even though bicycles only have two wheels and are powered solely by pedals, they are entitled to the same considerations as all other road users.  If you or a loved one is involved in a serious bicycling accident, hire the best attorneys that can get you on a successful path to recovery.  Call the Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Man Pleads Guilty to Hit-and-Run Involving Bicyclist

Last Friday, a 31-year-old man pleaded guilty in Davidson County Superior Court to a pair of charges in the death of a man who was struck and killed on a bicycle one year ago on Old N.C. Highway 109.

Superior Court Judge Richard Stone sentenced the man to between 1 year, 10 months and 2 years, 3 months in prison.  He will receive credit for 366 days spent in jail since turning himself in Nov. 2, 2011.

The man pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run resulting in serious injury/death and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

The crash happened around 7:10 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011, on Old N.C. Highway 109 near Jolly Road, about a mile from Silver Valley Elementary School.  The now deceased bicyclist was riding south when a vehicle approached him from behind and struck him.  The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and landed in a ditch.

The man who hit the bicyclist expressed remorse about the accident to family and friends of the victim.

The rate of traffic deaths that happen after dark are three times higher than those that occur during the day.  Night driving presents an entirely new set of hazards that many drivers may not be aware of or don’t know effective ways to deal with them.  The most obvious reason for this is the fact that it is dark.  In fact, an alarming ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, which is severely limited at night.  After sundown, depth perception, peripheral vision, and color recognition are all compromised.  If you are involved in a serious accident, you need competent attorneys guide you on your most successful path to recovery.  Call the  Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.