Children Below Age 4 Most Susceptible to Injury- SC Accident Attorney

In a recent study conducted by SC Budget and Control Board, found that South Carolina is ranked 42nd out 50 for Child Safety . Essentially, there are only 8 states below SC that have a higher death rate for children within the infant/toddler range of 0-4.

Pursuant to the report, South Carolina’s four  leading causes of death for children ages 0-4, were the following, in their respective order: automobile accidents, suffocation/strangulation, drownings, and lastly, fire/smoke.

Although car accidents still remain the number one, unintentional cause of death to children within the aforementioned age range, these numbers have been on the decline since 2003. The report attributes this decrease to stricter laws governing safety belts/seats for children, as well as public awareness about child safety.

There were 18 deaths reported due to suffocation/strangulation. Of these, 9 of the accidents were due to “roll over or overlay,” which is what occurs when the child is sleeping with the adult, and the adult rolls over onto the child during the night’s rest.  The other half of were due to strangulation, a heinous crime to commit intentionally upon anyone, especially a child.

 When there is an unintentional drowning, it is common for the accident to occur in a pond or creek outside the parents’ home. The number one issue with this topic is that parents often times believe that their children are safe if they have a life vest on, and neglect to exercise adult supervision. It is important to remember that a life vest or older child is never a sufficient replacement for adult supervision, especially when a young child is near the water’s edge.

Lastly, fire and smoke is the fourth leading cause of unintentional deaths in SC. For the past 10 years, about 10 children a year die due to fire, or the smoke that arose thereafter. Public awareness of this type of emergency situation should contribute to the decline of these residential type accidents.

South Carolina Attorneys: Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in any type of accident, you need an experienced accident attorney like those at Reeves, Aiken & Hightower.  Call us at 877-374-5999, or use this form, to speak with an attorney who can help you evaluate your claim and get you the best possible recovery.

Jury Finds Fatal Dog Attack was an Accident- Charleston Attorney

A jury in North Charleston ruled on August 10th, that the dog mauling of a 2-year-old boy in North Charleston was an accident, and there was no foul play at hand.

Ja’Marr Tiller, the 2-year-old victim was a resident of Mt. Pleasant, a subsidiary of Charleston, S.C. The special jury was asked to determine if anyone should be held liable for the death od the little boy.

There was a major discrepancy in what the animal control officers were claiming, versus what the autopsy report discovered which led to the special jury being instructed the aforementioned.

According to the animal control officer, the dogs in question were timid, and upon capture, no sign of human blood was found in their teeth or hair. The vet offered a secondary statement, agreeing with animal control that the attack did not involve the dogs in question.

However, to the contrary, the autopsy report established that the child was in fact killed by the dogs, as the 193 wounds that were on the child’s body matched the teeth marks of the 2 dogs that were found on the scene on May 27, 2012.

The child’s body was found by his mother, after the mother returned from running errands. It is assumed that the child walked outside through the unlocked door of his home, right into the peril that killed him.

South Carolina Attorneys: Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in any type of accident, you need an experienced accident attorney like those at Reeves, Aiken & Hightower.  Call us at 877-374-5999, or use this form, to speak with an attorney who can help you evaluate your claim and get you the best possible recovery.

Car Accident Sunday Afternoon- Charlotte Accident Attorney

It was a tragic day this past Sunday when Dan McGee was fatally wounded in a terrible car accident near Lake Wylie. The accident occurred in the city limits of Charlotte, in the 13000 block of Zoar Road, right on the border of the Carolinas, and directly outside the Lake Wylie city limits.

McGee was said to be driving alone, when he ran his 2007 Infiniti M45 off the road, eventually striking a tree and consequently, overturning his vehicle. It is unknown at this point whether alcohol played a role in this accident or not, however the police are still investigating. Speed, on the other hand, has been ruled a contributory factor in the one-man car accident.

McGee was pronounced dead at the scene due to the impact of the accident.

North and South Carolina Attorneys

If you, or someone you love has been injured in a car accident or any sort, please contact the Offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP to get the help that you deserve. With experienced attorneys on your side, Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower are ready and willing to help. Call us at 877-374-5999, or contact us using this form, to speak with an attorney who will help you evaluate your claim.

I-85 Accidents Friday Afternoon- Charlotte Accident Attorney

Yesterday afternoon was a busy one for common travellers of Interstate 85, where there were three separate car accidents; one consequently being deadly.

This particular Interstate is one of the major highway routes throughout the Southeastern Unites States and notorious for housing many car accidents or wrecks. Drivers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virgina are all privy to the use of this major highway. Due to the common use and frequency of its roadways, Interstate 85 unfortunately can be a dangerous one for drivers.

Kannapolis, N.C. reported these three separate accidents from the morning, til the afternoon. As stated above, one of the accidents resulted in a fatality, whereas the other two accidents are still being investigated.

It is always important to be vigilant of your surrounding when using any sort of roadways; however, in the event that one is travelling down a major highway, they must be even more cautious, as there are more people driving at precisely the same time.

My father used to always tell me, “It is not you that I am worried about driving, it is everyone else. You need to pretend that every other driver is a teenager with a permit. You owe them an extra duty of care, as they reciprocally owe you, so always be careful on the busy highways.”

If you, or someone you love has been injured in a car accident or any sort, please contact the Offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP to get the help that you deserve. With experienced attorneys on your side, Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower are ready and willing to help. Call us at 877-374-5999, or contact us using this form, to speak with an attorney who will help you evaluate your claim.

Mecklenburg Statistics for Car Accidents- Accident Attorney

According to a recent report released by  AAA Carolinas, the deadliest county for the highest number of fatal crashes was Mecklenburg,  with 67 fatal crashes in 2011, up from 46 in 2010.

However, the total number of the total number of traffic fatalities in North Carolina dropped 8 percent  from 1,328 in 2010 to 1,217 last year. This number has been steadily decreasing over the past few years (1,344 in 2009; 1,452 in 2008) and is likely attributed to a number of factors, including:  the fact that there is now more  targeted traffic enforcement on crash-prone roads by local and state law  enforcement officers; there has been  a decline in miles traveled; and more safety features in  new cars, such as traction control have helped with preventing traffic fatalities.

For all vehicles in North Carolina, the total number of crashes in 2011 was  208,545, down from 213,739 in 2010. Although vehicle miles traveled was also  down from 2010, the relative number of crashes dropped from 208.9 crashes per  100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010 to 205.7 crashes per 100 million  vehicle miles traveled in 2011.

However, these numbers are calculated for the state as a whole, and not simply for the county Charlotte is located in.

Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car wreck, you need the help of an experienced car wreck attorney like those at Reeves, Aiken & Hightower,LLP.  Call us at 877-374-5999, or contact us using this form, to speak with an attorney who will help you evaluate your claim and help you get the recovery you deserve.