“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.

Lancaster Man Shot While Attempting to Catch Loose Pit-Bull

On Monday night, a Lancaster, SC man was shot while he was chasing after his loose pit-bull at around 10:00 p.m.  The police found the man suffering from gunshot wounds in his left arm and chest.

Police reported that the man saw several individuals behind a vacant house, and his dog became unchained from his leash.  As the man and his dog ran around the vacant house, shots were fired and he was injured.  He managed to run to a neighbor’s house and summon the police.

The man was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition, and Police report that the dog was uninjured.  Police have not yet apprehended the shooter.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of the wrongful act of another, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower.  We are prepared to handle your personal injury case.  You can reach our Baxter Village, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999 for questions regarding your claim.  We are here to help you, so do not hesitate to call us.

Outside of Rock Hill Train and Truck Collide Causing Serious Injury

In late August,emergency crews were rushed to the scene of an accident involving a dump truck and train colliding, right on the border of North and South Carolina and ending in serious injury.

Officials have reported that the accident occurred around 11:00 a.m., right before the North Carolina state line. The South Carolina Highway Patrol states that a CSX train was heading westward when it collided with a 2005 Volvo dump truck.

At the location of the accident, there were no “cross arms,” nor any lights to lead the way. Thus, when the dump truck was crossing over the train track, he was unable to see the train coming towards him.

Consequently, the dump truck driver had to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Highway Patrol and State Transport Police are investigating.

Whether you’ve been involved in a car wreck with another automobile, tractor-trailer truck, or motorcycle, serious motor vehicle accidents are our primary practice area. Our accident attorneys have over 75 years combined trial experienced and have assisted countless injured individuals and their families since 1989.

As a former ICU Registered Nurse (RN), attorney Robert J. Reeves has personally treated seriously injured persons and understands the long-term, and oftentimes permanent, consequences of catastrophic accidents. Please contact us today at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free and speak with one of our experienced attorneys.


Trash Can Causes Pile-Up in SC

Apparently, a trash can is to blame for a serious four-vehicle accident on I-26. The collision injured two people, but caused thousands to be late for work this past Monday.

According to the police report, the accident occurred when a car stopped on the bridge to avoid hitting a trashcan that was left in the roadway. From there, the chain-reaction crash continued with the second car rear-ending the first vehicle. The third vehicle then rear-ended the second, and the fourth vehicle hit the third, causing it to flip over.

The four car pile-up caused all but one of the four highway lanes to be closed down while emergency crews rapidly worked on cleaning up the mess.

The South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic fatalities has been unexpectedly increasing as the months go on. In fact, for the first three months of 2012, the number of fatalities was at an all-time high.

NHTSA further released that approximately 7,630 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the first quarter, a 13.5 percent jump over the same period in 2011. With these numbers increasing at the rate they are, one can never be too safe while driving.

However, in the event that you or a loved one are involved in a motor vehicle collision, please contact the car accident attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to have your claim evaluated! Litigation maybe the only avenue to take to recover the medical costs and other damages that you may have lost. For more information on your options, please call us at 877-374-5999 for a private consultation to evaluate your case.

Head Injury Due to Car Crash- SC Car Accident Attorney

This past weekend was a dangerous one for drivers of secondary and rural roads, according to the SCDOT reports. Accordingly, five people were killed from car collisions while using South Carolina’s rural and back roads for their travels.

One individual who lost his life was a marine stationed in Georgia and headed back to the base from a long weekend in South Carolina.

S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. states that the marine appeared to have been traveling south on Friendship Road at a high rate of speed when his GMC truck went off the road. The marine veered back and forth several times attempting to stabilize the vehicle before the truck left the right side of the road and struck a tree before going airborne, and eventually overturning, taking the marine’s life. The Coroner’s report states that he died from massive head and neck trauma due to the collision, which occurred sometime after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Moreover, it has been released that the marine was not wearing his seat belt, and speed was a contributing factor to the collision.

The South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP.

In the event that you or a loved one has been invovled in any sort of motor vehicle accident and suffered a personal injury, please contact the offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower to discuss your claim! It is imperative that you call and inquire about your motor vehicle accdient as soon as possible. Let us evaulate your claim for you. You may need the litigation process in order to obtain the damages you may be enetitled to recover. Hire the best car accident attorneys with whom you have the most confidence in.