Airplane Pilot Wrecks Airport’s Car-SC Accident Attorneys

An airplane pilot wrecked not his plane, but an airport car in Anderson, South Carolina last week in an accident involving a tractor-trailer.  Not an airline pilot, he apparently was flying a private jet.

The car belonged to the Anderson County Regional Airport and existed for the use of individuals, like this airplane pilot, who fly into the airport.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol has not provided much information about the accident.

The collision happened on S.C. 28 Bypass near the Sonic Drive-In in Anderson.  The pilot hit the rear of a tractor-trailer truck, which had stopped due to a fender-bender in front of it.  There is no indication that the truck driver was injured in the accident.  Neither were the pilot nor his two children, who were sitting in the back seat.  The pilot’s wife, sitting in the passenger seat, required an X-ray to disprove injury.

The wreck will not deprive the airport of a car.  A second car will be available, and insurance will replace the wrecked auto soon.

South Carolina Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident, you need the help of an experienced car accident 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 best possible recovery.

Distracted Driving Kills: Charlotte Accident Attorney

Leah Walton, now age 25, is currently on trial for hitting two nurses two nurses outside a nursing home in August of 2010. The hit-and-run was fatal for one nurse, and left the other nurse in critical condition resulting in a 5 month coma for the victim.

The Defendant is now facing multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and marijuana possession. It was unknown until after an inventory search that the car the Defendant was driving actually had drugs inside of it, adding the distraction that lead to this horrific accident.

The accident happened in August of 2010, outside the White Oak Manor nursing home on Craig Avenue. It was the Defendant herself who told the police that she was trying to reach for ” something” in her purse when she lost control of the vehicle.

However, during the trial yesterday, testimony was given by one of the officers who stated very adamantly, that there were no skids marks at the scene; thus, leading one to believe that perhaps the Defendant never lost control of the car but rather she never saw the nurse/victims when she hit them.

The surviving victim, nurse Lisa McIe testified about what happened the day of the accident and her shock of her survival. She now uses a wheelchair to get around, as the accident left her without use of her legs for the time being. McIe states that the first thing she remembered after the accident was waking up five months later in excruciating pain. She had multiple broken bones and internal injuries. “It’s like somebody’s crushing you, stinging you, stabbing you,” said McIe about the pain. “I couldn’t believe I was still alive,” she said.

McIe was fortunate enough to live, but the same can not be said for her friend and co-worker, Susan Karablut, who died at the scene of the crime.It has been stated by the prosecution that Karablut was dragged over 100 feet after the impact; adding more injury to insult, if that could  have even be possible. Karablut’s daughter was only 9 years old at the time that her mother was killed.

It was a sad and gory day in late August of 2010, not only for the victims and their families, but also for the citizens who witnesses the horrific accident. One witness, Kristen Talbot, described seeing th victims ” mangled bodies on the roadway.” The witness further testified that “[she] saw both of the bodies go under the car and the bodies kept going around and around.” She was continuously wiping tears away  during her testimony.

Yesterday during the opening statements, assistant attorney Natalie Sielaff said that the Defendant had a choice that day, and her choice followed with severe consequences. She said Karablutt and McIe “never expected a car to come barreling up the sidewalk.”

Walton’s attorney, George Laughrun,  rebutted the comment by stating that the Defendant admits to being a ” distracted driver;” however she ( the Defendant) had no malice or wilfulness that added to the injuries.

We will keep our readers abreast as this case develops.

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Driving and Cell Phones: A Deadly Combination

Chapel Hill’s citizens were enraged on Thursday when a Superior Court Judge overturned the town’s new rules outlawing the use of cell phones while driving any sort of motor vehicle or to regulate towing. Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that the attempt to ban the use of cell phones was preempted by state law, which already regulates the use of cell phones while driving. In other words, the Judge found that there was previously enacted  state law that gives the authority to regulate cell phone use by motorists in North Carolina to the state; not the town. Hence, when Mayor  Mark Kleinschmidt and the Town Council heard that their town rule have been over-turned, they were forced to consider drafting new towing ordinances in accordance with the Judge’s order.

This however may not be the last we hear of this case. The town has the option to bring an action to appeal the Judge’s decision and perhaps, heed different results. In fact, one local man stated that “nothing that happened in that courtroom this morning changed the fact that driving while talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as drunk driving,” he said. “It is going to get banned, just like drunk driving is banned, but not before a lot of people die.”

There are split theories on the idea of talking or using the cell phone while driving that are mainly fueled by emotions of the townspeople. The real heart of the matter is that it can be very dangerous to drive and talk.use your cell phone. The state of North Carolina hs already found it illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to talk on the phone, as their experience coupled with the use of the technology may result in deathly consequences. Moreover, the state has found that bus drivers are also forbidden from talking on their cell phones, as their duty to the public to drive safely is quite large. lastly, the state of North Carolina has taken the stance that any texting while driving by any person, at any age, is now also considered to be illegal.

Most people now know of someone either first-hand, or through a friend who has gotten into a dangerous accident while using their cell phone and driving. The problem is that people, although non-intentionally, tend to be careless when they drive and simultaneously use their cell phones. The state has placed a ban on texting and driving, but does that truly stop the problem? The answer is likely no; while the state is allowing people to continue use their cell phones for strictly        ” talking purposes,” it consequently runs the risk of having people behave negligently and recklessly with the use of the phone and perhaps, even send a text or two mid-drive. It is like the old saying goes, ” if you give a kid an inch, he will take a mile;” similarly, if you allow people to continue to ” talk” on the phone while driving, they will be inclined, or  maybe even tempted to use the phone for other purposes, such as texting.

As a fellow driver, we all owe one another the highest duty of care in regards to how we behave on our roadways. We need to be diligent and attentive at all times. We need to be courteous of each other, and respective of the laws. If the law forbids texting, then texting we shall not. And if you feel you can not safely talk on your cell phone while you drive, you too should refrain from this action. Being distracted is the number one reason why car accidents occur. Whether it is the CD that fell into the passenger side floor you are reaching for, or whether you are pulling you pink cell phone out to text your best friend that Rob and Kristen broke up- again;if you know that you can not give other drivers 110% of your attention, you should not be using your cell phone while you operate a motor vehicle, no matter what the law says.

There are too many lives that have been taken due to negligence with cell phones and drivers. In the event that you, or someone you know has been harmed in any way due to a similar situation, call the Law Offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP. We are licensed to practice in both North and South Carolina, and encourage you to visit our website at . Compare our attorneys’ credentials to any other firm. You can then call us toll-free at 877-374-5999 or contact us by email for a private, confidential consultation to review your particular case.


Another example of how wearing a seatbelt can really save your life – ALWAYS WEAR

This news article below demonstrates again how critical it is to always wear your seatbelt. Here, an automobile was involved in a single car accident but not responsible for the ultimate death of one of the passengers. Speed was determined to not be a factor even though the car overturned in the roadway. What resulted in an unnecessary death was the failure to wear a seatbelt which resulted in the passenger being ejected from the vehicle. Sadly, this decision resulted in the untimely death of a teenager. As individuals, we each must make the choice to engage all vehicle safety systems. Some, like airbags, are outside of our control. Others, like seatbelts, are solely within our discretion. As parents, we should constantly reinforce to our children the importance of using seatbelts, everytime you are in a car. We should also warn about the dangers of excessively loud music, talking on a cellphone, texting, and, of course, driving after drinking. These essential safety precautions are vital in making travel as risk free as possible. In this way, we all accomplish our goal of getting back home safe and sound.

If you or someone you love have been injured due to the negligence of others, call the experienced personal injury lawyers of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. Our seasoned accident trial lawyers are standing by to help when you need us. For more information about our firm, please visit or call us today at 877-374-5999. We are here for you.

FORT MILL, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that shut down I-77 northbound.

The accident happened on I-77 northbound in Fort Mill near Gold Hill Road, the interstate was completely shut down as troopers investigated the accident. Troopers say a 17-year-old was driving a 1993 Chevrolet SUV when she attempted to make a lane change and lost control of the vehicle. It ultimately overturned in the middle of the road. Three of the passengers were injured and taken to CMC. The fourth passenger, 16-year-old Thomas Luciano, was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and killed. Investigators tell NewsChannel 36 there were four people in the vehicle at the time of the crash all were wearing seat belts except the teen who was killed. I-77 was closed for approximately two hours. NewsChannel 36 has learned speed was not a factor in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.