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South Carolina wrongful death: Motorcyclist killed in crash

The South Carolina Highway Patrol recently responded to a collision between a motorcyclist and the driver of an SUV. This incident occurred in Horry County on Tuesday, May 16. Sadly, the motorcyclist died in the incident. Per the laws of the state, the victim's loved ones may be entitled to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

A local news station recently reported that a 31-year-old male was operating his motorcycle northbound on S.C. 9 in Longs when, at approximately 3:30 p.m., he collided with an SUV that was exiting a private drive. Authorities report that this individual was not wearing a helmet. He is believed to have died upon impact.

South Carolina criminal defense: 2 arrested for DUI

Police officers in South Carolina performed a routine traffic stop on a driver suspected of impairment. Then, another driver crashed into the scene, leaving several people injured. As a result, two drivers, not just one, ended up being arrested and charged with DUI. Both have the right to a criminal defense.

According to a local news report, two police officers in Mount Pleasant pulled over a vehicle whose driver was suspected of driving while under the influence. During the stop, another car smashed into the rear end of a patrol car, pushing it into the other patrol car, the two officers and the other vehicle. Both officers were injured as was the driver the officers were initially checking for impairment. All three were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Correlation between sleep apnea and car accidents

Medical conditions that affect one's ability to drive safely are a fairly common thing. Unfortunately, many people in South Carolina and elsewhere may have certain conditions that go undiagnosed or untreated, making them a threat to themselves and others with whom they share the road. Sleep apnea, for example, is a disorder that is known to contribute to car accidents.

Sleep apnea reportedly affects 25 million Americans. Sadly, most are not diagnosed or refuse to comply with treatment. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to struggle or completely stop breathing while he or she sleeps. This can happen hundreds of times during the night, disrupting one's sleep cycle, lowering one's oxygen level and greatly reducing one's ability to function during the day.

Child pornography charges filed against South Carolina man

Police in South Carolina recently arrested a Myrtle Beach man. According to the Attorney General's office, he was accused of possessing child pornography. This is considered a felony level offense which can carry life-changing consequences if this individual is ultimately convicted.

According to a local news report, police made this arrest Thursday, May 4. The accused is said to be a 47-year-old male. He has been charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor -- two counts. Upon his arrest, he was transported to a local detention center. He has since posted bond which was set at $10,000.

Criminal defense: Man facing domestic violence charge

A South Carolina man was recently arrested for his alleged role in a domestic violence incident. The accusations against him are quite serious. As such, his approach to his criminal defense in going to make or break his case.

On Sunday, April 30, police in Horry County were alerted to an incident between a husband and wife. According to reports, the wife received a phone call from her husband at around 9:30 a.m. When she hung up due to him allegedly getting angry, he supposedly sent a text saying he was on his way to collect one of their children -- a 2-year-old. The wife, the couple's three children and another adult left the home before he arrived. He is accused of trashing the home and then pursuing the victims in his automobile.

Highway patrol looking to reduce car accidents with new campaign

At the end of April, the South Carolina Highway Patrol began a new safety campaign aimed at aggressive drivers. The STOP Aggressive Driving Campaign will be going all year long. Its goal is to reduce the number of car accidents caused by reckless behavior.

According to a recent report, the SCHP and other police departments in Horry County will be on the lookout for aggressive driving behaviors such tailgating, speeding, following too closely, making unlawful lane changes and cutting other drivers off -- among various others. Why? It is believed that such behavior behind the wheel leads to more car accidents than drunk driving. In fact, in 2016, 70 people lost their lives in accidents caused by aggressive drivers, more were injured.

Do not let a rape charge ruin your future

Forcing oneself on another person is a serious offense in South Carolina and elsewhere. Those accused of rape face a number of severe penalties that can ruin their hopes and plans for the future. If you find yourself in such a situation, what can you do?

Rape is basically defined as intercourse or other sexual penetration without consent. Consent is the key word here. Many cases come down to the victim's word over the accused's. Who is to be believed? That is a tough question to answer in court, and unfortunately, without a strong legal defense, some individuals who are wrongfully accused end up being convicted.

PTSD from car accidents? Yes, it is possible

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone who has been through an extremely trying experience. While it is not commonly thought of as being related to car accidents, the truth is serious auto collisions can be quite unnerving. How common is auto accident-related PTSD and can South Carolina residents who have suffered mental health issues due to motor vehicle collisions seek compensation for their losses?

According to the National Center for PTSD and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately three million people in the United Stated are injured in auto collisions every year. Of those individuals, 9 percent are believed to develop mental health problems as a result. PTSD is the most commonly noted, but depression and anxiety have also been seen in some car accident victims. As this subject has been studied, researchers have identified several variables that seem to contribute to one experiencing mental health problems following a major motor vehicle collision. These include:

  • Inadequate social support
  • Ability to reengage personally and professionally
  • Severity of the injuries suffered
  • Witness to the death of a friend or loved one
  • Speed of recovery
  • Physical limitations

Young man arrested for drunk driving and other offenses

South Carolina police were recently called to a restaurant after a truck was hit by another vehicle while in the parking lot. The individual thought responsible was arrested and charged with drunk driving and other offenses. The accused is reportedly underage, so the penalties that would accompany a conviction could be quite severe.

Authorities responded to a call at The Coop restaurant in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 5. When police arrived, employees from the establishment were chasing a man who they claim is responsible for hitting a truck in the parking lot with his vehicle. Before authorities could do anything, the accused got in his SUV and fled the scene. He did not make it far, however, before crashing in a ditch.

Family of killed motorcyclist may seek damages in civil court

A South Carolina man was riding on his motorcycle when he was struck by a truck near Myrtle Beach State Park recently. Sadly, he died a few days after the incident. While this case is still being investigated, if negligence is believed to have contributed to this man's death, his surviving family members may seek damages in civil court.

According to a local report, a 56-year-old male was traveling in the northbound lane of Highway 17 on his motorcycle when the driver of a pickup attempted to turn onto a private drive and hit him. He was promptly transported to Grand Strand Medical Center with multiple injuries. After a few days of treatment, his body gave out and he passed away.

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