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Did You Suffer an Injury or Were You Involved in an Accident? This Information May Help You

Most injury victims or individuals involved in an accident do not have the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with an insurance company, legal team, or other defendant. Fortunately, we are here to provide this information. Whether you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, a workplace injury, or another type of injury caused by someone else’s negligence, we are here to help with these valuable and informative articles.

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  • Woman Dead After Rock Thrown Through Windshield Alicia Thomas of Spartanburg, SC died Easter night after she was struck by a rock thrown into her car from an overpass. The rock was thrown by two North Carolina teenagers who have been charged with first-degree murder for her death.
  • Family of Woman Who Died During Radio Contest Gets $16.56 Million In 2007, Jennifer Strange entered a radio contest called "hold your wee for a Wii" hoping she would win a Wii for her children. During the contest, participants consumed water over a brief period of time. If they urinated or vomited, they were disqualified.Strange, a 28-year old mother of 3, was one of two contestants left by two and half hours in. She had consumed about one and half gallons of water. Suffering from a severe headache, nausea, and lightheadedness, Strange quit the contest and told the station's employees that she was not feeling well enough to drive home. Employees told her to sit in the lobby until she felt better and did not contact any medical personnel. Still vomiting, Strange drove herself home. She died six hours later from water intoxication. The jury awarded the Strange family $16.56 million, which included $15.1 million in noneconomic damages, such as loss of consortium. The jury found the radio station 100% liable for Jennifer Strange's death.
  • If You Think You're a "Supertasker," You're Not! A recent study by the University of Utah finds that a small number of people are able to talk on a cell phone while driving a vehicle without being impaired. These people, deemed "supertaskers," make up only 2.5% of the population. The study found that driving distances increased 30% and participants were unable to keep pace with simulated traffic. Furthermore, their brake times were 20% longer, their memory declined by 11%, and their math execution fell 3%. There were also those "supertaskers," who displayed no change in their following distances, braking times, memory, or math execution. Their memory abilities actually improved by 3%.
  • Machine Operator Has Fingers Amputated After Work Injury A California Machine Operator has fingers crushed while using an unguarded press. The man filed suit against the employer and another defendant. The parties settled during mediation. The employer settled for $250,000 and the other defendant settled for $137,500, for a total reward of $387,500.
  • Tennesse Teacher's Car Rammed For Having Obama Bumper Sticker Political unrest hits home for one Tennessee school teacher, when his car was rammed because he had a Obama/Biden campaign sticker on the bumper. The school teacher was on his way home from picking up his daughter from school, when a SUV pulled up behind him. The SUV's driver began making obscene gestures and honking at the teacher. He then rammed the SUV into the back of the teacher's sedan several times, before leaving the scene. The driver who rammed the car was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a field sobriety test.
  • "You Weren't Wearing A Seat Belt": Another Meritless Argument by Insurance Companies A violation of the South Carolina seat belt law cannot be used as evidence of negligence in a civil action. Shelly Leeke Law Firm offers free reports and information for Charleston, South Carolina Accident victims and car accident victims throughout the state. Call 843-277-6061 today.
  • Not Every Accident Warrants Punitive Damages If you suffer an injury by a drunk driver or a driver that is distracted by texting or talking on the phone you may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to payment for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Shelly Leeke Law Firm, Charleston South Carolina's personal injury law firm. Representing Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, West Ashley and surrounding areas. Call 843-277-6061 today.
  • Man Left to Die in Parking Lot, Family Gets $2.6 Million Verdict Dave Dumencu died after leaving a bar and being knowcked to the ground by the bar's bouncer. Dumencu hit his head on the pavement and later died from injuries. His family sued the bar, the bar's bouncer, and the bar's manager for negligence. They were awarded $2.6 million.
  • Speed Limits: 70 Is The New 55 National posted speed limits have risen 15 mph since 1973, when 55mph was the national speed limit. Currently there are 34 states that have posted speed limits of 70 mph or higher. Speed limits continue to rise while insurers argue for slower speed limits and harsher penalties for speeding. Reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that highway fatalities in 2009 were the lowest since the government began keeping these statistics in 1954. Recently, Tom Tom Inc., the maker of GPS navigation devices, recently released their findings from a study on drivers' speeds. The company analyzed speed data of customers from 45 states and Washington, D.C. The company found that most drivers abide by the posted speed limits.
  • Make Your Car a No Phone Zone And Save Lives Lately, you can’t turn on the news without hearing about the ongoing debate over cell phone use and texting while driving. Cell phone related accidents and deaths are at an all time high. Oprah calls it “America’s New Deadly Obsession.” That’s why Oprah has started a movement to make cars a No Phone Zone. Starting in January of this year, Oprah began her No Texting Campaign. In this campaign, anyone can sign “Oprah’s No Phone Zone Pledge” and start to break their “addiction” to texting while driving. To sign the pledge, go to Oprah.com and click on “No Phone Zone.”

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