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Wrongful death lawsuits have many twists and turns

The thought of being involved in a fatal accident is something most people don't want to consider. Even so, they realize that taking to the roadway, for instance, puts them in danger.

If a loved one is killed in an accident, regardless of the nature, it is essential to learn as much as possible about your legal rights. You have a lot going on at this point, such as caring for the rest of your family and mourning your loved one's death. At the same time, as you learn more about South Carolina wrongful death laws, you will begin to formulate a plan for the future.

DUI accident leads to prison sentence for teen

On April 13, a crash between a Volkswagen and a pickup truck in Myrtle Beach ended the life of the driver of the Volkswagen. The pickup truck driver was arrested for driving under the influence and other charges.

On Nov. 12, the 18-year-old driver of the pickup pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence and reckless homicide. According to an April 23 article on myhorrynews.com, the teen was originally charged with felony DUI with great bodily injury, felony DUI with death results and possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash.

Pedestrian versus car accidents have a variety of causes

We have often covered a variety of car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents and other types of accidents. One type of accident that can prove to be especially devastating is a pedestrian accident. When you think about a pedestrian being hit by a car, you can likely imagine the devastation that occurs to the pedestrian's body. Broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma, spinal cord injuries and even death are all possible when a pedestrian is hit by a car. Our South Carolina readers might like to know a little more about pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are caused by a variety of factors. A driver not paying attention to what is going on around them might lead to a pedestrian being hit. A pedestrian might decide to cross the street in a crosswalk and end up getting hit by a car. In these cases, the pedestrian might decide to seek compensation from the driver who struck them.

Wiretaps lead to dogfighting, cocaine arrests in South Carolina

At the beginning of October, local law enforcement and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant on a property in Lexington, South Carolina. That warrant led to authorities seizing almost three dozen pit bulls, guns, drugs and cash.

According to authorities, the property was set up to train the animals for dogfighting. Many of the pit bulls were dehydrated and emaciated, having been tied up to car axles outside in the woods. Trashcans were reportedly used as shelter for the dogs. Investigators also found the remains of several deceased dogs on the property.

The seriousness of assault and battery charges

It doesn't matter if you are one of our South Carolina readers who stays current with the local news or you live in another part of the country, you know that violent crimes, such as assault and battery, occur from time to time.

While not always the case, most assault and battery charges are related to an unexpected situation that leads to a brief outburst. For this reason, many people who are accused of the crime are shocked to learn that they are in so much trouble with the law.

What are the components necessary for shoplifting charges?

It is common knowledge that taking things from other people without their permission is wrong. For people who need items from a store but are unable to purchase them, taking those items might be tempting. If a person ends up taking things without paying for them, he or she might face shoplifting charges. Our South Carolina readers might want to know some basics of shoplifting.

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Steps to take following an auto accident in South Carolina

While not always the case, many South Carolina auto accidents result in personal injury to one or more of the people involved. If you find yourself injured in an auto accident, there are steps you should take to improve your chance of a full recovery.

The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If you are unable to drive yourself to the hospital, which is often the case, wait for medical help to arrive on the scene. There are many injuries commonly associated with auto accidents, ranging from broken bones to abrasions. Even if you feel okay after an accident, it is better to get checked out than to avoid this and hope for the best.

Attempted murder, drug charges against Horry County man

In many cases involving drug charges, there are also other charges. For one Horry County man, the charges also include attempted murder. According to reports, the 32-year-old man was arrested on Oct. 18 after a short chase.

Police responded to a shots fired call in Little River, South Carolina. As they were investigating the call, police allegedly found the defendant hiding behind a dumpster. He allegedly had a white hoodie on that contained bloodstains. The man reportedly ran away but was located and arrested by police after about 20 minutes of searching.

Outcomes of criminal charges vary in South Carolina

Being charged with a crime isn't something that anyone aspires to do. We know that mistakes happen that sometimes lead to criminal charges. No matter what crime a person is being charged with, the effects of a conviction can be life altering. Time in jail might jeopardize a job. Fines can harm a person's financial status. When you think about that, plus the possibility of a ruined reputation and other social consequences, it is easy for you to realize that a firm defense is necessary in these cases.

In the best cases, some defendants might be able to have charges dismissed. That means that they won't face any legal consequences of the charges. Ultimately, that is the goal of almost every criminal defense case.

Drinking and driving can lead to a car accident

Most of our South Carolina readers understand the importance of sober driving. They realize that drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel can increase the chance of an accident, leading to death in the most serious cases.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, roughly 30 people die every day in the United States in a motor vehicle accident involving at least one impaired driver. For this reason, the yearly cost of these accidents reaches nearly $60 billion.

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