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Richland County Car Accident Lawyers: How to Obtain a Copy of a Car Accident Report in South Carolina

How to Obtain a Copy of a Car Accident Report in South Carolina

After a car accident happens, there will generally be a police report for the crash so long as law enforcement was called and officers responded to the scene. The car accident police report can be an important element to proving fault and, in turn, securing compensation for the crash-related property damage, injuries and other losses.

That’s because this report can document critical details, such as (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Whether any involved motorists were issued traffic citations (or arrested) following the crash
  • Whether any of the involved motorists admitted fault in the crash
  • Whether there were any witnesses to the collision (and, if so, the names and contact information for these parties)
  • The nature and scope of the damage caused by the crash
  • The weather and road conditions at the time of the crash.

Now that we’ve underscored the importance of the car accident police report, here’s how you can obtain one:

  • Complete Form FR-50, Request for Copy of Officer’s Report.
  • Mail the completed form, along with the $6 processing fee, to the following address:

SCDMV
Office of Financial Responsibility
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, CS 29016

You can also go to the DMV office (located at Wilson Blvd., Blythewood or on Shop Road, Columbia) to obtain a copy of this report in person.

Car Accident Police Reports: More Important Information

  • In South Carolina, part of the car accident reporting process will require that motorists involved in crashes complete Form FR-10 to verify their insurance coverage. Failing to complete this form and return it to the DMV within 15 days of the crash can result in the suspension of a driver’s license, as well as the vehicle registration.
  • Although car accident police reports often contain important information and evidence regarding the crash, these reports are not always accurate or complete. Consequently, carefully reviewing these reports can be important to determining when you may have been wrongly blamed for fault in the crash, when evidence may be missing, etc.

Contact a Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been hurt in a car crash or in any type of traffic collision, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights, your potential case and your best options for recovery.

Since 1993, our lawyers have been dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people, working tirelessly to help them maximize their financial recoveries so they can restore their lives and focus on healing and moving on.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

Seatbelt Use in South Carolina Reaches Record High in 2016, SCDPS Reports

Seatbelt Use in South Carolina Reaches Record High in 2016, SCDPS Reports

Across the state of South Carolina, more people are buckling up than ever before. In fact, according to the findings of a study recently conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina, 93.9 percent of passenger vehicle drivers (and occupants) are wearing seatbelts every time they travel.

This is a record high for seatbelt usage in the state, and it reflects a more than 2 percent increase from seatbelt use last year, when about 91.6 percent of passenger vehicle occupants were reportedly buckling up.

This promising trend – and record high – is now being lauded by transportation safety officials at the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), as wearing seatbelts can prevent injuries and save lives when traffic accidents occur.

A Closer Look at the Findings

In analyzing seatbelt use trends for 2016, researchers surveyed motorists and vehicle occupants in 16 different counties across the state. The survey specifically asked about usage of “shoulder-style safety belts.” After carefully reviewing the survey results, researchers reportedly discovered that:

  • Females are more likely than males to be buckling up, with seatbelt usage rates for each gender being about 95.5 percent and 92.5 percent (respectively).
  • When compared to the occupants of trucks, the occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be buckling up (with usage rates being about 90.4 percent and 94.5 percent, respectively).
  • Public education campaigns, coupled with enhanced enforcement of seatbelt laws, have been pivotal in promoting greater compliance and getting more people to buckle up.

Commenting on these findings, SCDPS Director Leroy Smith has stated:

Safety belt usage is a critically important factor in whether a motorist survives a serious crash… Our goal is Target Zero traffic deaths, and getting there involves everyone pulling together. This latest statistic shows that motorists are complying with the law and following the best practice to keep themselves safe on the roads.

The Facts about Seatbelts: How Effective Seatbelts Are

To shed some more light on just how remarkable (and important) it is that more South Carolinians are wearing their seatbelts, check out these facts1 about seatbelt effectiveness:

  • Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of injuries, including fatal injuries, by up to 50 percent when auto accidents occur.
  • About half of the people killed in fatal car accidents in 20142 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.
  • Seatbelts saved at least 12,800 lives last year, and more than 10,000 additional lives could have been saved if people had been buckled up at the time of their crash.
  • Seatbelts tend to be most effective at protecting vehicle occupants when coupled with airbags.

What do you think about the record high for seatbelt usage in South Carolina? Do you buckle up every time you drive or ride? Share your opinions and experiences with us on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a car crash or in any type of traffic collision, contact a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights, your potential case, and your best options for recovery. For nearly three decades, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured people and helping them financially recover so they can reclaim their lives and focus on their future.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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1: According to authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2: The most recent year for which complete data is currently available

New OSHA Rule Requires Employers to Electronically Submit Injury & Illness Reports to Regulators

New OSHA Rule Requires Employers to Electronically Submit Injury & Illness Reports to Regulators

Employers across the U.S. will soon have to submit electronic injury and illness reports to regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in addition to maintaining their own onsite reports.

This new requirement, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, is the result of a new OSHA rule that is aimed at enriching the workplace injury data available to regulators in order to help them improve “safety for workers across the country.”

Specifically, the hope is that:

  • With far more data at hand, regulators will be empowered to use their “enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently.”
  • The added level of transparency will motivate employers to maintain safe workplaces, which is the key to saving “the lives and limbs of many workers.”

Details of the New OSHA Rule

As OSHA has explained, the new reporting requirement for employers will have different provisions (and data submission requirements) for different industries, as well as for employers of different sizes. Currently, regulators are planning to have the rule’s requirements roll out via the following phases:

  • 2016 injury and illness data for employers with at least 20 employees must be electronically submitted to OSHA by July 2017.
  • 2017 reports will have to be submitted by July 2018.
  • After that, these reports will be due to regulators no later than March 2nd (the following year).

OSHA has also explained that state OSHA programs must institute “requirements that are substantially identical to the requirements in this final rule.”

In addition to these mandates, the new rule also provides anti-retaliation protections for workers, with those slated to take effect this coming November. These protections:

  • Ban “employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness”
  • Mandate that employers notify workers of their rights to report workplace injuries and illness, including their right to protection from retaliation
  • Provide more details about the “implicit requirement” that employers have “reasonable” procedures for making injury/illness reports (with “reasonable” meaning that the process isn’t a deterrent to making these reports).

Commenting on this new rule, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, has noted that:

Our new rule will ‘nudge’ employers to prevent work injuries to show investors, job seekers, customers and the public they operate safe and well-managed facilities. Access to injury data will also help OSHA better target compliance assistance and enforcement resources, and enable ‘big data’ researchers to apply their skills to making workplaces safer.

What do you think of this new OSHA rule? Do you agree that it will be effective at enhancing workplace safety for Americans? Share your opinions and comments with us on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured on the job, contact a Columbia SC workers compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options. Since 1993, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured workers and helping them financially recover.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

Fatal ATV Accidents: A Look at the Causes, Incidence & Outcomes [Infographic]

The fun adventures that come with riding ATVs can also carry some significant risks for riders, especially those who are younger, less experienced and/or not wearing safety gear. In fact, annually, nearly 700 people are killed in ATV accidents – and about 20 percent of these victims are riders under the age of 16.

Highlighting more about the nature, prevalence and causes of fatal ATV accidents, the infographic below features some of the most recent statistics and discoveries about these types of motor vehicle accidents.

We invite you to share this infographic in social media. And we urge you to contact us if you or someone you love has been hurt in a motor vehicle crash. Our lawyers can help you identify your options for financial recovery after any type of auto wreck – and they can help you protect your rights and interests as you move forward to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.

Fatal ATV Accidents: A Look at the Causes, Incidence & Outcomes [Infographic]

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights, potential case and recovery options. Since 1993, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured people and helping them succeed in their financial recovery.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or email us via the contact form on this page to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

The Big Lie: Johnson & Johnson, Talc, and Ovarian Cancer

 

In the aftermath of verdicts of $72 million and $55 million on behalf of ovarian cancer victims, Johnson & Johnson is fighting back by releasing a public statement which misleads women about the connection between perineal use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Here, we dissect the pharmaceutical giant’s claims to bring you the truth.

J&J Claim No. 1: “When concerns about an association between talc and ovarian cancer were first raised in the early 1980s, Johnson and Johnson took them very seriously and did the things you expect from a company you trust…”

Concerns about talc and ovarian cancer were not “first raised in the early 1980s.” In fact, as Dr. Stephen A. Narod of Toronto’s Women’s College Institute recently noted, “[i]nterest in a possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer risk dates back to the 1960s when the public was concerned about asbestos contamination in talc.”[1] British researchers first identified talc particles in ovarian cancer tumors in 1971.[2]

The first published epidemiological study finding a statistically significant link between talc exposure and ovarian cancer was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal, Cancer, in July of 1982.[3] The author of the study, Dr. Daniel Cramer, later recalled Johnson & Johnson’s reaction to his research.

After this publication, I was contacted by Dr. Bruce Semple of Johnson and Johnson and we met in Boston in late 1982 or early 193. My recollection of the meeting was that Dr. Semple spent his time trying to convince me that talc use was a harmless habit, while I spent my time trying to persuade him to consider the possibility that my study could be correct and that women should be advised of this potential risk of talc. I don’t recall further meetings or communications with him.[4]

The specific “things you expect from a company you trust,” according to Johnson & Johnson, were as follows.

J&J Claim No. 2:

  • “Testing to ensure that the talc in JOHNSON’S®Baby Powder meets the highest Quality standards (US Pharmacopeia)”
  • “Engaging with the FDA, regulatory agencies, and governments around the world”
  • “Monitoring studies and all available information examining the safety of talc”
  • “Talking with independent consultants from outside our company about their point of view on the safety of talc.”

The “highest quality standards” for Baby Powder had nothing to do with the 1982 study linking talc to ovarian cancer, but rather had been implemented in 1976 when it was discovered that cosmetic talcum powder often contained measurable quantities of asbestos. After implementing those standards, Johnson & Johnson then began retaining the consultants of “independent consultants” such as Dr. Alfred P. Wehner to conduct studies on the asbestos content within its talcum powder.[5] Successful studies were published and touted by Johnson & Johnson as evidence of the safety of its products.

As more studies in the 1980s and early 90s continued to link talc (rather than asbestos) to ovarian cancer, however, Johnson & Johnson began to fear regulatory action against its Baby Powder and other talc-based products. As a result, the company helped form the “Talc Interested Parties Task Force,” which included representatives from other cosmetics companies. The Task Force, during the 90s, successfully staved off government intervention but, in doing so, Johnson & Johnson alienated some of its own so-called “independent consultants.” In 1997, Dr. Alfred P. Wehner complained to Johnson & Johnson that the Task Force was ignoring increasing scientific evidence of the connection between talc and ovarian cancer.

At that time (1994) there had been about 9 studies (more by now) published in the open literature that did show a statistically significant association between hygienic talc use and ovarian cancer. Anybody who denies this risks that the talc industry will be perceived by the public like it perceives the cigarette industry: denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.[6]

But Dr. Wehner’s warnings fell on deaf ears.

J&J Claim No. 3: “After 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world, science, research and clinical evidence continues to support the safety of cosmetic talc. Two widely-accepted, very large studies which followed women over a period of time — the Nurses’ Health Study by the Harvard School of Public Health published in 2009 and the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Cohort by the U.S. National Institutes of Health published in 2014 – found no association between talc and ovarian cancer. We also know that some epidemiology studies have reported an association between talc and ovarian cancer.”

Johnson and Johnson, of course, has known about all of the studies which have linked ovarian cancer to talcum powder exposure. In fact, in response to the 1982 Cramer study, Johnson and Johnson was quoted in the New York Times on August 12, 1982 and labeled the study’s results “inconclusive.” Said the Johnson & Johnson spokesperson,

We agree more study is needed, and we are going to conduct appropriate new studies. We feel there is a vast amount of published research on talc in humans and animals that has shown no tendency of pure cosmetic-grade talc to cause cancer.”[7]

As shown above, this continues to be Johnson and Johnson’s assertion 34 years later.

Johnson and Johnson does correctly cite two studies conducted in 2009 and 2014 which found no association between talc and ovarian cancer. In doing so, however, it attempts to minimize the existence of “some epidemiology studies” that continue to demonstrate the association. In fact, as of May of 2015, thirty-one studies had been conducted on the topic revealing “increased ovarian cancer risk by 30-60% in almost all well-designed studies.” According to Dr. Roberta Ness, “elimination of talc use could protect more than one quarter or more of women who develop ovarian cancer.”[8] Needless to say, that finding is completely inconsistent with Johnson and Johnson’s present insistence that “evidence continues to support the safety of cosmetic talc.”

J&J Claim No. 4: “We continue to believe in the safety of JOHNSON’S®Baby Powder containing talc and we trust our consumers to make their own decisions – which are why we want to provide the scientific support for the safety of talc. Our goal is always to meet our consumer’s needs and we are fortunate to have had this opportunity for more than 130 years.”

This final statement from Johnson and Johnson is amazingly contradictory. One would think, if the company truly trusted its “customers to make their own decisions” it would disclose all of the relevant data pertaining to the connection of talc exposure and ovarian cancer. But Johnson and Johnson continues to deny any connection whatsoever, just as it did in August of 1982.

Meanwhile, epidemiological evidence continues to mount against Johnson & Johnson with a May 2016 study from Duke University reporting a “significant association” between perineal use of talcum powder and elevated risks of ovarian cancer. As Dr. Joellen Schildkraut, the study’s primary author, told Reuters in a recent interview: “I was a cynic until these recent studies came out. As you look across all these studies, I would say, why use it? It’s an avoidable risk for ovarian cancer,” she said.[9]

Why, indeed.

Our law firm is investigating many cases of ovarian cancer across the State of South Carolina. If you would like to speak to a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. about your potential case, please call us at 1 (800) 531-9780 or contact us online.

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[1] S.A. Narod, “Talc and Ovarian Cancer,” Gynecologic Oncology, Vol. 141, Issue 3 at 410 (June 2016).

[2] W.J. Henderson, C.F.A. Joslin, A.C. Turnbull, and K. Griffiths, “Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix,” British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 78, Issue 3 at 266 (March 1971).

[3] Daniel W. Cramer, “Ovarian Cancer and Talc: A Case-Control Study,” Cancer, Vol. 50 at 376 (July 15, 1982).

[4] Dkt. 171-2 at 4, Berg v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 4:09-cv-04179 (D.S.D.), Expert report of Daniel W. Cramer, MD

[5] A.P. Wehner, G.M. Zwicker, W.C. Cannon, C.R. Watkin, and W.W. Carlton, “Inhalataion of Talc Baby Powder by Hamsters,” Food and Cosmetics Toxicology, Volume 15, Issue 2 at 126 (1977).

[6] Letter from Alfred P. Wehner to Michael R. Chudkowski (Sept. 17, 1997)(Plaintiff’s Exhibit #111, Berg v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., on file with U.S. District Court for District of South Dakota).

[7] Author unknown, “Talcum Company Calls Study on Cancer Link Inconclusive,” New York Times, August 12, 1982.

[8] Ness, R., “Does Talc Exposure Cause Ovarian Cancer?” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer,  Vol. 25, Supp. 1 (May 20150.

[9] See http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-talc-ovarian-cancer-idUSKCN0YO2T7 (last viewed July 5, 2016).

Lexington County Car Accident Lawyers: Fatal Auto Accidents in the U.S. Increase Nearly 8% in 2015, NHTSA Reports

 

Last year, at least 35,200 Americans were killed in traffic accidents, marking a dramatic 7.7 percent increase in the rate of fatal crashes occurring in the U.S. (when compared to 2014).

These are some of the latest findings reported by officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who have also revealed that, in 2015 (when compared to previous years):

  • Nearly every state experienced a significant jump in the rate of deadly motor vehicle accidents, with only one region in the nation (“Region 6” – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Mississippi) seeing a decrease in these crashes. And that decrease was ever-so-slight, with fatal auto accidents in Region 6 only dropping by about 1 percent.
  • Far more pedestrians and motorcyclists across the nation have been the victims of deadly traffic crashes.
  • While fatal auto accidents increased by about 4 percent, deadly truck accidents increased by about 5 percent.
  • 2015 is the first time since 2008 that the U.S. has experienced such a dramatic spike in the rate of deadly crashes.

Commenting on these findings, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated:

Every American should be able to drive, ride or walk to their destination safely, every time… We are analyzing the data to determine what factors contributed to the increase in fatalities and at the same time, we are aggressively testing new safety technologies, new ways to improve driver behavior, and new ways to analyze the data we have, as we work with the entire road safety community to take this challenge head-on.

Concisely supporting Secretary Foxx and elucidating the major concerns these findings have generated, authorities at the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) have noted that:

Each death on U.S. roadways is unacceptable, and, after many years of progress, this increase [in the rate of fatal auto accidents in the U.S.] is troubling.

Curbing Fatal Traffic Accidents & Saving Lives: Authorities’ Focus for the Future

Committed to reversing the deadly trend in traffic crashes, transportation safety officials are now getting ready to “issue a call to action to safety partners, state and local elected officials, technologists, data scientists and policy experts” to motivate them to create better “solutions to improve safety and reduce deaths caused by motor vehicles.”

Some of the preliminary plans to meet this goal include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Propelling the development of technologies (like automatic safety features and anti-impaired driving technologies) that can prevent crashes and/or their deadly impacts
  • Doubling down on efforts to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, distracted driving and reckless driving
  • Enhancing traffic law enforcement efforts so that negligent motorists can be taken off the road and/or penalized before they cause serious crashes.

Are you surprised to learn that fatal crashes across America have been on the rise? Tell us what you think on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a traffic accident– or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal traffic crash, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. to find out more about your recovery options. Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people, our lawyers are ready to provide you with effective legal advocacy as we help you financially recover.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

11 Traffic-Related Deaths Occurred in South Carolina Over the July 4th Holiday, SCDPS Reports

11 Traffic-Related Deaths Occurred in SC Over the July 4th

Over the July 4th holiday weekend in 2016, 11 people across South Carolina were killed in traffic crashes, according to the latest reports from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). This reportedly marks a nearly 58 percent increase in the number of traffic-related deaths when compared to the data from 2015, when 7 lives were taken in fatal crashes.

This spike in traffic fatalities – as well as the year-to-date totals for traffic deaths across the state – is starting to spark major concerns among transportation safety and law enforcement officials in South Carolina.

Fatal Traffic Crashes in South Carolina: A Closer Look at the Data

Taking a closer look at the preliminary traffic crash reports indicates that, over the 78-hour July 4th holiday period, the deadly wrecks that occurred in South Carolina involved:

  • 2 pedestrians and 3 motorcyclists
  • At least 2 motorists who were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash
  • Auto collisions on either U.S. routes or South Carolina roads (rather than interstates or county roadways).

In reporting these findings, authorities also shared the following fascinating (if not distressing) data about the year-to-date totals for deadly traffic accidents in South Carolina.  So far in 2016 in South Carolina:

  • 460 people have been killed in fatal traffic crashes – This reflects a nearly 3 percent drop in the incidence of deadly auto accidents in South Carolina when compared to the same period last year (i.e., January through July 4th in 2015).
  • More than 48 percent of the victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash – Here, it’s important to note that buckling up can reduce the risk of suffering fatal injuries (when collisions happen) by as much as 50 percent.
  • Fatal crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists have been on the rise while deadly wrecks involving motorcyclists have been on the decline.

What do you think about these reports and the trends in deadly motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina so far in 2016? Share your opinions with us on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a traffic accident– or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal traffic crash, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options. Since 1993, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured people, providing them effective legal advocacy as we help them succeed in their financial recovery.

While no amount of money can ever replace a loved one or make up for catastrophic injuries, financial recoveries can be the key to healing, paying for essential treatment needs and being able to get through the difficult times caused by horrific traffic crashes.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers discuss 10 Essential Firework Safety Tips for a Safe & Fun July 4th Celebration

10 Essential Firework Safety Tips for a Safe & Fun July 4th Celebration

Fireworks are often a highlight of July 4th celebrations, adding a fun, dynamic element to many festivities. As captivating as fireworks can be, however, they can also come with some risks. In fact, at least 11 people were killed in fireworks accidents in 2014.1

Additionally, the latest findings about fireworks accidents in the U.S. indicate that, in 2014:

  • About 10,500 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms.
  • Children under 15 years old comprised about 35 percent of the victims of fireworks accidents.

To minimize you and/or your children’s risk of firework accidents and injuries this year, here are some important fireworks safety tips to incorporate in this year’s festivities:

  1. Never throw fireworks at another person.
  2. When setting off fireworks, make sure you have a hose, fire extinguisher, and/or pail of water ready just in case a fire breaks out.
  3. Do not let young kids play with sparklers without the supervision of an adult.
  4. Do not let young kids use lighters/matches, play with fireworks or ignite fireworks.
  5. When lighting the fuse of fireworks, stand back. As soon as the fuse has been lit, back up a safe distance. Never bend or hunch over the firework when or after lighting the fuse.
  6. Do not pick up or try to reignite fireworks that have failed to fully ignite.
  7. Do not shoot fireworks off within containers, such as glass or metal containers.
  8. Do not transport or carry fireworks in pockets.
  9. Before throwing away spent fireworks casings, etc., be sure to douse them in water to prevent a fire.
  10. Do not set off fireworks if it is not legal to do so in your town, city or county. Check with city hall officials (or the local fire department) if you are unsure about whether it’s legal to set off fireworks in your area.

What are your plans for a safe and fun July 4th holiday weekend? Share them with us on Facebook & Google+.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. 

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective firework – or any faulty or dangerous product, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and recovery options. Since 1993, our lawyers have been committed to protecting the rights of injured people, providing them with effective legal advocacy as we help them succeed in their financial recovery.

Call our firm at (800) 531-9780 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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1: The latest year for which complete statistics are available; all data, facts and statistics discussed herein come from a report published by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC).

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