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Weak DUI Laws in South Carolina

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers advocate for tougher DUI laws in South Carolina in hopes of ending drunk driving accidents. Offenders convicted of drunk driving in South Carolina face stiff penalties that include suspension of driver’s license, incarceration, hefty fines, mandatory participation in alcohol and drug safety programs, license reinstatement fees, insurance surcharges, and in some cases, installation of an ignition interlock device. While the laws against drunk driving in the state are routinely enforced, many members of the advocacy group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), feel tougher laws could save more lives.

MADD advocates are lobbying to have a bill passed that would require those convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. Currently, South Carolina law mandates an ignition interlock device on cars of those convicted of drunk driving offenses with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 percent or higher.

Ignition Interlock Devices

An ignition interlock device prevents a driver from starting their car if the presence of alcohol is detected on their breath. The device is a mobile breathalyzer hooked up to the ignition system. The driver must blow into the breathalyzer before starting their car. If alcohol is detected, the ignition is locked, and the driver cannot start the car.

Since 2014 when South Carolina required ignition interlock devices on cars, 1,648 cars were prevented from starting when alcohol was detected on the driver’s breath. MADD advocates believe that expanding the law to include ignition interlock devices on the cars of all drivers convicted of drunk driving will save even more lives. Drivers that are required to install the technology on their car must pay for the device itself and its installation. Lawmakers hope that this will be an added incentive to deter people from drinking and driving and potentially causing a wreck.

Current Interlock Laws

South Carolina’s current ignition interlock laws only apply to second time and successive offenders. MADD wants the law changed to include all drivers that are convicted with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, whether it is their first offense or subsequent offense. Those who refuse to install the device will be subject to a three-year suspension of their driver’s license. Drivers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the device and to ensure that the unit is inspected by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole every 60 days.

The big question is whether making ignition interlock devices mandatory for all drunk driving offenses will further reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. With the criminal and administrative penalties already imposed, some say extending the law will have minimal impact. MADD members and other drunk driving advocates disagree. If close to 2,000 offenders were prohibited from getting behind the wheel in two years, they say the number will grow if the ignition interlock devices are required for all offenders.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Victims of Drunk Drivers

Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable events. Victims that are injured by a drunk driver may be eligible for compensation. The Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. work diligently to ensure that their clients claim the maximum amount of compensation available. Call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Our offices are conveniently located throughout South Carolina and we serve clients across the state, including in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Hierarchy of Controls in Work Safety

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss Hierarchy of Controls in Work SafetyThe ideal way to keep workers safe from hazards is to eliminate them completely. Of course, this is not always possible. However, in many cases it can be done, but has not been considered, as the risks associated with certain hazardous tasks have already been accepted for a long time.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers an explanation of how to identify and minimize the amount of exposure workers have to occupational hazards. Called the Hierarchy of Controls, it can be pictured as an inverted pyramid. Elimination is at the top followed by Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the bottom. The hierarchy begins with the most desirable and effective controls and ends with least effective.

NIOSH also has an initiative known as Prevention through Design (PtD) that aims to implement the hierarchy by anticipating and designing out hazards to workers in facilities, equipment, work methods, and processes.

Using the Hierarchy of Controls

Elimination involves physically removing the hazard, which is best done by conferring with supervisors, engineers, workers and anyone else involved in the process being evaluated.

If it is determined that elimination is truly not possible, then perhaps a Substitution is the answer. A hazardous product or process may be replaced with a safer one. Elimination and Substitution should be done during developmental stages, since once work has begun changes are more difficult to enact.

Engineering Controls can be very effective for protecting workers from hazards such as:

  • Falls
  • Noise
  • Hazardous drugs
  • Silica
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Aerosols
  • Asphalt fumes
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Nitrous oxide

Examples of typical Engineering Controls include isolating and removing airborne emissions using local exhaust ventilation, and machine guarding to protect operators. Noise control can be achieved through sound insulation in cabs of industrial trucks and vehicles, and the use of quieter tools and machinery such as urethane-coated mining conveyor chains. According to NIOSH, these solutions actually make the work easier to perform and do not interfere with worker productivity or comfort.

Administrative Controls and PPE

Administrative Controls are next to last on the hierarchical pyramid. They can limit exposure to hazards by changing workers’ schedules or adjusting the tasks they are assigned to. Examples of Administrative Controls include buddy systems, the installation of warning signs and alarms, limiting the time a worker can be exposed to a hazard, and creating written procedures for operations.

The last control on the pyramid is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This is only considered acceptable by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if it is impossible to eliminate the hazard, or the other controls to mitigate risk are in development.

Prevention through Design (PtD)

Design can be considered the pinnacle of the Hierarchy of Controls. NIOSH emphasizes that PtD can go a long way towards eliminating hazards to workers. When architects and engineers collaborate with employers and workers, who have insight to work conditions and safety issues, they can create the safest possible work environment.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Injured Workers in South Carolina

Contact Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. to speak with a dedicated Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer if you have suffered injuries in a work-related accident. We offer free consultations and will work to get you the compensation you need to fully recover. Call 800-531-9780 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation in one of our six convenient locations.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina including the communities of Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Car Recalls on the Rise

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers weigh in on an increase in car recalls. In recent years, safety recalls for cars sold in the United States have been rising exponentially. There may be several factors responsible for this phenomenon, including more cars being sold, and the use of common parts across multiple model lines. Not only have the number of recall campaigns been steadily increasing over the past few years, but also the total number of vehicles recalled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recalls have been increasing each year since 2011. Many consumers see this as a sign of declining safety and reliability of vehicles across the board.

Factors Contributing to the Rising Rate of Recalls

  • Increasingly common use of parts across multiple model and brand lines.
  • Increased oversight and reaction time by regulators and agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Justice.
  • Increased media attention to the issue, which leads to greater self-reporting of problems.
  • Since the disastrous economic downturn of 2008, major automakers have been selling more cars, setting all time records in 2015 and 2016; years which also had a record number of recalls.

Widespread Failure to Address Recalls

In addition to the rate of recalls increasing steadily every year, there is another disturbing trend. Thirty percent of all recalled vehicles remain on the roads, unrepaired. This is because people may minimize the severity of the issue and the necessity to make the repair, or because car dealerships sell used cars with open recalls. Many people are unaware that their vehicle has been subject to a recall. The NHTSA urges all car owners to check their vehicle identification number (VIN) on the recalls page of their website every year, like they would check the batteries in their home smoke detectors. Vehicles may change hands many times, being sold through online marketplaces, person to person. If you have purchased a used car, make sure to check if there is an open recall on it. Most car dealerships fix recalls at no cost to the consumer. Failing to address safety issues with a recalled vehicle could pose a safety risk to many motorists on the road.

New Search Tool for Checking Recall Status

In addition to the recall page of NHTSA’s website, automakers have announced the launch of a new search tool. Approved commercial and government entities can search for open recalls up to 10,000 cars at once, free of charge. This new tool is due to a partnership between the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers.  Together, these entities represent 99 percent of all automakers in America.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Help Victims Claim Compensation They Deserve

If you have suffered a car accident due to the negligence of others, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are ready to help. We represent clients injured in all types of car accidents caused by negligence, whether caused by another driver, automaker, or dealer. We fight beside accident victims, helping them obtain the full amount of compensation that they deserve. To learn more, call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online.

We serve clients throughout South Carolina, including the areas of Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Exposure to Chemicals at Work Linked to Hearing Loss

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss hearing loss for workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. Many American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise on-the-job, which can result in hearing loss. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers who are exposed to harmful chemicals on the job often suffer serious adverse effects if they are also exposed to elevated levels of noise, including serious hearing loss as a result of exposure. Chemical exposure in the workplace may be unintentionally, and even unknowingly, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. They are commonly found in pesticides, solvents, and certain medications.

Are You at Risk?

The link between chemical exposure and hearing loss is still not completely understood, but researchers have identified ototoxicants as a class of chemicals that are associated with increased hearing loss. Men and women who are employed in certain industries are at a greater risk than the public for being exposed to ototoxicants, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Fueling of vehicles or aircraft
  • Utilities
  • Machinery
  • Fabricated metal
  • Leather work
  • Textile
  • Apparel and garment
  • Petroleum
  • Paper
  • Chemical
  • Paint
  • Plastics
  • Furniture and furniture products
  • Solar cells
  • Electrical equipment
  • Appliances and batteries or other electronic components
  • Transportation equipment
  • Ship building
  • Pesticide spraying
  • Weapons/munitions firing
  • Firefighters
  • Printing

According to OSHA, there are five subtypes of ototoxicants, including pharmaceuticals, asphyxiants, such as tobacco smoke and other inhalable compounds, solvents, nitriles, and metals. Research on the effects of ototoxicants and noise exposure is limited because there is no way to distinguish through traditional hearing tests whether hearing loss is caused by exposure to excessive volume, chemicals, or a bit of both.

How Ototoxicants Affect Hearing

Workers can be exposed to ototoxicants in several ways, and the severity of harm correlates with the length of time a person is exposed, and the amount of chemicals they are exposed to. Other factors, such as a person’s age, can contribute to the severity of the health effects caused by ototoxic chemicals.

Because ototoxicants affect the key portion of a person’s auditory system in not just their ears, but also the brain itself, a person’s hearing is impacted in a unique way. Sounds are not only quieter, but they are also less perceptible. It can be harder for a person to distinguish voices from background noises if they have a similar sound frequency. Also, it can be hard for a person to determine where a sound is coming from.

How to Reduce Your Risk

Determine whether there are ototoxicants in your workplace by reviewing Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for ototoxic chemicals. You may want to suggest that your employer replace hazardous chemicals with less toxic alternatives. If that is not feasible, engineering controls can be used to diminish exposure. It is helpful to always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Injured Workers

If you suffer from work-related hearing loss or other symptoms that you suspect may be the result of chemical or noise exposure, the experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or by filling out our online contact form.

With six office locations throughout South Carolina, we represent injured workers in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County. 

CSA Law Represents Customer Suing Utility Company

Columbia Class Action Lawyers provide representation to a client in a class action lawsuit against a utility company. Attorney Graham Newman of Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. is representing a customer who is suing the utility company, Tri-County Electric, as part of a federal class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, citing the high amount of compensation that the part-time board of the company was receiving, while power bills that customers faced were overwhelmingly high. Customers involved in the suit allege that the board received profits that were excessive, unfair, and undeserved. To read more, follow this link.

If you believe a company or business violated your trust by their actions, contact our Columbia class action lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. at 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in the communities of Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Memorial Day Driving Tips

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers provide detailed travel safety tips to help families avoid Memorial Day car accidents. Memorial Day is a holiday to remember for those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom. Although not technically the first day of summer, many people think of Memorial Day that way. As we are looking forward to a long, warm weekend of relaxation, it is important to remember to stay safe on the road. Memorial Day is historically one of the heaviest travel days of the year, and more cars mean more accidents. If you plan on traveling this Memorial Day, remember these safety tips:

  • Do not drink and drive. Although this seems obvious, the truth is that nearly 30 people are fatally injured in car accidents involving a drunk driver every day in the United States. If you have a teenager, take the time to talk to them about the dangers of drunk driving and remind them frequently that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on drinking this Memorial Day, download a ride sharing app or designate a sober driver.
  • Obtain plenty of rest. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Obtaining full eight hours of sleep the night before you travel will help you stay safe and alert.
  • Inflate your tires. Make sure your tires are ready by ensuring that they are inflated to the proper tire pressure. Too much or too little pressure can result in a wreck. Driving on hot surfaces can increase the risk of tire problems.
  • Replace your wiper blades. Summer storms can happen without warning. Make sure that your wipers are fresh because grime and dust on your windshield can reduce visibility and result in an accident.
  • Use headlights appropriately. Do not use bright lights in oncoming traffic. Make sure your lights are clean and do not forget to turn on your headlights if your wipers are on, or as dusk approaches.
  • Fill up. Never let your gas tank get too low.
  • Do not leave children unattended in your car. Even if you are only gone for a minute, the temperature inside your car can skyrocket to a fatal level. Bring your children and pets with you when you exit the car.
  • Buckle up. Always wear your seat belt and observe the speed limit.
  • Never rush. Leave with enough time to spare so that if you hit traffic, you will not get aggravated or feel like you need to speed to make up lost time.
  • Avoid tailgating. Always maintain a safe following distance.
  • Be prepared. Carry a disaster supply kit in your trunk complete with a flashlight, non-perishable food items, a blanket, and road flares. It is vital to also take frequent rest breaks.
  • Do not use your cellphone while driving. Distracted driving is dangerous. Avoid using your cellphone or engaging in other distractions, such as eating or grooming, while behind the wheel.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent People Injured by Negligent Drivers

Memorial Day should be fun and safe for everyone. However, some people do not take the safety of others into consideration by using their cellphones while driving, driving drunk, or engaging in other negligent conduct. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, we serve clients from Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Seneca Car Accident Fatally Injures Passenger, Hurts Driver

Seneca Car Accident Fatally Injures Passenger, Hurts DriverA car accident in Seneca, South Carolina caused a fatality and personal injuries on Monday evening. Around 7:15 pm, at the intersection of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Keowee School Road, an SUV collided with a sedan, which led to the fatality. The driver of the sedan and passenger sustained injuries while the SUV driver incurred no injuries. Despite being taken to the Oconee Memorial Hospital for medical treatment, the passenger succumbed to fatal injuries after the Seneca car accident.

About 90 percent of car accidents result from driving errors, which demonstrates that many accidents could be prevented. Crashes caused by contributing factors such as distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving, and drowsy driving may cause motorists and passengers to incur a range of injuries as well as potential fatalities. Even one serious car accident like the Seneca car accident could adversely impact a victim’s life and cause life-long physical trauma, emotional distress, and financial difficulties.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident, our South Carolina car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will focus their efforts on your case.  You may schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online. With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, including those in towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.

Common Warehouse and Factory Injuries  

Columbia Work Injury Lawyers discuss common warehouse and factory work injuries. In every industry, even businesses where most employees work in cubicles, the chances of incurring a workplace injury exists. Certain industries, however, involve much riskier tasks that cause stress on the body and put workers in significant danger due to various factors. Individuals who work in warehouses or factories face the possibility of workplace injuries daily whether they originate from equipment used, the work environment in which they must complete assignments, or the type of work they must perform. Some warehouse and factory workers acknowledge that hazards may accompany their positions, while other employees may discover the peril after they unexpectedly become hurt on the job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eleven fatalities were reported by warehouses and storage facilities in 2015. About five in 100 warehouse workers sustained workplace injuries in 2016, which exceeds the approximate three in 100 average of all industries. Following are the most common workplace accidents that affect workers in warehouses and factories.

Most Common Workplace Accidents

Forklift Accidents: Warehouses use forklifts for transportation of products on a daily basis. Even experienced forklift operators who either walk beside or ride the forklift may become injured if the vehicle overturns and crushes the operator. During the loading process, the operator or other workers may sustain injuries from precariously stacked items. Forklift accidents reign as the most common cause of workplace injuries and fatalities.

Truck Accidents: Although many warehouses utilize outside trucking companies for hauling, some businesses still use their own fleets, which may result in work accidents.

Falling Objects: Since warehouses and storage facilities tend to store various items in their confines and may be moved from time to time, falling objects may endanger employees. A piece of equipment may harm workers, too, if it hits an individual or slips out of place.

Shelf and Rack Collapses: Similarly, shelves and racks may collapse, spilling the contents or the shelving unit itself, causing injuries and even fatalities for workers.

Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents occur frequently at warehouses and factories due to the constant moving of objects and excess materials residing on the floor preparing to be transported or shelved. Warehouse floors may be slippery or slick or may be uneven or contain different types of flooring, which could lead to dangerous falls.

Falls from ladders may also occur, which may result in serious injuries or fatalities. Loading docks may present significant danger to employees due to falling hazards, as well as the possibility of being crushed by an item or a truck that is moving boxes or pallets of materials.   

Overexertion Injuries: Employees who engage in physical labor often face overexertion injuries, which may appear minor but could develop into full-blown health issues. Lifting or carrying large units may put excess pressure on the back, shoulders, and legs, leaving employees with debilitating, lifelong injuries that inhibit workers staying gainfully employed.

Columbia Work Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Injured Warehouse and Factory Workers

Injuries incurred at work may cause significant emotional and physical trauma for warehouse and factory workers. If you have gotten hurt on the job, our skilled Columbia work injury lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will offer you assistance with your Workers’ Comp claim to ensure you receive all entitled benefits. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

At our six office locations throughout South Carolina, we dedicate our time and support to our clients in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, South Carolina.

Dangers of Driving After a Concussion

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers weigh in on the dangers of driving after a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that commonly occurs after an impact to the head, or a whiplash injury to the neck. It can render someone unconscious, and even affect a person’s thoughts and actions. This can include their ability to drive safely.

It is important to recognize the signs of a concussion and to understand the dangers of driving with one. Driving while impaired with a concussion increases the risk of a car wreck, and is dangerous not only for the driver, but also for other drivers on the road.

Common symptoms associated with a concussion include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Trouble balancing/loss of coordination
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Irritability

Symptoms may begin immediately or may take months to develop. Depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, it may not be safe for those experiencing concussion symptoms to drive, because they may experience slower reaction time, poor physical coordination, poor judgment, and diminished ability to pay attention.

Most Doctors Fail to Warn Patients About Dangers of Driving After a Concussion

A recent study found that most doctors do not warn patients about the dangers of driving after a concussion. Researchers had 333 doctors and members of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine complete an online survey about driving after a concussion, and what they advise their patients. The doctors analyzed had managed at least 12 concussions per year.

According to the study, 83 percent of the doctors said that a concussion puts individuals at increased risk of getting in a car accident. Yet only 49 percent routinely counsel their patients about driving. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, also revealed that 82 percent of doctors did not implement testing to determine whether individuals were ready to drive, and more than 30 percent said they did not have clear criteria established for determining when a patient is ready to drive after a concussion.

The study’s lead author states that although it is probable that concussions impair skills that are critical to driving, more research needs to be done to determine exactly how concussions affect driving. For now, he and his colleagues have partnered with Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research to examine the effects of concussions on driving. The University is using driving simulators to compare the driving of healthy young adults to those with a concussion.

Until the outcomes of these studies are evaluated, the lead author suggests that driving after a concussion be restricted, and that clinicians should refer patients to a specialist who can provide individualized treatment plans and recommendations.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Victims of All Types of Car Accidents

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car crashes. Many times, the wrecks were preventable and occurred due to someone else’s negligence. If you were injured in a car accident, the experienced Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. may be able to help you obtain compensation. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600.

With six office locations throughout South Carolina, our legal team proudly represents injured victims and their families throughout the state, including those residing in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Greenville Bus Accident with Tractor-Trailer Injures Ten Victims

Greenville Bus Accident with Tractor-Trailer Injures Ten VictimsOn Thursday afternoon, a bus accident that involved a tractor-trailer left ten victims with a range of personal injuries. In Greenville, South Carolina, around 1:00 pm, the bus crash occurred when both a Greenlink bus and a tractor-trailer simultaneously entered the intersection of White Horse Road and Crestfield Road. The bus driver and nine passengers sustained injuries during the Greenville bus accident while the tractor-trailer driver incurred no injuries.

When large vehicles containing several passengers engage in an accident, the outcome may be catastrophic. Since a vehicle such a commuter bus generally does not contain various safety features like cars do, passengers and the bus driver may sustain injuries or even fatalities during a crash. In some cases, the bus driver may fail to use caution when transporting the occupants or lack the proper training to operate a bus. Truck drivers may be experiencing driver fatigue, which may contribute to an accident.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in a bus or trucking accident, our South Carolina trucking accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will tend to your case with skill and compassion. You may schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online. With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, including those in towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.

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