If they breach that duty of care by driving drunk, speeding, driving while drowsy, etc., they are liable for the damages that they cause, if said damages were a foreseeable result of their action or inaction.
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Charleston, South Carolina - Seaports, forts, and historic mansions define the past and support the economy of the present
Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.
Founded and settled by English colonists in 1670, Charleston grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Through the mid-nineteenth century, Charleston’s economy prospered due to its busy seaport and the cultivation of rice, cotton, and indigo. Today, major sources of capital came from Joint Base Charleston, the area’s medical industry, and the tourism industry. Today approximately 4.51 million people visit Charleston annually, generating an estimated $3.22 billion.
Travel in Charleston
The major interstates and highways of Charleston include:
- I-26 (eastern terminus is in Charleston)
- I-526 Bus.
- US 17
- US 52 (eastern terminus is in Charleston)
US 52 Spur
- US 78 (Eastern terminus is in Charleston)
- SC 7 (Sam Rittenberg Boulevard)
- SC 30 (James Island Expressway)
- SC 61 (St. Andrews Boulevard/Ashley River Road)
- SC 171 (Old Towne Road/Folly Road)
- SC 461 (Paul Cantrell Boulevard/Glenn McConnell Parkway)
- SC 700 (Maybank Highway)
Here is information on the most recent accidents in Charleston:
- Charleston car accidents
- Charleston motorcycle accidents
- Charleston pedestrian accidents
- Charleston aircraft accidents
- Charleston train accidents
- Charleston commercial truck accidents
- Charleston bicycle accidents
- Charleston drunk driving accidents
- Charleston boating accidents
If you are looking for information on a specific crash that happened in Charleston, go to the link above for the accident type you are seeking.
If you know someone who has been injured in a Charleston accident, here are links to the major hospitals in the area:
- Roper St. Francis;
- Medical University of South Carolina;
- Trident Medical Center;
- MUSC Children's Hospital.
Grief support information for accident victims in Charleston
When a loved one is killed in a motor-vehicle accident, it is often helpful for grieving family and friends to get help from a grief support organization. It can be comforting to talk with others going through a similar situation, and the road to recovering from the loss may go more smoothly. Go here to get information on Charleston grief support organizations.
Legal information for Charleston accident victims
When injury or death is the result of a motor-vehicle crash in Charleston, many decisions need to be made immediately and questions need to be answered. For example, how much of the medical costs will be covered by the insurance policy? How does PIP insurance help with medical bills immediately? What if the at-fault driver has no insurance?
Where to find legal assistance after a Charleston injury accident
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Victims are entitled to compensation for both economic damages, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. To ensure they get the treatment they need, most personal injury attorneys write letters of protection on behalf of victims, so third-party medical providers will treat them without upfront cost.
Altogether, landowner liability-related issues are the largest single reason for injury-related hospital visits. That being said, a third party landowner is not always legally responsible for a fall or other injury away from home.
Bus drivers, taxi drivers, Uber drivers, truck drivers, and other commercial operators have a higher duty of care in South Carolina because they are common carriers. Most motorists must use reasonable care when on the road, which essentially means that they must do their best to avoid car crashes. But common carriers have a duty of “best choice care,” which basically means that the safety of cargo and passengers overrides any other concerns they may have.
Under traditional third-party liability theories, the vehicle owner is normally responsible for the plaintiff’s damages if the owner negligently allows a third person to operate said vehicle. But the federal Graves Amendment specifically prohibits such actions, and South Carolina law disfavors them.
Unsurprisingly, a disproportionate number of serious auto accidents occur during poor weather. When the weather turns bad, all drivers have a legal duty to make whatever adjustments are necessary to ensure that they can continue to operate their vehicles safely.
Unfortunately, not all drivers will follow the law and carry the active insurance that they are required to have. Uninsured motorist coverage is designed to help protect you in the event that you are involved in an accident with a driver who fails to keep their insurance active.
Once again, the data does not reflect well on the safety of roads in South Carolina. The state does much worse than the national average in almost every safety related category.
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