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It’s important to know the top causes of truck accidents

As you travel the roads of South Carolina, and around the country, it's safe to assume that you will be in close proximity to large commercial trucks. These hulking vehicles tend to intimidate drivers of smaller cars on the road due to their size alone, and the knowledge that when there's an accident with a huge truck, the smaller car usually fares worse in terms of damage.

When you understand the top causes of truck accidents, it's much easier to avoid trouble on the road.

4 ways to communicate that could lead to wire fraud charges

The idea of "wire fraud" might seem like a rather obscure notion these days. Communicating via wire could evoke images of old-time telegraph operators or other outdated notions. However, the federal government defines wire fraud much more broadly. "Interstate wire communications" covers a lot of different areas, and wire fraud is a very serious crime indeed.

Federal prosecutors aggressively prosecute white collar crimes such as federal wire fraud, in which people are accused of coming up with, or being a part of, a scheme to defraud people of their money. If you find yourself facing federal charges in South Carolina, you need to find a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you on your behalf. Here are four of the ways people could end up facing federal wire fraud charges.

Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana in SC can cost you

South Carolina takes drug offenses very seriously. In fact, even marijuana, which is quickly being legalized around the country, carries stiff penalties. More people than ever are questioning the prohibition of marijuana, seeing it as comparable to alcohol. Public opinion won't matter to law enforcement or the courts if you're caught with marijuana, especially if you have more than an ounce in your possession.

Depending on the circumstances, you could face either misdemeanor possession charges or felony sale and trafficking charges. It is possible to get charged with trafficking even if you never had the intention to sell marijuana to anyone. In South Carolina, the amount of marijuana you possessed can and will be used as the basis for criminal charges against you. The more you had, the worse the potential charges.

Handle concussions as the serious injuries they are

It doesn't take much for a car accident to cause severe, long-lasting health issues. Whether the victims are young or old, tall or short, in good health or in poor health, injuries sustained in a car accident can linger for a long time - not just a few weeks, but sometimes months or even years.

Concussions, for example, are injuries that can affect people's lives on a long-term basis. Because a concussion is a traumatic brain injury, various brain functions can be affected. Some of them may not be evident right away, so seeing a doctor is crucial after you are involved in a car wreck - even if you don't think you are injured.

Chemical Testing in South Carolina DUI cases

Whether you know it or not, by driving on South Carolina roads you consent to give samples (i.e. breath, blood and/or urine) for chemical testing if you are under arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Concentration (DUAC), or Felony DUI (DUI involving death or serious bodily injury).  This law is referred to as Implied Consent ("A person who drives a motor vehicle in this State is considered to have given consent to chemical tests of the person's breath, blood, or urine for the purpose of determining the presence of alcohol, drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs, if arrested for an offense arising out of acts alleged to have been committed while the person was driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs . . . . If the person is physically unable to provide an acceptable breath sample because the person . . . is unconscious . . . the arresting officer may request a blood sample to be taken.  Any additional tests to collect other samples must be collected within three hours of the arrest.  S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2950 (A) (Supp. 2009)).

Facing federal drug charges? You need experienced help

Drug charges carry some of the harshest sentencing of any kind of non-violent crime. If you are facing federal drug charges, you are literally facing a fight for your life. A conviction of federal drug charges will most likely involve you spending years and possibly decades of your life behind bars.

Regardless of what you may or may not have done, these charges are almost always extremely unfair. You must act quickly to ensure that your rights remain protected throughout the defense process and make sure that your rights are not violated by the prosecution.

Racing fan settles catastrophic injury case with NASCAR

South Carolina is home to devoted legions of racing fans. Our part of the country is fortunate to host several top NASCAR races every year, including at Darlington Raceway in our state. The roar of the engines and the spectacle of stock cars flying around the track has been a tradition throughout the Southeastern United States for decades, and NASCAR is growing in popularity throughout the rest of the nation as well.

When finely tuned machines are traveling so fast, and in close proximity to one another, the potential for danger is always present. Injuries to drivers involved in crashes are often catastrophic, and many drivers have been killed in accidents over the years.

What to do if your child is bitten by a dog

Whether you come into contact with loose dogs at the playground or you're visiting your friend that has a very lazy basset hound, it is important to know what to do in case your child is bitten and how to prevent provocation in the first place. In general, children are more likely to be bitten or attacked by a dog than an adult. Of those bitten, one in five requires medical attention.

It is rare that a dog randomly runs up to people and bites them out of the blue. Usually, it is a reaction to encroaching on the dog's territory, acting in a threatening manner, or causing the dog pain.

Bus crashes are the latest transportation worry

An early morning bus crash in Baltimore this month has piqued the worry of workers who rely on public transportation. The accident led to six deaths and 10 injuries, both of which are alarming numbers, but that doesn't tell the whole story related traffic accidents.

The good news for the one in 10 Americans who rely on mass transit, if you will, is that motor vehicle fatalities are 16 times less likely than your chances of having a heart attack. Often times, news media outlets will cherry pick extreme emotional responses to gain empathy and prey on inner subconscious fears. Changing personal habits due to one non-patterned catastrophic event is not good for your mental or emotional wellbeing.

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