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Drunk Driving Car Accidents during the Holiday Season (Infographic)

December 8, 2016 10:31 pm

The holiday season is a great time to celebrate with friends and family, but this time is also dangerous. Holiday parties, Christmas gatherings and New Year’s celebrations result in excessive drinking throughout the month of December. Unfortunately, many people don’t act responsibly, making drunk driving car accidents an even greater problem than normal during the holiday season.

We’ve created an infographic to highlight the many dangers associated with drunk driving car accidents around the holiday season. We hope this will reinforce the importance of celebrating in a safe and responsible way this month.

Infographic - Drunk Driving Car Accidents during the Holiday Season

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for more than 40 years, and we can help you hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia and throughout South Carolina.




Cell Phone App Usage Increasing Car Accident Fatalities Nationwide

November 29, 2016 8:44 pm

Columbia Distracted Driving Car Accident AttorneysIn recent years, many states have introduced laws banning talking and texting while driving. The purpose of these laws is to reduce the levels of distracted driving which are contributing to car accidents on our roads. However, the laws enacted in most states have completely ignored the use of apps, and that is becoming problematic.

Many drivers are using apps while driving, and this usage may pose an even greater safety risk than texting or talking while driving. Consider a few examples:

  • Snapchat allows drivers to post photos which show how fast you are going at the time the picture was taken
  • Waze is a navigation app which encourages drivers to report traffic jams, police cars on the road and car accidents (drivers are rewarded with points when they submit these reports)
  • Pokemon Go encourages drivers to search for virtual creatures on the side of the road

These apps and many others just like them are occupying the attention of drivers at alarming rates. As a result, 2015 experienced the largest spike in highway car accident fatalities in the last 50 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the figures for 2016 may be even worse. During the first 6 months of this year, highway fatalities increased 10.4% from the same time period last year.

Due to this rise in highway car accident fatalities, the Department of Transportation has devised a “Road to Zero” strategy that sets a goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities within 30 years. While this is an extremely ambitious goal that may not be realistic to achieve, it’s at least a step in the right direction. The use of apps, along with other modes of distracted driving, have become as great a danger on the road as drunk driving.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by the negligent actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of accident victims in South Carolina for more than 40 years. We’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by car accidents, and we can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Quiz – Do You Need Help with Your Worker’s Compensation Case?

November 15, 2016 7:28 pm

If you’ve suffered an injury while you were at work, it is highly likely that your employer needs to cover your medical care, expenses, and lost income with worker’s compensation. However, many employers will try to avoid paying these fees. Please take our quiz to find out if you need legal assistance with your case:

To schedule a FREE consultation with our attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., please contact us at (888) 353-5513. We serve clients in Columbia, South Carolina and the surrounding areas.




Trucking Industry Puts Pressure on Congress to Relax Truck Safety Regulations and Places Drivers in Danger as a Result

November 9, 2016 6:43 pm

Columbia Truck Accident LawyersDue to their massive size and poor maneuverability, trucks present significant safety risks to others sharing the road. In order to combat these risks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted a variety of safety regulations that have reduced the number of truck accidents on our nation’s roads. For a long time, these regulations were successful. By 2009, truck accident fatalities hit an all-time low. However, in recent years, this trend has reversed itself, and truck accident fatalities have been on the rise again.

While there are most likely a variety of reasons for this safety regression, it’s clear that the pressure placed on Congress by trucking industry lobbyists has played a significant role. During the recession of 2008-2009, profits for many trucking companies plummeted, resulting in increased lobbying efforts by the trucking industry in order to become more financially successful once again.

These lobbyists have been fighting to reverse many of the safety regulations enacted by the FMCSA. Their efforts have included an attempt to:

  • Allow trucks to carry loads greater than the federally mandated 80,000 pound limit so that each truck could deliver more goods per shipment
  • Increase the limit of trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet
  • Reduce the federally mandated hours of service limitations so that drivers could work 82 hours per week instead of 70 hours per week
  • Allow trucking companies to higher lower paid, less experienced drivers under the age of 21 in order to reduce labor costs
  • Prevent federal regulators from raising insurance requirements for the trucking industry
  • Keep FMCSA safety ratings for unsafe trucking companies a secret

While the trucking industry hasn’t been successful in achieving all of these changes, many of these initiatives are currently being considered by Congress. Unfortunately, if passed, these measures would place individuals sharing the roads with large commercial trucks at a significantly greater risk of being injured or killed in a truck accident.

These efforts on the part of the trucking industry are grossly irresponsible. By placing profits over safety, the trucking industry is placing the lives of millions of Americans at risk. Simply put, this is unacceptable. Hopefully, Congress will stand up to the trucking industry in order to back the tough FMCSA safety regulations currently in existence. However, Congress’ track record to date indicates that a relaxing of these regulations may potentially be on the horizon.

Fortunately, our legal system provides injured truck accident victims with important rights. If you’ve been injured due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.

The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of truck accident victims in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for more than 40 years. We’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by these collisions, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys know all of the complex state and federal trucking regulations governing these cases, and we work with a team of accident reconstructionists who will help prove negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company. This will help level the playing field when battling the high-powered legal teams employed by the trucking industry.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free truck accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Camden, Newberry and Aiken, South Carolina.




Motorcycle Safety

October 3, 2016 8:04 pm

The warm seasonal weather brings more motorcyclists out to enjoy a ride. Motorcycle collisions with automobiles can often be devastating to the motorcyclist while the other vehicle involved may not suffer much damage.

According to the federal government, it is estimated that, for every mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars.The accident blue bike with a blue car. The motorcycle crashed into the bumper of the car on the road. The motorcycle lies on the road near the car.

Here are some tips to follow to avoid accidents and be more aware of motorcyclists on the road:

  • The general rule of thumb is to be at least 3 seconds behind another vehicle on the road; however, if you are behind a motorcyclist, increase that distant to 4 or 5 seconds. In bad weather, all vehicles may have a hard time on the road. The dangers are increased for motorcyclists, so give them extra space in case they are having trouble.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and check your blind spots, especially before changing lanes. Highways are often loud with the sound of weather and other cars – just because you can’t hear a motorcyclist doesn’t mean he or she isn’t there.
  • You might see motorcyclists swerving or weaving in their lane. This does not mean they are giving you room to ride beside them. Often they are adjusting for rode debris or potholes. In a car you may not notice these small obstacles on a road, but for a motorcyclist they could cause a crash. Allow them to readjust without becoming impatient.

If you or a loved one has been in a wreck involving a motorcycle, the attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., can get you the help you need. With over 40 years’ experience helping auto accident victims in South Carolina, you want us fighting for you. Call us today at 808-353-5513 for a free case evaluation. We have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




National Safety Council Predicts Highest Labor Day Auto Accident Fatalities since 2008

August 25, 2016 12:16 am

Columbia auto accident attorney - McWhirter, Bellinger & AssociatesLabor Day is a little more than a week away, and many individuals in the Columbia area will embark on a road trip over the long weekend. However, it is important to drive safely and alertly due to the large increase in auto accidents occurring on our nation’s roads this year. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts approximately 438 people will be killed in car accidents over Labor Day weekend. This is the highest number of fatalities predicted since 2008.

This estimate reflects a trend that has been occurring over the past two years. According to the NSC, fatal motor vehicle accidents between January and June 2016 increased 9% compared to the totals from the same time period last year. This figure also represents an 18% increase from the totals between January and June 2014.

The NSC has identified several factors impacting this increase in car accidents over the past few years. In general more people are driving, especially during holiday weekends, due to:

  • Lower gas prices
  • Lower unemployment rates
  • A stronger economy

In addition, the NSC has found that distracted driving is becoming more prevalent, especially among teenagers. A survey of more than 1,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 found that:

  • 35% of teenage drivers use social media while driving
  • 21% video chat while driving
  • 43% text and drive

“People are very willing to engage with social media when they are behind the wheel,” said Deborah Hershman, CEO of the NSC. “People have a lot of selfies that you can tell that they are in a car when they are taking those. We know that people are using Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter when they are behind the wheel.”

The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates encourage you to take the proper precautions to avoid an auto accident over Labor Day weekend. Make sure you don’t use your cell phone while driving. In addition, be on the lookout for erratic behavior from other drivers which may indicate that they are either intoxicated or distracted.

If you are injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we’ve been fighting for the rights of accident victims in the Columbia area for more than 40 years. We’ll stand by your side every step of the way to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free auto accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Common Workplace Injuries

August 15, 2016 6:54 pm

To have a worker’s compensation case, your injury must have happened while you were arriving, leaving or working on the job. You still may have a case even if the injury was your fault. Not all injuries that occur on the job are accidents. Repetitive injuries like carpel tunnel or chronic back and limb problems may occur while performing your job duties over a long period of time. Heart conditions, lung disease, or mesothelioma may also be from working conditions.

CommonConstruction Worker Falling Off Ladder And Injuring Leg workplace injuries include:

  • Slips and falls
  • Brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Amputation

Click here for more information on worker’s compensation cases.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., at 803-353-5513 for a free case evaluation. We have lawyers who are experienced in worker’s compensation cases, and we have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




SlideShow – Defective Medical Products & How We Can Help

August 8, 2016 6:19 pm

Defective medical products or prescription drugs are more common than you may think. When you or a family member has a medical device used on you or a prescription drug prescribed, you have the rightful expectation that everything will go according to plan. Unfortunately and all too often, a prescription or medical device doesn’t work the ways it’s supposed to and causes horrible injuries, illness, suffering, and even wrongful death. Please view this Slideshare presentation for more information about common defective medical devices and dangerous drugs and how our attorneys can help:

To have our attorneys help you with your defective medical device or dangerous drug case, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today by calling (888) 353-5513. We are proud to serve clients in Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, and the surrounding South Carolina areas.




Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

August 2, 2016 7:21 pm

Taxotere is an Intravenous Infusion (IV) drug which interferes with the growth or spread of cancer cells in the body and is used to treat various cancers in men and woYoung sick woman with cancer lying in hospital bedmen. 2.8 million women in the US have breast cancer, and 75 percent of those women have been treated with Taxotere. The women being treated with this drug may not know that it can cause permanent hair loss (Permanent Significant Alopecia or PSA), because Sanofi-Aventis, the pharmaceutical company that created and distributed the drug, failed to inform the public of this side effect.

Taxotere has been approved for use when treating:

  • Breast and lung cancer
  • Advanced stomach cancer
  • Metastatic prostate cancer
  • Cancer of the head and neck

Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of Taxotere and most other cancer treatments; however, studies have shown those treated with Taxotere have a 10-15 percent chance they could suffer from permanent hair loss. When you suffer from Alopecia, it’s not just the hair on your head that can fall out. You can also lose eyelashes, eyebrows, and other body hair.

If your hair is not growing back after your cancer treatment, ask your doctor if Taxotere was used during your chemotherapy.

If you or a loved one is suffering from permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., today at 803-353-5513 for your free case evaluation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




Quiz: Do You Know Your South Carolina Motorcycle Laws?

July 28, 2016 11:08 pm

Columbia Motorcycle Accident LawyersThe state of South Carolina has enacted several motorcycle laws intended to maintain optimal levels of safety for all riders sharing the road. However, obeying these laws is important for much more than safety reasons. If you violate state motorcycle laws, it can impact your ability to recover compensation after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

The following quiz will test your knowledge of South Carolina motorcycle laws. Click on the link and take it to find out whether you are obeying all necessary rules and regulations.

https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/249993/do-you-know-your-motorcycle-laws

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirder, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of injured victims in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for more than 40 years, and we can help you hold all negligent parties accountable for your damages.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule a free motorcycle accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Sumter, Lexington, Camden, Orangeburg, Newberry, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.






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