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A study published in January, 2018, established that lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit from 0.08 to 0.05 across all states would save lives. Another study released back in 2013 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) pointed out many of the same issues and reasons for change.

As a nation, we have made a lot of progress in reducing drunk driving, especially during the twenty years that started in the early 1980s. This includes limiting the legal BAC to 0.08 percent and increasing the drinking age to 21. But following the early 2000s, progress ground to a halt, and DUI numbers have started to rise again.

Statistical averages indicate that one-third of all traffic deaths are due to at least one of the drivers in the crash operating under the influence of alcohol. Forty percent of the persons who die in collisions are not drunk drivers—they are victims. The deaths that result from alcohol-impaired driving have added up recently to more than 10,000 each year; we would all like to see this number drop to zero.

rsz_pexels-photo-134392 We love our pets in the U.S. Many of us consider them family, and some of us bring them just about everywhere we can. But did you know that an unrestrained animal in your vehicle can be the cause of a distracted-driving collision?

Our distracted-driving habits are deadly: 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 18 percent of all injury-causing crashes involve some form of distraction, according to 2013 figures from the NHTSA. Distraction caused by cell phones and texting often top the list, but distraction can also be the result of eating, drinking, smoking, talking or arguing with passengers, adjusting audio or video devices, and checking maps or GPS.

Distraction is Not the Pet’s Fault

Pedestrian deaths continue to increase across the U.S, and South Carolina is no stranger to the trend. From 2003 through 2012, 1,020 persons died while walking in South Carolina. Nationally during the same time period, 47,025 pedestrians died, which represented 12.3 percent of all traffic deaths. But by the time 2012 rolled around, 15 percent of all deaths were pedestrians in that year alone.

In our own area in 2017, a number of pedestrian deaths occurred:

We often refer to all long-term residential care for elders as “nursing homes.” But the differences can be significant, both in levels of care and levels of cost. If you are searching for the right place for your elderly parent or relative, it is important to know exactly what type of care will be provided. Your choices may be limited by the level of care your loved one requires, because not all residential care facilities offer all types of care.

Useful Definitions

Helpful definitions for researching types of care include:

Nursing HomesAfter Hurricane Irma devastated Florida, around 160 nursing homes were still without power several days later. The heat, endured without air conditioning, took its toll on nursing home patients, with 11 deaths reported in Irma’s wake. It has come to light that many nursing homes across the United States are, to put it mildly, unprepared for disasters.

Shortly after the deaths occurred in Hollywood, Florida, SC Rep. Wendell Gilliard decided to shine a light on the preparedness of our own state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He accomplished this by sending a letter dated September 14, 2017 to the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In it, Rep. Gilliard asked, “In the wake of what happened in Florida, would you please inform me of our state’s policies and guidelines specific to the usage of power generators when a normal power outage occurs?”

David Wilson, the acting director of DHEC, communicated that, in light of the events in Florida, SC’s storm preparations were under review. During Irma, using a computer application developed after the lessons of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, DHEC staff collected information regarding the locations to which nursing home patients were being evacuated, the details of their transport, and whether the facilities had enough water, food, and other supplies on hand to both move and care for patients. In the cases of four locations where phone calls did not reach anyone, emergency personnel were dispatched to check that all persons had been evacuated from the buildings.

intersection-wreckThere can be many reasons why an intersection in the Columbia area is dangerous. The primary one is volume. The more drivers there are at an intersection, the more likely a bad driver will pass through; and with more vehicles filling a space, a collision is simply more likely. You can also add poor design, especially if it encourages high speed or sets up circumstances where drivers trying to go in different directions conflict.

Broad River Road and Interstate 20 had the highest number of accidents in the county last year, with 142 causing 26 injuries, reports The State newspaper. Its reporters reviewed Columbia Police Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol records to come up with the figures. Assembly Street and Elmwood Avenue was the worst intersection in Columbia, with 50 crashes. For those of us living in the area, these numbers shouldn’t be a surprise.

As for the interstate, traffic to the northwest and northeast of Columbia is the busiest and fastest and causes the most problems. After I-20 and Broad River Road, the most dangerous intersections are:

South Carolina Vehicle Accident LawyerBuying a used car can be nerve-wracking. Unless you are an expert when it comes to assessing automobiles, trying to figure out whether a vehicle is safe, reliable, and a good buy can push some folks into recalculating their finances, shrugging, and driving to the nearest new car dealership instead.

Car dealers know that buying used makes the average person nervous, so they came up with the idea of a “certified pre-owned” car (CPO). The CPO designation, ideally, should mean that a used car has been inspected, repaired if necessary, and sold with full disclosure regarding previous accidents and safety recalls. Continue reading

SC Personal Injury LawyerDid you realize that, each time you see the doctor, your diagnosis and treatment are recorded using numeric medical codes? In the U.S., ICD codes, as they are known, are highly complex and detailed; physical injuries alone are described by more than 3,000 of these codes, ranging from insect bites to vehicular accidents involving animals. If you’ve ever looked at medical records or a medical bill, the five-digit number next to a diagnostic comment is the ICD code. Continue reading

South Carolina Healthcare Fraud LawyerCancer is difficult enough to endure, with many uncomfortable procedures, without you or a loved one having to worry about undergoing unnecessary ones. But that’s exactly what it is alleged that 21st Century Oncology Inc., headquartered in Florida and the US’s biggest physician-led integrated cancer care provider, did in many cases. Adding insult to injury, 21st Century Oncology billed $34.7 million for these medically-unnecessary procedures. Continue reading

South Carolina Tricare Fraud LawyerA sleep therapy products supplier, Respironics Inc., based in Pennsylvania, agreed to resolve charges of False Claims Act violations by paying $34.8 million because of a qui tam suit brought by a whistleblower. The agreement, announced in March 2016 by the U.S. Department of Justice, claims that kickbacks in the form of free call center services were paid by Respironics. These free services were supposedly given to durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers who bought sleep apnea masks from the Pennsylvania company during the period from April 2012 to November 2015. Continue reading