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Fourth of July Firework Injuries

Stay Safe on the Road this Fourth of July

Over the Fourth of July holiday, many drivers will be traveling to spend time with family and friends and watch the fireworks. Holidays are the most dangerous times to be on the road according to the National Safety Council, and while most people will be celebrating, careless drivers are more reckless making it hard to avoid getting in a serious accident.
Fourth of July Firework Injuries
Here are four tips to stay safe on the road this Fourth of July:
1. Driving while intoxicated.
Alcohol-impaired driving crashes accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 10,000 people were killed in 2015 as a result. Avoid putting yourself and others at risk by not driving after you are intoxicated. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, always make sure to have a designated sober driver who will take you home, or find another method of transportation such as an Uber, Lyft, Murrells Inlet Taxi Cab or public transit.
2. Drive defensively.
Be cautious that other drivers may not have avoided driving under the influence.  If you’re driving to or from Fourth of July festivities, always practice defensive driving techniques to give yourself ample time to react to hazardous drivers.
3. Buckle up.
This is the most basic rule when you get into a car, but it is also the most important. Wearing a seat belt can save not only your life, but also your passengers. Without exception, you should ALWAYS buckle up when you are in a moving vehicle. Encourage all passengers to wear one as well.
4. Allow additional travel time.
With many people out on the road for the Fourth of July holiday, there will likely be more traffic on the road, increasing travel times. If you’re planning on getting out of town for the weekend, make sure to account for the extra time it may take you to get somewhere. You don’t want to find yourself behind schedule and feeling like you need to speed. Make sure to plan ahead and obey the speed limits.
For a FREE consultation, contact Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys today.

National Bike Month

National Bike Month: 10 Tips to Keep You Safe

National Bike Month was created to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage others to give it a try. While biking has many benefits, it can also be dangerous if you don’t take proper safety precautions. According to Injury Facts, more than 1,000 deaths resulted from cyclists colliding with motor vehicles in 2014.
National Bike Month
Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to a healthier lifestyle or for the environment, the importance of biking safety is vital and cannot be overstated.
Follow these 10 tips to keep yourself and others safe while biking.

  1. Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
  2. Know your bike’s capabilities
  3. Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  4. Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
  5. Never hitch onto cars
  6. Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
  7. Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
  8. If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing
  9. Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
  10. A horn or bell and a rear-view mirror, as well as a bright headlight, also is recommended

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t wait. Contact Joe and Martin Attorneys for help.
 

Car Crash Injuries

5 Things NOT To Do After A Car Accident

You’ve been in an accident. You’re feeling scared, overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. There are steps you must take to ensure your own safety and the safety of the other driver, but there are also things you should never ever do after an accident.
Avoid these unwise mistakes to protect yourself and your legal rights. Here’s what NOT to do after a car accident:

1. LEAVE THE SCENE:

South Carolina law requires anyone in a car accident involving injury to a person, death or property damage to immediately stop their vehicle and remain at the scene. If you fail to do this, you could be charged with a crime. See: South Carolina Section 5-5-1210.
Get yourself out of harm’s way, call 911 and wait until police officers arrive to take a report.

2. ADMIT FAULT:

If you’re at fault, you may be tempted to apologize to the other driver, but this is a big mistake. You should never admit fault at the scene or in a conversation with an insurance provider afterwards.
Avoid saying things like “I’m so sorry, I wasn’t paying attention” or “It was all my fault.” These statements can be used against you later.

3. FORGET TO CALL 911

Many people believe that it’s unnecessary to call 911 after an accident if no one was injured. This is FALSE. Regardless of how serious the accident was, it’s always a good idea to call 911.
A police report will include crucial information about the accident and can help establish who was at fault. Never make a “gentleman’s agreement” to let the insurance company handle things because you never know if the other driver is providing accurate information.

4. DECLINE TO HIRE A LAWYER

This doesn’t apply to all accidents, but if anyone was hurt or serious property damage occurred, you should hire a lawyer. You may be tempted to file a lawsuit on your own, but most lawsuits involving car accidents are complicated and a lawyer can help you understand the process.

5. FORGET PROPER DOCUMENTATION

So you’ve remained on the scene and called 911. What else do you need to do in a car accident? Don’t forget to properly document the accident. Yes, law enforcement took a report, but you need to take your own as well.
You will want to jot down as many details as you can while still on the scene, such as contact information of the parties involved, license plate numbers, date and time the accident occurred, road conditions and a short statement about what happened.
Use the camera on your phone to take pictures of all damage and the crash site area.

Joe and Martin Myrtle Beach Neck Injury Lawyer

Neck Injury: Causes and Dangerous Injuries

Your neck is a sensitive area and easily susceptible to injury. Composed of seven vertebrae (the cervical vertebrae), it houses and protects your spinal cord, supports your head, and allows blood to get to the brain through special passages. With so many important functions, a neck injury can be especially damaging.

Causes of Neck Injuries

Injury to the soft tissue, vertebrae, or nerves in the neck can lead to lifelong medical problems. Unfortunately, sometimes the extent of damage isn’t clear until later, making it difficult to ensure insurance completely covers the costs of your care.
Neck injuries can be caused by:

Because neck injuries are not always obvious, it is important to seek medical attention after an accident. Doing so may help pinpoint an issue earlier and allow you to get the medical care you need.

Dangerous Neck Injuries

While a crick in the neck can certainly ruin your day, it won’t have a serious impact on your ability to live your life the way you want or to make a living. Many neck injuries, however, can and do affect your ability to live your life day to day.

Neck Sprains

A neck sprain is the tearing or stretching the muscles or ligaments in your neck and can be caused by an accident or sports injury. The least severe of the listed injuries, a neck sprain will heal like similar sprains, generally in four to six weeks.

Whiplash

Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents and is generally seen as a simple injury, however, research has shown that whiplash can affect some people for the rest of their lives, leaving them feeling

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc may be caused by an accident, however, pain may not be felt until later. It may lead to tingling, pain, or numbness down the arm. There are nonsurgical remedies, however, for more severe pain or disability that does not resolve itself, surgery may be necessary to realign or replace the discs.

Neck Fracture

A neck fracture, or broken neck, can lead to temporary or even permanent paralysis. Victims may feel may or may not feel pain, depending on the severity. Treatment for severe fractures may require surgery and rehabilitation.

Cervical Dislocation

Cervical dislocation means a vertebra is out of place. It can lead to damage of the spinal cord and may require surgery depending on the severity.

Spinal Cord Injury

Your spinal cord is housed within your vertebrae, seven of which compose your neck. Serious injury to your neck can cause a spinal cord injury which can lead to paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia.

Why You Should Consult a Myrtle Beach Neck Injury Lawyer

A neck injury can have lifelong consequences and can result in excessive medical bills, the need for future medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In addition, because some neck injuries, like whiplash, are not immediately apparent, insurers may be wary of paying out on a policy.
Consulting with a Myrtle Beach neck injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve, whether that’s from a reticent insurer, a reckless driver, your employer, or a negligent property owner.
A skilled Myrtle Beach neck injury lawyer who is adept at dealing with insurance companies as well as litigating when necessary can best help you fight for compensation so you can focus on healing. When you’re ready to start planning for the future, call a Myrtle Beach neck injury lawyer to discuss your claim.

Myrtle Beach Orthopedic Injury Lawyer Injuries

Dealing with Orthopedic Injuries

 
Orthopedic injuries can place you on the sidelines and have long-lasting effects. Injuries like torn ACLs, dislocated shoulders, joint injuries, nerve damage, and broken bones can require surgery depending on their severity. And when they’re caused by someone else’s negligence in a slip and fall accident or a car accident, you shouldn’t be stuck with a mountain of medical debt.
 

Common Orthopedic Injuries

Certain types of accidents create a higher risk for serious orthopedic injuries. For example, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists often face more severe injuries such as broken bones and head trauma during car accidents. Fractures to the wrist and other sensitive areas can require surgery or cause nerve damage that can last a lifetime.
Car accidents are also known to be a cause of dislocated shoulders. While a dislocated shoulder may sound like a simple injury, it can sometimes aggravate and damage soft tissue around the shoulder, necessitating surgery.
Similarly, broken bones are frequently considered common childhood injuries, but they can have major repercussions, especially in adulthood when healing takes longer. For an older adult who suffers a slip and fall while shopping for a new duvet cover, a broken hip could mean surgery and months of rehabilitation.
Simply put, common orthopedic injuries can have serious consequences—especially when sustained during accidents. Nerve damage, like that suffered during whiplash, can lead to lifelong issues, as detailed in this blog post.
For those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, a Myrtle Beach orthopedic injury lawyer can help.
Myrtle Beach Orthopedic Injury Lawyer Injuries

What to Consider After an Orthopedic Injury

After any injury, healing quickly is generally top of mind. Unfortunately, serious orthopedic injuries require time, energy, and money.
For those who require surgery, rehabilitation and a commitment to improving strength and flexibility may be necessary. All of this can be a real drain on resources, but worrying about financial issues such as medical bills and loss of wages can distract you from your goal of getting better.
If your injury was sustained during a car accident, auto insurance and health insurance may help cover (or at least make a dent in) your medical costs. If sustained at work or on someone else’s property during a slip and fall or other accident, worker’s comp or liability insurance may help defray some costs.
In terms of lost wages, it may be necessary to apply for short or long-term disability to allow for recovery. Disability generally only covers a portion or percentage of your salary or wages, so even though you will receive some compensation while you heal, it won’t be the same amount that you would’ve received had you been able to work.
Even with all of these options, you may still end up with debt due to your injuries. And if they were caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to face it alone.

When to Call a Myrtle Beach Orthopedic Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have sustained a serious orthopedic injury that was brought on by someone else’s negligence, speaking with a Myrtle Beach orthopedic injury lawyer can be an important first step in securing compensation.
Whether you’re finding it difficult to get your insurer to pay your claim or have found the insurance payout is too little for your injuries, a Myrtle Beach orthopedic injury lawyer can assist. In addition to dealing with reluctant insurance companies, a skilled lawyer can advise you when it’s time to seek compensation from the other party, whether it be a negligent construction site, and unlicensed limo driver, or a distracted driver.
Don’t hesitate to call a Myrtle Beach orthopedic injury lawyer for help in getting the compensation you deserve.
 

Sue for Whiplash

Sue for Whiplash?

Can You Sue for Whiplash?

Automobile accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries. One of the most well known (yet poorly understood) injuries is whiplash.
Common causes of whiplash include being rear-ended, physical sports, and bungee jumping. Whiplash can also be caused by slip and falls and other accidents. If you have been diagnosed with whiplash and have reason to believe your whiplash was caused by someone else’s actions, you may have recourse under personal injury law.
Sue for Whiplash

What is Whiplash?

When you’ve suffered whiplash, essentially your neck and spine have suffered an injury due to forceful shaking or back and forth action. For example, if you are stopped at a light and hit by the car behind you, your neck and head may be propelled forward and backward rapidly and forcefully. This can injure your spinal column and lead to headaches, neck pain, and neck stiffness. Some victims even report pins and needles in their arms. While many cases of whiplash heal after a few months of physical therapy, others lead to a lifetime of pain.
 
Whiplash is generally not identified directly after an accident. In fact, it can be days before symptoms present themselves. This can be shocking and confusing for many patients, especially those who told the other party in a car accident that they were fine! Because of this, make sure to always take down the other party’s information in a car accident, no matter how minor it may seem.
 
You may have heard that when you are calling in your car accident to your insurance company, you should decline to list your injuries right away. Whiplash and other injuries that can initially go unnoticed because of the adrenaline and stress of a car accident can present themselves after the fact. Rather than having your medical claims denied by your insurance, defer making a complete statement until you are aware of the extent of your injuries.
 

How Can Whiplash Affect You?

As previously stated, many cases of whiplash will resolve themselves after medical care and physical therapy. Unfortunately, that care doesn’t always come cheap. An emergency room visit, months of physical therapy, and a prescription to pain pills (plus all the missed time from work) can add up. In addition, other cases may linger for a lifetime, leaving the injured parties with debilitating headaches and chronic neck pain and making life and work more difficult.
 
If you suffer from whiplash that was caused because of someone else’s negligence, you do have legal recourse. Individuals who suffer from whiplash caused by a rear-end collision, for example, can sue under personal injury law. Speak with a reputable Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer to learn more.
 

Can a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

In a word—yes. Discussing your case with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer is a great way to learn more about your options and get a legal perspective of your ordeal. When your pain and suffering is caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to pay to get your life back together. Working with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can help you cover the costs of medical care and lost wages due to your accident.
 
Doctors continue to learn more about whiplash, how it is caused, and how to remedy it. In the meantime, it is important for car accident victims who have developed whiplash to have recourse. With a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer, you can start paying back your medical bills and moving forward. Life doesn’t stop because of an accident, and neither should you. Consult a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer today.
 

Myrtle Beach Intersection Accidents

Myrtle Beach Intersection Accidents

Myrtle Beach Intersection AccidentsMyrtle Beach Intersection Accidents are All Too Common

According to the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, over 30% of all South Carolina car accidents occur at an intersection. Intersection accidents are responsible for 18% of all car accident fatalities in South Carolina—a number that could easily be lessened by more attentive drivers. In order to understand how to reduce the number of intersection accidents, however, we need to know how they happen.
Types of Myrtle Beach Intersection Accidents
An intersection provides a junction where cars traveling in different directions (and sometimes at different speeds) meet without a median. While traffic lights and signs direct the flow of vehicles, intersections present several opportunities for car accidents, especially if drivers are not being attentive or are speeding.
Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions at an intersection tend to occur when a driver has left their lane and driven into oncoming traffic or when a driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic and attempts to make a turn. Sometimes, when making a turn, trees, posts, or the vehicle itself can obscure the field of vision, making it difficult for a driver to see an oncoming motorcycle, car, or bicycle.
Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions occur when a driver is being inattentive and fails to notice the car in front of them has stopped or slowed down, especially if they are speeding or tailgating. Stop and go traffic and sudden stops can make this accident more likely to occur. Thankfully, these accidents are rarely fatal—though they could be helped by fewer tailgaters.
T-bone and Side-Impact Collisions
T-bone and side-impact collisions can lead to the worst injuries as there is not much protection on the sides of vehicles. These accidents are often caused by someone not heeding a traffic signal and running either a red light or a stop sign. Depending on the speed of both cars, they can be especially dangerous.
 

Avoiding an Intersection Accident

In addition to heeding traffic laws, there are two main ways to avoid an intersection car accident, and both fall under the “defensive driving” umbrella.
 
First, it is important for drivers to be focused on driving. Distractions can cause a driver to look away from the road. One moment of inattention can cost someone their life. Set down the cellphone. Don’t check texts or get caught up fiddling with the radio. Focus on the task at hand—getting from point A to point B safely.
The second way a driver can avoid an intersection car accident is to be aware of other drivers. Anticipate other drivers actions. If you notice someone isn’t paying attention and looks like they’re about to go across an intersection even though you have the right of way—don’t go. Also, make sure to check for blindspots. Whether they’re due to your own car or because of trees, signs, and other vehicles, it is important to look around before crossing or turning at an intersection.
There’s no foolproof way to avoid a car accident, but paying attention and anticipating other drivers’ behavior will help you drive more safely.
 

Consulting a Myrtle Beach Intersection Accident Lawyer

If you are injured in an intersection accident, a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can help you investigate your car accident. With extensive car accident expertise, we know what to look for and can get you the answers you need to move forward with a case. We’ll help you determine why the accident happened and whether it could’ve been prevented.
A car accident can be a life-changing experience. Injuries sustained because of someone else’s negligence can leave you with exorbitant hospital fees and even the need for future medical care. You shouldn’t be left footing the bill.
Consulting with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can get the ball rolling on the claims process and offer you recourse at a time when you most need support. A skilled Myrtle Beach intersection accident lawyer knows the questions to ask and how to get results—get one on your side today.

Rollover Accidents in South Carolina

Rollover Accidents in South Carolina

Common Causes of Rollover Accidents in South Carolina and How To Avoid Them

Rollover accidents have the second-highest fatality rate of South Carolina accidents after pedestrian car accidents. While rollover accidents are not as common as fender-benders and head-on collisions, they have a higher fatality. In fact, nationwide, rollover accidents have the highest fatality rate (almost 35%), though they are only 2.1% of car accidents.

A rollover accident can happen to anyone, but SUVs and trucks are more susceptible because of their higher center of gravity. Rollover accidents are typically single-vehicle car accidents, though sometimes a collision with another vehicle can cause one automobile to rollover. In addition, most rollover accidents happen during the normal course of driving—meaning they occur during common driving maneuvers like driving straight or taking a curve. So what causes these accidents?

Rollover Accidents in South Carolina

What Can Cause a Rollover Accident?

Part of what is scary about rollover accidents—other than the accidental inversion—is that they can be caused by many things. Including things most of us do frequently while driving.

Speeding

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of all fatal rollover accidents include excessive speeding. Almost 75% of fatal rollover accidents happen on roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or more.

Drinking

Almost half of fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol or drugs. Driving while impaired is dangerous and can affect reactions times.

Location

Those bucolic country roads may seem scenic, but they can be dangerous, too. Seventy-five percent of fatal rollover accidents occur on rural roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or more. This may be because there are generally no medians or barriers on rural roads, making it easier to drive off the road into soil and slip.

Avoiding a Rollover Accident in South Carolina

The most common type of rollover accident is a tripped rollover. This means that someone placed the vehicle off-center and forced it to roll over. Examples of tripped rollovers include rollovers from hitting a guardrail, rollovers from sliding in soft soil, and rollovers because of steep slopes. Only 5% of rollovers are untripped. An untripped rollover is usually due to a driver with a heavy load or top-heavy vehicle maneuvering to avoid a car accident. (Check out safercar.gov to learn more about types of rollovers.)

Follow the Speed Limit

Speed has a big impact on car accidents, including rollovers. Taking a turn too quickly can put your vehicle off-balance. Follow the speed limit, especially on new terrain.

Don’t Drink

We all know drinking and driving don’t mix. Unfortunately, drunk drivers (some who probably don’t realize how drunk they actually are) continue to get behind the wheel. But honestly, a driver doesn’t have to be completely inebriated with a BAC above the legal limit to lose control of a car or to suffer from impairment to reflexes or vision. If you’re driving, skip the drinks.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Attentiveness is an important part of driving. Cell phones and passengers can be distracting, however, it is important to pay attention to the road and to other drivers. When driving on unfamiliar roads or slick terrain, keep your focus on the asphalt.

How a Myrtle Beach Rollover Accident Lawyer Can Help

A rollover accident can be a dangerous and traumatizing experience. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a rollover accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Speaking with a Myrtle Beach rollover accident lawyer is the best way to know what your options are.

A Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer with specialized knowledge of car accidents and rollovers can help you. They will investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and let know if you have legal recourse.

Because the injuries from a rollover accident can be severe—even fatal—it is important to speak to a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer who can help you receive compensation for medical bills, as well as any compensation for medical care you or a loved one may need in the future. Don’t delay—consult with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer today to further explore your legal options.

Myrtle Beach Hit and Runs Have Serious Consequences

Hit and runs are a serious problem. Drivers who choose to leave the scene of an accident are charged with steeper penalties because their actions can result in a lack or delay of medical attention for an injured pedestrian, cyclist, or driver, and even cost someone their life.
Myrtle Beach Hit and Runs
Myrtle Beach’s unique atmosphere—home to Myrtle Beach Bike Week and a popular tourist destination—leads to an interesting traffic environment, to say the least. With people from all over the nation converging on the Grand Strand, some relying on GPS and others on old memories, drivers can get distracted.
 
Driver distraction is one of the biggest causes of car accidents. For some motorists, their first reaction after getting themselves into this dangerous situation is to flee. Unfortunately, this reaction has dangerous consequences for both parties.
 

South Carolina Traffic Law Punishes Hit and Run Drivers

South Carolina law calls for individuals who leave the scene of an accident to be given mandatory jail time and fines. The extent of the other party’s injuries determines whether they’ll be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Both have serious consequences for a defendant, especially other factors such as alcohol were involved in the accident.
 
Thankfully, South Carolina officers work hard to locate hit and run drivers and the state prosecutes them as such. For victims who are seriously injured, however, it may be necessary to speak to a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer to help dig out from underneath the mountain of medical bills that come with a serious accident.
 

The Effects of Myrtle Beach Hit and Run Can Be Long-Lasting

Recovering from a hit and run accident can be difficult. Months of rehabilitation may be necessary, all the while, hospital bills are adding up and victims are missing work. While most hit and run accidents only involve property damage, too many involve pedestrians and cyclists—two groups of that are especially at risk to this type of accident.
 
A driver who abandons his duty to report an accident can cause treatable injuries to worsen. South Carolina requires drivers to call for help and stay at the scene. While those who cause an accident may fear punishment, the penalties are much worse for leaving the scene of an accident than for staying to help out.
 
If your injuries were worsened because another driver failed to perform the responsibilities required of them by law, you deserve to be compensated for the additional pain and suffering their actions have caused.
 

A Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Can Make the Road to Recovery Easier

If you were injured in a car accident, you have rights. A driver who neglected his duties to report an accident and fled the scene may have heightened your risk of severe injury or caused your condition to worsen. A law firm that specializes in hit and run cases in Myrtle Beach will be able to assess your case and provide you with legal information that may help you.
 
A Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can investigate your case and help you determine how you should move forward. A consultation is free and is in your best interest. A skilled Myrtle Beach car accident lawyer has in-depth knowledge of South Carolina traffic law and will treat you like a partner. Together you’ll discuss your case and learn about your options.
 
If your injuries were a result of someone else’s reckless behavior, you shouldn’t be left with a pile of unpaid medical invoices. Let a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer who works tirelessly on behalf of their clients get you the help you need.

Defective Tires

Defective Tires

Defective Tires Place All Motorists at Risk

When you’re driving 60 miles per hour down the highway, there’s only one thing touching the road: your tires. An often overlooked component of a vehicle (engines get all the attention!), tires are of vital importance for a safe journey. Good tires can help you maneuver on slick roads and keep your car steady. Defective tires? They can place you and your loved ones at risk.
Defective Tires

Good Tire Maintenance

You should check your tires at least once a month. If you often drive long distances, you may want to check them more frequently. Check your air pressure and fill to the manufacturer’s specifications. This number can be found in your car manual.
Your car manual is also a useful guide for determining how frequently your tires should be rotated. Most makes require rotation every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. If you’re seeing uneven wear during your monthly visual inspection, it may be time to take your vehicle to a mechanic.
During your inspection, you should also check your tread. A simple test for those who don’t have a tread depth gauge is to grab a quarter and place George Washington upside down behind your treads. If you can see the top of George Washington’s head, it’s time to start looking for some new tires.
Unfortunately, there’s no test for defective tires.

Defective Tires and Car Accidents

Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board released some scary statistics:

  • Every year, there are an estimated 33,000 accidents caused by tire problems.
  • 500 motorists die yearly because of tire issues.
  • Only 1 in 5 defective tires is removed from the road because of recalls.

 
This is a huge safety problem. Until tire manufacturers and resellers can adequately identify, recall, and replace defective tires, we will continue to have tens of thousands of avoidable care accidents nationwide.
A blowout due to defective tires can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Through no fault of your own, you may end up spinning out of control, slamming into other vehicles or objects, or flipping your car. A defective tire can affect any driver—no matter how attentive or well trained.
While tire maintenance is an important part of vehicle care, there is very little consumers can do to protect themselves from defective tires and other faulty car components—especially when manufacturers cut corners and use substandard materials. Car owners rely on automakers and companies like Goodyear and Michelin to make safe products. Unfortunately, sometimes these same companies negligently sell unsafe products, endangering lives.

Who’s Responsible for a Defective Tire?

Depending on where the defect originated, the manufacturer, designer, retailer, or a mechanic may be responsible for a defective tire. Product liabilities can occur at three stages: the design process, the manufacturing process, or the marketing process. In addition, a mechanic who installs a tire known to be faulty or whose actions cause a tire to become defective may be held liable under malpractice law.
 
Speaking with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries or property damage. With a thorough investigation and in-depth knowledge of car accident law, a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can use their resources to help you in your claim.
 

Consult with a Myrtle Beach Defective Tire Lawyer for Answers

Product liability law is part of personal injury law. A Myrtle Beach defective tire lawyer who understands the specialized procedures of product liability law will be able to help you decide whether you have a case. By investigating your accident, looking into similar accidents, and researching tire manufacturers and sellers, a skilled lawyer can begin to give you the answer you need to piece together what happened and who’s at fault.
 
Speaking with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer can help you move forward after a confusing accident. Thanks to the National Transportation Safety Board, we know how ineffective tire recalls are—removing only 20% of defective tires off the road. Let a reputable Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer help you find your answers.