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5 Tips for a Safe Holiday Road Trip

According to AAA, more than 93.6 million Americans are expected to take a holiday road trip.  Whether you’re planning to drive across town to visit with family or take an extended road trip to your favorite vacation spot, you’ll want to arrive safely.

Here are some tips to help make your drive a smooth one:

Check the weather before you go

If the forecast looks iffy, wait out the storm if possible. If you must travel, make sure to buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired.

Prepare your car

It’s important to have a mechanic check the condition of your car before hitting the road. If your vehicle is not properly maintained, you could have issues such as hydroplaning, dead batteries and slipping brakes along the way.

Follow state laws

You know the rules! While it’s not always convenient to abide by the law, especially while driving in slow holiday traffic, it could be a matter of life and death. If you need a refresher:

  1. Don’t drink and drive
  2. Make sure every person in the car is properly buckled up
  3. Put the cell phone away – more than 18% of crashes are caused by distracted drivers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  4. Use caution in work zones

Know what to do to avoid a crash

You’ve done all you can to prepare your car: you’ve checked the weather and you’re paying attention to the road. But unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, so it is important to stay alert, keep a good distance between you and the driver in front of you, keep your speed down and have an escape route.

Keep valuables hidden

It’s a sad fact that theft rates spike this time of year. It’s important to keep valuables and gifts hidden in the trunk or covered storage area, especially when stopping for gas or a bathroom break. Don’t make yourself a target for a Grinch!

Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips

When the busiest shopping weekend of the year arrives, take some extra precautions to protect yourself, your purchases, and your personal information.

In The Store

From fistfights to identity theft, shopping at Black Friday sales brings a few safety risks. Consider these holiday shopping safety tips:

  1. Keep your purse close to your body or your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
  2. Don’t argue or fight over an item.
  3. Don’t take your money out until asked to do so.
  4. Use only one credit card. Should something happen, you can reduce the risk of having multiple cards compromised.
  5. Save your receipts and monitor your credit card activity.
  6. Ask for help moving and loading large items if needed.
  7. If shopping with children, select a central location to meet just in case of separation.

In the Car

With so many people out and about, you may encounter aggressive drivers on the road. Don’t add to the problem. Remember to drive defensively and don’t allow road rage to rise. Parking lots can be dangerous too, so be on guard:

  1. Be patient when looking for a parking space. Don’t speed up to catch that empty (or soon-to-be empty) spot and be cautious of other drivers who do.
  2. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  3. Look around and under your vehicle before approaching it.
  4. Store shopping bags, out of plain sight, in your trunk if possible.
  5. Look for other cars or people and back out slowly.

On the Internet

Opting to join Black Friday or Cyber Monday from your couch? You still need to be on the lookout. Stick to retailers you know and never commit to a deal that seems too good to be true.

Types Of Injuries

Under the law, a personal injury is any harm that you, as an individual, sustains including physical injuries, financial costs and emotional trauma. Injuries can also be personal losses such as losing the care and companionship of a loved one.

As you work to resolve your claim, you may hear insurance adjusters, lawyers and doctors talk about different degrees of injuries. You may hear injuries described as minor, moderate, severe or catastrophic.

Minor and Moderate Injuries

Minor or moderate injuries can be injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures, bruising or superficial cuts. These may be painful, but they usually heal well and quickly with minimal medical treatment.

Soft Tissue Injuries

You may also hear insurance adjusters refer to “soft tissue injuries.” Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the non-bony parts of the body such as internal organs, nerves, muscles and connective tissues. Sprains, whiplash and pulled muscles are all types of soft tissue injuries. Some soft tissue injuries can result in chronic pain and disability, which can be permanent if not treated properly. Typically, it is harder to recover substantial compensation in these types of cases compared to the cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries.

Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is a serious injury that is expected to permanently change the victim’s life. Examples of this type of injury include burns, amputations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and certain head injuries. These types of injuries result in the most significant settlements and verdicts because the injuries can be proven objectively and are more obvious to the insurance company and/or the jurors.

Although catastrophic injuries are immediately obvious in most cases, sometimes the full extent of the injury is not immediately revealed. This is especially true when the victim suffered a traumatic brain injury, which may also be called a closed head injury. In some cases, the brain may be affected in ways so subtle that only people close to the victim notice changes in his or her abilities, behavior or personality. A concussion is the mildest form of brain injury, but more serious brain injuries leave their victims permanently disabled.

If you’ve been injured in any accident caused by another driver’s negligence, call Joe and Martin at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

Does a Slip and Fall Accident Warrant Suing?

Like any other injury you may have sustained due to someone else’s negligence, slip and fall accidents are sometimes situations where a law suit is necessary. At Joe and Martin Attorneys, we’re committed to help you get the best and fastest settlement as well as to educate you along the way.

Slip and Fall Accident Compensation

Proving negligence of the property owner is key to getting compensation for your suffering. Here are a few things you may be compensated for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills (ambulance costs, therapy, surgeries, etc)
  • Future medical expenses caused by the accident
  • Lost wages from the inability to work

Timing is especially important when attempting to prove negligence of the property owner or tenant who may have caused the slip and fall. For instance, questions like “how long was the hazard present” or “did the property owner know of the hazard, and if so, for how long” are tantamount to proving who’s at fault.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation

Joe and Martin reach $10,000,000 in recoveries for injured clients

In 2013 Joe and Martin started working together to represent injured South Carolinians against the big insurance companies.  Since then, Joe and Martin have recovered more than $10,000,000 for their clients. The types of cases included automobile accidents, boat accidents, and injuries caused by dangerous conditions on the property of others.  Joe and Marin want to thank our community for allowing us to serve you and trusting us to bring justice to you in your times of need. If you have been hurt and you have questions about who may be at fault, offers from the insurance company, or where to go for medical treatment, call Joe and Martin for a free case evaluation. Injured?  Trust Joe and Martin.

*Any results the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

The 4 Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injurie

We wanted to touch on the seriousness of motorcycle accident injuries and how to rectify an accident of this intensity should it happen to you. Because of the lack of protection that motorcycles offer compared to standard vehicles, accident injuries are typically more severe.

Head Injuries

At this point, most states have passed laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets to limit the number of head injuries seen on the road annually, but there are always those audacious enough to not heed the law and crank up their bike without the proper protection. We cannot advise against this enough. Head injuries are one of the most severe because they can have life-long consequences like traumatic brain injury. These injuries require years of recuperation where the patient must relearn to speak, walk, feed themselves, or use the facilities. Sometimes even these basic tasks cannot be relearned.

Road Rash

Road rash occurs when the biker’s skin is dragged along road surfaces during an accident. Because of friction, external layers of skin are rubbed off which results in abrasions, cuts, and bruises along any exposed part of the body. Depending on how much protective (typically leather) gear the biker is wearing at the time of the incident, road rash can range in severity from light burns to deep scarring.

Spinal Injuries

The spine is an incredibly sensitive part of the body— one that is especially exposed to trauma during a motorcycle accident. Accidents can lend themselves to inflicting minor injuries to discs and soft tissue to causing life-long paralysis. Paralysis involves the loss of control of motor functions of the neck down, waist down, or for certain limbs that can’t always be rehabilitated. Those who experience spinal injuries such as these can require long-term care at assisted living facilities.

Broken Bones

Most common of all is the broken bone. It’s easy to break bones if you’re slung off your bike at high speeds. Because bikes don’t have airbags or seatbelts to keep you in place at the time of a collision, your body is forced to leave the bike. Because there’s nothing to absorb the impact, bikers are often inflicted with severely shattered or broken bones which can potentially tear through neighboring tissue and organs.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.


What You Need to Know About Slip-and Fall Injuries.

Slip-and-fall injuries are not only common, but they also can lead to substantial problems for those who are hurt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 17,000 people die, and more than 1 million people suffer injuries due to slip-and-fall accidents every year.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Injuries

  1. Walking — Simply walking can result in injury, whether you trip over a broken piece of concrete, slip on icy pavement or fall after catching your foot on a broken floor surface.
  2. Dangerous conditions — Conditions on a piece of property may make it unsafe for people to be there. Also, the person harmed must not have been able to anticipate the dangerous condition under the circumstances. When a dangerous condition exists, the property owner can be held liable for the damages someone else suffers because of a slip-and-fall.

Known Defects
Property owners have to take reasonable steps to ensure they correct known defects. Knowing about a problem and not addressing it in time can make them liable.
If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

What are the Real Dangers of Truck Accidents?

According to Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, 100,000 people are injured and 4,000 are killed every year in truck accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 33,736 people were killed in auto accidents in 2016. While truck accidents make up only a small portion of that number, these accidents can be more serious. That means an alarming number of accidents involving commercial vehicles result in serious or fatal injury. In fact, it is less common for those in smaller vehicles to walk away from a truck accident injury free. This makes collisions involving big rigs more dangerous than most other types.
Truck accidents sometimes result in:

  1. Head and brain injury
  2. Neck and spinal cord injury
  3. Broken bones
  4. Death

These injuries can require intensive medical treatment followed by months, years and, in some cases, a lifetime of rehabilitation therapy. Some truck accident injuries make working difficult or impossible and many can alter quality of life.
If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

6 Mistakes That Could Potentially Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

  1. Failing to call the police: If you have been in an accident that another driver has caused you must call the police. Although they might try to convince you not to, the police report is vital to your personal injury case. This is because it is one of the best ways to demonstrate that you were not at fault. Without that police report, the other driver might try to manipulate the truth when speaking to their insurance company to try to appear not at fault.
  2. Falling to seek medical attention: If you feel like your injuries are minor you still need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Medical documentation is very important to your injury claim. If you wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance companies may argue that you couldn’t have been hurt that seriously and don’t deserve to be compensated or they might say that you got your injuries a different way.
  3. Failing to be honest with your doctor: Answer all of your doctor’s questions as honestly as possible. Don’t try to hide any previous injuries or illnesses, as this can both impact the quality of the care you receive and harm your legal case.
  4. Missing any of your doctor’s appointment: During your personal injury case, your medical records can be accessed by the insurance companies. These records will contain information about any missed appointments and this information can be used as evidence against you.
  5. Neglecting to take prescribed medications: Not taking the medication prescribed to you is a lot like missing your doctor’s appointments. This demonstrate a lack of commitment to recovery and could severely harm your claim.
  6. Ending medical treatment prematurely: If you decide to stop your medical treatment too early, insurance companies may argue that you must be completely recovered from the accident. Also, if, for some reason, there is a large period of time between your treatments, the insurers may argue that you could have recovered from your initial injury and may now be seeking treatment for an unrelated injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.