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Symptoms and Side-Effects of Whiplash

There are several common causes of whiplash: car or cycling accidents, falls from horseback riding, contact sports or other falls and accidents in which the head jerks back violently.  How do you know if you have whiplash? If you have been in an accident like those listed you may have neck pain, headaches at the base of you neck, dizziness and blurred vision.  Some treatments for whiplash like aspirin and physical therapy may help ease the pain within a few weeks.  Some instances of whiplash last up to three months.  In any case, seek medical attention to be sure of a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you have been injured and suffer from whiplash, we may be able to help you.  Call today for a free consultation (843) 357-8888 or visit joeandmartin.com.

Tips for Meeting with a Doctor After an Accident 


Tell the truth and be cooperative, anything that wastes time is time lost that could be spent on you getting better after an accident.  Work with your doctor to determine the cause of pain after injury – remember, you should mention all ailments, physical and mental, so your doctor can determine the best way to treat your injuries.
If an examination becomes painful, tell your doctor that you do not want to continue that part of your consultation due to pain. Inform your doctor about any activities you can no longer perform or restrictions in movement. Even small annoyances can become lifelong problems.  Remembering these guidelines will help make your appointment run smoothly and should legal counsel need any information, your doctor will have made a thorough evaluation of your injuries and ailments.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, call Joe and Martin for your free consultation.

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.

Distracted Driving Apps

Top 5 Apps to Help Stop Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, so what better time to evaluate yourself and change bad driving habits? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015.
Distracted Driving Apps
It’s no secret that the use of smart phones has played a big role in the increase in distracted driving incidents. Reading just one text keeps our eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.  But did you know these same smart phones can be a tool to fight distracted driving, rather than be a cause of it?
Developers have created apps that incentivize safe driving or even directly block you from using your phone.
 You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Here are our top 5 apps to use to help stop distracted driving.

  1. LifeSaver- LifeSaver uses GPS monitoring and a rewards system to help drivers break dangerous distracted driving habits. The app blocks the ability to use your phone while driving, and automatically lets loved ones know once you’ve safely arrived at your destination.
  1. AT&T DriveMode- DriveMode is for both iOS and Android. AT&T’s DriveMode app helps keep drivers from distraction by blocking any phone taking or texting and driving. DriveMode can be set up to automatically start when you are driving over 15 MPH.
  1. TrueMotion– TrueMotion is free on both iOS and Android platforms and has a feature unique from other apps, “trip score”. Each time you’re behind the wheel, the app uses a rating scale for your overall drive, and pinpoints exact moments where you may have been driving distractedly. TrueMotion can compare driving scores and show a driver’s location on the road in real time, as well as their trip history.
  1. Drive Beehive– PADD’s official safe driving app, Drive Beehive, works by connecting drivers with sponsors (friends, family, schools, businesses) who can set rewards for safe miles driven. This easy-to-use app is appealing because of how simple it is to be a sponsor and to create your own safe driving campaign.
  1. Waze- Waze is powered and used by drivers all over the world. Drivers connect to one another and work together to improve each other’s driving experience. As a community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze was created as a social navigation tool for private cars. Waze is a great app to use for directions because it will not allow you to type or use it unless you indicate you are the passenger using the app once the car is moving.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving accident, don’t wait. Contact Joe and Martin today 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.