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Life on two wheels: common causes of motorcycle accidents

Ask motorcycle owners why they choose two wheels over four, and you’ll hear more reasons than you can shake a leather jacket at: cost and fuel efficiency, the sense of freedom and adventure, ease of parking, camaraderie, reduced carbon footprint, and – let’s be honest – riding a bike is the iconic image of cool.

While motorcycle enthusiasts are as loyal to their mode of transportation as Juliet was to Romeo, it is no secret that it can be a dangerous way to travel. And South Carolina is no exception. In fact, in the past few years it has been in the top five states in numbers of motorcycle accidents and fatalities.

New technology brings new dangers to the road

Every year, new cars on the road seem to come with a number of new and exciting technological upgrades. Some, including blind spot warnings and backup cameras, help increase your safety and the safety of your fellow drivers.

Unfortunately, not all of these innovations are making South Carolina’s highways safer. The rise of one particular type of technology in our cars is distracting drivers and removing their focus from the road.

5 mistakes pool owners make that put others in danger

Whether you go to a public pool, a hotel pool or a pool in someone’s backyard, you probably assume it is going to be safe. You probably assume the owners know about -- and comply with -- the various pool regulations and take their ownership responsibilities very seriously.

Unfortunately, there are pool owners who fail to do these things. These failures can have catastrophic consequences including drowning and other serious injuries so it is crucial that owners take action to avoid mistakes – especially the five mistakes we examine below.

Is there a safe way to drive while distracted?

Drivers distracted by their phones are a threat to every motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian sharing the road with them, and just about every motorist recognizes the dangers of distracted driving.

Sadly, people still drive while distracted by their phones, oftentimes assuming they can do so safely. But make no mistake about it: There is no safe way to drive while distracted. In fact, three solutions aimed at preventing distracted driving or attempting to make it safer fall short of those goals. In some cases, they actually make drivers even more distracted. 

South Carolina woman awarded $300,000 after tripping on rug

The city of Myrtle Beach has been ordered to pay $300,000 to a South Carolina woman after a fall in 2015. The woman, a resident of Georgetown County, tripped on a rug while volunteering at a recreation center.

The jury awarded the woman over $540,000 in damages. The judge lowered this amount to $300,000 due to a cap on statutory damages. The city is planning on appealing the decision.

Why you should see a doctor after a car accident

It’s easy to know that you need to visit a doctor if you’ve suffered a major injury after a car accident. When the injury is perceived to be more minor, some people forego visiting a doctor after the accident.

No matter how serious or minor your injury may be, it’s important to visit a doctor following a car accident. These are three of the most important reasons why it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

No harm no foul? Beware soft tissue injuries after an accident.

In the immediate aftermath of the car accident, you may have had many issues to address: ensuring the safety of everyone involved, documenting the scene, exchanging insurance information and completing the police report. In scrambling to record relevant details and striving to avoid making a mistake that could affect an insurance claim, you thought you handled the stressful situation well. Although your car may have suffered damage, you are thankful that you and your passengers seemed to have survived without a scratch.

Days after the collision, however, your body is sending signals that indicate you did sustain injuries. It's possible that the flood of adrenaline that coursed through your body after that traumatic event prevented you from feeling the full effect of the car's impact until the stress and adrenaline subsided. While you may have documented the visible effects of the collision, you may not have accounted for the effects that reveal themselves after time has passed.

Be careful of insurance companies after a car crash

If you find yourself in a car accident, an insurance claim will probably be one of your main concerns after you get any needed medical attention. After all, you are probably facing medical and car repair bills now. However, you need to be wary of any interactions with an insurance company.

Insurers want to pay you as little as possible for your claim, so they have many tactics to delay your claim or give you less than you need. Here are a few tips on how to handle the post-accident process:

Family courts must consider fathers' rights

South Carolina unmarried fathers have certain rights. A man is automatically recognized as the baby's legal father with equivalent legal parental standing when he is named on the birth certificate. He is also more likely to pay child support. Fathers' rights focus on fairness. Fathers want an equal opportunity for a relationship with the child.

According to a study published in the journal Human Nature, paternity establishment begins at birth. The father should be named on the birth certificate. If the parents are married, the husband will usually be named. However, 40.6 percent of babies were born to unmarried mothers in 2013. It is important for the mother to name the father on the birth certificate and for the father to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity when they are not married.

Reaching a decision about frozen embryos during a divorce

Couples in South Carolina who have IVF treatments may not think about what may become of their embryos if they divorce. Usually, facilities have couples sign a contract that specifies whether they want their embryos donated or destroyed in the case of divorce. Keeping the embryos frozen may be another option. However, these contracts might not be legally enforceable.

If a couple cannot agree on the fate of their embryos, it could result in a long court case. Estranged couples need to keep up with their payments to the storage facility so the embryos they're fighting over don't end up being destroyed.

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