Many of us South Carolina residents frequently jump across the border to Georgia in order to go shopping, work, grab some dinner, or visit family & friends. Although it may seem an easy drive for some and of no consequence, it's important to know what you may encounter when you cross the State line while driving coming July 1st. Georgia has recently enacted a "Hands Free" Law which will take effect on July 1, 2018 and impact all drivers in Georgia.
Below we have compiled some of the most helpful explanations and tips we've found to help any South Carolina resident that may be traveling to Georgia in the near future:
Everything You Need to Know About Georgia's Hands Free Law: 11 Alive
What you need to know before "Hands Free" Law goes into effect in Georgia: WJBF News Channel 6
Everything to know about Georgia's new Hands Free Driving Law: WRDW News Channel 12
Outfitting your car for the Hands Free law doesn't have to be expensive: WSB-TV
Please keep in mind that the Georgia Hands Free Law takes effect strictly on July 1, 2018 and there is no 90-day grace period.
Please be advised that this blog does not constitute nor is it intended to be legal advice. Attorney Wil Alexander is licensed to practice solely in South Carolina. This blog post is meant as information to South Carolina Residents to be aware of the new Georgia Law when traveling into Georgia. The Law Office of William H. Alexander, LLC is located at 222 Main Street in Barnwell, South Carolina.
In short, yes, you can afford to hire a lawyer for your car wreck – no matter how much money you may or may not have to spend on a lawyer.
Most of the time when individuals think about hiring a lawyer they automatically expect expensive fees to be paid upfront or by the hour throughout representation. However, this is not how you pay for a lawyer to handle a car wreck case.
Our firm (and almost all personal injury lawyers) handles car wreck claims on what’s called a contingency fee basis. This means a lawyer does not charge up front fees for representing you and rather works for a percentage (typically 33.3% - 40%) of the recovery of your case. (Click here for more detailed information on contingency fees.)
Here at the Law Office of William H. Alexander, LLC car wreck attorney Wil Alexander always handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis -- so there is no need to worry that you may not be able to afford our services.
We're happy to take time and talk with you about how we can help you navigate your potential car wreck claim and get you the recovery that you deserve.
We hope this answers your question about whether you can afford a lawyer for your car accident claim. Remember, there's no risk to you in asking about how we might can help and we're always glad to talk through your potential claim with you.
Feel free to contact us today to talk through how we can help you navigate your potential car wreck claim.
Attorney Wil Alexander spoke at the Charleston School of Law Advanced Torts Summer Class on Thursday, June 14th. Fellow personal injury attorney Everett Stubbs of Gaston, Marion, and Stubbs P.A. spoke to the class as well. Topics included handling a typical car wreck case, handling personal injury cases, starting a law firm and managing/running a law firm.
You may have heard of the "100 Deadliest Days", the period of time which spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day -- a time when there is a noticeable increase in car accidents and car accident related deaths, especially those involving teen drivers.
According to AAA.com in 2016 there was a 14% increase in individuals killed in car accidents involving teen drivers throughout the "100 deadliest days".
Driving at night, distracted driving, and speed of driving are highlighted as three major contributing factors to the dangers of teen driving during this span.
According to the National Safety Council half of all teens will be involved in a car wreck before they graduate high school.
We encourage you to check out the AAA's and many other resources below for educating teen drivers before they hit the road this summer:
100 Deadliest Days AAA Article
AAA's Guide to Teen Driving Safety
TeenDrivingSource.org Practice Driving Lesson
National Safety Council Teen Driving
National Safety Council Safe Driving Kit
By: Attorney Wil Alexander, Law Office of William H. Alexander LLC.
South Carolina is the 2nd most dangerous State to drive in the United States according to a study released today by wallethub.com.
The study ranked all 50 states in their level of safety overall for citizens, with Road Safety being one of the main categories.
The Road Safety ranking compared states using 6 different metrics:
-Traffic Indiscipline (a metric which uses poor driving behavior such as: phone use, speeding, aggressive acceleration, harsh braking, and poor turning.)
-Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
-DUIs per Capita
-Pedestrian & Pedalcyclist Fatality Rate per Capita
-Road Quality, and
-Driving Laws Rating
Importantly, South Carolina was ranked #1 in the most fatalities per 100 million miles of travel making it the worst State for roadway fatalities.
Personal Injury Attorney Wil Alexander represents individuals who have been involved in car wrecks, truck accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents throughout South Carolina. If you have questions about a potential injury claim, contact us today.
Click here to learn more about 2018's Safest States in America.
Attorney Wil Alexander wants to keep you up to date with new legal developments and other news. Please be advised these blog posts do not constitute legal advice and you should always consult a lawyer with your legal questions.