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Slip and fall accidents may happen on rainy days

A woman in another state claimed she fell on a liquor store floor and consequently injured herself back in 2011 due to the negligence of the store owner. She thus filed a lawsuit against the store, which led to a civil trial that was in progress late last month. When slip and fall accidents occur in South Carolina due to business property owners' carelessness, these owners may be held liable for any injuries that happen as a result.

In the out-of-state case, the woman claimed she went to the liquor store on a rainy day. When she entered the business, she reportedly stepped into a puddle and slipped. The woman asserted that the store was negligent in that it did not mop up the puddle.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt in car crash in South Carolina

A four-vehicle car accident on Sept. 28 held up traffic in Fort Mill and injured two people. South Carolina Highway Patrol, which typically responds to and investigates motor vehicle accidents on state highways and interstates, was on the scene of the crash. One driver is suspected of having been driving under the influence, and she is now facing charges. 

According to the accident report, the driver of a sedan apparently ran a red light before striking another vehicle what was described as a "glancing blow." The woman then reportedly continued to drive before striking a van head-on. Both she and the driver of the van suffered injuries first responders identified as non life-threatening. It is unclear if they were treated on the scene or taken to a local hospital. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 dead in Oconee County

Out-of-state residents were the victims of a serious crash in Oconee County on the evening of Sept. 23. South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that three people were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 11 near Walhalla. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this tragic incident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, a 51-year-old Georgia resident was traveling on Highway 11 when he apparently crossed the center line of the highway. This took his pickup truck into the path of a sedan headed in the other direction. The resulting collision caused massive damage to both vehicles, and the pickup truck driver was pronounced dead by the county coroner. 

South Carolina's moped laws are changing

For many people in the Myrtle Beach area, mopeds are a convenient, economical means of transportation. You need to know that the laws in South Carolina that govern the use of mopeds are changing, in an effort to make moped riders safer.

In May, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed new legislation that:

Young drivers are confident they can text behind the wheel

According to a new survey, 62 percent of drivers aged 18 to 34 are at least somewhat confident they can text safely while driving. Around a third of all drivers felt confident they could do so. At the same time, over 90 percent of drivers believe that distracted driving should be illegal.

Are those who are confident in their texting-and-driving abilities wrong? It seems likely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2015. Another 391,000 were injured. Young people were the most confident in their abilities, yet teens were the age group most likely to have been ruled the distracted driver in those accidents.

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