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Remember, you always have the right to remain silent

As a U.S. citizen, you have the right – guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution – not to make any incriminating statements. Over the years, this has become known as “your right to remain silent.”

This is one of the “Miranda Rights” that appear so often on television police shows. Police have the responsibility to tell you of your Fifth Amendment rights before you are questioned or risk having everything they learned and subsequent actions thrown out of court.

What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?

When you are involved in retrieving damages for a personal injury lawsuit in South Carolina, there are two categories under which you can claim damage: economic and non-economic. In short, economic damages are tangible and non-economic damages are intangible.

Loss of a form of income or an added cost may be considered economic. Something that does not hinder your wallet but does hinder your lifestyle may be considered non-economic damage. This post will discuss what South Carolina covers for each in a personal injury case.

What can I do to make a good impression in court?

A good criminal defense is an important part of any case when you're the defendant. It is your attorney's job to represent you and to prepare you for court.

While many people focus on the importance of the story you use in court, that's just one aspect of how you can defend yourself. There are other things you can do to make a good impression, too, which will help you win favor with the judge.

Unusual weather can impact drivers in southern states

Auto accidents change lives in an instant. As a result, people who had plans for their future might find they no longer have the options they once did. For example, a person who suffers a serious blow to the head might have a traumatic brain injury that affects their speech and coordination. Depending on the severity of the injury, they may never fully regain those abilities, hindering their ability to work, go to school or enjoy their life.

Auto accidents are particularly common in unusual weather conditions. Snow, for example, isn't common in South Carolina, but it has the potential to arrive in the state. A December 2018 report described a snowstorm that hit the area, which shows that it's possible for ice and snow to impact drivers.

Bus and car collide on US-123, 4 injured

One of the scariest things to hear about is a bus getting into an accident. Buses are large, so the likelihood is that the smaller vehicle will be the one to suffer the most damage. People in the bus, as well as in the vehicle that was struck, could end up with injuries as a result of the driver's mistake.

That happened in South Carolina on Dec. 6, when a bus hit a vehicle while traveling on US 123. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported to the scene where four people were discovered injured.

Brief overview of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that is purchased by employers throughout South Carolina and the rest of the country. Each state has its own workers' compensation laws and system that employers must enter into based on the number of employees on their payroll. Today, we will take a brief look at workers' compensation regulations so you have an understanding of the law.

The first thing you need to know about worker's compensation is what it does for you as an injured or sick employee. If the claim is approved you will receive two-thirds of your salary. The date of injury is most often listed as the first day you miss work due to the injury or illness suffered. The compensation can help pay your medical expenses and serve as income replacement. The payments will not be taxed.

Every night during Thanksgiving week has high chances of DUI

Thanksgiving remains one of the most dangerous times for any driver to be out on the road. All drivers have a high risk of receiving damages from a negligent motorist around this time no matter if they are traveling to a relative’s house, making a delivery or simply taking their commute home.

Out of all the causes of crashes during this holiday week, drunk driving has consistently been one of the top causes every year. South Carolina already has a bad reputation when it comes to our DUI death rate, so residents need to take extra precaution in case they plan on taking their vehicle on the road at any point during their days off.

In a North Charleston car accident? Don't make these mistakes

Car accident victims have a lot on their mind following a crash. The events following an accident can be so stressful that you might make some honest mistakes while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Today, we will provide you with a list of things you should never do after a car accident so any claim you wish to file is not jeopardized.

Unless it is absolutely necessary for safety reasons, you should not move your vehicle following a crash. The police will want to see where the vehicles stopped after the accident and how they hit each other, which can best be determined by looking at them in their original state.

Can the police search my cell phone?

Cellphones have become an integral part of everyday life for millions of Americans. Cellphones are used for myriad reasons—including criminal activity. Sometimes, the police may need to search the contents of someone’s phone.

However, South Carolina authorities cannot simply grab your cell and search it whenever they wish: They must follow certain regulations. You have certain rights regarding your phone and your privacy. If you are ever in a situation in which the police claim that they need to search your phone, you should understand your rights.

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