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Aug 21, 2023

High-speed crash leaves two badly hurt: $2.65 million settlement

Action: Auto accident Injuries alleged: First client was airlifted to an emergency room with spinal cord, head and neck injuries and a broken leg; second client was taken to an emergency room with spinal cord, head and neck injuries Case name: Withheld Court/case no.: Withheld Jury and/or judge: Withheld Amount: $2.65 million High-low agreement: Date: […]

May 6, 2019

Orangeburg rear-ender leads to $21M & $14M verdicts

An Orangeburg County jury has awarded a total of $35 million to a father and son who were seriously injured when the vehicle they were riding in was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. Brandon Glover, the son, was awarded $21 million, and his father, Willie Glover, was awarded $14 million. The award to […]

Feb 12, 2019

Elderly passenger settles for $1M in head-on crash

An elderly plaintiff has settled with an insurance company for $1 million after coverage of a head-on collision was contested, her attorney reports. Joe Sandefur of Joe & Martin in Murrells Inlet reports that the crash happened in Marion County and that his client was a passenger in the front seat when the crash occurred. […]

Aug 7, 2018

Insurance – Umbrella Policy – Auto Accident – Insureds’ Grandson

Where the defendant-insureds’ grandson did not live with them, he was not an insured under their personal liability umbrella policy; however, it will be up to the state court in the underlying lawsuit to determine whether the insureds are liable under the family purpose doctrine or negligent entrustment for the single-vehicle accident in which their […]

Mar 30, 2017

Trucker to pay $550K after stray tire strikes pedestrian

The owner of a tractor-trailer rig has agreed to pay a Dorchester County woman $550,000 for injuries she suffered after one of the truck’s wheels struck her. Connie Reyes was walking in the pedestrian lane of Ravenel Bridge on U.S. Highway 17 on March 2, 2015 when Stanley Hesters drove past Reyes in a tractor-trailer, […]

Feb 23, 2017

Paraplegic settles suit for $5.425M

A man who was rendered paraplegic after he was ejected from his pickup truck in a wreck with another truck has reached a $5.425 million confidential settlement with the at-fault driver’s employer, the man’s attorneys report. Nathan Hughey and Brad Banyas of the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston report that the force of the collision […]

Jul 5, 2015

Tort/Negligence — Auto Accident – Injured Passenger – Drivers’ Negligence – Directed Verdict Denial – New Trial Grant

Rivera v. Newton (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-076-15, 2 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Georgetown County Circuit Court (Benjamin H. Culbertson, J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. Ct. Holding: We improvidently granted a writ of certiorari to review our Court of Appeals’ decision (Even though the trial court denied plaintiff’s […]

Dec 5, 2014

Case against Marriott settles for $2.46 million

An assistant principal whose career was cut short when a hotel shuttle he was riding in ran a red light has received a $2.46 million settlement for his injuries. “James Thompson was a rising star in the education community,” said Thompson’s attorney, John Clark of Sumter. “He was certain to go on to do great […]

Aug 15, 2014

Civil Practice – Federal Jurisdiction – Removal – Tort/Negligence – Auto Accident – UIM Carrier – Unnamed Defendant

Sizelove-Farmer v. Johnson (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-151-14, 5 pp.) (J. Michelle Childs, J.) 1:13-cv-03041; D.S.C. Holding: Even though S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-160 allows plaintiff’s underinsured motorist coverage carrier – an unnamed defendant – to assume control of the defense, the state statute does not contemplate allowing a nonparty to remove the case to federal […]

Apr 22, 2014

Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Auto Accident – Purposeful Availment – Convenient Forum

Brower v. Blitch (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-095-14, 8 pp.) (David Norton, J.) 9:14-cv-00306; D.S.C. Holding: Where defendants intentionally entered South Carolina and drove their trucks on South Carolina’s highways, they purposefully availed themselves of the benefits and protection of South Carolina’s laws. Defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction is denied. The court [&[...]

Feb 11, 2014

Greenville car crash results in $350K verdict

A jury awarded Stacy Capell $350,000 for damages resulting from a car accident that occurred in Greenville County. Capell was traveling north on Highway 914 in her 2009 Toyota at around 5 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2010. Benjamin Villaverde, who was traveling south in his 2000 Chevrolet, claimed he passed out and lost control of […]

Jan 25, 2012

Tort/Negligence – Personal Injury – Auto Accident – Rear-End Collision – Failure to Keep Lookout – Directed Verdict Motion

Fettler v. Gentner Defendant admitted that he wasn’t looking where he was going when he rear-ended plaintiff’s car as it stopped at a yield sign to permit another car to make a left turn onto an on-ramp. The trial court should have granted plaintiff’s motion for a directed verdict.

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