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A simple mistake behind the wheel can quickly have unintended consequences. Those unintended actions turn into an intentional crime when the perpetrator flees the scene, transforming what may have been an average person moments ago into a wanted felon.

This quick cause-and-effect forms the real tragedy of hit-and-runs, where people impulsively engage in a felonious behavior when they may never have considered it at any point prior. Catching these perpetrators is incredibly important, not just for law enforcement but also for the victims who are left to pick up the pieces from the resulting personal injury or property damage.

Luckily, hit-and-run victims have an industrious ally in South Carolina: the state’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, or MAIT.

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Like all other car, truck and motorcycle drivers, moped operators in North Carolina are now required by law to carry minimum liability insurance. N.C. legislators passed House Bill 148 in 2015, which requires moped owners to carry at least $25,000 in insurance for property damage, $30,000 in insurance for personal injury or death to one victim and $60,000 maximum in insurance for multiple victims.

The new moped insurance law went into effect on July 1, 2016, although drivers have until September 1, 2016 before they will encounter penalties. Anyone cited before that point will receive a written and verbal warning.

While House Bill 148 seems to affect moped owners primarily, it could have consequences for anyone injured by or involved in a collision with a scooter or moped.

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Most people are vaguely aware of the concept that the government can seize private land for public use. There’s a big difference, however, in knowing what it is, and knowing how it affects your life. When you face the prospect of losing property due to governmental interference, you want to understand the process, how it works, and what if anything you can do to fight it. Read an overview of eminent domain, what it means for you, and how a qualified North Carolina and South Carolina attorney can help.

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The State of North Carolina will now file felony charges against operators of boats who cause injuries while under the influence of alcohol. Legislators named the law “Sheyenne’s Law” after Concord teenager Sheyenne Marshall, who was killed on Lake Norman July 4, 2015, by a drunk boater. Lawmakers hope to deter individuals from boating under the influence of substances while providing additional restitution to victims of BUI boating accidents.

Anyone who has been injured by a vessel operator, especially one under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, may now possibly have additional civil recourse in light of the law’s harshened criminal penalties regarding such accidents.

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Getting hurt on the job is hardly desirable. Whereas before you were able to work freely and support your family, following a workplace accident you might not be able to perform the same tasks again for a while, if ever. In situations like this, it might seem as if you are suddenly all out of options and have nowhere to go. However, this could not be further from the truth. If you have been involved in a workplace accident and need compensation, you have alternatives to sitting around and feeling miserable. For starters, you should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer.

The Tatum Law Firm has many years of experience helping individuals win the settlements they need to get on with their lives, and we can do the same for you. By following this guide on workplace accidents, you can start to educate yourself on what to do if you are ever hurt on the job.

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Thousands of individuals every year are injured or killed in car crashes, and picking up the pieces of your life after a particularly nasty collision can often prove too big a burden for some families to bear. You are not out of options, however. Pursuing a negligence claim after a car accident is just one of the many avenues down which you can go to ensure that you get the proper compensation you deserve.

The legal team at the Tatum Law Firm has many years of experience helping individuals take their negligence claims to court, and if you were hurt in a car accident and are now facing mounting medical and repair bills, we want to talk to you.

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All vehicles, whether a small sedan or a big commercial truck, are governed by specific state and federal laws. If you are not aware of these general rules and regulations, you could be opening yourself up to major fines, a suspended license or even jail time if an accident was involved. No matter what you drive, it is therefore strongly recommended that you learn the laws governing your specific state. This goes for motorcycle laws too.

The Tatum Law Firm has represented individuals all over the spectrum in our many years of service, and we have seen plenty of motorcycle accidents in our time. If you own a motorcycle in North Carolina or South Carolina, you should be aware of the following rules that can keep you out of trouble with the law.

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Truck crashes are some of the most awful forms of automobile accidents in which you can be involved. Though they comprise only about three percent of all vehicular accidents, the damage they cause is far more massive, and worse, incidents are on the rise. If you are hurt in this kind of accident, there is a set course of action you should take to make sure that you can recover from your injuries and most importantly, recover the monetary losses you will face. Read some tips about what to do if you’re injured in a truck accident, and how a personal injury attorney can help.

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If there is any occupation that inevitably takes its toll on the mind, it would have to be first responders. Firefighters, police officers, EMTs and more all face traumatizing situations on a regular basis. Those who work in the industry insist that these incidents take their toll, leading to a high rate of anxiety, depression and suicide.

Seeking to remedy this epidemic, South Carolina legislators introduced a bill early in June that would expand workers’ compensation coverage to include mental health issues. The hope is that with psychological services, therapy, and medications covered, more first responders will have access to the care they need to cope.

If successful, the bill would go a long way towards improving not just the mental health of first responders, but the quality of rescue services in general.

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A popular moped bill that passed both the South Carolina State House and Senate chambers died on Governor Nikki Haley’s desk earlier this month. If passed into law, the bill would have levied new regulations against moped drivers.

Under current South Carolina code, traffic laws applying to motor vehicles do not apply to mopeds. That loophole means that a person “can be stinking drunk on a moped and can’t be arrested,” in the words of State Sen. Greg Hembree. Someone can also operate a moped on a highway even though the maximum legal speed of such a vehicle is only 30 mph.

Fifty people died in 2015 from moped accidents in South Carolina, and 16 more have died so far in 2016. Legislators will need to push for more concrete definitions and a bare minimum of control over moped operation if they hope to reduce these fatalities in the future.

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