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Bike Week–Spring Rally has descended upon us! We actually look forward to this week, as well as Fall Rally! As a matter of fact, you’ll probably see a couple of us riding around on our own Harley’s this week. This type of tourism is just one of the many things we love about Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand! Unfortunately, along with all the cool and exciting things about motorcycles flooding the area, there are many hazards as well.
DUIs: Let’s be honest…one of the primary things that bikers like to do on bike week is check out the action at the biker bars. This often involves the over-consumption of alcohol. And, we get it. People don’t even like to leave their cars behind, overnight at a bar; let alone their motorcycles. Especially if you’re from out-of-town and are unfamiliar with the area. But I can assure you, it’s a lot less of a hassle than a DUI. Be smart!
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately one of the inevitable parts of bike week, that make everyone cringe. And with the combination of alcohol, it is sure to be a bad scenario. But, it shouldn’t have to be inevitable. Staying smart on the road – you know what we mean, no weaving in and out or traveling at obnoxious speeds, using your turn signals and/or hand signals, could do a lot to bring the rate of accidents down. Also, wearing the right gear in the event of an accident could lessen the damage to your body. Just because Myrtle Beach took away the helmet law, doesn’t mean that’s the best way to ride. Also, making sure your legs, arms, and feet are probably covered can go a long way.
Hopefully you make it through this week unscathed, literally and metaphorically. But, in case you do get in some trouble, call the attorneys at Grand Strand Law to represent you. 843.492.5422
It’s that time of year again…the tourists are in town and traffic is picking up! There are so many things to watch out for; motorcyclists, people on their phones, people from out-of-town who aren’t sure how to get where they’re going, teen drivers, senior drivers, people under the influence, tractor-trailers, etc. The list goes on and on! We hope that you never end up in an accident but, if for some reason you do, we handle everything from minor injuries to wrongful death. The attorneys at Grand Strand Law are the ones you need to call!
If that worst case scenario happens and you do get in an automobile accident, some factors could arise. For one, you may not be able to work. This will likely add stress to whatever painful predicament you are already in, as you wonder how you are going to pay hospital bills on top of monthly expenses. The next thing to worry about is how to deal with the insurance company. Insurance companies will usually try to bully you into paying more than you should have to, so they don’t have to pay out. Luckily, we know the ins and outs of dealing with insurance companies and how to negotiate to get you the fairest settlement. We help you recover lost wages and income, payment of medical bills and compensation for physical pain and suffering. If we cannot reach a fair settlement, then we are fully prepared to litigate an injury case on your behalf.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call because you don’t want to “add insult to injury”, by adding more bills to your collection. We will evaluate your claim for free and then, if we decide that you have a case that we can assist you in pursuing, we won’t ask for payment until you get paid. In other words, we are paid on a contingency fee basis in automobile accidents. This way you do not have the added stress of worrying about how to pay our bills.
Make sure to wear green and put down your keys if you want to avoid getting pinched, physically and metaphorically, this March 17th. Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick’s Day inevitably results in some light bruising for folks whose dress doesn’t express the Emerald Isle’s characteristic hue. In America, it also ranks fourth on the list of the year’s most popular drinking occasions. There seems to be no end to the flow of green beer and Irish car bombs.
So why did St. Patrick’s Day come to be such a huge holiday in the United States? To Americans, especially those 36.5 million with Irish heritage, it represents something quite different than it does to the Irish living in Ireland. When close to a million poor Irish Catholics immigrated to the United States during the Great Potato Famine in the mid-1800s, they were despised for their religious beliefs and had a hard time finding even menial jobs. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States were met with contempt. When the Irish began to realize that their great numbers gave them political power, they started to organize themselves into a force. Annual St. Patrick’s Day parades, that started not in Ireland but in New York City in March of 1762, were a demonstration of strength and solidarity among a people who, at that time, were for the most part unwelcome in protestant America.
So to Irish Americans and those claiming Irish American descent, a population that currently stands at about nine times the population of Ireland itself, St. Patrick’s Day means much more than the celebration of a religious figure – it’s a day that came to represent the strength and pride of the Irish people in a foreign land. And as such it has a very important meaning here – tens of millions of Americans are both proud to be American, and proud to be of Irish ancestry. On March 17th comes their chance to celebrate as such.
Each year, more than 33 million Irish-Americans and fellow partiers worldwide raise pints of Guinness and forkfuls of cabbage in the name of the Ireland’s primary patron saint. But the good times are too often ruined by drunk-driving incidents, which can have a devastating impact on lives in general and wallets in particular. Try to keep your celebrations safe this year. The cost of a quick Uber or Lyft ride pales in comparison to that of a DUI or vehicular manslaughter charge, after all.
*Source: Entangled.com, wallethub.com