South Carolina Roads Cost Drivers Millions

Most motorists have a few choice words to say when it comes to the condition of most South Carolina roads, but few fully understand just how much the poor condition of the roads is actually costing them. It’s estimated that drivers in South Carolina spend approximately $3 billion in car repairs that were the result of road conditions every single year. That works out to about each drivers spending $1,300 to fix the damage done by potholes and other problems year after year.


The data was collected by TRIP, a national transportation advocacy group.

When they collected their data, TRIP including things like elevated operating costs, congestion related delays, poor road conditions, and traffic crashes to determine how much South Carolina roads cost drivers.

It’s the group’s belief that if South Carolina invested in improving traffic conditions, the state would not only have much happier drivers, but that they would also see a substantial increase in traffic safety, a decrease in the annual traffic rate, as well as some long-term economic growth.

The TRIP report states that, 46 percent of major roads and highways (state-maintained Interstate, primary and secondary routes) are in “poor” condition. That is a significant increase from 2008, when 32 percent of the state’s major roads were rated in poor condition. One-fifth of South Carolina’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”


You should plan on spending even more time making your way to and from work. Trip says that since the state hasn’t managed to keep up with the ever increasing traffic flow, the amount of congestion and delays experienced by motorist has increased. The organization estimates that throughout the year, South Carolina’s traffic congestion costs motorists an estimated $775 million in both lost time and fuel.

South Carolina road system makes liberal use of bridges which seems like a good idea until you consider that 21% of state’s bridges show significant signs of wear. Many fail to meet the design standards set by national transportation organizations and should be completely rebuilt. Most bridges have at least one problem which can include an inadequate amount of clearance, dubious alignment, pavement issues, or narrow lanes.

grayson-hucks-1-800When it comes to annual traffic fatalities, South Carolina reports some of the highest numbers in the state. The transportation department estimates that for every 100 million vehicles on the road, there will be 1.76 traffic fatalities. The national average is 1.13. Anyone who frequently uses South Carolina’s rural roads is at an even bigger risk of getting into a wreck, were the average number of wrecks was 2.99 fatalities for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel.

“As someone who drives these roads every single day, I find this information alarming, particularly since so many of these fatal car accidents could have been prevented,” said Joseph Sandefur of, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in South Carolina. “My hope is that if enough South Carolina residents file personal injury lawsuits against the state, something will finally be done about the deplorable road commissions.”

If you suffered injuries in a car accident, your attorney will help you take the steps needed to get the settlement you deserve.





Florida Supreme Court Debates Whether or Not Doctor is Responsible for Patient’s Suicide

The Florida Supreme Court finds itself currently debating a medical malpractice lawsuit. At the center of the case is a woman who died after she hanged herself. The judges sitting on the Florida Supreme Court must now decide if her doctor was negligent.


In 2008, Jacqueline Granicz committed suicide by hanging herself. Her husband was the one who took the legal steps that eventually brought the case to the Florida Supreme Court. He feels questions whether Jaqueline’s doctor at the time, Joseph Chirillo, fulfilled his “duty” of care.

Last year, the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed that the case should move forward, a decision that nullified the circuit court judge who had already listened to the details of the case and ruled in Chirillo’s favor. This wasn’t a only case of suicide. The 55 years old man has jump from a building and committing also a suicide and killing also a innocent pedestrian by falling on him.

Chirillo’s attorney, Scott Cole, has steadfastly stuck to the defense that since nothing Granicz said or did indicated that she was seriously contemplating suicide, there was no way the doctor should have been expected to prevent her from hanging herself. Cole claims that Granicz’s death was “not foreseeable.”

Massachussetts Considers Mandatory Health Insurance“In this particular case, this was a suicide,” Cole said. “This was not a standard medical-negligence case.” One of the Supreme Court Justices, Fred Lewis, was quick to point out that thanks to changes in technology and scientific advances, medical professionals now have a better understanding of both the human mind and types of psychiatric conditions. He wondered if these advances didn’t in fact increase the likelihood of being able to predict a patient’s suicidle thoughts, therefore making Granicz’s suicide a foreseeable death that might have been prevented..

Granicz was booked an appointment with her doctor on Oct. 8, 2008. She told Chirillo’s assistant that she was having multiple depression related issues which included mental strain, being emotional, and a few other issues that were triggering her depression. When Chirillo’s assistant called the doctor and explained the situation, Chirillo ordered some changes in her medications and said he was going to refer he to a gastroenterologist who would examine her for gastrointestinal issues. The next day, Granicz’s body was found.

According to the paperwork filed by Granicz’s husband, he believes his late wife’s doctor failed to properly care for his wire. A circuit judge disagreed, and now everyone is waiting to see what the state’s Supreme Court will decide. It could take months for the Justices to reach a final decision.

“Cases like this one are one of the things I love about personal injury law,” Tampa of John Bales said. “This is exactly the type of case that could be used to not only make some changes to the legal system, but also to general health care. If the Supreme Court rules against the doctor in this case, I think it will encourage doctors to pay more attention to their patients who are struggling to live with depression.”

If you feel that you suffered as a direct result of your doctor failing to provide you with the best possible medical care, book a consultation appointment with John Bales Attorneys and we’ll take a look at your case.