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South Carolina personal watercraft boating regulations

Just the same as a motor vehicle, if you are going to operate a boat there are things you need to know. If you aren't careful of what you are doing, if you make one mistake, it could lead to an accident or trouble with the law.

Here are some boating regulations to become familiar with:

Why do motorcyclists wear unsafe helmets?

There is no denying the fact that a motorcyclist should wear protective gear, including a helmet, at all times. This is extremely important, as it can save a person's life in the event of an accident.

There are times when motorcyclists wear an unsafe helmet. Some people know they are doing this, but others truly believe that their helmet meets all safety standards.

Can a child restraint be reused after a minor accident?

If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is likely that your car was damaged in some way. While it is common to have your vehicle repaired in a timely manner, you may be overlooking another very important detail: the condition of any child restraint that was in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that a child safety seat be replaced in the event of a moderate or severe accident. In the event of a minor crash, however, the NHTSA does not necessarily recommend that the seat be replaced with a new one.

Understanding wrongful death of a mother

There are times when a mother dies during labor or pregnancy. This can be the direct result of malpractice by a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse. If this happens, surviving family members, such as a spouse, will be faced with difficult circumstances. In addition to grieving the death of a loved one, they must consider if filing a wrongful death lawsuit makes sense.

There are many elements associated with the wrongful death of a mother. In order to file a claim, the following elements must be proven:

94 percent of accidents caused by humans; 0 percent by Google cars

"In the six years of our project, we've been involved in 12 minor accidents during more than 1.8 million miles of autonomous and manual driving combined," Google wrote recently in its Self-Driving Car Project's monthly report. "Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident."

Although many of those 1.8 million miles were on test tracks, the numbers are still pretty impressive. Most people were expecting that robot-driven vehicles armed with collision-avoidance technology and schooled in every single potential traffic law would be excellent drivers. After all, they never suffer from distraction, and they never get drunk.

The many effects of alcohol on driving

Driving a motor vehicle can be dangerous when a person is sober. If you add alcohol into the equation, things can quickly take a turn for the worse.

In the state of South Carolina, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater. Even so, there are people who drink and drive, thinking they have the ability to do so.

Recreational boating accidents can cause injury, death

Many people never consider the fact that boating accidents are extremely serious. Just the same as a motor vehicle accident, it can cause serious injury or even death.

Some boat accidents only involve one vessel. These are often caused by a poor decision made by the operator. There are also situations in which a negligent party causes an accident.

SADD 'Prom Promise' anti-DUI events eye-opening for teen drivers

SADD has been busy helping teens prepare for prom this year. How? By showing them, in gruesome detail, what could happen to them in a drunk driving accident.

The anti-drunk driving group, originally called Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD has been sponsoring events nationwide in the weeks leading up to the big dance. The group has an extensive prom and graduation season campaign on its website, including the "Prom Promise," which urges teen couples to promise each other, in writing, not to drink on prom night.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month tips for non-riders

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It's also Zombie Awareness Month and Scandinavian American Heritage Month, but greater awareness of motorcycles and motorcycle safety is likely to save more lives.

Motorcycles continue to gain popularity, but unfortunately, there are still far too many serious and fatal motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a traffic crash, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die than the occupant of a passenger vehicle.