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Distracted driving can cause injury, death

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers are just as common as those caused by speeding and drunk driving.

When many people think about distracted driving, the only thing that comes to mind is using a cellphone. However, there are other types of distractions that are just as dangerous, such as talking to passengers and eating.

What are the top causes of car accidents?

It doesn't matter who you are or where you are driving, every time you get behind the wheel, there is a chance you could be involved in a car accident. This does not mean you should stay off the road altogether. It does, however, mean that you should do whatever it takes to remain safe at all times.

Knowing the top causes of car accidents can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble. Here are three causes that lead to thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States:

Boating accidents: from the cause to the impact

Many South Carolina residents enjoy a variety of water activities, such as boating. The same holds true for those who visit the state from out of town. For example, Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation destination.

Unfortunately, there are times when boating and other water activities lead to serious injury and even death.

'Sober or Slammer!' campaign underway in weeks before Labor Day

Larger states like Texas, California and Florida have more drunk driving fatalities because the populations in those states are larger. However, when you take into consider the number of DUI fatalities in proportion to population, South Carolina has the highest rate of impaired-driving deaths.

In fact, authorities have reported that 218 people have lost their lives on highways throughout the state since Memorial Day, and since the beginning of the year, 581 people had died on South Carolina highways at the time of an Aug. 26 report. To put the problem of drunk driving into perspective, consider the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one-third of traffic fatalities throughout the country are due to drunk driving.

The finer details of a wrongful death claim

When a person is killed as the result of the negligence of another party, his or her family may begin to consider their legal options. While not always the case, there are times when the decedent's family is in position to recover expenses, damages, lost income, and other types of compensation.

Making a wrongful death claim can be full of challenges, as there are many twists and turns to account for. Generally speaking, this is meant to cover the costs of a funeral, while also compensating the person's family for lost income, pain and suffering, and lost of companionship. There are also times when this type of lawsuit includes medical expenses.

Are you familiar with the common causes of boat accidents?

Boating can be a lot of fun. No matter if you are fishing, water skiing or just spending time on the water, you are sure to enjoy yourself as long as you remain safe.

Unfortunately, just the same as the roadways, people are involved in boating accidents from time to time. These accidents have the potential to cause a lot of damage to the boats, as well as serious injury or even death to its occupants.

Overlooked reasons for a car insurance denial

The last thing you want is to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you do find yourself in this position and you realize it is time to make a claim, you hope your insurance company makes life easy.

There are times when a car insurance claim is denied. This may not be fair, so you need to better understand why the claim was denied and what you can do moving forward.

Mother upset with repeat DWI offender

In a story that has received national attention, a repeat DWI offender was sentenced to 50 years in prison for causing an accident that killed a 2-year-old child.

The victim's mother was upset after the sentencing was read, noting that her life has changed for the worse since the accident. She said the following in her victim impact statement: