When an auto accident happens unexpectedly, anyone can become a victim. One moment you're commuting back home after a long day at the office. The next, your car is totaled, and you're injured in the hospital due to another person's negligence. It's not fair, but it happens every day. Unlike the irresponsible party who caused the accident, personal injury victims often suffer the most in auto accidents. They have to worry about lost days at work, the long road to recovery, and the inability to provide for their family. Sadly, many people injured in car accidents don't have the luxury of worrying about bills because they're fighting for life in the emergency room.
And while modern cars come equipped with safety features like blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts, motor vehicle accidents are still a huge problem in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in 2020, one person was injured every 11 minutes in a car collision. Even worse, one fatal collision was recorded every 9.1 hours.
Unfortunately, victims of auto accident negligence often don't know what to do when another driver hits them. They have questions like:
These same innocent people provide official statements to insurance agencies without knowing the consequences.
However, if you or your loved ones are victims in a car crash, there's good news. Laws in South Carolina mandate that guilty parties must compensate for pain and suffering. But in order to get the compensation you deserve, it's crucial to work with a personal injury attorney in Greenville, SC. Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to bolster your case by securing witnesses for questioning, obtaining accident scene information, and documenting vehicle damage. If these tasks aren't completed quickly, you are far less likely to receive the compensation you and your family deserve.
Theos Law Firm exists to fight for your rights and to ensure negligent drivers are held responsible for the damage they do to your family. It's really that simple. We aren't afraid to trade blows with selfish insurance agencies. Because, unlike Theos Law Firm, they couldn't care less about your best interests.
Here are just a few reasons why so many hardworking people choose Theos Law Firm:
When you're involved in a car or truck accident, it can be a life-changing event. Having represented hundreds of personal injury victims, we understand that you may be confused and frightened. You know you need to speak with a lawyer, but you need a calm, cool presence to ease your anxiety. You need someone who understands what you're enduring, and we know how you feel. Unlike other auto accident attorneys, we believe that personal injury claims are more about the people involved and less about money and settlements. When you reach out to Theos Law Firm, you can rest easy knowing our team will treat you with dignity, compassion, and empathy.
With many years of combined personal injury experience, there's nothing that our team hasn't seen in terms of auto accidents. With that said, we understand that there is no "common" type of accident or scenario - no two accidents are the same. We have represented clients involved in DUI accidents, truck rollovers, reckless drivers, interstate pileups, rear-end collisions, and even Uber driver crashes. With such extensive experience, our team has the tools and talent to take care of you, regardless of how complicated your case might be.
The recovery process involved with automobile accidents changes with every person we represent. There are dozens of details to account for, from car repairs to insurance questions and everything in between. These small but necessary details aren't easy to accomplish for injured parties. That's why our team goes the extra mile to help cut through the red tape to ensure your medical bills are paid, and your car gets fixed. The less weight you have on your shoulders to worry about, the faster you can focus on recovering.
Unlike other personal injury law firms, our team is 100% committed to protecting your rights, and we're uniquely positioned to do so with decades of combined experience. We offer robust representation for many types of auto accidents, including:
If you have been the victim of an accident listed above, please understand that time is of the essence. There is limited time to seek compensation for your injuries, hospital bills, lost wages, and more. As such, there is only a short time to obtain experienced representation for your personal injury case.
Our team knows that finding the right attorney to represent you is an important choice. Therefore, we believe that an initial consultation is imperative to understand your needs and identify your goals fully. When we sit down with you to learn the nuances of your accident, we'll cover all aspects of South Carolina law pertaining to your case. That way, you're armed with information and have an idea of the next steps our firm will take to represent you.
Remember - the sooner we can dig into the details of your case, the sooner we can pursue your rightful compensation. As seasoned personal injury attorneys, our team specializes in several types of automobile accidents:
Car accidents are a serious problem in South Carolina. If you're an adult, you probably know someone involved in a bad car crash in our state. When you look at the stats, it seems like car accidents are always on the rise. One person was killed every 8.2 hours in a car collision. Even more sobering is that one teen driver is involved in a fatal or injury-causing collision every 1.6 hours. The unfortunate truth is that many people involved in car crashes were hurt due to the other driver's negligence.
Common car crash injuries in South Carolina include:
Car accident victims in South Carolina are often left to pay their medical bills but can't do so because they're too hurt to go to work or take their car in for repair. These life-changing scenarios can snowball into a series of scary events, leaving victims hopeless and unsure where to turn.
Fortunately, a car accident attorney in Greenville, SC can help you avoid these pitfalls and obtain the money you need to survive. At Theos Law Firm, our team has a deep understanding of the rules that dictate fault in South Carolina. We know that thorough representation is needed to receive maximum compensation, and we're well-prepared to achieve that goal for you.
Our car accident lawyers in South Carolina can recover compensation for injuries and damages:
The moments following the crash are often a blur when you're involved in a car accident. However, per South Carolina law, those on the scene must adhere to legal responsibilities and obligations.
First, try to stop your car and ensure it is positioned safely near the scene of the crash. Then, call 911 to report the accident. While most folks go into full-blown panic mode, you need to stay calm so you can process the situation. If you notice that there are injured people, give them "reasonable assistance." Per South Carolina Code of Laws, that could include transporting hurt people to a hospital or calling an ambulance for them.
If you're in a car crash, you need to be prepared to exchange contact information with other drivers at the accident scene. If the person who caused the collision is present, make sure to get their name, phone number, address, and insurance info. If witnesses are present, get their contact info, too, in case our team needs to obtain their account later.
Next, try to piece together how the car crash happened. This is an appropriate time to take photos of the cars, wreckage, and debris. Ask yourself if you think a vehicle failed to follow the rules of the road, like speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
Regardless of how minor your injuries may appear and who may be to blame for the accident, get legal advice from Theos Law Firm first before giving any recorded statements or refusing medical care.
Tractor-trailer and semi-truck crashes are often more complicated than two car crashing. Because these cases are more complex and nuanced, it's imperative that you contact a truck accident attorney in Greenville, SC to help you through the recovery process and win the compensation you deserve.
After a semi-truck crash, you must take steps quickly to preserve evidence so that the crash may be recreated. In serious semi-truck accidents where people are injured or killed, trucking companies usually send a team of investigators to the accident site immediately. These investigators will do their best to obtain evidence that can hurt you in court or even attempt to hide or destroy evidence. The last thing a trucking company wants is for you to win a settlement against them.
That's especially true since various entities may be liable for your truck accident injury, not just the driver. The trucking company, the trucking manufacturer, and the team responsible for truck maintenance could also be responsible. Additionally, if dangerous or inadequate road conditions factor into your accident, you could actually sue some government departments. For those reasons, it's critical to retain quality representation ASAP after a truck accident in South Carolina.
At Theos Law Firm, our team has experience winning compensation in many types of truck accidents, such as:
As your truck accident lawyer in South Carolina, we work hard to fight for your rights and win your case. In order to do so, our team will:
We'll arrive on-scene to notate skid mark length and the locations of vehicles involved. We will also capture detailed pictures and measurements pertinent to your crash.
Obtaining the trucking company's records and discovering the info they have on the semi-truck driver involved is an important part of our process. We will also secure access to the trucker's driving log notes, which they must maintain according to law.
Like airplanes and helicopters, big rigs have a "black box" that records real-time truck data, like speeds, changes in direction, and brake application.
We'll arrive on-scene to notate skid mark length and the locations of vehicles involved. We will also capture detailed pictures and measurements pertinent to your crash.
Sometimes an expert is needed to digest all the evidence and provide an expert opinion on the cause of the semi-truck collision. When needed, our team will hire such an expert to ensure your case is robust and air-tight.
We will obtain the police's investigation report and any accident photos, measurements, or other documentation taken by officers while investigating your semi-truck crash.
It's imperative to find all the witnesses of your accident and interview them to get recorded statements in a timely manner. Doing otherwise may result in faded memories and inaccurate facts.
Time and again, auto accident victims agree to early settlements provided by insurance companies because the offer seems like a lot. But what if you return to work after recovering from an accident, only for your pain to return?
With adjusters, lawyers, and investigators at their disposal, insurance agencies will do everything in their power to minimize the compensation you deserve. Don't let them pick on you or silence your voice. If you or a loved are victims of a negligent car or truck accident in South Carolina, contact Theos Law Firm today. We have the team, tools, and experience to fight back on your behalf, no matter how complicated your case may seem.
To schedule an appointment for your free consultation, contact Theos Law Firm in Greenville today.
GREENVILLE, S.C. —What is millage rate?It’s one of the three factors used to adjust property taxes.For the first time in 30 years, Greenville Co. citizens could soon be seeing an increase in its millage rate.On Tuesday, county council got an overview of the projected county budget for the next two years. The budget includes a millage increase from 48.8 to 59.8. That means with the median home value in the county being $350,000, the one year tax increase on that is $154.However, ...
GREENVILLE, S.C. —
What is millage rate?
It’s one of the three factors used to adjust property taxes.
For the first time in 30 years, Greenville Co. citizens could soon be seeing an increase in its millage rate.
On Tuesday, county council got an overview of the projected county budget for the next two years. The budget includes a millage increase from 48.8 to 59.8. That means with the median home value in the county being $350,000, the one year tax increase on that is $154.
However, as the county continues to grow, members of council said they want to look at all the options.
County administrator Joseph Kernell said there are a number of factors why it’s needed. Some involve rapid growth, rising prices, and the uncertain economic climate.
Kernell added they have done the best with what limited staff the county has.
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"It does show that the county did really well in managing before by not having to do the millage adjustment. Now trying to compensate for that lax in adjustment is a pretty big task," Councilman Benton Blount said.
How does compare to neighboring counties?
After the increase, it still puts Greenville behind Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson Co.
The budget also reflects the priorities set by council. Those priorities are:
"To me, the priority has to be on public safety and if we're not able to fund that department the way it needs to be, I think all the other things become irrelevant," Vice Chairwoman Liz Seman said.
"We, obviously with the more people and more development we have, we have more need for public services, EMS, the sheriff's office, and all the others. So it definitely is important," Blount said.
However, some council members feel there are more avenues to consider.
"If we struggling with the budget, I don't want to go right to the homeowner and the taxpayer to say solve our problem for us. I want to solve that problem, Councilman Steve Shaw said. "Areas that we can either look at selling some of the assets of the county, look at making things more efficient and look at areas that we are getting into. Businesses that we not be the best at doing that."
"If something happens to a loved one, you're going to want ems to show up. If you need the fire department, police, even roads, and infrastructure. All the cost of those things has increased dramatically and I think that's what we are responding too," Seman said.
Council had the first reading of the budget Tuesday. A public hearing is scheduled to be held on June 6.
All members of council emphasized that they are not going to rush this for the sake of everyone here in the county.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville Humane Society is asking for help in caring for two dogs which were abandoned last week.According to a post on the Greenville Humane Society’s Facebook page, last week witnesses saw two yellow labs being dumped from a truck. While driving away, the truck reportedly ran over one of them with no attempt to stop.Animal control services were notified of the incident and officers found the dogs and brought one of the dogs to the county animal shelter and the other, who had been hi...
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville Humane Society is asking for help in caring for two dogs which were abandoned last week.
According to a post on the Greenville Humane Society’s Facebook page, last week witnesses saw two yellow labs being dumped from a truck. While driving away, the truck reportedly ran over one of them with no attempt to stop.
Animal control services were notified of the incident and officers found the dogs and brought one of the dogs to the county animal shelter and the other, who had been hit by the truck, to a local veterinarian.
The second dog was later diagnosed with a broken leg and both have tested positive for heartworm disease.
The two labs were determined to be around nine years old. The day after they were picked up they were taken in by Greenville Humane Society for care.
“We named them Macaroni (boy) and Cheese (girl) because they go together perfectly. Macaroni stayed by Cheese’s side after being dumped and never once left her alone,” wrote the humane society.
Cheese was sent back to a vet for surgery on her broken leg and both dogs are being treated for heartworm. The cost of treating both dogs is $6,500.
Helping animals like Macaroni and Cheese is part of the mission for Greenville Human Society. But the timing of the dogs arrival has put the organization in a difficult position.
The organization is in the middle of constructing a new dog kennel, and space for the animals is limited.
” We have The Hope Fund for cases like these but having already treated over 1,250 sick or injured animals just this year, our fund is running out,” the post said. “Heartbreaking cases like these come to us often. We try not to ask for help unless we’re desperate… and that’s where we are.”
On Thursday, the dogs went to a foster home where they will continue their recovery.
Greenville Humane Society is asking for donations to cover Macaroni and Cheese’s care.
Donations can be made online at Greenville Humane Society, through Venmo to @greenvillehumanesociety or by mail to 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC. 29607.
GREENVILLE — A bowling ball barrels down a shiny lane toward a set of pins. A waiter takes the food orders of a couple sitting in a sea of chairs. Dozens of arcade games flash neon colors.These are the sights and sounds of Greenville’s newest entertainment center.810 Billiards and Bowling, a Myrtle Beach-born concept, soft-opened its first Upstate location on May 17. It has plans for a grand opening within the next month....
GREENVILLE — A bowling ball barrels down a shiny lane toward a set of pins. A waiter takes the food orders of a couple sitting in a sea of chairs. Dozens of arcade games flash neon colors.
These are the sights and sounds of Greenville’s newest entertainment center.
810 Billiards and Bowling, a Myrtle Beach-born concept, soft-opened its first Upstate location on May 17. It has plans for a grand opening within the next month.
The 20,000-square-foot entertainment center replaced the old Burkes Outlet at 842 Woods Crossing Rd. in Greenville, near the Haywood Mall. There are seven locations of 810 Billiards and Bowling listed on the corporate website across South Carolina, Arizona, Texas and Arkansas.
The Greenville center, owned by franchisee Rylan Miller, has 10 bowling lanes, eight billiards tables and two dart boards. It is still waiting on additional activities to come in like more arcade games and cornhole boards. Once fully stocked, the arcade will have about 30 games.
The kitchen offers burgers, pizza, tacos, chicken wings and tenders. Miller said the center is looking into brunch options for the weekends. The bar serves beer, wine and liquor with some top-shelf options. The dining area has about 100 seats.
“We really want it to be a place where you can come with your whole family,” Miller said. “But also feel like, if you’re on a date or you want to bring your husband or wife for a night out, you can go there and feel like it’s an adult place, too.”
Miller, a Navy veteran originally from North Carolina, is a serial franchiser. He owns dozens of Tropical Smoothie Cafes in South Carolina and beyond. The Greenville location of 810 Billiards and Bowling is his first location of the entertainment concept. He now lives in Myrtle Beach where the bowling brand originated.
Monday through Thursday bowling costs $10 per person, and it’s $12 Friday through Sunday. Lanes can accommodate up to 8 players. Shoe rentals are $4 per pair. Lane reservations can be made by calling 810-269-5646.
Billiards costs $8.10 per hour on Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday. Darts always cost $8.10 per hour.
The center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
GREENVILLE, S.C. —The bustling South Carolina city of Greenville officially becomes "Greekville" starting Friday.That's when the community of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral celebrates its 37th Annual Greenville Greek Festival.The entire sprawling church campus, located at 406 North Academy Street, transforms into a Greek marketplace that includes the vast Hellenic center and tours of the beautifully designed and appointed cathedral.Visitors experience Greek culture through m...
GREENVILLE, S.C. —
The bustling South Carolina city of Greenville officially becomes "Greekville" starting Friday.
That's when the community of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral celebrates its 37th Annual Greenville Greek Festival.
The entire sprawling church campus, located at 406 North Academy Street, transforms into a Greek marketplace that includes the vast Hellenic center and tours of the beautifully designed and appointed cathedral.
Visitors experience Greek culture through music, dance and, especially, food.
One of the Greenville restaurants serving up souvlaki, baklava, lamb burgers and more is John Makkas, owner and head chef of ji-roz, at 644 North Main Street, near the corner of Stone Avenue.
ji-roz, spelled in all small letters with long vowel marks over the "i" and "o."
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"It’s the name of the gyro," Makkas said, referring to the delectable Greek "sandwich" on pita bread with lamb and beef cooked on a vertical rotisserie for hours, then thinly sliced and folded with tomato, onions and drizzled with defining tzatziki sauce.
"No one ever knows how to really say (the word) so we’re playing with it," he said. "It strikes a conversation at every table."
In preparation for the festival, Makkas took some time out of the ji-roz kitchen (and "One-Eyed Donkey Food Truck) to appear on WYFF News 4 Today.
(See video in box above.)
John also shared the restaurant's special, authentic recipe for tzatziki sauce, if you'd like to try it below.
If you'd rather taste the authentic, professionally-made stuff, the Greek Festival opens Friday at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m.
For everything you need to know before you go, click here.
ji-roz Tzatziki sauce
In a big enough bowl, grate your washed cucumber on the bigger grater holes with the skin on. Then, mix everything else together and salt to taste. Let sit at least a half an hour before serving. When serving, drizzle some more Greek extra virgin olive oil over the top.
Upstate ParentYes, there’s still some school left, but it’s time to plan ahead for summer. Tweens and teens can take a class to prepare for babysitting, families can secure their tickets for an upcoming show, and you can mark the calendar for some free fun, too. Get to it – and don’t miss reading the good news about some amazing fifth graders and get some tips for finishing the school year strong. All this and much more is at ...
Yes, there’s still some school left, but it’s time to plan ahead for summer. Tweens and teens can take a class to prepare for babysitting, families can secure their tickets for an upcoming show, and you can mark the calendar for some free fun, too. Get to it – and don’t miss reading the good news about some amazing fifth graders and get some tips for finishing the school year strong. All this and much more is at upstateparent.com.
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Registration is open for Park Hop – a free, summer long scavenger hunt at park and recreation venues throughout Greater Greenville County. This scavenger hunt encourages children and families to discover featured parks throughout the summer while searching for answers to clues within each park. Get the ParkHop app on GooglePlay or the App Store. Visit parkhop.org.
“Once on This Island” continues through May 21 at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Recommended for grade 3 – adults. For tickets and details, visit scchildrenstheatre.org/once-on-this-island.
Starry Nights programs are at Roper Mountain Science Center May 19. “Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky” is at 4:30 p.m., “Oasis in Space” is at 6 p.m. and “Stars of the Pharaohs” is at 7:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required. For details, visit ropermountain.org.
“Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” opens May 20 at the Upcountry History Museum. At this play-and-learn exhibit, visitors step into the pages of author and illustrator Eric Carle’s colorful picture books and experience them as artist and reader, while discovering and playing with five special insects from his well-known children’s books. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.
Tunes in the Park, a free outdoor concert, is at 6 p.m. May 20 in the amphitheater in Greer City Park. The event includes Greer Idol and Greer Idol Jr. auditions. Visit greerculturalarts.com.
Zookeeping Kids – What Do the Animals Do All Night? for ages 8 – 11 is at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Greenville Zoo. The cost is $20 each for members and $30 each for nonmembers. Experience what it is like to work at a zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com.
Tell Me About It Tuesday: Aldabra Tortoise (World Turtle Day) is at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. May 23 at the Greenville Zoo. Included with admission. For details, visit greenvillezoo.com.
Build it Better with the Three Little Pigs is at 11 a.m. May 23 at the Spartanburg Main Library. Enjoy a puppet show from Columbia Marionette Theatre during this special story hour. Attendance is limited to the first 100 participants. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.
The Governor’s School Senior Music Showcase is at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the SCGSAH Campus, Smith Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public and will also be presented live at youtube.com/scgsah. For details, visit scgsah.org/calendar/events.
Nature Discovery Club – Middle School: Student’s Choice is 4 – 5:30 p.m. May 25 at Conestee Nature Preserve. Grades 6 – 8. For details, cost and registration, visit conesteepreserve.org/events.
Family Craft Night: Camping is 5 – 7 p.m. (drop in) May 25 at the Five Forks Branch Library. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.
Bidding on a Legacy is Let There Be Mom's online auction. Bidding closes May 25 at 9 p.m. Items include vacations, spa packages, jewelry, home and garden items, fashion and more. Proceeds help LTBM preserve the legacies of local parents who are battling life threatening illnesses. Visit lettherebemom.org.
Red Cross Babysitter's Training for ages 11 – 15 is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 30 at the Pelham Falls Clubhouse in Greer. The cost is $115 each and includes certification card and book. For details and registration, visit CPRbyDanee.com.
Safe Sitter for ages 11 – 13 is 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. June 9, June 16, June 30 or July 14 at Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside. The cost is $65 per child. Safe Sitter is a one-day course that covers information on how to handle emergencies, major and minor. Students listen, practice, and role play to learn about safety precautions, rescue breathing techniques, recognizing emergencies, and calling for emergency help. Safe Sitter also covers childcare basics. Register online at bonsecours.com or call 864-675-4400.
Triumph Day is 4 – 6 p.m. May 26 at Swamp Rabbit Café. Meet Greenville Triumph and Liberty soccer players. The event includes activities for kids. Visit swamprabbitcafe.com.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is presented by Mauldin Theatre Company May 27 and 28 and June 3 and 4 at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.
“Shrek the Musical” is presented June 2 – 25 at Greenville Theatre. For tickets, visit greenvilletheatre.org.
SCCT’s End of Season Block Party is 3 – 6 p.m. June 3 in the parking lot of SCCT Headquarters. Admission is free. Enjoy live storytelling with favorite characters, outdoor activities, music and more. Every child will leave with a new book, sponsored by Greenville First Steps. For details, visit scchildrenstheatre.org/sccts-end-of-season-block-party.
“Cinderella: Enchanted” is presented June 9 – July 2 at Flat Rock Playhouse. This is a fresh take on a timeless classic, for children and adults. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org/cinderella.