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 Hilton Head, 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 Hilton Head, 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 Hilton Head, 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 Hilton Head today.
Have you ever gone on a fishing charter from Hilton Head Island?If so, your charter captain may have been one of eight that have been globally recognized after receiving FishingBooker’s Angler’s Choice award three times in a row.The fishing around the island is reportedly one of the best areas in the state, and some of the best is for fish such as redfish, tarpon, cobia, bass, red snapper, sheepshead, sea trout and various shark species, according to ...
Have you ever gone on a fishing charter from Hilton Head Island?
If so, your charter captain may have been one of eight that have been globally recognized after receiving FishingBooker’s Angler’s Choice award three times in a row.
The fishing around the island is reportedly one of the best areas in the state, and some of the best is for fish such as redfish, tarpon, cobia, bass, red snapper, sheepshead, sea trout and various shark species, according to hiltonhead.com.
Eight charter fishing captains from the island are reportedly among the “best in the world,” reported FishingBooker, an online marketplace that specializes in booking charter boats for recreational fishing and reports to be the world’s largest platform connecting anglers and fishing guides.
Every quarter, the platform announces its Angler’s Choice Award to account for the seasonality of the fishing business.
The recognition of this award “acknowledges charter operators for their exceptional customer service, reliability, and quality of fishing trips. Notably, some captains demonstrate consistent excellence across multiple seasons.”
However, this is reportedly the first time that the recognition of this award is given to guides who have won the award three times in a row.
Out of 7,242 captains worldwide that partner with FishingBooker, only 576, equaling 8% in total, were recognized for their excellence three separate times. Eight of these captains run their trips from Hilton Head Island, according to the booking site.
Out of all captains on the island that partner with FishingBooker, 23.5% of all captains received this annual Angler’s Choice recognition, which totaled to eight out of 34 in total and placed these charter captains above the national average.
The eight fishing charter captains on Hilton Head Island that received the Angler’s Choice Award three times in a row, according to FishingBooker, include:
To be eligible for the award, charter operators are required to have received a 4.8 or higher out of a 5 star review rating from 10 or more verified reviews, a 98% reliability score and response rate as well as having a full business verification over the past 12 months. A triple Angler’s Choice Award winner would have had to meet this criteria three times in a row.
This story was originally published May 18, 2023, 8:00 AM.
Did you know that several shark species inhabit the waters around Beaufort County?Although the species and their populations are ever-changing throughout the year, depending on the season, some are almost always nearby.Although this may alarm some, it’s actually not as big of a concern as many may assume.Just as sharks inhabit the ocean, including the waters around Beaufort County, some may find themselves in nearby rivers or even come close to the surf to feed.Some species, such as the great white shark, ar...
Did you know that several shark species inhabit the waters around Beaufort County?
Although the species and their populations are ever-changing throughout the year, depending on the season, some are almost always nearby.
Although this may alarm some, it’s actually not as big of a concern as many may assume.
Just as sharks inhabit the ocean, including the waters around Beaufort County, some may find themselves in nearby rivers or even come close to the surf to feed.
Some species, such as the great white shark, are generally more of a winter species around Hilton Head Island, whereas others are predominantly only around in the summer months.
Depending on the season and how far from shore you may be, there could be between 20 to 40 different shark species you could encounter. However, if you’re only considering what you could come across within a few miles from shore throughout the summer months, this brings it to approximately 13 or 14 species of sharks in the area, says Bryan Frazier, the principal investigator of shark research for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
As for the shark species you may encounter in the surf, these could include blacktips, finetooths, bonnethead, spinner sharks or lemon sharks.
These species can generally be seen feeding in “pretty shallow water,” Frazier said.
Also occasionally seen swimming in the surf, the Atlantic sharpnose is one of the most common species found off the coast of South Carolina and many are caught as a result of surf fishing from the beach. The Atlantic sharpnose is one of the smaller species of shark.
Some of the bigger shark species, such as great white sharks, bull sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks, can come close to shore but are generally not seen from the beach unless one is brought in after being hooked from surf fishing. However, they do feed in the nearby coastal waters.
If you do see a shark in the water, Frazier says there’s typically no need to panic.
“They are there most of the time. We don’t see them because the water is murky, but they are there. You know, that’s where they are supposed to be. They live in the ocean and they feed in that surf zone because there is bait in that surf zone,” Frazier said.
Blacktips and other sharks are generally seen in the surf around Hilton Head, Beaufort County and other coastal regions of South Carolina, feeding on small bait fish, such as mullet and menhaden, which are common in the surf zone. Whiting and small red drum are also common bait fish for certain varieties of shark that inhabit nearby surf zones.
As for bonnethead sharks, they can generally be seen in the surf feeding on blue crabs.
If you take notice of a shark feeding in the surf, it most likely may be a blacktip shark, which is easily identifiable by its black-tipped dorsal fin.
In the coastal waters surrounding Hilton Head Island and the rest of Beaufort County, bigger species like bull sharks are more prevalent in the deeper parts of the sound and river areas as there is more food in these locations. Fortunately, these are areas where people typically don’t go swimming. These species of bigger, more-lengthy sharks can include great whites, bull sharks, big tiger sharks, great hammerheads, scalloped hammerheads, lemon sharks, spinner sharks, sandbar sharks and blacktip sharks, according to Frazier.
The entirety of South Carolina’s coastal waters have all of the big sharks that can be found globally, depending on the time of year.
This story was originally published April 27, 2023, 7:00 AM.
It’s no secret that mosquitoes can be quite the nuisance across South Carolina.Have you ever paid attention to what they look like?You might have come across an Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).This mosquito species has a black body with white stripes and a single white stripe running the length of its back.It is known to be an aggressive biter and, in most cases, will choose to feed during the day on humans, animals and birds as their ideal hosts. Animals such as squirrels, dogs and deer are at risk ...
It’s no secret that mosquitoes can be quite the nuisance across South Carolina.
Have you ever paid attention to what they look like?
You might have come across an Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).
This mosquito species has a black body with white stripes and a single white stripe running the length of its back.
It is known to be an aggressive biter and, in most cases, will choose to feed during the day on humans, animals and birds as their ideal hosts. Animals such as squirrels, dogs and deer are at risk for getting bitten.
The Asian tiger mosquito originates from Southeast Asia. However, in the last 50 years, the species has spread to Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, according to SC.gov.
“The species was first detected in North America in a shipment of used tires at the Port of Houston in 1985 and have since spread throughout the southern United States. Because of its aggressive expansion, the Global Invasive Species Database lists it as one of the world’s worst invasive species,” the site states.
The male Asian tiger mosquitoes will only feed on plant juices and do not bite, meaning they do not feed on a host, reported the Illinois Department of Public Health; whereas, the females will seek blood to help their eggs develop.
A female mosquito may bite the same person several times or move from person to person before the urge to feed on blood is satiated, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Approximately four or five days after feeding on the necessary blood for egg production and development, the female mosquito will lay her eggs just above the surface of the water in areas such as a branch, old bucket, tire or anything substantial nearby. Then, once rain covers the eggs with water, the mosquito larvae will hatch.
Due to this species of mosquito only breeding in artificial, wet environments, other areas may include a neighborhood rain gutter, bird baths, flower pots, barrels, boats, tarps, garden pools or any other artificial pool of water.
These mosquitoes only need about a bottle cap full of water to lay their eggs, which can even sometimes survive being dried out, noted Zachary Smith, a licensed pest control professional from PestDude.com.
“The average life expectancy of an adult mosquito is about three weeks. It does not fly far, usually less than 500 feet. Therefore, if you have this mosquito, most likely it is coming from containers nearby, detailed the Public Health Foundation.
Although the bite of an Asian tiger mosquito is not particularly irritating aside from some itching and redness, they are persistent biters.
These mosquitoes are attracted to dark-colored clothing, perspiration, carbon dioxide and certain other odors, IDPH states.
While you may not think much of a bug bite, these insects can carry and transmit quite a few diseases.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever to humans as well as heartworm to pets, according to the PHF.
“One of the key characteristics that makes the Asian tiger mosquito a concern is its ability to serve as a disease vector and transmit a number of diseases,” reported PestDude.
Aside from eradicating any sources of water around your home and yard, measures you can take to prevent these mosquitoes from breeding nearby or biting you can include using mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, continued PestDude.
Bug spray is a good way to repel mosquitoes from yourself and the area. Any DEET product such as OFF, a natural spray such as No Natz or an area repellent such as a Thermacell will help prevent mosquito bites during outdoor activities.
As for ways to prevent getting an infestation altogether, the PHF reports that no water equals no mosquitoes.
To eliminate places where mosquitoes lay eggs, according to the PHF:
A shark falling from the sky sounds like the plot of a movie on the Sci-Fi Channel. In Hilton Head, resident Valerie Pallitta’s case, it might be a reality. Though, experts say it’s most likely a catfish that fell in her Sea Pines home’s courtyard.During an April downpour, more than just rain fell on her property. She said bald eagles dropped a two-foot long dead shark into her courtyard.“I hear this big thud, and my dogs went crazy,...
A shark falling from the sky sounds like the plot of a movie on the Sci-Fi Channel. In Hilton Head, resident Valerie Pallitta’s case, it might be a reality. Though, experts say it’s most likely a catfish that fell in her Sea Pines home’s courtyard.
During an April downpour, more than just rain fell on her property. She said bald eagles dropped a two-foot long dead shark into her courtyard.
“I hear this big thud, and my dogs went crazy,” she said. The video Pallitta took is grainier quality than the actual ‘Sharknado’ movies. It’s blurry and difficult to see details of what the fish looks like.
It shows a gray fish laying with bloody talon marks inside her fenced-in courtyard and birds sitting in a tree above. Pallitta said she saw one adolescent eagle with brown feathers and one mature bald eagle with white feathers and yellow beak.
“I opened the door and I’m like, ‘Is that a fish?’ and then I’m like, ‘Oh my god, it’s a shark,” she said. “As soon as I opened the door, I could smell it.”
Pallitta, who has lived on Hilton Head for 30 years, said she thought it was a shark because of it’s flat head. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shark biologist Bryan Frazier said it’s probably a catfish.
He said the proportions are generally wrong on the front half of the fish because no pectoral, or side, fins are evident. The second back, or dorsal, fin looks larger than the first, which doesn’t occur in any shark species, according to Frazier.
He also said the tail looks more like that of a fish.
“If it was a shark, the only possible species would be a lemon shark, and their young won’t be born until next month,” Frazier said, explaining that he’s 95% sure the fish isn’t a shark.
Pallitta called her neighbor, Jim Paris, to help move the fish.
“(The birds) couldn’t figure out how to get the fish out of my courtyard because their wingspan is so big,” she said. “They would have to helicopter in over the fence.”
Paris said he moved it with a shovel to their street where a swarm of birds, but not the bald eagles, picked at it until it was gone.
“I rescued her from a shark,” he laughed.
Due to the poor video quality, DNR bird conservation coordinator Amy Tegeler was unable to tell what the birds were, but said that bald eagles eat fish and generally don’t discriminate by species.
“Bald eagles are more likely to eat fish that are near the surface of the water since they don’t dive,” Tegeler said. “They will also pick up sick (or) dead fish that were just floating.”
This story was originally published April 19, 2023, 6:00 AM.
Each year, millions flock to Hilton Head Island for a luxurious, family and fun-filled getaway.Aside from visiting the island’s 12 miles of pristine, white sand beaches, going on a dolphin tour, completing an escape room or biking throughout the island, there are many other ways to make lifelong memories on Hilton Head.Want to see a bird’s eye view of Hilton Head Island? Travel high in the sky with Hilton Head Helicopters and view the island from ...
Each year, millions flock to Hilton Head Island for a luxurious, family and fun-filled getaway.
Aside from visiting the island’s 12 miles of pristine, white sand beaches, going on a dolphin tour, completing an escape room or biking throughout the island, there are many other ways to make lifelong memories on Hilton Head.
Want to see a bird’s eye view of Hilton Head Island? Travel high in the sky with Hilton Head Helicopters and view the island from the clouds. The company offers nine different tours that will certainly make for a thrilling memory for years to come. Budget-friendly options are also featured, such as the “Ocean View” tour that begins at just $39 per person.
Many tours will take you over different parts of the island, but other options are available as well. These options include tours that will take you over Old Town Bluffton, remote islands and downtown Savannah or a remote island populated by over 3,000 monkeys.
To view available tours, get more information or book your flight time, interested parties may call 843-505-7182, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at https://www.flyhhi.com/helicopter-tours/.
Rent a yacht from Hilton Head Yacht Charter and spend a day on the open ocean from Hilton Head Island. The company offers private day charters, sunset yacht charters, on the water dining and a full day yacht tour, which is a combined experience of the prior two services. Guests may choose their guests, activities, menus, and everything else available. Cocktails, water sports, lounging, butler service and other amenities all await those that choose to spend the day on one of the company’s yachts.
Interested guests may call call or text 781-254-3584, email email@example.com, fill out the Interactive Cruise Preference Form or view the available charters online at https://hiltonheadyachtcharter.com/cruises/.
The charter headquarters can be found within the Shelter Cove Harbour Shops at 1 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island.
Take your family, friends or other half horseback riding through the island’s south end with Lawton Stables. The beloved stable has been named as a ‘must do’ on Hilton Head by many and is a place the entire family can enjoy. Lawton Stables’ trail rides allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Lowcountry environment as they make their way through trails in over 600 acres of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.
Pony rides are available for children aged 7 and under and there is a free animal farm with several small animals to feed and for everyone to enjoy.
Further trail ride information can be found online at https://www.lawtonstables.com/information.
Reservations may be made over the phone at 843-671-2586 between 1-5 p.m. daily or online at https://www.lawtonstables.com/book-online.
Ahoy, scallywags! Become a pirate by spending the day with Pirates of Hilton Head. Join them on the island’s first and only custom pirate ship as your kids will become part of a pirate crew throughout the entirety of your journey. Everyone on board will get their own pirate name, learn how to talk like a pirate and search for treasure on the Hilton Head Pirate Cruise. The 1.5 hour cruise has a $39 admission and $10 admission for infants.
For more information and to book your adventure, go online and visit https://www.piratesofhiltonhead.com/pirate-ship-of-hilton-head/ or call 843-363- 7000.
If you’re looking to continue your pirate’s way of life, continue your journey to Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf of Hilton Head to follow in the footsteps of the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd as you read along to their stories while engaging in an immersive miniature golf experience. During each of the pirate’s courses, you’ll get to climb a mountain or explore hidden caves.
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf of Hilton Head is located at 8 Marina Side Drive from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
Hang out with the Mermaid of Hilton Head or even become a mermaid yourself! Grab your family and embark on the mermaid encounter tour. Although the tour doesn’t begin until mid-May, it’s best to plan ahead. This 75-minute tour provides children with tattoos and magic name tags that grow wildflowers if planted, bubble wands, an opportunity to meet a mermaid, a restroom aboard a cover boat and other opportunities throughout the tour.
For more mermaid fun, travel to the Mermaid of Hilton Head retail store, located at Tanger 2 Outlets, or become a mermaid with a special mermaid experience and professional photo shoot. Both children and adults can become a mermaid and may choose between options such as the beach at sunset, an indoor beach experience or a bachelorette experience.
This story was originally published April 22, 2023, 8:00 AM.