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 Lexington, 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 Lexington, 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 Lexington, 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 Lexington today.
LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - On Tuesday, Lexington County Council discussed the possibility of a vehicle tax, or road user fee as an alternative way to pay for road maintenance.The conversation came five months after a penny sales tax, targeting road improvements, was rejected by 54% of county voters in November.“It could be five dollars. We may not do it at all. It could be $50. It might be $100 for a semi [truck]. I just have no idea at this moment,” said Beth Carrigg, Chairwoman of Lexington County Council.If t...
LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - On Tuesday, Lexington County Council discussed the possibility of a vehicle tax, or road user fee as an alternative way to pay for road maintenance.
The conversation came five months after a penny sales tax, targeting road improvements, was rejected by 54% of county voters in November.
“It could be five dollars. We may not do it at all. It could be $50. It might be $100 for a semi [truck]. I just have no idea at this moment,” said Beth Carrigg, Chairwoman of Lexington County Council.
If the idea comes to fruition, the tax would target every registered vehicle in Lexington County.
Chairwoman Carrigg told WIS that every collected dollar would go towards a growing list of county road and traffic improvement projects.
“The penny [sales tax] didn’t pass last year and we were very clear that if that were to occur, then we would have to find other avenues to fix our roads,” continued Carrigg.
At this time, county staff is investigating how other local governments handle their vehicle tax.
Simultaneously, we’re told the county attorney is researching statutes on whether or not collected money can go toward state roads, as well.
“It’s really just a fact-finding discussion, at the moment. We’re hoping in a couple of weeks that we can get everybody back together. Staff will have some information for us. Our county attorney will have some statutory information for us, and at that time I think the discussion will be a little more in-depth,” concluded Carrigg.
Lexington County Council said more research is needed before the conversation can continue
Carrigg told WIS she doesn’t imagine the county returning to the topic until sometime in late June or early July.
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A morning full of strong winds and a reported tornado had home in Lexington County facing damage.LEXINGTON, S.C. — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down in the Midlands during Wednesday's severe storms.The agency said Wednesday night said the two confirmed...
A morning full of strong winds and a reported tornado had home in Lexington County facing damage.
LEXINGTON, S.C. — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down in the Midlands during Wednesday's severe storms.
The agency said Wednesday night said the two confirmed twisters were both in Lexington County: one in South Congaree and Red Bank, with the other striking near Gilbert. Both were weak, rating an EF-0, the lowest level on the Enhanced Fujita scale that measures tornado intensity.
The first tornado spun up at 10:44 a.m. around three miles southeast of Red Bank and had winds of 75 miles an hour. The weather service says the tornado likely began in a wooded area between Cathy Lane and Old Orangeburg Road. The tornado then continued east-southeast crossing Beckman Road then into an inaccessible field. Then farther southeast the tornado crossed Norman Drive and Highway 302 near Gator Drive, before dissipating near Greenwood Drive.
The tornado traveled a total of 2.9 miles and caused minor damage, snapping and uprooting trees.
The other was near Gilbert and produced damage along Calks Ferry Road and Nazareth Road, mainly downing trees and power lines, the weather service said. Additional information on the wind speed and path of the storm is expected Thursday or Friday.
The weather service will also be surveying other sites in the Midlands that may have seen tornadoes, including in Calhoun, Lexington, and Orangeburg Counties. They'll also be out in Barnwell and Aiken Counties.
Roy Ferrell lives just off of South Lake Drive in Lexington County. He says he was just a few hundred yards from his home when the sky turned dark and rain began to kick up.
"[I] was in the middle of some turbulent wind, turbulent rain coming down horizontally, and a lot of the warnings coming over the radio as I turned in. It was very challenging to say the least, I didn't know what was going to happen next."
He says he was able to get into his house and no damage was done to him or his home.
The same can't be said for an area just a short drive down Old Orangeburg Road Cecil Creech and his family were hoping to wait out the storm in their den.
"the storm came up and got worse and worse, the wind really starting howling and whaling and all of the sudden we heard a sound just like a train whistle the hail started hitting the side of the house, my daughter and my wife were in the den with me, they got up and ran to the hallway."
He says once the storm passed he went outside to a yard full of damage.
"Blew my flag pole down, blew one of the supports that hold up my car port down." He says, the surge, "Went back to where my pole building is and my man cave, ripped the roof off of it, and took everything that was under it and through it all over the yard."
Members of his family and church and other families came by to check on him and lend some help. He thanks God that no one was hurt.
"That's the main thing, no one was hurt and all this other stuff can be replaced or repaired."
Voters in Lexington County on Tuesday rejected a 1% sales tax increase to repair and improve roads.The Capital Project Sales Tax, or CPST, failed to pass, with 45.35% of residents voting for the increase and 54.65% voting against.If passed, the penny-on-the-dollar tax would have raised an estimated $535 million dollars to be used exclusively to fix roads.“We’re disappointed,” said Leigh Lowry, membership director for the Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center. “But, you know, the voters have spoken...
Voters in Lexington County on Tuesday rejected a 1% sales tax increase to repair and improve roads.
The Capital Project Sales Tax, or CPST, failed to pass, with 45.35% of residents voting for the increase and 54.65% voting against.
If passed, the penny-on-the-dollar tax would have raised an estimated $535 million dollars to be used exclusively to fix roads.
“We’re disappointed,” said Leigh Lowry, membership director for the Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center. “But, you know, the voters have spoken.”
She said County Council now has to figure out how it wants to move forward. But the chamber will continue to support initiatives that will benefit the community and businesses in Lexington County, she said.
Despite the setback, Lowry said “the needle has moved a bit.” The last time the tax was proposed, in 2014, it failed, with 69.61% voting against it.
“It certainly was closer than it was eight years ago,” Lowry said.
“The CPST is a proven method of improving infrastructure in many counties across South Carolina,” Lexington County Administrator Lynn Sturkie told a reporter. “At this time, Lexington County voters have decided not to proceed with the CPST option. Thank you to all of the Lexington County voters who participated.”
So who voted for it?
Most of the West Columbia and Cayce precincts near the Saluda and Congaree rivers cast a “yes” vote, along with the majority of voters in the towns of Lexington and Batesburg portion of Batesburg-Leesville.
The highest percentage in favor of the increase came from the West Columbia No.11 precinct, with 60.92% of voters approving it.
Voters in the more rural parts of the county mostly voted against the measure. In the Edmund 2 precinct, in the southern part of the county, only 33.52% of voters wanted the increase.
Jim Mockridge, 35, agreed with the proposed penny tax, calling it a good idea. He voted at the Edenwood precinct at Broadacres Baptist Church.
“I don’t like the idea of more taxes,” Mockridge said. “But I think definitely anything going directly to the roads I use every day — something that I can see a direct improvement on — (is) something I can support.”
Lucien LaPierre, 34, also voted at Edenwood’s polling location. He disagreed with the proposal, though.
“I think the focus should be more on cutting wasteful spending than necessarily adding (a) tax,” LaPierre said. “So (I’m) more interested in seeing people go back and see where we’re wasting money than putting more taxes on people.”
At the Cayce 2A precinct, at New Bridge Academy, Shakaera Dickson, 27, said she disagreed with the proposed penny tax.
“I don’t think this really should happen, because no matter how much you’re fixing, our tires are still getting messed up,” Dickson said. “You still have potholes opening up, metal plate system. … So if you’re not going to really fix them like how you are supposed to, I suggest you not raise taxes to benefit yourself.”
Margie Hoffman, 65, also voted at New Bridge. She approved of the penny tax referendum, saying she initially thought COVID-19 relief money was going to cover the roads but that she agreed they needed to be fixed regardless of what is paying for it.
Michael Sauls contributed to this report.
WEST COLUMBIA — Three large companies announced plans to open distribution centers in West Columbia in one week, continuing what looks to be an industrial growth spurt for Lexington County.Between March 14 and March 21, Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced incoming distribution centers for ...
WEST COLUMBIA — Three large companies announced plans to open distribution centers in West Columbia in one week, continuing what looks to be an industrial growth spurt for Lexington County.
Between March 14 and March 21, Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced incoming distribution centers for Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply (CEEUS), Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Mattress Warehouse.
Lexington-based CEEUS is investing $52 million in expansion with a 247,000-square foot facility at 1029 Colite Ave., creating up to 61 new jobs, while the Columbia-based Southern Glazer’s is investing $80 million in a new facility at West Columbia’s Saxe Gotha Industrial Park. The distribution center for Maryland-based Mattress Warehouse, planned for 803 Industrial Park near Columbia Metropolitan Airport, will be the company’s first in South Carolina and create up to 108 new jobs over the next year.
The three announcements are the latest in a slew of announced economic investments for the West Columbia area, including a Chick-fil-A distribution center and the Kansas City-based Smart Warehousing, which leased half a million square feet of space in Sandy Run Industrial Park along Interstate 26, just south of Saxe Gotha.
“We are excited to be expanding in South Carolina and remaining in Lexington County,” CEEUS President Chad Capps said in a statement. “The purchase of this new warehouse and move for our corporate headquarters is a big step in the future of CEEUS and our customers.”
An electric materials supplier to utility companies and contractors, CEEUS also offers testing for personal protective equipment and a tool repair service. Plans for the new facility include a test lab and a tool repair shop, Capps said.
One of the largest beverage alcohol distributors in the country, Southern Glazer’s operates in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. The $80 million relocation to Saxe Gotha Industrial Park will make it a neighbor to Amazon and to Nephron Pharmaceuticals, which also expanded recently to a new distribution center there to the tune of $215 million.
“Lexington County is honored to announce the addition of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of South Carolina to our growing portfolio of companies located in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park,” Lexington County Council Chairwoman Beth Carrigg said in a statement. “With its new, state-of-the-art distribution center, the company will not only be delivering products to its customers but also opportunities for our skilled workers.”
Magnus Development and Columbia Metropolitan Airport broke ground on the four-building, 1 million-square-foot 803 Industrial Park in November 2022. The park was poised to land its first two tenants that same month.
Gov. McMaster’s office announced that Mattress Warehouse will be one of those tenants on March 14. The other tenant will be the Virginia-based warehousing and shipment logistics company Givens, which has leased an entire 252,000-square-foot building at the industrial park. Mattress Warehouse will take up 56,160 square feet of space in another one of the park’s buildings.
The mattress retailer distributes products to 250 locations across the country.
Matthew Shaffer, chairman of the nonprofit Central SC Alliance, said the Mattress Warehouse distribution center is a “perfect match” for the company and the county because the central location in the state can allow for more efficient shipping and commutes.
Shaffer also said Southern Glazer is joining “an elite group of businesses” that have grown in Saxe Gotha, and that CEEUS provides “an invaluable service to help meet a critical need for communities.”
New restaurants, businesses, and development coming to the Town of Lexington in the new year.LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Town of Lexington is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midlands, and they have even more growth planned for the new year.In the last year, Mayor Steve MacDougall says he and the town council have made a lot of changes they are proud of....
New restaurants, businesses, and development coming to the Town of Lexington in the new year.
LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Town of Lexington is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midlands, and they have even more growth planned for the new year.
In the last year, Mayor Steve MacDougall says he and the town council have made a lot of changes they are proud of.
"Instead of pointing everyone outside of town, we are now able to put up Wayfinding signage that shows everyone where things are located in Lexington," MacDougall explained. "We finished the North Lake and Harmon Street extension which was our third really big traffic improvement plan. We rewrote... the COMPP, the Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Lexington so that's what kind of businesses you allow to go in certain areas of the town."
Growth can already be seen on Main Street, which will be a big part of what is to come.
"We've got some announced businesses that are coming to an old carpet store that we had over there," MacDougall said.
A hotel is expected to break ground in the first quarter of the new year.
MacDougall adds many new stores and restaurants will be located at the end of Main Street across from Alodia's.
Virginia Hylton Park will also see some expansion, including a new adaptive playground, and a walking trail that will connect it to the local dog park.
The Mayor and small business owners, like Misty Burton, hope all of these additions will have a positive impact on Lexington's downtown.
"I'm just really grateful that our town is putting their resources to work and including small business in that growth," the small business owner said.
Burton owns an artisan and clothing store called Tenfold Collective and has been in the Town of Lexington's downtown since August.
"I think that growth for any small business is just really welcomed and the more people that are coming here for different reasons, the better their chances are of finding us and shopping with us."
The Town of Lexington plans to give a year-end update on all they were able to accomplish in 2022, in February.