Entries by William McBee Smith

Board Certified Mediator

WILLIAM McBEE SMITH: MEDIATOR William McBee Smith is a Board Certified Circuit Court Mediator in South Carolina. With the explosion and escalating cost of modern litigation, civil mediation is a cost effective alternative to resolving expensive and complicated legal disputes. The mediation process is substantially cheaper, quicker, and less stressful to the parties than traditional […]

Serious Accidents & Injuries

Accidents: Leading cause of death  under age 44. For people under age 44, the leading cause of serious injury and death is often caused by the negligence of another party, person or company. Automobile accidents, trucking accidents and serious on the job injuries  can involve serious injuries that are life changing events.  The causes range […]

Serious Personal Injury in Auto Truck Accidents

Automobile accidents and trucking accidents resulting in serious personal injury are often the result of negligence of third parties. Liability is determined by the law of negligence. South Carolina is a modified comparative negligence jurisdiction which apportions liability based on the percentage of fault of the parties involved.  If plaintiff’s percentage of fault does not […]

Top Law Firm in South Carolina

FIRM HISTORY:  This firm was originally founded in 1926 by J. Davis Kerr (1903-1964)  In 1960, Roy McBee Smith (1928-2006) joined the firm which became known as Kerr and Smith.  Edwin C. Haskell joined the firm in 1983 and William McBee Smith joined the firm in 1988. The firm’s name was changed to Smith & Haskell Law […]

Fentanyl Pain Patch Deaths in South Carolina (SC)

Pain Patchs (also known as fentanyl, fentanil, Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogesic, Duragesic, Fentora, Matrifen, Haldid, Onsolis, Instanyl, Abstral and) Lazanda) are being used more frequently to treat patients suffering from chronic pain.  This drug is 100 times more potent than morphine and is extremely dangerous.  In many other cases, fentanyl is used to commit suicide where […]

Pedestrian Accidents; No Ordinary Danger

The ordinary act of walking along or across any street, roadway or parking lot is a common activity that can be extraordinarily dangerous.   Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, it is more often than not, catastrophic for the pedestrian. Of course, when a pedestrian chooses to walk along a public street in areas not […]

Motorcycle Accident Statistics & Acts of Negligence

Motorcycle accidents can permanently, and often fatally, injure the victims involved.  The motorcycle accident as defined by the National Highway Transportation Administration involves motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, two- or three-wheeled motorcycles, off-road motorcycles, scooters, mini bikes, pocket bikes, and all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Motorcycle Accident Statistics in United States and South Carolina [ul style=”3″] [li]In 2009, 4,462 […]

Automobile Accident Statistics | Spartanburg & Greenville Car & Auto Accident Lawyer

Automobile Accident Statistics for United States and South Carolina In 2010, 32,885 people were killed and 2,243,000 people were injured in traffic accidents. In 2010, 3,675 people were killed in large-truck crashes, a 8.7% increase from 2009. In 2010, there were 5,419,000 motor vehicle crashes in the United States. In 2010, there were 3,092 fatalities […]

Automobile Accidents Determining Fault & Negligence

Automobile Accidents Determining Fault & Negligence There exist factors that contribute to the question of whether a driver was negligent.  Courts look for these in determining fault.  Some of these factors, but not all, are: Failure to obey traffic signs or signals; Driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; Texting while driving […]