Board Certified Mediator

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina


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 litigation. The parties start the mediation process by selecting an independent and neutral mediator. Often, the parties and their attorneys will go through a list of qualified mediators before settling on a particular mediator that both sides feel is neutral and best suited to the particular case to assist the parties. The role of a mediator is not to act as a judge or arbiter to decide the outcome of the case. The mediator decides no issues. Rather, the role of a mediator is to assist and facilitate the parties in deciding the outcome of the case. Typically, the parties will meet at a neutral location or office that has multiple conference rooms. The parties will often start out together in one conference room where the mediator will introduce the mediation process to the parties. Typically, the attorneys will present an opening argument for their clients, discussing the evidence, exhibits and testimony develop in discovery. Initial settlement demands and terms may be discussed. The parties often adjourn to different conference rooms while the mediator meets separately with the parties to assist in evaluating the case and options for reaching settlement. The mediation process often results in both sides reaching settlement terms that are preferable to the unpredictable outcome of a jury trial or bench trial.

Serious Accidents & Injuries

Accidents: Leading cause of death  under age 44.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

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 from simple inattentiveness, recklessness, speeding, drinking and driving, to cell phones and texting to disregarding traffic law and even federal trucking regulations.  It is important to quickly retain an experienced attorney who knows how to handle the investigation, to located and contact eye witnesses and to locate evidence, photographs and reports concerning the events that caused or contributed to the accident.  The longer a victim or family delays in retaining an experienced accident attorney, the greater the risk that important evidence will be lost and eye witnesses unidentified. William McBee Smith at Smith & Haskell Law Firm has decades of experience and holds a top rating by the premier attorney rating organization Martindale Hubble. Call Mr. Smith @ 864-582-6727 today or email him at for a free consultation.

Serious Personal Injury in Auto Truck Accidents

Trucking Litigation

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 exceed 50%, the plaintiff is still allowed to recover from any defendant proven to be at fault. However, plaintiff’s damages are reduced by the percentage of plaintiff’s fault.  A determination of negligence is based on the requirement that people must exercise a standard called “reasonable care under the circumstances” when operating a motor vehicle. Failure to do so is often the basis in determining damages caused by an accident. Many factors can contribute to the question of whether a driver was negligent, and courts look for these in determining fault. When you or a loved one is seriously injured in an automobile accident, it is important to secure the legal representation of experienced attorneys who know what steps to take, who know how to investigate and secure evidence and to locate all witnesses to properly prepare your case for trial.

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 in distraction-affected (handheld phones, texting) motor vehicle crashes.
  • In 2010, there were 810 fatalities in South Carolina, a fatality rate of 17.47 per 100,000.
  • In 2010, 52% and 46% of fatalities in South Carolina the blood alcohol concentration BAC was at least .01 and .08 respectively, 15% above the national average.
  • In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians died from traffic-related injuries and another 70,000 sustained non-fatal injuries, an increase of 19% from 2009.
  • In 2010, 10,228 or 31% of traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Either the driver or an affected person (e.g., a pedestrian or bicyclist) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dl).
(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2010 Traffic Safety Facts, December 2011)

Auto accident personal injuries are often serious and have long-term effects. Injuries include whiplash, bone, joint and muscle injuries, head and brain injuries, and paralysis.  Insurance companies will try to settle personal injury claims and accidents quickly and often fail to cover the long-term injuries, damages and provide adequate compensation.  Don’t settle, don’t wait.  Contact a Spartanburg automobile accident personal injury attorney today.

South Carolina Automobile Accident Attorney & Personal Injury Lawyer Spartanburg, Greenville

Located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, we serve Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding counties.  If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident or motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to contact a auto accident personal injury lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options.  We are ready to put our experienced automobile accident lawyers & personal injury attorneys to work for you.

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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 accidents;
  • Failure to signal when turning;
  • Violation of some other law;
  • Careless driving;
  • Failure to follow the speed limit;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Cell phone distracted driving accident;
  • Car accidents caused by defective or recalled vehicles;
  • School bus accidents;

Any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willfull or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is negligent and reckless and may also be held liable for the cause of the accident.  Recklessness implies the doing of a negligent act knowingly.

An experienced automobile accident lawyer / personal injury attorney can assist you in the determination of the cause of your auto crash.