Monday, 22 January 2018

5 Ways to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents can result in some of the most serious injuries possible. If you own a bike, it’s important to take precautions so this doesn’t happen to you. As your Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer, Cristin Uricchio of Uricchio Law Firm has some tips on how you can stay safe on the road:

  1. Make sure drivers see you – Most motorcycle accidents happen because the driver of a vehicle doesn’t see a biker. Keep your headlight on at all times. Wear colored clothing and helmets to increase your visibility during the day. Wear reflective clothing so drivers can see you at night.
  2. Don’t rely on a loud exhaust – No matter how loud your exhaust is, a driver still has to be near you to hear it. Loud exhausts aren’t a trustworthy form of protection on the road.
  3. Never assume right-of-way – Even though you may have the right-of-way, play it safe. Always keep a close eye on vehicles before you move through an intersection. Never assume that drivers will yield to you.
  4. Be careful at turns – A sharp turn could result in a terrible crash. Always pick a “crash spot” before you make a turn. Should you lose control, try to make it to a place that will result in the least amount of impact possible.
  5. Change lanes as needed – Many accidents happen from behind. If a vehicle is riding too close behind you, switch to a new lane.

Sometimes a crash can’t be avoided, even if you’re careful. If you’ve suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, please call Uricchio Law Firm today. Our firm’s Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer, Cristin Uricchio, will review your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Can You File a Personal Injury Claim for Your Motorcycle Accident?

You may already know that if you’re involved in an auto accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. But is the same true for motorcycle accidents? Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer Cristin Uricchio has extensive experience with cases like these. Generally speaking, if the following circumstances occur in a motorcycle accident, you may not qualify for a personal injury claim:

  • Breaking the law – If your accident occurred because you broke the law, your case probably won’t qualify for a personal injury claim.
  • No other parties involved – If there’s no one to make a case against, then there cannot be a claim. Riders who receive injuries from self-induced accidents cannot file a personal injury claim.
  • Forces of nature – You cannot make a personal injury case against wildlife, weather, or other so-called “acts of God.”
  • Tire failures – Tire-related claims can be tricky. That’s because tires have strict design guidelines and mounting requirements. Our team can investigate to determine if there was a manufacturing defect or to prove that a mechanic failed to mount your tire as required.

If you believe your motorcycle accident qualifies for a personal injury claim, call Uricchio Law Firm. As an experienced Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer, Cristin Uricchio will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

What Are DUI & DWI Charges?

When it comes to driving violations, two of the most serious charges you can receive are a DUI and a DWI. As a DUI attorney in Charleston, SC, Cristin Uricchio of Uricchio Law Firm wants you to understand these offenses and how they can affect you:

  • DUI – DUI stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • DWI – You will receive a DWI charge if you are suspected of driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
  • Legal ramifications – If you’re suspected of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, law enforcement will want to administer some type of sobriety test to determine the level of intoxication. If you’re found guilty, the legal consequences of either of these charges can vary. They may include large fines as well as jail time.
  • Avoid these charges altogether – Of course, the best defense against a DUI or DWI charge is to not drink and drive in the first place. Avoid these charges (and a car accident) by always having a designated driver. If you don’t have a DD, call a cab or a ride-sharing service to get you home safely.

If you’ve received either of these charges, it’s important that you work with an experienced DUI attorney in Charleston, SC. Cristin Uricchio of Uricchio Law Firm is a South Carolina DUI lawyer with the right experience to help you with your case. Trust our downtown Charleston DUI lawyers to help you through this difficult time.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

4 Things to Know About DUI Charges & the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating. And while there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the festivities, you can overdo it. It’s no surprise that the chances of getting a DUI charge increases during this time of year. Cristin Uricchio, Uricchio Law Firm’s DUI attorney in Charleston, SC, has some important information to share about holiday DUI charges:

  1. Don’t drink and drive – The best way to avoid a DUI charge is to never drink and drive. We care about the safety of everyone on the road and want to help you avoid an auto accident. Have a designated driver for your holiday parties or call a cab or ride-sharing service.
  2. Know your state’s legal limit – Every state has different blood alcohol concentration laws. In South Carolina, the legal limit is a BAC of 0.08%. The limit for drivers of a commercial or business vehicle is a BAC of 0.04%.
  3. Understand your state’s laws – Understand all of your state’s laws regarding alcohol and vehicle operation, including sobriety tests. If you’re visiting another state, make sure to learn their specific alcohol laws, too.
  4. If you’re pulled over – If you’re pulled over, be respectful to the officer. Know what the consequences are if you do (or don’t) comply with the officer’s request for a sobriety test.

Call Uricchio Law Firm if you need a South Carolina DUI lawyer. As an experienced DUI attorney in Charleston, SC, Cristin Uricchio will help you get the best result in your case.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

When Do I Need to Call a Vehicle Accident Lawyer?

Charleston vehicle accident lawyer Cristin Uricchio has helped hundreds of clients get the help they need after being involved in an auto accident. Uricchio Law Firm believes it’s important for you to understand exactly when you should contact an attorney about your case.

Always put your health and safety first. If you’re involved in a car accident, your immediate safety needs to be your first priority. Get off the road and contact the police as you are able. Once you know you’re okay or you’ve made it to a hospital for treatment, you can call an attorney.

Be aware of South Carolina’s laws. While you don’t have to call a Charleston vehicle accident lawyer from the scene, waiting too long to contact a personal injury attorney can put your case in danger. Every state has a statue of limitations during which you’re allowed to file a personal injury claim. South Carolina’s statute of limitation is three years. Make sure you reach out to an attorney during this time frame.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident, call Uricchio Law Firm to see how we can help. As an experienced Charleston auto accident attorney, Cristin Uricchio works tirelessly for her clients. Trust us to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

5 Types of Vehicle Accidents

Auto accidents happen every single day in South Carolina. While many are minor, some can result in life-changing bodily injuries or costly property damage. Cristin Uricchio, a Charleston vehicle accident lawyer at Uricchio Law Firm, wants you to know about the most common types of auto accidents that you may be involved in:

  1. Single car accidents – These accidents involve only one vehicle and an object, such as a tree, pole, or deer. These accidents almost always result in property damage and can also cause very serious injuries to the driver and passengers.
  2. Multi-vehicle accidents – These collisions involve more than one vehicle. Multi-vehicle accidents frequently occur on interstates and large highways.
  3. Head-on collisions – This is one of the most serious types of wrecks. When two cars hit each other head-on, a person in either vehicle is at risk for major injuries.
  4. Rear-end collisions – These accidents occur when a vehicle runs into a car that’s in front of them. The severity of these accidents can vary. Many people involved in crashes like these suffer from whiplash.
  5. Side-impact collisions – Side-impact collisions (sometimes referred to as T-bone collisions) happen when one car runs into the side of another vehicle. The potential for injuries is great.

If you’ve been involved in any type of accident, please contact the Uricchio Law Firm to discuss your case. As an experienced Charleston vehicle accident lawyer, Cristin Uricchio will do everything she can to get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

3 Things You Shouldn’t Do After an Auto Accident

Now that you know about the things you should do after an auto accident, it’s important to also consider the things you shouldn’t do. Cristin Uricchio, a Charleston auto accident attorney at Uricchio Law Firm, wants you to have the best case possible should you decide to go to court. For that reason – as well as your own health and safety – take a look at these three things you should avoid doing after a car accident:

  1. Forget to contact the authorities – You should always contact the police immediately following a wreck. Should your case go to court, you’ll want to have a police report of the accident to provide evidence of the wreck and how it affected you.
  2. Give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company – Insurance carriers are always trying to find loopholes when it comes to handling accident claims. Don’t give them any information to the other driver’s insurance company that could be used against you in the future. Say “no” if they ask for your permission to take an audio recording of your statement. However, your duty to cooperate with your own insurance carrier can be affected by the language of your insurance policy, subject to certain limitations. It is best to speak to an attorney before giving a recorded statement to your own insurance company.
  3. Not seeking immediate medical attention – Don’t be fooled by how you feel immediately following a car accident. Injuries are more than just cuts and broken bones. You could have a concussion or more severe injuries that don’t present immediate symptoms. Seek medical attention right after the accident to be absolutely certain you’re okay.

If you’ve been in a wreck, call Uricchio Law Firm right away. As an experienced Charleston auto accident attorney, Cristin Uricchio will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve.

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