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What South Carolinians Need to Know about “Chandler’s Law.”

What South Carolinians Need to Know about “Chandler’s Law.”

Chandler’s Law is a law that was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly on May 11, 2011. The law establishes crucial safety requirements and regulations for children who operate all terrain vehicles, better known as “ATV’s or “4-Wheelers.” The law is named in honor of Chandler Saylor. Chandler was a young boy from South Carolina who died in a tragic ATV accident while visiting a friend’s house. Chandler was supposed to be at a “swimming” party. His parents did not know Chandler would be riding ATV’s at the party. In the wake of their son’s death, Chandler’s parents worked with the general assembly for eight years to ensure that South Carolina passed adequate ATV safety laws for children.

Here are some of the relevant provisions of Chandler’s Law that South Carolinian’s should be aware of:

  • A child must be 6 years old to ride an ATV.
  • If a child is under age 16 and does not have a driver’s license, then they are not allowed to have passengers on the ATV.
  • If a child is 15 years old or younger and will be riding an ATV on public land or on private property without a parent’s or legal guardian’s direct visual supervision, then they must take a professional ATV training course before riding an ATV.
  • All children 15 years old and younger must wear a helmet and safety goggles when riding an ATV.
  • It is unlawful for a parent or legal guardian with a child who is less than 16 years old to knowingly allow their child to operate an ATV in violation of the Age Restriction Warning Label affixed by the manufacturer of the ATV.

** Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of what is required under Chandler’s Law.

Consult with a South Carolina ATV Accident Attorney Today!

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we believe that children are one of the greatest joys in this world. Too many children have been injured or killed as a result of the dangers posed by ATV’s. Chandler’s law attempts to ensure greater safety for our children. Our thoughts and prayers go out Chandler’s parents, and all those like him who have suffered similar tragedies.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, either due to the negligence of others or a manufacturer’s defect, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. Our ATV accident attorneys understand the pain, suffering, and mental trauma that can be involved with the loss of a loved one. We are experienced personal injury attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina, and offer a no-obligation and free case evaluation by calling (803) 350-9230 or contacting us online.

Chameleon Carriers: Trucking Companies Create Major Risks on Roadways

Large commercial vehicles, like tractor-trailers, are the largest vehicles traveling on road today. Because trucks are so large, they pose a significant safety concern, as accidents involving tractor-trailers can often be catastrophic. Safety is such a big concern that the government has an entire agency dedicated to monitoring and regulating the safe operation of large commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gives ratings to trucking companies who operate commercial vehicles, to determine whether they are in compliance with all safety regulations. If a commercial trucking company develops a poor safety rating, the FMCSA could impose penalties and even shut down a company if there are too many violations.

The problem with chameleon carriers

A “chameleon carrier” is a trucking company that re-registers with the U.S. Department of Transportation to avoid liability or problems with their safety ratings. Often times these “new” companies have the same office, same officers, and same drivers, but they are registered under a new name. This makes it easier for a trucking company to employ drivers with poor safety records. If a company has fines, they can simply close down and open under a new name. These are “fly by night” trucking operations that put the lives of people at risk on serious injury and death every day.

A 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates only 2% of new transportation companies were screened to determine if they are a chameleon carrier. The GAO report also reveals that there is an 18% likelihood of a “chameleon carrier” being involved in severe accidents.

These chameleon carriers who slip under the radar could be employing drivers who have a history of drug abuse or other safety issues. In a recent case, it was discovered that one of these chameleon carriers was employing a driver who had a criminal history of marijuana and methamphetamine. The driver admitted to being under the influence of intoxicants at the time that he caused a 2008 accident that killed another truck driver. The owner of the company also admitted to creating a chameleon company in order to avoid regulations.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

The problem with chameleon carriers is one of the reasons why it is important to hire an experienced trucking litigation attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries and deaths as a result of trucking accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, we will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.  Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.

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