How Many Semi-Truck Accidents Occur Per Year?

Approximately 200,000 semi-trucks (aka tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers) are involved in accidents on U.S. roads every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But what’s behind the numbers? How deadly are semi-truck accidents?

The statistics below look at data for the year 2020 (the most recent year for which these stats are available) and can be found in the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report; find the tables referenced below here. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, also has a good, more readable overview of the NHTSA data here

What Is a Drug Offense?

A drug offense is a criminal offense related to controlled substances. A drug offense may involve possession, manufacture, distribution, trafficking, or related activity of a controlled substance. Examples of some common drug charges include actual or constructive possession, possession with intent to distribute, and drug trafficking.

What Is a Non-Violent Drug Offense?

A non-violent drug offense is a drug offense that does not involve violence or the threat of violence. Examples of non-violent drug offenses include simple possession of a controlled substance, drug possession with intent to distribute, or drug trafficking.

Although “non-violent drug offense” sounds less serious than a “violent drug offense,” and it often is, a conviction can still carry serious penalties in South Carolina including hefty fines and prison time.

Here’s what you need to know about non-violent drug offenses in South Carolina.

How to File for a Green Card After Marriage?

Getting a Green Card, or a Permanent Resident Card, after marrying an American citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR, or Green Card holder) is not as easy as some movies would have you believe. A foreign national is not automatically entitled to a Green Card after marriage but must go through a costly and paperwork-heavy process that can take anywhere from several months to a few years from start to finish.That’s the bad news. The good news is that immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, including spouses, have priority over other categories of eligible Green Card applicants, and there’s no cap on the number of such Green Cards that can be issued. We’ll look at each step in more detail below.

How does a spinal cord injury affect the body?

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs between the brain and the lower back. A healthy spinal cord is extremely important for normal, healthy functioning, as it is the main pathway for the brain and the body to communicate with each other. Although the soft spinal cord is protected by the bones of the spinal column (aka the backbone), it can still be damaged, and that damage can lead to physical consequences including loss of function, loss of sensation, and pain.

The effects of a spinal cord injury on the body vary greatly depending on the severity and location of the injury, as well as whether it’s a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. Read more about incomplete spinal cord injuries here on our blog.

How Long Do You Have to Report a Workplace Injury?

In order to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation for a workplace injury, you must report your injury in a timely manner. Different states have different requirements for how long an employee has to report an injury sustained on the job.

In South Carolina, you have 90 days from the date of injury in which to report your workplace injury. Failing to do so could mean losing out on benefits and compensation you’re entitled to under the law.

What is an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury?

The term “spinal cord injury” may bring to mind a devastating injury that results in the complete loss of the legs (paraplegia) or the legs and the arms (quadriplegia). These are examples of complete spinal cord injuries, in which the nerves in the spinal cord are severed so completely that communication between the brain and the body below the injury location is destroyed, resulting in permanent loss of feeling and function.

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