Chappell, Smith & Arden, Attorneys at Law

South Carolina Personal Injury, Wrongful Death & Workers' Compensation Law Firm

Chappell, Smith & Arden, Attorneys at Law

1770 India Hook Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732

Phone(800) 531-9780

Law Firm Overview

At Chappell, Smith & Arden, we believe a team of experienced, focused, and passionate trial lawyers gives injured clients the best opportunities to receive all of the financial compensation and medical treatment they need to recover as quickly as possible. We have the resources to investigate and litigate all types of personal injury claims.

In 1993, workers' compensation attorney, Bill Smith, and personal injury litigation attorney, Mark Chappell, opened the law firm of Chappell & Smith. Originally, the firm had only two attorneys and one office in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2001, workers' compensation attorney Mark Arden joined the firm, which then became Chappell, Smith & Arden.

Today, Chappell, Smith & Arden has six attorneys and five offices across South Carolina with attorneys licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in South Carolina, all state courts in North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The attorneys at Chappell, Smith & Arden are committed to protecting the rights of injured individuals and to keeping South Carolina families safe.

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Articles Published by Chappell, Smith & Arden, Attorneys at Law

 Thursday Is the Deadliest Day of the Week for Truckers

For both new and experienced truck drivers, Thursday is one of the busiest days of the week when it comes to wrecks.

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 No More 34-Hour Restart Rule for Commercial Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scrapped two provisions of the Hours of Service Final Rule that required commercial motor vehicle drivers to take two overnight breaks and a 34-hour break once per week.

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 I-95 Worst for Road Rage Incidents

Whether it is because of economic improvement, lower gas prices, or other reasons, Americans are driving more, according to a Federal Highway Administration spokesman.

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 MIT Distracted Driving Study

Over 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries in the United States last year, largely due to the increase of distracted driving. There has been an influx of phone usage in cars, likely to be the biggest contributor to fatal and debilitating accidents.

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 Hair Follicle Testing for Truck Drivers

All truck drivers must undergo pre-employment screening for drug and alcohol use as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.) Currently, the mandatory test is done with a urine sample, but six major trucking companies have asked the FMCSA to allow them to use hair follicle testing instead, indicating that the test is more accurate.

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 OSHA Rule In Limbo

The compliance date for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s electronic reporting rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, has been pushed back to December 1, 2017.

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 Advocates Urge Congress to Take Time with Driverless Cars

In just a few years, self-driving robotaxis will share the road with human drivers. While humans routinely drive 10 to 15 miles per hour above the speed limit, these self-driving cars will be programmed to drive at the speed limit and abide all traffic rules.

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 Workers’ Compensation Denied Claims

As soon as you suffer a work-related injury, you should report it to your employer, then you should file a claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC).

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 Summer Truck Tire Blowouts

Summer travel can be particularly hazardous for a number of reasons: there is often more traffic on roadways due to summer vacations, more young drivers on the roads, more intoxicated drivers, and more dangerous tire blowouts.

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 Drunk Driving Car Accidents

Despite decades of outreach designed to spotlight the dangers of drunk driving, approximately 28 Americans are fatally injured every day in wrecks involving alcohol. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities stem from drunk driving.

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 Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Distracted driving causes more fatalities on America’s roadways every year than speeding or even drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nine people are fatally injured every day as a result of distracted drivers, and over a thousand more are injured.

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