May is National Bike Month, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bike riding and, more to the point, safety while bike riding. In our state, the months of May through November are the months in which there are increased numbers of traffic collisions involving pedalists....KEEP READING
Drivers must exercise reasonable care and caution while operating their vehicles. At the most basic level, this means paying attention to the road and traffic. While the dangers of focusing on anything other than driving may seem obvious, many motorists choose to engage in distracting behavior anyway.
Texting and talking on a cell phone often get the most attention when it comes to distracted driving, but there are also other behaviors that can lead to distracted driving car accidents. Eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, looking at a map or GPS system or even simply talking to passengers can divert a driver’s attention from the task at hand.
Some of the common types of distractions that can lead to auto accidents include:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) groups these types of distractions into three main categories: visual distractions (taking your eyes away from the road); manual distractions (taking your hands off the steering wheel); and cognitive distractions (focusing your mind on something other than driving).
Statistics show just how widespread the distracted driving problem is and just how many dangers it creates for drivers, pedestrians, bicycle riders and every other person on the road. Some of the statistics that highlight the hazards of distracted driving include the following:
Despite efforts to impose a statewide ban on texting and cell phone use while driving for all motorists in South Carolina, no such ban has been passed yet. Several counties and towns throughout South Carolina have approved local bans.
Even though South Carolina has no specific distracted driving law, the state does require every driver to exercise a reasonable degree of care and refrain from driving recklessly. When a distracted driving crash occurs in South Carolina, the responsible party can be held accountable for his or her actions in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a distracted driver, South Carolina law entitles you to hold that person legally responsible for your medical expenses and vehicle repair bills, as well as any lost wages and other financial losses. You may also seek compensation for pain and suffering or loss of comfort, care and companionship of a loved one.
The deadline for filing a claim is already running, so contact the experienced South Carolina distracted driving lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm today for a free evaluation of your case. Call us toll free at 888-662-9821 or locally in Columbia at 803-454-1200. You can also fill out our online contact form.