Distracted Driving in South Carolina
Protecting the Rights of Those Injured in Myrtle Beach
As motorists, we are all obligated to maintain constant awareness of our surroundings when we’re behind the wheel. Unfortunately, some drivers are more concerned with checking their text messages or deciding what song to play next on their radio. This negligence can result in an automobile accident that seriously injures another driver, passenger, or pedestrian.
If you have suffered a severe injury from an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, our Myrtle Beach auto accident attorney is dedicated to helping you recover your entitled compensation. By closely evaluating your case, we can develop an aggressive and personalized plan to obtain the justice you deserve.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
In today’s society, we are heavily reliant on our mobile phones to stay connected with our world. When someone uses their phone while driving, they can exhibit similar behaviors as intoxicated drivers. They drive and react more slowly, weave in and out of their lane, and fail to be aware of their surroundings. Texting forces drivers to take their attention away from the road, and although this distraction may last only a few seconds, it is an ample amount of time for an accident to occur.
Due to this high level of risk, texting-and-driving in South Carolina is illegal. The penalties, however, are relatively minor, and many people ignore the law with no regard for potential consequences beyond a $25 fine.
Other common distractions include the following:
- Talking to a passenger
- Switching radio stations
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Staring at a car accident scene
- Applying makeup or grooming
- Reading, especially if you’re using a navigation system
Facts and Statistics
According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance, South Carolina ranks #1 in the country for the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven. In fact, Department researchers rank the state 3rd for having the worst drivers.
Distracted driving is a significant element of this “bad driving”. According to the Department, take their eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds at a time. If they are traveling at 55 mph, they will cross the length of a football field, all while looking at their phone instead of the road.
These statistics explain why, on a national level, nearly two-thirds of all auto accidents involve cell phone usage. In light of this startling rate, we have reinforced our commitment to protecting injured drivers.
Experienced & Trustworthy Legal Representation
At Lam Law Firm, we are devoted to educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving, and we are committed to protecting the rights of those seriously injured by distracted drivers. We can investigate the circumstances and evidence surrounding your case to provide you with the comprehensive and powerful legal services you need. We are ready to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions and help you get your life back on track.
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