South Carolina Law Firm Provides Strong Counsel for Distracted Driving Accident Victims
South Carolina distracted driving attorneys file claims against those who cause car accidents
Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is now one of the leading causes of motor vehicle deaths and injuries. Although different forms of distracted driving have always caused auto accidents, the onslaught of hand-held devices and smartphones has rapidly increased distracted driving accidents at alarming rates. When a driver is not paying attention due to distractions in the car or on the road, innocent motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can die or sustain serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Our South Carolina distracted driving lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC provide strong counsel for victims of inattentive drivers. We have a proven track record of success. Our lawyers have obtained millions in settlements with insurance companies and jury trial verdicts.
Distracted driving is a numbers game
Distracted driving statistics are grim:
- In 2012, 3,328 people died in an auto accident because a driver was distracted. 421,000 were injured in car accidents in 2012, due to distracted driving.
- 69% of drivers between 18 and 64 admitted to talking on a cellphone while driving in the 30 days prior to being asked.
- Nearly 33% of drivers between 18 and 64 admitted to actually texting or sending an email while driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a distracted driver, you are not alone. Most importantly, you may have a legal right to compensation.
The dangers of distracted driving
Distracted driving is operating a vehicle while doing some other action that takes the driver’s attention away from their driving. Distracted driving increases the odds of an auto accident. Many drivers, especially teens, think they can adapt, but the statistics prove otherwise.
Distracted driving causes three types of problems:
- Visual: The driver does not see the road, other vehicles, or anyone on the road.
- Physical: Many distractions require that the driver take one hand off the wheel. Some drivers, for even a second, may take both hands off of the steering wheel.
- Cognitive: While a driver is distracted, he or she is not thinking about reacting to traffic.
Types of distracted driving
Many types of driver distractions place other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at great risk of catastrophic injuries. These distractions include:
- Texting while driving
- Talking or texting on cell phones
- Changing the radio or music
- Diverting attention to children or other passengers
- Looking at maps or GPS devices
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Surfing the internet or watching video
- Using social media
Out of all these distractions, texting while driving is particularly dangerous as it takes one’s eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. Federal regulations forbid truck drivers from texting while driving throughout the country. In South Carolina, texting while driving became illegal for all motorists in June 2014.
The rights of victims and families injured by distracted drivers
A South Carolina distracted driver attorney at McGowan, Felder & Hood, LLC, will seek compensation from all responsible parties. This includes the owners of the vehicles as well as the drivers. We seek payment from all insurance companies who cover South Carolina car accidents and vehicle accidents.
Our lawyers may sue for:
- Medical bills
- Lost and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Any other compensable loss
Because some distractions, such as texting while driving, may be considered gross negligence, we may also sue for punitive damages. Punitive damages include additional money awarded to the victim, with the intention to punish the negligent party and deter future reckless behavior.
Families of anyone who is killed by a distracted driver have the right to bring a wrongful death action.
Strong advocacy for distracted driver victims in South Carolina
Your distracted driving case matters to us. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have extensive experience obtaining justice and compensation for people who have been victims of distracted driving and their families. Our top-notch lawyers have handled complex cases, not only in our state, but throughout the country.
We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina distracted driving attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, proudly serves people throughout the state, from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.