SC Auto Insurance Premiums Are Up – Is Texting to Blame?

Data from the South Carolina Insurance Department show that, based on an aggregate of the state’s top 10 insurers, insurance rates in South Carolina jumped 8.9 percent in 2016, a much bigger increase than what we’ve seen in the previous three years.  The State reported that these increases may, at least in part, be attributed to an increase in accidents related to distracted driving.  And what are drivers distracted by?  Often, it’s their cell phones.

Russ Dubisky, executive director of the South Carolina Insurance Association, a lobbying group of insurance companies, indicated that not only are the motor vehicle accidents becoming more frequent, but they’re resulting in more serious injuries.  According to department records, distracted-driving collisions with injuries rose to a record 5,698 in 2016, up from 4,399 in 2011.

The Goings Law Firm encourages South Carolina drivers to be careful, stay focused, and avoid texting while driving.  Distracted driving leads to dangerous motor vehicle collisions and potentially serious personal injuries, and the simple fact is these kind of accidents are avoidable.

Pedestrian Killed on Broad River Road

2016 saw a rise in traffic fatalities in Richland County, and it seems that the problem will continue.  67-year-old Alicesene Dear Gilmore was killed on Friday, March 3, 2015 after being struck by an unidentified vehicle that fled the scene.  According to Cola Daily, Ms. Gilmore was walking from Trenton Court Apartments to the store with two family members when the vehicle crashed into her.  Police are still investigating and looking for the driver of the vehicle who struck Ms. Gilmore.

At the Goings Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys understand the hardships that families go through when a loved one is killed or seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision.  There are often more questions than answers, and the legal implications can be confusing and burdensome.  Give the Goings Law Firm a call today to see if we can help. (803-350-9230)


Car Crashes Into Richland Library Northeast: Three Hospitalized

Around 6:30pm on Monday night, a car struck the Richland County Library’s Northeast branch, which resulted in three people being taken to the hospital.  According to WIS’s report, the vehicle that struck the library first struck two other vehicles in the library parking lot.  The only library patron who was injured was walking out the front door at the time of the accident; the other two individuals who went to the hospital were in the vehicles involved.  Thankfully, current reports indicate that no one was seriously injured.

Car collisions can occur in many different ways, but in any accident that results in injuries, people can find themselves in need of assistance.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and needs help navigating the legal minefield in order to be compensated, give the personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm a call and see if we can help. 803-350-9230


Officer hurt in SC vehicular accident

A state officer in South Carolina recently suffered injuries after his service vehicle was involved in an accident, a January 16 article of Fox 57 reported.

Information coming from the Greenville County Sheriffs’ deputies revealed a vehicular mishap involving a patrol vehicle happened along I-85 on January 14. The patrol vehicle with one occupant was parked at the side of the northbound lane and was struck by a vehicle that veered off the road. The officer involved, whose name was withheld, received medical treatment and was later discharged, authorities said. Authorities identified the vehicle driver who caused the collision as Amber Faye Hamilton, 23. She was charged with DUI and marijuana possession the day after the incident.

The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia understand that individuals who have suffered injuries while in the line of duty often have to deal with financial issues because they need to stop working to recover. However, if you are in such a situation, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Find out how we may represent you today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Thousands of Toshiba laptop battery packs affected in expanded recall

Thousands of laptop batteries are affected by a broadened recall issued by Japanese-based company Toshiba over concerns that the batteries could emit excessive heat that may lead to fire and burn injuries, a report of cpsc.com stated on January 4.

In March last year, the company had recalled 93,000 units of battery packs used in 41 models of their laptops; they added an estimated 83,000 battery units in their recall early this year. Reports revealed that the possibly faulty laptop batteries, that were also shipped in Canada and in Mexico, have drawn complaints of melting due to overheating. None of the five overheating incidents included a report of injuries. Consumers who are affected by the recall should notify Toshiba through their official website to get instructions on how to get a free battery replacement. While waiting for the free battery, consumers can continue to use their laptops by removing the battery and plugging them into electrical outlets using the dedicated power cord.

The Columbia attorneys of Goings Law Firm, LLC understand that incidents such as this often translate to serious injuries to consumers. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, we may possibly help you get compensations from negligent parties. Call them today at (803) 350-9230 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.


Lexington Car Crash Has Fatal Result

 

Lexington County authorities have reported that Kathryn B. Ellison was killed in a car crash on Sunday.  She was traveling on Corley Mill Road mid-day when her vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.  Two children in the back seat survived the crash but were taken to the hospital to be treated for personal injuries.

The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm understand how devastating it is to lose a friend or family member in a car accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the children involved, as well as with Ms. Ellison’s family.

 


Drunk Driver Kills Man from Cayce, SC

Authorities have reported that 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson of Cayce, South Carolina was killed in a car crash in Lexington on Thursday night.  They believe Nicole Marie Wilson, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, was driving while drunk and failed to stop at a red light, causing her vehicle to crash into Johnson’s.  Wilson has been arrested and charged.

The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm have experience in bringing claims against drunk drivers and the bars who over-serve them.  If you or a loved one have suffered injury or even wrongful death at the hands of a drunk driver, the Goings Law Firm may be able to help.  Contact us at 803-350-9230.


2016 Spike in Richland County Roads Death Toll

One week into 2017, the frightening numbers are in.  The State reported that although the number of traffic fatalities in South Carolina in 2016 is very similar to the number reported in 2015 (actually down just slightly), the number of fatalities in Richland County has spiked from 45 in 2015 to 68 in 2016.  In other words, the already-too-high number increased by about 50% in just one year.

What leads to such horrible motor vehicle accidents?  Troopers of the South Carolina Highway Patrol say it’s primarily speed, impaired driving, lack of seat belt use, and distracted driving.  Distracted driving — texting, eating, talking on the phone, etc. while driving — is particularly common place.  The other biggie is seat belts.  Less than half the people who died while occupying a motor vehicle on South Carolina roads were wearing their seat belts.

The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one in a car crash.  The complicated legal battles that result from such a tragedy only add difficulty to the situation.  If you or your family are dealing with serious injuries or even wrongful death as a result of a motor vehicle accident, call the Goings Law Firm today at 803-350-9230 and see if we can help.


Suspected drunk driving professor apprehended in SC

An associate professor in South Carolina was recently taken into custody for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, an article of The State reported on December 12.

A Kershaw County officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on a highway in Lugoff on December 8. Authorities later identified the vehicle driver as 52-year-old Ronald David Lamie, an associate professor at the Clemson Sandhills Extension facility. Lamie failed a field sobriety test after an officer detected the smell of alcohol inside his vehicle, which is owned by the state. While in custody, a breathalyzer showed Lamie’s BAC was 0.15 percent. Lamie had to sober up before he was allowed to be discharged on a bond.

Unfortunately, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal vehicular accidents in America. If you were harmed by a DUI offender, an attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Call a Columbia attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC today by calling (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


Jess Gooding Publishes Column in Richland County Bar Association’s Newsletter

Jess Gooding is one of the newest members of the Richland County Bar Association’s  Newsletter Editorial Board, and she has been charged with the Newsletter’s pop culture column.  Richland County Bar AssociationJess_Gooding

“Bar Bites” is a column featuring tidbits on what local attorneys are interested in; it includes reviews on restaurants, bars, television shows, podcasts, and more!  This fall, the new Netflix series, Stranger Things, received particularly high praise.  The newsletter and column alike will be published quarterly.  To read the column, see pages 18 and 19 of the RCBA Newsletter.


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