Any driver will tell you that intersections are one of the most dangerous places to drive, especially during periods of heavy traffic at peak hours of the day. As people rush to get home, many drivers take more risks and drive recklessly and negligently, causing accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. This reality is no different for Columbia and Richland Counties, so accidents at some of our busiest intersections continue to worry law enforcement and concerned citizens alike. According to a recent article from The State, which reported on some of the most dangerous intersections in these counties, the intersection of Broad River Road and I-20 had the most accidents in the area last year: 142 in 2016. Of course, this intersection is not the only dangerous one in the city. Several others, including what the locals call “Malfunction Junction,” continue to cause problems as thousands of commuters travel through these areas each day.
Intersections certainly have inherent dangers, but drivers and their reckless behaviors are the main causes of these accidents. Distracted practices while driving, such as using a cellphone, following other cars too closely, and failing to stay in your lane during turns all contribute to the high accident rate in these areas. Additionally, speeding, illegal U-turns, and running red lights further contribute to accidents at intersections. Drivers should be particularly cautious at busy intersections and practice additional care when driving in periods marked by heavy traffic. Other drivers are often unpredictable, and their reckless behavior is the main factor in the occurrence of accidents. Remember to be attentive, share the road, and take steps to keep yourself and other drivers safe to avoid the resulting injuries and financial stress caused by accidents.
With accidents on the rise, more and more people are unfortunately injured and made to suffer the consequences of accidents, even if it was not their fault. The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC drive these same dangerous intersections. As drivers, we have a right to safety on the road, and those who create unsafe conditions should be held legally and financially responsible for their actions. For more information or to speak one of our qualified and compassionate Columbia personal injury attorneys, please contact us at (803) 350-9230 today.
Columbia trial attorney Robert Goings successfully secured a $750,000 verdict on behalf of a law clerk who was injured when he fell on an excessively slippery staircase inside the U.S. Bankruptcy Court building in downtown Columbia. The individual, a law clerk for a federal bankruptcy judge, suffered a herniated disk and accrued $40,000 in medical bills, as well as additional and lasting pain from the injury.
Crockett Facilities Service, the Maryland-based company responsible for maintaining the courthouse, ultimately admitted responsibility, especially when it was revealed that the company had removed slip-resistant strips from the stairs and had polished the staircase immediately before the accident. Attorney Goings following the settlement had this statement: ““In any case, we are very pleased with the outcome. Most falls are preventable, and in this case, all Crockett had to do was buy a strip that only cost $1 or $2. It’s a mistake that cost them $750,000.”
For more information on this settlement, read The State article, and if you have been injured in an accident, make sure to contact The Goings Law Firm for the right representation for your claim. There is a reason why people turn to Robert Goings in their time of need, so contact us to find out why.