An experienced trucking accident attorney must be consulted following a collision that results in serious injuries. Negligent and reckless truck drivers are a threat on South Carolina’s highway, particularly on the Interstates. Large trucks commonly haul heavy loads, the drivers are distracted, and the trucking companies force its drivers to complete demanding trips across the United States. The most common causes of trucking collisions are the following:
- Distracted driving
- Using the Phone While Driving
- Driver fatigue
- Lack of driver training
- Unsecured cargo
- Improper maintenance
- Improper trailer connection
- Overloaded cargo
- Drug/alcohol abuse
- Failure to maintain proper distance
While distraction and fatigue top the list, there is a growing pattern of truck drivers operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs, especially drugs to assist in keeping drivers awake on the road such as methamphetaimes.
What to Do If You Were Involved in a Collision with a Truck or Commercial Vehicle?
Large medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, surgeries, disability, permanent impairment—- this can be the reality following a trucking accident that involves a large commercial vehicle. In order to recover for your injuries, the law requires proof that the truck driver was negligent or careless in the operation and that a reasonable person would not have caused the collision. The negligence can also be rooted in improper maintenance, inadequate training, or a failure to monitor drug use, or failure to comply with customary safety standards. It is important that you contact an experience trucking accident attorney if you were involved in a collision with a truck or a large commercial vehicle.
The Goings Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to improving the safety of South Carolina’s highways and ensuring that victims of trucking accidents are reasonably compensated for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by the a 18 wheeler, large truck, or a commercial vehicle, you need to contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today at (803) 350-9230 for a free and confidential consultation. Attorney Robert Goings was voted the best in Columbia– the 2017 “Top Personal Injury Attorney” in Columbia, South Carolina by the Columbia Business Monthly. Let us put our experience to work for you today!
In South Carolina, motorcyclists are in more danger than in almost any other state in the Southeast, statistics show. The state’s 2015 fatality rate was its highest since 2007, and the 135 motorcyclists who died on South Carolina roads last year were the most this century. The cause has been attributed to poorly maintained road, potholes and pea gravel, inexperienced riders and distracted drivers. South Carolina law also allows riders to obtain motorcycle licenses with no training and minimum evidence of road proficiency.
Among nine Southeast states, South Carolina’s average annual fatality rate from 2011 to 2015 is approximately 10 deaths per 10,000 registered motorcycles. The annual fatality rate is second worse, only to Mississippi, which has the least number of registered motorcycles in the region. The road skills test in South Carolina is taken on a closed course where requires riders to perform turns, stops and weaves. In fact, the most of the exercises of the Department of Motor Vehicles involve speeds of approximately 15 m.p.h.
The Goings Law Firm, LLC wants to remind South Carolina motorcycle drivers to be safe and vigilant on the roads. Watch out for other drivers who may not be operating their vehicle as carefully as you. The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm know all too well the life-altering injuries that can occur when drivers are not driving carefully
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, trucking accident, or motorcycle collision, please call us at (803) 350-9230 to see if we can help. Our personal injury attorneys may be able to assist you with the applicable legal process and help you obtain the compensation you need.
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, LLC 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.
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, LLC a call and see if we can help. (803) 350-9230.
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, LLC 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.
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, LLC 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, LLC may be able to help. Contact us at (803) 350-9230.
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, LLC 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, LLC today at (803) 350-9230 and see if we can help.
USA Today recently published the results of a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study showing that drivers who are sleep deprived are significantly more likely to be involved in a serious car collision, similar to the increased risk of collision that results from drunk (or “buzzed”) driving. The study reviewed thousands of car crashes, but only collisions that occurred between 6a.m. and midnight were included, which may mean that the study actually underestimates the effect of sleep deprivation. According to the article, previous studies have shown that the effects of sleep deprivation on attention and performance are greatest during the early morning hours.
The increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident when a driver is sleep deprived is actually quite astonishing. The study showed that drivers who had skipped just one of the recommended seven hours of sleep were approximately 30% more likely to be involved in a serious crash. Drivers who received 5-6 hours of sleep were almost twice as likely to be involved in a collision as those who received seven hours or more, and drivers who slept 4-5 hours were more than four times as likely to crash. Most significantly, the study showed that drivers operating on less than four hours of sleep were 11.5 times more likely to be in a motor vehicle collision resulting in injury than their well-rested counterparts.
Goings Law Firm, LLC wants to remind South Carolina drivers to be safe and vigilant whenever they are behind the wheel. Be sure to get enough sleep at night, take frequent breaks when traveling long distances, and try to travel with an alert passenger, especially at night. The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC know all too well the life-altering injuries that can occur when drivers are not alert and focused on the road.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and need help, call us at (803) 350-9230. Our personal injury attorneys may be able to assist you with the applicable legal process and help you obtain the compensation you need.
At least six people were recently transported to a hospital in Rock Hill after they were involved in a three-vehicle accident, an article of The Blade reported on September 8.
Information coming from Rock Hill authorities revealed that on September 7, authorities were chasing a vehicle that later struck two other vehicles at an intersection. Authorities apprehended the man, whose name was withheld, after he tried to leave the crash scene on foot. Police Captain Mark Bollinger confirmed the number of hospitalized individuals. However, he did not release any further details of the crash that momentarily blocked the intersection. The severity of the injuries sustained by those involved in the crash was unknown as of reporting.
The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC advocate for Columbia individuals who were injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. If you believe this happened to you, we may be able to help you obtain the compensations you need for a fast recovery. Begin taking your legal action against negligent parties today by calling (803) 350-9230.
Lawsuits brought against bars and restaurants who have over-served their customers are on the rise according to a report in The State Newspaper. South Carolina law makes it illegal for a bar to knowingly serve alcohol to an intoxicated person. Dram shop cases, as they are known, seem to be increasing in frequency in South Carolina, and unfortunately, there is no shortage of tragedies that lead to these type of actions. When a drunk driver is in an auto accident and injures or kills a passenger in their vehicle or someone else on the road, the bar or restaurant who served the driver to the point of intoxication can — and we believe, should — be held liable for over-serving. Sadly, there are many such cases currently pending in South Carolina, including one against Tin Roof in Columbia’s Vista. In that case, 19-year-old Caitlin Clark of Lexington was killed when James Gainey Jr. was over-served and recklessly got on his motorcycle to drive home, leaving her family devastated and rocking the entire community.
Another example of recent dram-shop litigation in South Carolina is the 2015 case against The Loose Cockaboose, where the jury awarded $3.85Million to the family of six-year-old Emma, who was killed by a drunk driver on a Sunday morning on the way to church. The drunk driver, Billy Patrick Hutto, was a repeat DUI offender, and Emma’s family sought redress from The Loose Cockaboose in a wrongful death action, indicating that the driver had been served past the point intoxication in the wee hours of the morning in the establishment. The family also appeared before the state legislature and advocated for legislation known as Emma’s Law, which Governor Nikki Haley signed into law on April 30, 2014. Emma’s Law stiffened penalties against DUI offenders, and especially repeat offenders, but it did not direclty address the over-serving issue.
State Senator Luke Rankin of Horry County called the over-serving problem “rampant,” and indicated that he expects to introduce a Bill in the upcoming Legislative Session that would, if passed into law, require bars and restaurants to provide mandatory safe alcohol service training for any employees who would be serving customers alcohol. The South Carolina Senate considered a similar bill last year, known as Alli’s law (named for Alli Cousins, who was over-served and died in a fatal car crash), but it died in committee. John Durst, president of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, indicated that many drinking establishments recognize that there is a problem with regard to over-serving, and the Association will be backing the Bill to be introduced in January. The State reported that, according to the National Restaurant Association, seventeen states currently require similar training, which teaches servers and managers how to check IDs for age and recognize signs of intoxication, and also teaches them the best ways to handle situations where someone should no longer be served alcohol.
The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the devastation that can follow a drunk driving accident, especially if serious injury or wrongful death is involved. We are experienced at handling legal claims and lawsuits involving drunk drivers and bars that serve alcohol. We will work hard to hold the drunk driver and bar or restaurant responsible. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a drunk driver or the negligence of a bar or restaurant, please contact us at (803) 350-9230 to find out if we can help.