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Tracy Morgan Injured in Auto Accident caused by Wal-Mart truck.

Tracy Morgan Injured in Auto Accident caused by Wal-Mart truck.

Saturday morning, June 8, well-known actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, was injured in an accident caused by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer while traveling on the Jersey Turnpike. Morgan is a former television star on the shows Saturday Night Live and “30 Rock.” Jimmy Mack McNair, another comedian who was in the car with Morgan, was killed in the accident.

It was reported that the driver of the Wal-Mart truck had been awake for over 24 hours. Sleep deprivation is just one of the scenarios that can create distracted drivers on the roadway. Unfortunately, distracted drivers behind the wheel can often lead to tragic accidents. Our greatest sympathies go out to the victims and their families involved in this tragic accident.

If you have been injured in a tuck accident or auto accident, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer today.

Truck accidents like this one can happen to anyone and they can happen anywhere. Sometimes these accidents can even result in wrongful death. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a truck accident or any type of motor vehicle accident, contact us, the Goings Law Firm, LLC, at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your case with us for free.


South Carolina Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

QUIT TEXTING, AND DRIVE!

On Wednesday, June 4, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a statewide ban on texting and driving. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk where it is anticipated that the bill will be signed into law. During the first six months after the law takes effect, police and troopers will only be issuing warning tickets. The fine for texting and driving will be $25.00, but a violation of the ban will not result any penalty points on the driver’s license.

Drivers can still text on their phones when the car is pulled over, completely stopped at a stop sign, or red traffic light. Also, the ban does not apply to the use of GPS devices or GPS capabilities on phones. South Carolina is one of the last states in the US to implement a statewide texting and driving ban.

The bill is designed to make our roadways in South Carolina safer. Texting and Driving is just one of the many hazards that create distracted drives. The Goings Law Firm, LLC strongly encourages using the highest degree of care while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers can minimize distractions by leaving all phones and music playing devices alone and keeping both hands on the steering wheel. Distracted drives can cause serious auto accidents that can result in the injury and death to yourself or others.

If you have been injured by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a Columbia Auto Accident Lawyer today.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, we are here to help you. Auto Accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Many car accidents are caused by distracted drivers, and should be prevented. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover automobile accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call the Columbia Auto Accident Attorney, Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


Motorcycle Safety: How to stay safe while riding your Motorcycle


With the warm weather and long summer days ahead, you can bet that a lot of motorcycles will be hitting the road in the coming moths. Whether you are headed to the beach, up-to the mountains, or just taking a cruse around town, check out these motorcycle safety tips to ensure your ride is as safe as possible:

Make sure that you have a Class M motorcycle driver’s license.

South Carolina requires a Class M driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles for all Motorcycle drivers. Always keep in mind that motorcycles must follow the same general rules of the road as all other automobiles.

You Must Have Insurance for your motorcycle.

Just as all cars on the road are required to have auto insurance, motorcycles are also required by law to have auto insurance coverage. While the law allows you to obtain the minimum amount of liability insurance, motorcyclists should also consider purchasing underinsured motorist insurance (UIM).  We believe that UIM insurance is one of the most important types of insurance that you do not have enough of. To learn more about UIM insurance, read this informative article that answers commonly asked auto insurance question.

Make sure you know the helmet law in South Carolina.

South Carolina does not require motorcycle drivers or passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. If you are under the age of 21, then you are required to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Additionally, the helmets must be approved by the Department of Public Safety.

Even though not required by law, the Goings Law Firm, LLC highly recommends wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. This will greatly reduce your risk of injury and could save your life if you are involved in an accident. Additionally, the at fault party in an auto accident may try argue contributory negligence for a motorcyclist failing to wear a helmet.

Contact a Columbia Motorcycle accident attorney in South Carolina today!

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Goings Law Firm, LLC understands the significant suffering that auto accidents can cause. Motorcycle accidents often cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today at (803) 350-9230 to see if we can help you and your family recover from any motorcycle related accidents.


Moped Driver Killed in Collision with Tractor-Trailer

On Wednesday June 6, 2014, a tractor-tailor hauling turkeys collided with a man driving a moped, causing the moped driver to be thrown from the moped and killed instantly. The collision happened at the intersection of Belfast Rd. at Silverstreet in Newberry, South Carolina. The accident closed Bellfast Road for several hours while the scene was under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young man who was driving the moped. Often when auto accidents happen involving tractor-trailers, there is severe injury and extensive damage. Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from the harm caused by trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 or contact us online.


One dead, two injured in Marion County road accident

At least one dead and two others were injured in a recent two-vehicle crash in Marion County, wbtw.com reported on May 23.

Reports coming from the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) said the fatal accident occurred at around 1:00 a.m. on Highway 378. An eastbound vehicle driven by Roneit Hagans, 24, was hit head-on by a vehicle heading in the opposite direction after it crossed the median lane.

The two vehicles burst into flames, killing Hagans and leaving his female passenger seriously injured. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured from the crash. SCHP is still investigating the cause of the accident.

Families of victims who have been injured or died in car accidents often experience a great amount of emotional and financial trouble. An attorney at Goings Law Firm, LLC may be able to help you seek financial compensation in this dire time. Contact us at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your situation with us.


Memorial Day Truck Accident on I-20 near Columbia

On May 25, 2014, during Memorial Day weekend, a significant motor vehicle accident occurred on I-20 near the Richland and Kershaw county lines. This accident is currently under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Parol, and the cause of the crash has not been released. The crash caused both westbound and eastbound lanes of I-20 near the Kershaw County and Richland County lines to be closed for most of the day.

Two cars were significantly damaged in the collision that also involved a large tractor trailer semi-truck.  A small truck was overturned, and a red mustang had the top of the car torn off. The 18-wheeler did not appear to sustain as severe of property damage. The extend of the injuries caused by this accident is currently unknown, but significant trauma was reported because persons were transported from the to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia by helicopter. To learn about common causes of truck accidents, read this article.

Our prayers go the drivers, passengers, and families of those involved in this accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you.  Truck accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death.  Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.  Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


South Carolina Ranks 3rd in Drunk Driving-Related Deaths

South Carolina is the third deadliest state in the nation when it comes to drunk driving deaths, according to a study by 24-7 Wall Street. The study shows that nearly 360 people were killed by drunk drivers in the state in 2012. South Carolina also ranked 20th in the country for DUI arrests, at 17,906 in 2012.  Many of the intoxicated drivers were minors, with 2.8 underage deaths related to DUI accidents per 100,000.  This ratio makes South Carolina rank the 6th highest in minor related drunk driving fatalities.

Fortunately, there was a declined in the number of car accident related fatalities in South Carolina in 2013.  The South Carolina Department of Public Safety noted 229 fatal car accidents in 2013.  To date in 2014, there as been already 217 fatal auto accidents, and if this trend continues this year the number of fatal accident may exceed 2012. However, this year, the State of South Carolina recently enacted a law, called “Emma’s Law“, designed to toughen DUI punishment.  Emma’s Law establishes the use of an interlock device for convictions of certain DUI related offenses.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident with someone that was driving under the influence you may be entitled to significant compensation, including an award of punitive damages against the at-fault driver to help punish for the reckless nature of driving while intoxicated.  Contact the Car Accident Attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today to see if we can help you.


Porsche sued in crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

The widow of Roger Rodas, the driver involved in the deadly crash last November that killed both him and actor Paul Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, Fox News reported on May 13.

Kristine Rodas claimed that the Porsche vehicle that her husband was operating lacked an adequate crash cage and gas tank safety features that might have prevented the two occupants from dying in the accident. The lawsuit also claims that a problem in the suspension system caused the vehicle to veer out of control and strike several trees. Contrary to official reports, Kristine stated on court documents that Roger was only driving 55 mph when the fiery crash occurred. This is based off of information from experts hired by her attorney who also examined the wreckage.

Families who have lost their loved ones in fatal car accidents caused by faulty vehicles not only suffer emotionally but financially as well. If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident caused by a faulty manufacturing in Columbia or surrounding areas, a lawyer at Goings Law Firm, LLC may represent you to get the remunerations needed to recover your loss. Speak with us today and learn more by calling (803) 350-9230.


New Study: Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Auto Accidents

On May 12, 2014, a new study titled, “Pregnancy and the risk of a traffic crash” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that pregnant women, especially in their second trimester, may be at a greater risk for being involved in auto accidents. Pregnant drivers should be aware of their increased risks, and use extra caution driving on the roadways.  To read the study, click here: CMAJ Pregnant Driver Study 2014.

Why are pregnant drivers at higher risk of accident?

Pregnancy brings symptoms of morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and distraction. All of these factors can contribute to driver distraction or driver error while on the roadways.

Why is the second trimester especially dangerous? The second trimester is when women feel the most effects of pregnancy, and often experience something called “pregnancy brain”, which is “the foggy thinking many women report as pregnancy progresses.”

What does this mean for pregnant drivers?

The study does not suggest that pregnant women should not drive. It only suggests that you should be aware of these greater risks and use especial care when operating a motor vehicle.

Anytime you drive a car, it is important to buckle your seat belt, take you time, slow down, and observe all traffic and safety rules.

Contact a Columbia Auto Accident lawyer at the Goings Law Firm, LLC if you have been injured in an Accident.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC  advocates for protecting the lives of future mothers and children on the roads.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as the result of another’s negligence, or if you a pregnant and have been injured in a car accident, then please contact us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Emma’s Law in South Carolina: Stronger Punishment for DUI Offenders

By: Robert F. Goings

On April 9, 2014, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a state law, referred to as “Emma’s Law,” to create more protection against driving under the influence.  This law is aimed at providing tougher punishment for intoxicated drivers to current South Carolina DUI laws.  While there are several facets of this new law, one of the major changes is the implementation of a statewide Ignition Interlock program.  This law relies on technology to punish, deter, and prevent drunk driving.

Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about Emma’s Law:

What are the effects of Emma’s Law? 

  • First time DUI offenders with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or greater are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for six months.
  • Second time DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for two years.
  • If a person has two or more DUI convictions and refuses to put an ignition interlock device in his car, then he must turn over the license plates and registration to all vehicles registered to that person.
  • Persons under 21 who refuse a breathalyzer will have their license suspended for six months. If the person under 21 has a previous DUI conviction in the past 3 years, then the suspension for refusing a breathalyzer is one year.

What is an ignition interlock device? 

  • An ignition interlock device is a device installed into a car ignition system that does not allow the car to start if the driver has had any alcohol to drink.
  • When installed, the driver of a car must blow into a breathalyzer every time before starting the car.
  • If the driver has any alcohol in his system, then the car will not start.

Why is the law called “Emma’s Law”?

  • The law is named for Emma Longstreet, a six-year-old girl from Lexington, S.C., who tragically lost her life in an auto-accident caused by a repeat DUI offender.
  • Emma’s parents were instrumental in gathering support for and pushing the bill through the legislature.

When does the law take effect?

  • Gov. Nikki Haley has signed the law, and it will go into effect on October 1, 2014.

Are there potential concerns surrounding interlock devices?

  • Improper calibration of the device
  • Defective installation
  • The interlock device improperly shutting off vehicle.

Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC for Drunk Driver Accidents in South Carolina

The Goings Law Firm, LLC fully supports any efforts to reduce motor vehicle accidents caused by the recklessness of a drunk or impaired driver.  We hope that Emma’s Law will help to decrease the amount of DUI related accidents that happen on the roadways.  Personal injury attorney help to deter DUI and alcohol related accidents but seeking punitive damages for the victims of these unfortunate accidents.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, please contact the us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


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