Free Consultation

(803) 350-9230

Indiana man was tragically killed when a tractor trailer struck the construction lift he was operating on I-77 in Columbia, South Carolina

Indiana man was tragically killed when a tractor trailer struck the construction lift he was operating on I-77 in Columbia, South Carolina

On Wednesday morning June 20, 2018, a 40-year-old Indiana man was tragically killed when a tractor trailer struck the construction lift he was operating on I-77 South in Columbia.  The crash happened just after 5 a.m. on I-77 South near the Blythewood Road exit, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The collision involved a tractor-trailer and a piece of construction lift equipment, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the Highway Patrol. The tractor-trailer was traveling south on I-77 when it hit the construction equipment, which was moving in the southbound lanes, Jones said.  It was reported that the driver of the construction equipment was trying to cross from the median to the shoulder of the road, Jones said. When he was hit by the truck, he was thrown from the bucket of his equipment and killed.

Officials have identified the worker killed in an accident on I-77 as Nathaniel B. Deaton, 40, of Martinsburg, Indiana. Deaton was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy indicated the cause of death to be blunt force injuries suffered in the collision, says Richland County coroner Gary Watts.

I-77 South in Columbia was closed for more than 6 hours following the accident as S.C. Highway Patrol investigators reconstructed the scene. WLTX News 19 in Columbia spoke with Trooper David Jones who wants to share a reminder with drivers on the road. He says, “Make sure you limit your distractions. Slow down in construction zones, make sure you put your cell phone down and pay attention to your surroundings because again a lot of times these are active work zones.”

Tragic collision on the interstates are preventable if drivers are exercising care and not distracted while driving.  It’s important to slow down in construction zones and be mindful of workers that are making our roadways safer.  If you are a loved one has been injured or tragically killed in a collision in South Carolina, please contact the Goings Law Firm at (803) 350-9230 today to learn about your rights.


COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA TRAIN ACCIDENT LAWYER

COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA TRAIN ACCIDENT LAWYER

The Goings Law Firm are South Carolina lawyers that represent victims hurt in train collisions.

Statistics from the National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSB) suggests that a train wreck or train crash occurs every 2 hours in the United States. There are approximately 3,000 train wreck and crashes per year in the United States. Trains are still used to move products and materials throughout South Carolina but when train wrecks happen, the results are usually catastrophic.  Many factors result in the train accident being more serious because of the speed of the train, the weight of the train and the stopping distance for a train. Train wrecks happen for many reasons but some of the more common are:

  • The train conductor falls asleep or fails to properly operate the train
  • Improper communication between trains, and train conductors and engineers
  • There is a collision with another train
  • A derailment occurs
  • A collision with a car or bus
  • There is a train mechanical failure that leads to an accident
  • The train tracks are too old or improperly serviced or maintained

Since there are many factors that lead to a train wreck, there are many people who can be held responsible for your injury, loss of income, or pain and suffering. While it’s the responsibility of the railroad company to maintain the tracks and the train you ride, truck and car drivers also have the responsibility of following the laws and not attempting to cut across the tracks after the crossbars have been lowered.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a train accident, contact the Goings Law Firm today for a free consultation.  We have the experience to get you the result that you deserve.  Call us today at 803-359-9230


A truck collision is worth contacting an attorney

It is important to contact an attorney following a trucking collision.  The insurance claims adjuster that may contact you is not looking out for your best interest.  The insurance claims adjuster is helping to make sure the trucking company and its insurance carrier compensations you the least as possible, or not at all.  You need the help of an experienced trucking accident attorney on your side.

Trucking collisions occur on our roadways in South Carolina almost everyday.  The facts related to trucking accidents are alarming.

The highest number of crashes involving 18-wheelers or large commercial truck occur on long haul trips.  Approximately 65% of all fatalities from trucking accident occur on long-haul trips.  Statistics show that 1 in 4 truckers admit to falling asleep while driving during the previous month.  This is because trucker consistently get less than 5 hours of sleep per night.  This sleep is often in a the cab of the truck, and truckers use high does of caffeine, and sometimes drugs, to attempt to stay alert behind the wheel.  You may not realize it, but the lack of sleep impacts alertness and performance similar to being under the influence of alcohol.  Truckers are required to meet strict load and delivery schedules, and their compensation is largely based on logging as many hours behind the wheel as possible.  While there are mandatory Hours of Service rules set forth by Federal Regulations, these rules are often ignored by drivers of 18-wheeler.

Severe injuries or death is more likely to occur in a trucking collusion due to the sheer size of 18-wheelers – which can be as long as 53 feet and weigh up to 80,000 pounds.  Large trucks only account for 4 percent of all registered vehicles, yet they account for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. Or, that when large trucks collide with other vehicles, it is the occupants of those vehicles – not the truck drivers – who are killed or injured 73 percent of the time.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision that involved an 18-wheeler or a large truck, you need to call the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230.  We provide aggressive and compassionate representation to injured victims and their families.  It will not cost you anything to see if we can help.  We offer free consultations to protect the rights of injured victims of trucking accidents.


Tips on What to Do After a Truck Collision

HAVE YOU BEEN SEVERELY INJURED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

Here are some quick tips that we tell most clients:

  1. Seek medical attention for yourself before attempting to do anything else.  Often time injuries can manifest several hours or days after a collision once the adrenaline and initial shock of the trauma wears off.  If your injuries require, you should follow up with your family doctor or other specialist after your discharge from the hospital or emergency room.
  2. Try to documenting the accident scene through photographs and videos on your cell phone.
  3. If there are any witness or onlookers at the accident scene, its is very important to get their full names, addresses, and phone numbers.  Never rely on the police officer to gather this information.
  4. Do not admit fault to anybody at the scene.  Limit what you say to statements of facts to the responding law enforcement officer.
  5. Avoid speaking altogether to insurance adjusters and attorneys representing the trucking company and other potential defendants. Nothing good will come out of talking to an insurance adjuster or trucking company representative without an attorney.  The insurance adjuster or the trucking company claims representation is not your friend!
  6. Most importantly, strongly consider hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon a possible.  At the very least, call an attorney at our firm and we will try to answer any questions that you may have– but please know that without a lawyer, your rights could be severely jeopardized.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a collision with a truck, give the Goings Law Firm, LLC a call today at (803) 350-9230.  We have more tips that we cannot put on the website and there is no obligation to see if we can help.  We are South Carolina’s Trucking Accident Lawyers.


Have you been involved in a truck accident in South Carolina?


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
  • Speeding
  • 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!


Statistics show that South Carolina is one of the most dangerous states to ride a motorcycle

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.


Fatal accidents involving large trucks expected to increase

On July 1, federal authorities reported that fatal cargo truck accidents are expected to increase based on 2015 data in which they have recorded 35,200 fatalities, an article of thetrucker.com reported.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 4 percent increase in fatal truck accidents in 2015. Large trucks, or those vehicles that have a minimum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs, were blamed in 3,903 deaths in 2014. One factor that contributed to the fatality increase was more people driving more miles, since fuel prices dropped and the economy picked up. Jonathan Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) described the increase as “alarming.”

The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand how painful it is to lose a loved one in a truck accident. If you were injured as the result of a truck accident, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to hold negligent parties accountable. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Tractor Trailer Causes Fatal Hit-and-run on I-77 in South Carolina

Earlier this week, a tractor-trailer truck traveling on I-77 hit a smaller SUV. The accident happened in Chester County during the early hours of the morning, around 3:45 a.m. The very large truck sent the SUV flying into the median where it flipped over. Witnesses said the tractor-trailer swerved and the fled the scene. This week the South Carolina Highway Patrol conducted a statewide search and now believe they have identified the driver. There were two passengers in the SUV that flipped, one died on the scene and the other was taken to the hospital.

 

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we commend the South Carolina Highway Patrol for identifying the suspect of this fatal hit-and-run. In South Carolina, we believe that perpetrators of such horrible crimes should be brought to justice. While someone who caused a hit and run can be help responsible for criminal charges. A driver who causes an accident and flees the scene can also be help responsible by civil penalties. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we seek to deter this wrongful hit-and-run conduct by seeking punitive damages for the victims of these unfortunate accidents.

Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC for Hit-and-run accidents in South Carolina

If you or a loved one has been injured in South Carolina by a hit-and-run driver, then call the Goings Law Firm, LLC to find out how we can help! Our trucking accident attorneys can help you work through the complexities of your case. To find out more please contact us by calling (803) 350-9230.


Man dead after Aiken County rear-end accident

One man was recently killed in an accident involving a tractor and a box truck on the morning of November 6th in New Holland.

According to reports, 68-year-old George W. Kirkland was test driving his tractor at around 10:30 in the morning on New Holland Road after making several repairs to the vehicle. While driving north along the road, Kirkland’s tractor was struck by a 2010 box truck from behind. The truck was operated by Tramell G. Wagner and registered to a company named Carolina International, a shipping truck dealer out of Georgetown, South Carolina.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton stated that the tractor driver was taken to the Aiken Regional Medical Centers after the accident where he was pronounced dead due to multiple bodily traumas.

South Carolina Highway Patrol authorities found that Kirkland was not at fault for the accident. According to reports, the accident is currently under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.


3 bicyclists struck by FedEx truck in SC

Three bicyclists were injured when they were struck by a FedEx truck in Aiken County, News 12 reported on July 15.

Information coming from the South Carolina Highway Patrol revealed that the truck accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. near Pine Log Road. According to highway officer Judd Jones, the three individuals were riding their bikes on Atomic Road when they were struck by the truck. The victims, whose names were not released, reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and were all transported to the hospital. Authorities revealed that the truck driver was driving with excessive speed when the collision took place. A charge was filed against the truck driver after it was determined he had been driving recklessly.

Bicyclists are more vulnerable than others to serious injury in the event of a car crash. If you have been injured while riding your bicycle by a reckless or negligent driver, you may seek financial compensation from those responsible. Call the Goings Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia at (803) 350-9230 today to learn more.


In The News

International Society of Barristers
10.0Robert F. Goings
Legal Elite Logo
South Carolina Leadership in law Honoree Logo
Rated a 10.0 Super Lawyer by Avvo.com
American Board of Trial Advocates
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
Best Law Logo
National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Legal Elite of the Midlands logo
 AV Preeminent
Best Law Badge
Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbia
South Carolina Association for Justice
Lead Counsel Seal
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Goings Law Firm, LLC, LawyersPersonal Injury & Property Damage, Columbia, SC