The Deadly Days of Summer: Use extra safety precautions on South Carolina roads to prevent trucking accidents and auto accidents.

Automotive and traffic safety experts often refer to the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “Deadly Days of Summer”. This time period is given that name because summertime always brings an increase in accidents on our roadways. This is especially true for states like South Carolina where many tourists will be traveling into and through South Carolina on the way to vacation. The Goings Law Firm, LLC has already reported to you about two major accidents that occurred on I-26 in just the first week after Memorial Day. Both accidents had major damage and shut down the entire interstate for hours. Your can read about the Charleston I-26 accident by clicking here and the Columbia I-26 accident by clicking here.

In addition to the two I-26 accidents, last week we also reported that fatal accidents are already on the rise in South Carolina. Combining the rise in fatal statistics with the already dangerous summer days ahead means that drivers should use extremely heightened caution as they take to the road this summer. The Goings Law Firm, LLC wants you to stay safe on the road this summer, and we have included a few safety tips below to help you do that.

Safety tips for drivers on the road this summer

One of the key safety tips to remember while driving this summer is to always keep your cool and remain patient. When a driver becomes impatient while in high traffic conditions, he/she becomes an “aggressive driver.” Aggressive driving is major cause of deadly accidents on our roadways. So, always remember to keep your cool behind the wheel. Further, remember to look out for other dangerous and aggressive drivers behind the wheel. This is often referred to as “defensive driving”, which is a fundamental key to safety on the roadway. Also, keep in mind these other safety tips while on the roadways:

  • Always wear you seatbelt, and ensure that all passengers are also wearing their seatbelts.
  • Obey all traffic signs, yield signs, and instructions.
  • Always use your turn signal, and give plenty notice to other drivers by signaling well before applying the breaks or changing lanes.
  • Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, especially in crosswalk areas.
  • Obey the speed limit.
  • Move over for accidents and emergency vehicles.
  • Give motorcycles and eighteen-wheeler trucks plenty of room.
  • Do not follow too closely on the highway or interstate.
  • Ensure all children and child seats are secured properly in the car.
  • Do not text and drive (It’s against the law- click here for more).
  • Do not talk on the phone while driving.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, just some quick tips to keep you and your family safe as you take to the road. Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but keep in mind that convertibles and motorcycles pose a greater safety risk and drivers must take extra precautions when operating these vehicles.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC has also written extensively about motorcycle safety here on our website. To read more about motorcycle safety, click here.

Accidents can happen to anyone. If you are involved in an accident this summer, then contact a South Carolina Accident Attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC.

Even the most careful drivers can be involved in accidents because of the negligence or recklessness of other drivers on the road. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, or trucking related accident, then call Robert F. Goings at the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. By seeking punitive damages, we seek to deter aggressive driving by punishing drivers for their wrongful conduct. When you are involved in an accident, there can be many complex issues involved with a case. It is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in dealing with the many complex issues that might arise. Robert F. Goings is a skilled South Carolina Accident attorney, and will advocate on your behalf to get you the results that you deserve. Call (803) 350-9230 today for a free case consultation.


Trucking Accident Shuts Down Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge in Charleston, S.C.

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Last week, on March 27, 2015, an accident involving an eighteen-wheeler tanker truck and a Chevrolet sedan caused the Ravenel Bridge to be shut down for nine hours. A 31-year old woman, who was driving the Chevy sedan, caused the accident. The sedan swerved into the left lane to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle located on the right side of the road. The woman veered across two lanes of travel and sideswiped an eighteen-wheeler tanker truck. The woman was trapped in her car and she had to be freed by the fire department. She was transported to MUSC for further treatment.

The tanker truck was carrying 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel. The accident caused damage to some of the tanker’s valves. As a result of the accident, the tanker leaked 300 gallons of fuel onto the bridge. It is unknown how much fuel leaked off of the bridge and into the Cooper River below. Hazmat crews and the U.S. Coast Guard were called in to help manage the pollution from the spill. The clean-up process took nine hours. Clean-up crews were battling heat exhaustion and had to work in shifts in order to clean up the spill.

To read more about this story: Click Here!

http://www.gototeam.com/wp-content/uploads/Charleston19.jpgThe Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge is part of South Carolina’s Highway 17 and U.S. Interstate 26. It connects the City of Charleston with Mt. Pleasant. The Ravenel Bridge has become a major symbol and icon for the Charleston area and it is also a major commuter route for traffic going in and out of the city. More than 75,000 cars cross the bridge daily.

Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers, fill our nation’s highways, but sharing the road with these vehicles can carry substantial risks for drivers. The size and power of these vehicles can cause truck accident to have traumatizing repercussions. When a truck is carrying hazardous or flammable materials, like Diesel fuel, the damage and injuries from an accident are often magnified even more. In fact, truck accident victims often face consequences ranging from broken bones to permanent brain damage, and in the most extreme circumstances sometimes even wrongful death.

We are South Carolina’s Truck Accident lawyers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. With the help of an experienced truck accident attorney, you may be able to better hold the party responsible for the truck accident that harmed you or your loved one and get the justice you need. Call us at (803) 350-9230 today to talk about your case and learn more about what we can do for you.


Airbag Manufacturer Takata Issues Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

On May 19, 2015 Japanese automobile safety manufacturing company issued a massive recall on over 34 million cars. The cars were recalled because of a faulty airbag that once deployed can explode spraying shrapnel throughout the car during a crash. Thus far, it is reportedly believed that six deaths have been caused as a result of this auto defect.

The company has had safety problems with airbags for years, and this latest recall makes it the largest ever in U.S. history. Takata installs airbags in many major car manufacturers. The largest automakers who have used Takata airbags include, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Honda.

This recall is an example that auto defects can affect anyone. If you or a loved one has been injured by a Takata airbag or similar airbag product, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. Although most auto accidents in Columbia are the result of driver error, a substantial portion are caused by defective vehicle equipment or design. Unfortunately, accidents caused by defective vehicles often could be prevented were it not for the negligent behavior on the part of the designer, manufacturer, or retailer. If you or someone you love has suffered because of a defective vehicle, the Columbia product liability lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Call our offices in Columbia today at (803) 350-9230 for a consultation.

To read more about the Takata Airbag story, click here!


What South Carolinians Need to Know about “Chandler’s Law.”

Chandler’s Law is a law that was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly on May 11, 2011. The law establishes crucial safety requirements and regulations for children who operate all terrain vehicles, better known as “ATV’s or “4-Wheelers.” The law is named in honor of Chandler Saylor. Chandler was a young boy from South Carolina who died in a tragic ATV accident while visiting a friend’s house. Chandler was supposed to be at a “swimming” party. His parents did not know Chandler would be riding ATV’s at the party. In the wake of their son’s death, Chandler’s parents worked with the general assembly for eight years to ensure that South Carolina passed adequate ATV safety laws for children.

Here are some of the relevant provisions of Chandler’s Law that South Carolinian’s should be aware of:

  • A child must be 6 years old to ride an ATV.
  • If a child is under age 16 and does not have a driver’s license, then they are not allowed to have passengers on the ATV.
  • If a child is 15 years old or younger and will be riding an ATV on public land or on private property without a parent’s or legal guardian’s direct visual supervision, then they must take a professional ATV training course before riding an ATV.
  • All children 15 years old and younger must wear a helmet and safety goggles when riding an ATV.
  • It is unlawful for a parent or legal guardian with a child who is less than 16 years old to knowingly allow their child to operate an ATV in violation of the Age Restriction Warning Label affixed by the manufacturer of the ATV.

** Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of what is required under Chandler’s Law. For more information on the provisions of Chandler’s Law, you may want to look at these links below:

  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Chandler’s Law FAQ: Click Here
  • To read the text Chandler’s Law in its entirety: Click Here

Consult with a South Carolina ATV Accident Attorney Today!

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we believe that children are one of the greatest joys in this world. Too many children have been injured or killed as a result of the dangers posed by ATV’s. Chandler’s law attempts to ensure greater safety for our children. Our thoughts and prayers go out Chandler’s parents, and all those like him who have suffered similar tragedies.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, either due to the negligence of others or a manufacturer’s defect, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. Our ATV accident attorneys understand the pain, suffering, and mental trauma that can be involved with the loss of a loved one. We are experienced personal injury attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina, and offer a no-obligation and free case evaluation by calling (803) 350-9230 or contacting us online.


ATV’s Pose Serious Injury Risks in South Carolina

For many people, South Carolina can be an outdoorsman’s paradise. Our moderate weather conditions allow citizens to enjoy outdoor recreation activities during all months of the year. All terrain vehicles, more commonly known as “ATV’s” or “four wheelers” are commonly used for many outdoors activities in our state. Some choose to use these vehicles for hunting activities, while others simply ride ATV’s for recreational enjoyment. Before getting on an ATV, the Goings Law Firm wants you to be aware of the risks involved when riding these vehicles.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has shown research that suggests, injuries can occur on ATV’s from all sorts of accidents, including collisions and roll-overs. The most recent numbers from the CPSC suggest that there were over 100,000 ATV related injuries in 2010. Further the CPSC has conducted research that shows over half of accidents resulting in injuries happen when the driver was not wearing a helmet. Because drivers and riders sit on top of these ATV’s, they offer very little protection in the event of an accident. Further, ATV’s overturn in approximately 60% of ATV accidents where an injury results. Because these vehicles can be very heavy, this can pose a significant danger to riders and passengers.

Persons Not Permitted to Operate an ATV or 4-Wheeler in South Carolina

While ATVs are relatively safe when operated by qualified drivers who are operating within in a reasonable manner, they can be exceedingly dangerous when operated recklessly or by anyone strictly forbidden to do so by law. An overwhelming proportion of ATV and 4-wheeler accidents in Columbia and throughout South Carolina are the direct result of a person operating the vehicle recklessly, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who is not legally permitted to do so, including anyone who is younger than 16 years of age and:

  • Does not possess a safety certificate approved by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute;
  • Who is violating the manufacturer’s Age Restriction Warning Label, as required by standard ANSI/SVIA 1-2007;
  • Who is not wearing a safety helmet meeting federal standards and eye protection;
  • Who is carrying a passenger; or
  • Not accompanied by an adult;

 

Consult with a Columbia, SC ATV & 4-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

ATV accidents can be especially dangerous for passengers who are not driving ATV’s. Further, in many instances children who drive ATV’s are doing so outside the supervision of a qualified adult, or in some cases without their parent’s knowledge at all. When operated recklessly or by operators not qualified to do so, the risk of an ATV or 4-wheeler accident becomes substantially elevated for everyone around them. If you have been injured in an ATV or 4-wheeler accident, call the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 to speak with a Columbia ATV or four wheeler accident lawyer today.


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.


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