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

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!


Drunk Driver Kills Man from Cayce, SC

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.


2016 Spike in Richland County Roads Death Toll

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.


1 dead and 2 hurt in South Carolina workplace accident

Authorities in Calhoun County, South Carolina said a workplace accident in a plastic bottle manufacturing facility resulted in a fatality and two injuries, an article of Insurance Journal reported on December 7.

According to reports, the fatal workplace accident happened on December 6 inside the DAK Americas facility south of Columbia. Coroner Donnie Porth told reports that three employees contacted chemicals used in manufacturing plastic bottles. The fatality was later identified as Alton Zeigler, 63, but authorities did not release the identities of the two injured people. A site manager for the company said annual maintenance was being conducted when the accident took place, and the pipe on the pump where the crews were working should be turned off. The company reportedly has over 400 employees, making it one of the biggest employers in the county.

The Columbia wrongful death attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are mourning the death of their loved one.


1 dead and 4 injured in SC car accident

An article of News 2 revealed on December 2 that at least one person was killed and four others were injured in Berkeley County, South Carolina after a recent accident.

According to the county coroner, the victim was identified as Michael Brandon Perry II, 22. Perry was one of the passengers of the GNC service truck that had a collision with a tow truck at the Old State Road and Mudville Road intersection on December 1. The collision reportedly occurred after the GNC service truck driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection. Rescuers extracted Perry’s body, which was pinned inside the vehicle. Reports confirmed there were four people brought to the hospital due to their injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) personnel were assisting Berkeley County authorities in determining the cause of the fatal accident.

The wrongful death legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends of the victim as they mourn the recent loss of their loved one.


Irmo Woman Tragically Killed on I-26 near Chapin

Lauren Lew, a 26 year old resident of Irmo, South Carolina, was tragically killed on Friday night after being involved in an automobile accident.  According to  News 19, Ms. Lew had been traveling West on Interstate 26 when she was involved in a collision.   Ms. Lew exited her vehicle and moved to the other side of the road, where she was struck by two vehicles traveling East, resulting in fatal injures.  The first vehicle fled the scene, and police are still investigating.

The wrongful death attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC understand that families who lose their loved ones in accidents are often dealing with great emotional, physical and financial burden. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends who are mourning the recent loss of their loved one.


Lexington’s Rosemary Cseh Killed in House Fire

Rosemary Ann Cseh (64) was killed in a house fire on Sunday night on Darian Drive according to . When the fire department arrived, the fire was well underway, and the property damage was in excess of $4,500. The Lexington County Coroner determined that Ms. Cseh died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the scene.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, fire fighters did discover that there were not any working smoke detectors in the home.

In some instances, tragedies are unavoidable. But in those instances where injuries or even death are the result of negligence or an avoidable accident, people often find themselves needing the assistance of a lawyer in order to seek compensation for their injuries. The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm are experienced in navigating the world of insurance companies and litigation and may be able to offer you assistance in seeking compensation. Speak with an attorney of the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC today by calling (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


Student fatally struck by alleged drunken driver in SC

A college student in South Carolina recently died after being struck by a vehicle driven by a person under the influence of intoxicants, a report of Times Union stated on October 30.

Reports said Coastal Carolina University student Ryan Bielawa, 19, was killed on October 29 after the vehicle hit him around 12:45 a.m. while he was crossing a street near his school. The driver who struck Bielawa reportedly fled the crash scene, but he drove back, where authorities apprehended him. The driver, identified as Edward Lee Washington, is currently facing charges related to the pedestrian accident. A bail worth $51,234 was set on Washington, who is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bielawa was a student athlete in his hometown of Averill Park, N.Y. and was majoring in finance.

The wrongful death attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are mourning the tragic loss of their loved one.


Bus driver involved in deadly crash has history of traffic violations

On October 6th, The Herald reported updates to a bus crash that occurred in South Carolina last month. The bus driver, who caused four fatalities, had several traffic violations on his record.

On September 17th, Brian Andre Kirkpatrick (43) was driving a school bus that was occupied by the Rock Hill football team when the tire of the bus burst. Kirkpatrick and three of his passengers, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed in the accident that ensued. Kirkpatrick was convicted of speeding and being involved in an accident between 2011 and 2012, according to the DMV. Survivors of the crash are suing Sandy River Baptist Church and other negligent parties that did not adequately maintain the bus.

The Columbia wrongful death attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the devastating impacts that accidents can have on a family. Learn about how we may be able to assist your in your time of need by calling (803) 350-9230.


Drunk Driving Litigation – Increase in Lawsuits Against Bars that Over-Serve

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.


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