Columbia Auto Accidents Lawyers
Anyone who lives in South Carolina knows that our state does not have the safest roads. South Carolina is consistently ranked in the ten most dangerous states in which to drive because of the high rate of roadway fatalities, especially on rural roads. Even so, personal vehicles are still the most common form of transportation. Our cars are an absolute necessity that helps us visit friends and family, go grocery shopping, and commute to work. Unfortunately, with so many people out on the road, accidents are bound to happen.
Some accidents are not anyone’s fault. Drivers are injured every day even when they are following traffic laws and doing their best to drive safely. Weather conditions, such as fog, rain, or animals on the road can all cause accidents. However, many more accidents are completely preventable and caused by the reckless or negligent actions of drivers who do not take care to drive safely. If your auto accident resulted from the careless actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC to learn how a Columbia car accident attorney can help you win the money you need following your accident.
Car Accident Practice Areas
With so many people on the road at any given time, there are many ways an accident can occur. The possibility for distraction while driving, biking, and walking is higher than ever, which can make staying safe seem difficult. It takes only one driver to look down at a cell phone and lose focus to cause an accident. When carelessness strikes, a qualified car accident lawyer can help you hold other drivers accountable. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we have experience handling the following cases:
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Auto Defects
- Speeding Accidents
- Reckless Driving Accidents
- Road Defects
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Insurance Claims
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to Observe Traffic Laws
- Running Stop Signs / Stop Lights
- Driving too Fast for Conditions
- Rear End Collisions
Our attorneys believe that one fatality caused by a reckless driver is too many. South Carolina has a greater percentage of road deaths than most states, the majority of which are caused by driving under the influence and driving too fast for the current conditions. These are preventable causes that we can work together to end by forcing drivers to take responsibility for their actions.
South Carolina Auto Accident Statistics
South Carolina has a higher rate of car accidents and fatalities caused by accidents than most states. In fact, our number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled by vehicles was the highest in the nation in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These statistics are disappointing, but they point to the broader trend in South Carolina of driving too fast and often under the influence, especially on rural roads, where accidents are much more likely to occur. We hope these number can shed some light on the issue and we encourage everyone to think twice before driving recklessly. According to the 2015 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were:
- 911 fatal collisions
- 133,961 total collisions
- 17,376 people injured by someone driving too fast for conditions
- 5,505 DUI collisions
- One out of 18 licensed South Carolina drivers involved in an accident
Where and when you drive can also influence how likely you are to be in an accident. Here are some interesting statistics about locations from the same source:
- Greenville County had the most collisions with 15,876
- Secondary routes accounted for 34.6% of fatal collisions, the largest of any category
- 14,737, or 11%, of collisions occurred on the interstates
- More traffic deaths occurred on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday than on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- A collision was most likely between 3:01 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.
We all have a commitment to keep our roads safe. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we take pride in our state and our citizens. That is why we want people injured by reckless drivers to seek the help they need. Contacting our firm is the first step toward receiving adequate compensation for your injuries.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents
In South Carolina, three of the most common ways people are injured in car accidents include those caused by driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to yield the right of way. As such, these are the types of cases our attorneys are most likely to take. We have obtained millions of dollars throughout our careers for drivers just like you: people who were following all traffic laws and ended up injured. Below are further explanations of the accidents for which we can seek compensation.
Drunk Driving Accidents
When a driver gets behind the wheel, they owe it to their fellow citizens to be of sound mind. This level of competence is impossible if someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while intoxicated is more common on rural roads, which account for most of the miles driven in South Carolina. Intoxication negatively impacts your motor skills, reaction time, and the quality of your judgment. All of these skills are necessary for driving, so accidents are far more likely to occur when a driver is under the influence. If you suspect you were injured by an intoxicated driver, we can look to the police report, field and sobriety tests, and witness testimony to make your case for damages.
Driving too Fast for Conditions
Speeding is often overlooked as the primary cause of an accident, but 17,376 people were injured by people driving too fast for conditions in 2015, more than any other cause. When someone is speeding, they do not have the maximum control possible over their vehicle, meaning they are more likely to lose control and exit the roadway or cause a collision. Driving too fast for conditions covers drivers who were perhaps going the speed limit but not accounting for other conditions, such as rain, snow, fog, or darkness. Visiting the scene of the accident can tell us a lot about how someone was driving at the time of the accident, which can help your case.
Failure to Observe Traffic Laws
Between disregarding traffic signs, failing to yield the right of way, and changing lanes improperly, thousands of injuries are caused by the failure to observe basic traffic laws. Drivers have a commitment to one another when on the road to signal their actions, account for other vehicles, and follow all traffic laws. When a driver is negligent and fails to perform these basic actions, they should be held accountable for the damages they caused. Typically, a police report will say whether there was a traffic violation related to the accident. We can speak with the insurance company of the other driver, obtain records and evidence, and examine the police report to prove the other driver caused your injuries due to negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions
After an accident, most drivers who come into our offices feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin when seeking compensation. To get you started, here are the answers to some of the questions we hear the most often.
How much is my case worth?
No attorney can answer this question without knowing the details of your case. Numerous factors go into deciding how much compensation a car accident victim will receive as a result of the accident. Some of the factors that can influence the amount of money your case will receive are the type of accident you were in, whether you were at fault, the severity of the injuries you sustained, and whether the other driver was under the influence. Without knowing how these factors affected your accident, it is impossible to say how much your case is worth without speaking to an attorney.
Why should I seek compensation?
At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we believe in justice and fairness. Someone was unjust towards you by causing an accident, so it is only fair that you receive the compensation you need to move forward. The money we obtain for you could be used to cover medical bills, property damage, and any income you lost if you could not go to work. Receiving what you are owed can mean the difference between struggling or not, and we want you to feel good about your financial and personal situation. Going through an accident is tough, but compensation can help to stabilize your position.
Why choose the Goings Law Firm, LLC?
The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand how devastating an accident can be. A serious personal injury case can reach into every aspect of your life. Our lawyers are South Carolinians just like you who want to make our state a great place to live. That includes acting with kindness and taking care of our own. If you were hurt in an accident, we guarantee you will receive the respect and personal attention required to get your case as far as possible.
Speak with a Car Accident Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina
Following your accident, hiring an attorney to help you seek compensation is probably the last thing on your mind. We understand this, which is why we want you to focus on recovering while we make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies. If you have any questions or are ready to fight for the money you deserve, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC by calling (803) 350-9230 today.