Columbia Distracted Driving Attorneys

Driving alongside all of the other cars down a roadway involves some inherent risks. Even when other drivers are paying full attention to the road, mistakes and accidents can happen. But when another driver is distracted and causes an accident, that’s never excusable. Every driver has a responsibility to maintain awareness of their surroundings and contribute to a safe driving environment for everybody. So when a distracted driver causes an accident, they should be held accountable for whatever damages their actions cause.

The Columbia distracted driving accident lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand that trauma and turmoil that often accompany the aftermath of a car accident. When faced with emotional, physical, and financial injuries, a course of legal action might be the furthest thing from your mind. However, we also understand how holding the responsible party accountable can help you pay your bills and rebuild your life after the crash.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident involving distracted driving you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.

Why Hire An Attorney for Your South Carolina Distracted Driving Claim

Pursuing damages for your injuries can be a complex but rewarding process. After being injured by a distracted driver, filing a claim can be a necessary step in seeking justice and recovery. One of the greatest services a lawyer can provide is the peace of mind you get, knowing your legal rights are being defended while you’re still able to focus on what matters the most, your health.

A lawyer can be invaluable in shouldering the legal burdens so you can seek accountability and healing. Experienced lawyers will also greatly enhance your case overall. Going through the legal process without professional guidance and representation can be difficult and confusing. Lawyers will bring their skill, experience, and specialized training to the table to help try to win your case.

An attorney will be familiar with how the legal process operates, know how to communicate and negotiate with insurance companies and other lawyers, be familiar with the evidence that will support your case and how to gather it, and will create a compelling argument for why you deserve an award. Lawyers can leverage their firm’s resources to help your case too. This may mean using staff to perform legal research, hiring an expert witness, or putting their skills to work to investigate your case. If you wish to increase the likelihood of receiving compensation, and how significant said compensation is, it is often wise to hire a lawyer for your distracted driving case.

Why Hire Goings Law Firm, LLC for Your South Carolina Distracted Driving Case

At Goings Law Firm, LLC we understand the stress our clients are facing after their accidents. It is a great priority of ours to compassionately serve injured South Carolina residents. Since, as a firm, we focus on personal injury cases, we have the skill and experience needed when someone else’s recklessness causes you harm. We are committed to holding negligent, distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause. We will always put the goals of our clients first and work tirelessly to defend your legal rights. We will always treat your case with individualized care so that our work is tailored to your exact situation.

We can help you navigate the insurance claims process, negotiate with insurers, and file a lawsuit and litigate when needed. We have worked to build a reputation for aggressive representation and delivering our clients results.

Some of our recent awards can be found described on our “results” page. Our reputation for success is also demonstrated by our attorneys’ accolades which include repeated inclusion in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and National Trial Lawyers. It is also worth noting that our firm operates on a contingency basis. This means that we receive compensation only when your case is won.

By working on a contingency fee basis, our goals are completely aligned. We won’t get paid until you get paid. Also, you won’t owe us anything up front, which allows you to focus on your recovery while still having access to qualified legal services. We are committed to serving our community by holding careless individuals accountable for the harm they cause.

Common Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

Unfortunately, distracted driving has become extremely common in recent years. According to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, “In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.” Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, or their mind off of the task at hand. While some forms of distracted driving are illegal, others are simply dangerous and negligent. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines distracted driving as doing something else which occupies your attention while driving. Driving while distracted is widely acknowledged as extremely dangerous and can pose similar risks to driving drunk. Common sources of distraction include:

  • Smartphone use, including talking, texting, browsing the web, or using social media
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Navigation system use
  • Talking to a passenger

Many states have enacted anti-cell phone laws that are aimed to deter drivers from using their phones while behind the wheel. Commercial vehicle drivers are prohibited cell phone use altogether. But unfortunately, drivers continue to distract themselves and be distracted by others.

In South Carolina, it has been illegal since 2014 to text while driving. While this a good start, the issue of distracted driving is a significant one in this day and age. South Carolina does not have strict distracted driving laws as the only form of distracted driving which is illegal is texting while driving. The fines for driving while texisg are also relatively low at $25 for a first offense and $50 for subsequent texting. Lawmakers are considering strengthening the state’s cellphone use while driving law to prohibit all cellphone use while driving, not just texting. While this may be an important step in keeping our roads safe and holding distracted drivers partially accountable, it will still be vital to seek damages when a distracted driver injures you.

Distracted driving accidents can cause serious, life-long injuries. This is especially true when traveling at high speeds. Taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel for even seconds can be dangerous. Road conditions and other drivers are simply too unpredictable, and the risk of injury is too high to drive without giving the task at hand your undivided attention. When a distracted driver fails in their duty to maintain a reasonable level of care or safety and harms you, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Depending on your specific situation, you may be eligible to receive damages covering your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning potential, and more. It is especially important to pursue compensation through the legal system if your insurance will not cover the full cost of treatment, or if the accident caused a persisting medical issue. It is important to contact a lawyer quickly to pursue justice, in South Carolina you only have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim. Speak to a skilled lawyer to find out if you’re eligible to pursue compensation.

Contact a Columbia Distracted Driving Attorney

If you have suffered any sort of damages because of the irresponsible behavior of a distracted driver, then you may be able to recover some of what you have lost. The car crash lawyers here at Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the the devastating toll auto accidents can take, and are dedicated in making sure that justice is served. To speak to one of our lawyers, call (803) 350-9230.

What Clients are saying

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

- Tiffany AL

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- Jason D

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

- Anonymous

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

- Anonymous

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

- Car Accident Client

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

- Slip and Fall Client

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

- Personal Injury Client

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

- Car Accident Client

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

- Personal Injury Client

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

- Workers’ Comp Client

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

- Dog Bite Client

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

- Personal Injury Client