Eight People Injured in Accident on Interstate 77 in Columbia, SC

Eight vehicles were involved in a car crash around 7:30am on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Columbia, SC, and eight passengers were taken to the hospital from the scene.  No report yet on the severity of their injuries.

According to WLTX, the accident occurred when a vehicle spun out of control just as it got to the bottom of the Shop Road ramp onto Interstate-77 and  hit three other cars.  When traffic came to a sudden stop, four additional vehicles collided.  All South-bound lanes on I-77 were closed for about an hour near Exit 6.

The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand how difficult it can be for people to deal with the aftermath of car crashes. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to hold negligent parties accountable. Call us at (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


5 students injured in Columbia school bus accident

Five students aboard a school bus in Columbia sustained injuries after an accident was caused by a reckless driver, an article of News 2 reported on April 5.

According to reports, before 8:00 a.m. on April 4, a school bus containing 24 students was struck by a pickup truck. The accident reportedly happened after the pickup driver, whose name was not released, veered into the lane of the school bus in an attempt to make a left turn. Officials from the Lexington Richland School District confirmed that five students were hospitalized after sustaining bruise or bump injuries in the incident. Lexington County authorities said that the pickup driver, who is expected to be charged for failing to yield the right of way, was also treated for injuries.

Unfortunately, many children are left injured or permanently disabled after sustaining injuries in roadway accidents. If your child has been injured by a careless or reckless driver, we want to help you understand your legal rights and fight for justice. Learn more about how the attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can work on your behalf today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Massive Accident Shuts down both lanes of I-26 for Several Hours

Embedded image permalinkAn early morning accident occurred on Interstate 26 in the eastbound lane of travel located northwest of Columbia, SC. The accident involved over ten vehicles, one of which was a large tanker-truck carrying 8,500 gallons of combustible fuel. The accident caused the truck to spill fuel all over the interstate. The truck and surrounding cars were engulfed by fire. Due to the accident, both lanes of travel were shut down for several hours. This caused major traffic back-up as I-26 serves as a major corridor for people traveling in and out of Columbia. Miraculously, no one was killed in the accident. The highway department is still ruling on the cause of this accident. The accident was so large that it garnered attention of some major news sources: view more stories here.

When an eighteen wheeler or truck accident occurs, it can cause major damage to surrounding vehicles, and it often results in either serious injury or death. When the truck is a tanker truck carrying dangerous chemicals or fuels, the damage can be magnified. While fortunately no one was killed in this accident, if you, a family member, or a friend were injured in this or a similar trucking accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. With trucking accidents involving chemical spills, it is important to consult an experienced trucking accident and auto accident attorney, who can handle the complexities of your case. Please call Robert F. Goings and his experienced staff at the Goings Law Firm, LLC for a free case consultation.


21-year-old Woman Killed in Crash on South Carolina Highway 151 Over Memorial Day Weekend

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 around 8:00 A.M., a 21-year-old Charlotte woman was killed in a deadly car accident on highway 151 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The accident reportedly occurred because the driver fell asleep at the wheel. There were two passengers in the car who survived the crash. The passengers have undergone surgery but are expected to make a full recovery. Our thought and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Any time a sudden death occurs as the result of an auto accident, it is a very difficult time for the families and loved ones of those involved in the accident.

South Carolina Highway 151 is a very popular route for many people traveling to South Carolina beaches during the summer months. This accident was the second death resulting from a car accident that occurred on this highway over Memorial Day weekend. The heavy traffic on South Carolina’s roadways during the summer also leads to an increase in the amount of traffic accidents. Please use extreme caution as you an your family travel on the roadways this summer. The Goings Law Firm, LLC is experienced in dealing with loss resulting from an Auto Accident. While we understand the nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one, the accident attorneys from the Goings Law Firm, LLC will can help navigate through the legal complexities of an auto accident case as you go through this difficult time.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. Robert F. Goings is an experienced South Carolina auto accident attorney who can help you to fight for your rights as a party who has been injured from another driver’s negligence. Please call (803) 350-9230 today for a free case consultation.


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!


Rules of the Road in South Carolina: Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol have teamed up for a new campaign to educate South Carolina Drivers on the proper actions to take when encountering emergency vehicles while on the road. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we want to help spread the word about this new campaign in order to increase safety on the road for both drivers and pubic safety officers.

Generally, when driving if you see emergency lights in your rearview mirror, the rule is to slow down and move to the right when you are able. Many drivers feel panic when they see lights in their mirror, especially when the emergency vehicle is a police officer. Yet, the campaign emphasizes the importance of remaining calm. It is important to keep your focus on the road and surrounding traffic.

Another instance when many drivers encounter emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire trucks, or law enforcement is when the emergency vehicles are pulled over on the side of the road assisting with an accident. In this case, slow down and move over when you are able. Even if you are not able to change lanes, slow down and keep your focus on the road and traffic conditions. One problem that troopers have reported on major highways is the “rubber necking” effect. This occurs when onlookers slow down to look and see what happened on an accident scene. Again, the campaign emphasizes the importance to focus on the road and traffic conditions, not on the accident scene.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact a Columbia Personal Injury attorney today.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, we are here to help you. Or, if you are a part of emergency services personnel and you have been injured while assisting on the scene of accident, please contact us today. This firm has represented first responders, such as paramedics, who were injured by a negligent driver while assisting in a traffic collision. The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia are highly experienced in auto accident cases and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (803) 350-9230 today for a free case consultation.


The Future is here: Driverless Cars and the Future of Automobile Litigation

A concept that was once limited to futuristic sci-fi movies is now a reality- a car that can drive itself. Recently, there has been a lot of news coverage about how driverless cars will soon be ready to enter the market and our roadways. Car companies like BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Toyota are just a few of the big name car manufactures who are all getting into the game with their driverless car programs.

One of Google's self-driving cars, Currently on the road

One of Google’s self-driving cars, currently on the road

Even technology companies are looking to expand into the automotive industry. Google has been developing their driverless car program for 5 years now. Currently, Google’s self-driving fleet of cars has driven over 700,000 miles along California’s roadways. Much of this technology has already been on the road for several years. Today, you can buy a car that will parallel park for you, break automatically, and even let you know when it is safe to back-up or change lanes.

What effect will driverless car technology have on driver liability?

Generally, experts anticipate these technology improvements will increase safety on our roadways. But, what happens when the technology fails? Or, what if one of these driverless cars has been involved in an auto accident? Should the person sitting in the drivers seat be at-fault when they were not actually driving the car?  Is the owner of the driverless car strictly liable for the damage or injuries that it may cause others?  Possible answers to these novel questions were recently addressed in a law review article, Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles, written by a University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni, Jeff Gurney.

Products Liability vs. Driver Liability

The Article suggests that when a driverless vehicle fails to function properly and causes an accident, then an injured party should be able to recover from the auto manufacturer in a claim for products liability. Yet, if the driver causes an accident because of his negligence, and the technology of the car did not contribute to the accident, then the injured party should be able to collect from the driver for any damage or injuries that occur.  Inevitable, this will likely lead to states enacting specific statutes that legislate fault and owner responsibility for driverless cars.  It goes without staying that this technology will also change the type of insurance that you will need in order to own or operate a driverless car.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contacts an attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC.

Families of victims who have been injured or died in car accidents often experience a great amount of emotional and financial trouble. An attorney at Goings Law Firm, LLC may be able to help you seek financial compensation in this dire time. Contact us at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your situation with us.

If you have been injured by a manufacturer’s product that failed to function properly, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today.

Products Liability laws hold manufacturers responsible for products that fail to work properly or as they were designed to function. Injuries from these faulty products can often be very gruesome or tragic. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we will work to hold the manufacturers responsible and to compensate you for your injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a faulty product, then contact us for a free case consultation, at (803) 350-9230.

For more information on this topic, read this article from the New York Times, about the future of driverless cars: When Driverless Cars Break the Law, by Claire Cain Miller.


South Carolina Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

QUIT TEXTING, AND DRIVE!

On Wednesday, June 4, the South Carolina General Ashttp://matchbin-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/public/sites/624/assets/IKXT_texting_and_driving_03.jpgsembly passed a statewide ban on texting and driving. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk where it is anticipated that the bill will be signed into law. During the first six months after the law takes effect, police and troopers will only be issuing warning tickets. The fine for texting and driving will be $25.00, but a violation of the ban will not result any penalty points on the driver’s license.

Drivers can still text on their phones when the car is pulled over, completely stopped at a stop sign, or red traffic light. Also, the ban does not apply to the use of GPS devices or GPS capabilities on phones. South Carolina is one of the last states in the US to implement a statewide texting and driving ban.

The bill is designed to make our roadways in South Carolina safer. Texting and Driving is just one of the many hazards that create distracted drives. The Goings Law Firm, LLC strongly encourages using the highest degree of care while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers can minimize distractions by leaving all phones and music playing devices alone and keeping both hands on the steering wheel. Distracted drives can cause serious auto accidents that can result in the injury and death to yourself or others.

If you have been injured by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a Columbia Auto Accident Lawyer today.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, we are here to help you. Auto Accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Many car accidents are caused by distracted drivers, and should be prevented. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover automobile accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call the Columbia Auto Accident Attorney, Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


Moped Driver Killed in Collision with Tractor-Trailer

On Wednesday June 6, 2014, a tractor-tailor hauling turkeys collided with a man driving a moped, causing the moped driver to be thrown from the moped and killed instantly. The collision happened at the intersection of Belfast Rd. at Silverstreet in Newberry, South Carolina. The accident closed Bellfast Road for several hours while the scene was under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young man who was driving the moped. Often when auto accidents happen involving tractor-trailers, there is severe injury and extensive damage. Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from the harm caused by trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 or contact us online.


One dead, two injured in Marion County road accident

At least one dead and two others were injured in a recent two-vehicle crash in Marion County, wbtw.com reported on May 23.

Reports coming from the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) said the fatal accident occurred at around 1:00 a.m. on Highway 378. An eastbound vehicle driven by Roneit Hagans, 24, was hit head-on by a vehicle heading in the opposite direction after it crossed the median lane.

The two vehicles burst into flames, killing Hagans and leaving his female passenger seriously injured. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured from the crash. SCHP is still investigating the cause of the accident.

Families of victims who have been injured or died in car accidents often experience a great amount of emotional and financial trouble. An attorney at Goings Law Firm, LLC may be able to help you seek financial compensation in this dire time. Contact us at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your situation with us.


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