Car Crashes Into Richland Library Northeast: Three Hospitalized

Around 6:30pm on Monday night, a car struck the Richland County Library’s Northeast branch, which resulted in three people being taken to the hospital.  According to WIS’s report, the vehicle that struck the library first struck two other vehicles in the library parking lot.  The only library patron who was injured was walking out the front door at the time of the accident; the other two individuals who went to the hospital were in the vehicles involved.  Thankfully, current reports indicate that no one was seriously injured.

Car collisions can occur in many different ways, but in any accident that results in injuries, people can find themselves in need of assistance.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and needs help navigating the legal minefield in order to be compensated, give the personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC a call and see if we can help. (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.


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.


Jennefier Lopez and Leah Remini Involved in Hit-and-Run with Drunk Driver

450770946On September 29, actresses Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez were hit by a drunk driver while driving along Pacific Coast Highway in California. The two celebrities were stopped at a red light when a small pick-up truck hit them from behind and then sped off. They called police and provided a description of the car. Authorities located and apprehend the driver shortly after the incident. The driver of the pick-up truck was under the influence and arrested for DUI and hit-and-run.

Lopez and Remini had two children with them in the back seat of the car. Thankfully, in this case, no one was injured. Yet, oftentimes injuries resulting from accidents caused by drunk drivers can be very severe and oftentimes can even result in wrongful death. Further, this case is an example that anyone can be the victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, our legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, believes that you may be owed financial compensation. To find out how we may be able to help you take action in order to get the compensation you are seeking, call (803) 350-9230 today.


Union, SC: Youth Minister Killed in Tragic Hit and Run Car Accident.

Early Monday, August 15, 2014, two men were involved in a fatal car accident on I-26 around Spartanburg, SC. When the accident happened, the two victims in the crash were on their way to go hunting, and were pulling a trailer with a pickup truck. Both men were thrown from the pickup when the accident happened.

Authorities report after the accident that the passenger of the truck, a 25 year-old youth minister from Union, SC, was hit by another car passing on the interstate. That car did not stop, after hitting the youth minister. The driver of the pickup truck is still in serious condition at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Contact a South Carolina Auto Accident Attorney to discuss you case today!

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in tragic accidents such as this. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck or auto accident, we understand the significant suffering that these tragic accidents can cause.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of tragic auto accidents like this by seeking punitive damages for the gross reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. Please contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your case with us for free!


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.


Ambulance and Tractor-trailer Collide in Orangeburg, S.C.

On Tuesday, June 17, a Tractor-trailer collided with an ambulance on Highway 176 in Orangeburg, S.C. The ambulance was carrying two patients who were being transported from a previous accident. The ambulance was in the process of making a U-turn when the accident occurred.

Our prayers go out the drivers, passengers, and families of those involved in this accident. 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.  Truck accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from 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 for a free case evaluation.


Tracy Morgan Injured in Auto Accident caused by Wal-Mart truck.

Saturday morning, June 8, well-known actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, was injured in an accident caused by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer while traveling on the Jersey Turnpike. Morgan is a former television star on the shows Saturday Night Live and “30 Rock.” Jimmy Mack McNair, another comedian who was in the car with Morgan, was killed in the accident.

It was reported that the driver of the Wal-Mart truck had been awake for over 24 hours. Sleep deprivation is just one of the scenarios that can create distracted drivers on the roadway. Unfortunately, distracted drivers behind the wheel can often lead to tragic accidents. Our greatest sympathies go out to the victims and their families involved in this tragic accident.

If you have been injured in a tuck accident or auto accident, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer today.

Truck accidents like this one can happen to anyone and they can happen anywhere. Sometimes these accidents can even result in wrongful death. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a truck accident or any type of motor vehicle accident, contact us, the Goings Law Firm, LLC, at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your case with us for free.


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.


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