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Truck Accident on I-26 Causes Traffic Jam During Morning Rush Hour

Truck Accident on I-26 Causes Traffic Jam During Morning Rush Hour

Earlier today, Friday, August 1, 2014, two separate accidents happened in the eastbound lane at the interchange of interstates I-26 and I-126. The first accident happened when a tractor-trailer collided into a car while changing lanes. The second accident happened when two cars collided as a result of the slow-down from the first accident. These accidents happened during the morning rush hour when many residents make the commute from the communities of Irmo and Lexington into the City of Columbia for work. Local news reports indicate that traffic did not begin to clear until after 9:30AM.

Often times when slow downs happen as a result of an accident, these situations can create distracted drivers. Traffic caused by an accident can often be very hazardous because of a drivers tendency look at the accident, which takes the focus away from the driving. Law Enforcement Officials have reported problems with “rubber necking effects” because of these tendencies.

If you have been injured in an auto accident of trucking accident, contact an experienced attorney today!

Injuries from trucking accidents can often be very severe. Additionally, auto accidents can be equally as traumatic to the parties involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, trucking accident, or as the result of a distracted driver, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC. You can discuss your case with an experienced trial attorney to evaluate your claim for free. Call today at (803) 350-9230.


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.

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.


Motorcycle Safety: How to stay safe while riding your Motorcycle


With the warm weather and long summer days ahead, you can bet that a lot of motorcycles will be hitting the road in the coming moths. Whether you are headed to the beach, up-to the mountains, or just taking a cruse around town, check out these motorcycle safety tips to ensure your ride is as safe as possible:

Make sure that you have a Class M motorcycle driver’s license.

South Carolina requires a Class M driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles for all Motorcycle drivers. Always keep in mind that motorcycles must follow the same general rules of the road as all other automobiles.

You Must Have Insurance for your motorcycle.

Just as all cars on the road are required to have auto insurance, motorcycles are also required by law to have auto insurance coverage. While the law allows you to obtain the minimum amount of liability insurance, motorcyclists should also consider purchasing underinsured motorist insurance (UIM).  We believe that UIM insurance is one of the most important types of insurance that you do not have enough of. To learn more about UIM insurance, read this informative article that answers commonly asked auto insurance question.

Make sure you know the helmet law in South Carolina.

South Carolina does not require motorcycle drivers or passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. If you are under the age of 21, then you are required to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Additionally, the helmets must be approved by the Department of Public Safety.

Even though not required by law, the Goings Law Firm, LLC highly recommends wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. This will greatly reduce your risk of injury and could save your life if you are involved in an accident. Additionally, the at fault party in an auto accident may try argue contributory negligence for a motorcyclist failing to wear a helmet.

Contact a Columbia Motorcycle accident attorney in South Carolina today!

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Goings Law Firm, LLC understands the significant suffering that auto accidents can cause. Motorcycle accidents often cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today at (803) 350-9230 to see if we can help you and your family recover from any motorcycle related accidents.


Memorial Day Truck Accident on I-20 near Columbia

On May 25, 2014, during Memorial Day weekend, a significant motor vehicle accident occurred on I-20 near the Richland and Kershaw county lines. This accident is currently under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Parol, and the cause of the crash has not been released. The crash caused both westbound and eastbound lanes of I-20 near the Kershaw County and Richland County lines to be closed for most of the day.

Two cars were significantly damaged in the collision that also involved a large tractor trailer semi-truck.  A small truck was overturned, and a red mustang had the top of the car torn off. The 18-wheeler did not appear to sustain as severe of property damage. The extend of the injuries caused by this accident is currently unknown, but significant trauma was reported because persons were transported from the to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia by helicopter. To learn about common causes of truck accidents, read this article.

Our prayers go 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.


South Carolina Ranks 3rd in Drunk Driving-Related Deaths

South Carolina is the third deadliest state in the nation when it comes to drunk driving deaths, according to a study by 24-7 Wall Street. The study shows that nearly 360 people were killed by drunk drivers in the state in 2012. South Carolina also ranked 20th in the country for DUI arrests, at 17,906 in 2012.  Many of the intoxicated drivers were minors, with 2.8 underage deaths related to DUI accidents per 100,000.  This ratio makes South Carolina rank the 6th highest in minor related drunk driving fatalities.

Fortunately, there was a declined in the number of car accident related fatalities in South Carolina in 2013.  The South Carolina Department of Public Safety noted 229 fatal car accidents in 2013.  To date in 2014, there as been already 217 fatal auto accidents, and if this trend continues this year the number of fatal accident may exceed 2012. However, this year, the State of South Carolina recently enacted a law, called “Emma’s Law“, designed to toughen DUI punishment.  Emma’s Law establishes the use of an interlock device for convictions of certain DUI related offenses.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident with someone that was driving under the influence you may be entitled to significant compensation, including an award of punitive damages against the at-fault driver to help punish for the reckless nature of driving while intoxicated.  Contact the Car Accident Attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today to see if we can help you.


New Study: Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Auto Accidents

On May 12, 2014, a new study titled, “Pregnancy and the risk of a traffic crash” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that pregnant women, especially in their second trimester, may be at a greater risk for being involved in auto accidents. Pregnant drivers should be aware of their increased risks, and use extra caution driving on the roadways.  To read the study, click here: CMAJ Pregnant Driver Study 2014.

Why are pregnant drivers at higher risk of accident?

Pregnancy brings symptoms of morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and distraction. All of these factors can contribute to driver distraction or driver error while on the roadways.

Why is the second trimester especially dangerous? The second trimester is when women feel the most effects of pregnancy, and often experience something called “pregnancy brain”, which is “the foggy thinking many women report as pregnancy progresses.”

What does this mean for pregnant drivers?

The study does not suggest that pregnant women should not drive. It only suggests that you should be aware of these greater risks and use especial care when operating a motor vehicle.

Anytime you drive a car, it is important to buckle your seat belt, take you time, slow down, and observe all traffic and safety rules.

Contact a Columbia Auto Accident lawyer at the Goings Law Firm, LLC if you have been injured in an Accident.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC  advocates for protecting the lives of future mothers and children on the roads.  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 in a car accident as the result of another’s negligence, or if you a pregnant and have been injured in a car accident, then please contact us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Three People Killed in Truck Accident on I-26 in Orangeburg

May 15, 2014 — Orangeburg, SC

On Thursday morning, May 15, 2014, three people were killed in a single vehicle truck accident on I-26 in Orangburg County, South Carolina.  The accident occurred when the 18 wheeler drove off the Interstate and into an embankment colliding into the multiple trees.  The accident is under investigation and the cause is currently unknown.  Typically single vehicle accidents occur due to driving inattention, distracted driving, and many times a driver being tried or falling asleep.

Our condolences and prayers go the families of those killed in this tragic accident.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, we understand the significant suffering that these tragic accidents can cause. 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.


Richland County accident results in one fatality

A two-vehicle accident on Wednesday, April 23 in Richland County resulted in one fatality.

County Coroner, Gary Watts said that Cory Groover, 31, died on Sunday, April 27 after sustaining injuries related to the Wednesday morning accident. Reports said the accident happened around 6:00 a.m. when a dump truck turned over traffic and into Groover’s path.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson, Jennifer Timmons said that the dump truck driver, whose name was withheld, was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash scene.

The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, offer our condolences to those affected by this tragic collision.


South Carolina Logging Truck Accidents


The logging business is a big industry in South Carolina. Forests cover two-thirds of the total land area in South Carolina. Timber is South Carolina’s most valued crop.  Statistics from the S.C. Department of Agriculture reveal that South Carolina’s forestry industry generates $17 billion annually to the state’s economy, employing over 90,624 individuals. Everyday log trucks carry tons of lumber and timber wood on South Carolina highways and roads after being harvested.

Unfortunately, South Carolina drivers are at a greater risk of being involving in an accident caused by a logging truck. Many logging truck accidents occur on major South Carolina interstates such as I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, I-95, or secondary highways such as Highway 1, 21, 176, 301, 321, 178, 378, 521, 601, and other rural roads. A logging company and its truck drivers is required to following different regulations than other trucking companies. Unfortunately, the logging truck industry is not very well regulated.  Many log trucks are poorly maintained, and the drivers are inadequately trained.  Due to the sheer size, weight, and type of load carried by these logging trucks, any accident with these type large trucks can lead to catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.  If you have been involved in a wreck caused by a log truck, you need the experience of a logging truck accident attorney in South Carolina.

Causes of S.C. Timber Truck Wrecks

Our experience has revealed that many log truck accidents in South Carolina can be avoided if the drivers of these commercial vehicles were more careful and attentive of the road and other drivers. In South Carolina, common causes of logging truck accident include:

  • Improper loading of logging trucks
  • Overweight vehicles
  • Failing to place flags or warning devices at rear of the trailer
  • Driving without truck or trailer lights turned on
  • Bald tires
  • Tire blowouts
  • Lack of reflective tape and warning signs
  • Wide turns
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to properly train and instruct the truck driver
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Falling debris
  • Poor and defective roads

Contact a Columbia Log Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured as a result of a logging truck accident, our lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can pursue recovery for catastrophic loss, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and other costs.  With our help and guidance, you may be able to hold the log company fully responsible for the truck accident.  Call us at (803) 350-9230 today to speak an experienced Columbia Logging Truck Accident Attorney or click here to fill out an online case evaluation form.


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