Columbia ranks in top 10 most accident-prone cities

In a new study conducted by QuoteWizard, Columbia has been ranked among cities with the highest rate of car crashes.

This is a fact that our firm already knew to be true. In 2017,more than 40,000 people nationwide died in car crashes. And that number is on the rise, with a six percent increase in traffic deaths since 2015. No matter what part of the country you live in, being on the road is always a risk. But driving is apparently more dangerous in some places than others. QuoteWizard analyzed self-reported driving infractions data from site users, which includes accidents. These rankings account for more than one million data points on accidents from 2017.

Cities ranked ‘most accident-prone’ have the highest rate of accidents per driver. “Car crashes are, sadly, all too common across the country. But crash rates vary quite a bit from city to city. Whether it’s distracted driving, lousy roads, bad drivers, or a combination of all three, drivers in some cities seem to crash more often than others,” says Adam Johnson, QuoteWizard content manager. “QuoteWizard analyzed over a million datapoints on drivers in America to find out where people are getting into accidents at the highest rates.”

From the most accidents to the least, these are the 25 most car accident-prone cities in the US:

  1. Columbus, OH
  2. St. Louis, MO
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Sacramento, CA
  5. New Orleans, LA
  6. Charlotte, SC
  7. Columbia, SC
  8. Washington DC
  9. Baltimore, MD
  10. Greenville, SC

The study reveals that Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, and Greenville, SC all rank in the top 10 most car accident prone cities in the country. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car collision, please contact our firm immediately. We have the ability to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled under the law. We hold reckless drivers, and their insurance companies accountable. For a free consultation, call us today at (803) 350-9230.


South Carolina Motorcyclists Ride at Great Risk

Most motorcyclists will agree that, from deteriorated road conditions to distracted automobile drivers, riding a motorcycle is as dangerous as it has ever been. For many of the riders unfortunate enough to be seriously injured in an accident, a careless or distracted automobile driver has been at fault. Some riders are forced to go as far as to swerve or kick a car’s side to avoid a collision, with many riders citing cell phone use as the driver’s cause of inattention. The roads in South Carolina are may even be some of the most dangerous for motorcyclists. According to a recent article from The Post and Courier, the average annual fatality rate for riders in South Carolina is second to only Mississippi.  Last year’s 135 motorcyclist deaths was the highest death rate in the palmetto state in a century, showing a frightening trend after the 2015 fatality rate rose to the highest level since 2007.

States with mandatory helmet laws show fatality rates 20 to 40 percent lower than elsewhere, but in South Carolina, only those 21 and younger fall under any state mandated helmet rule. Efforts to pass additional helmet laws in South Carolina have failed, but nearly three-quarters of motorcyclist deaths on South Carolina roads involve helmetless riders.

Some riders believe that untrained or reckless motorcyclists are the cause of the high fatality rate, as these riders are more prone to actions which create more risk of an accident such as weaving in and out of traffic and high-speed wheelies. According to some, it is the untrained riders with one to two years’ riding experience who take the most risk, as these riders are less cautious than both new and seasoned riders.  In South Carolina, the law doesn’t require any training and only asks for a limited amount of proof of motorcycle riding ability to obtain a motorcycle license. In fact, the only test required to obtain a motorcycle license is taken on a closed course and only requires the rider to maneuver the bike at speeds well below typical roadway speeds (approximately 15 m.p.h.in the test) to pass. Whether it is making the decision to wear a helmet or taking a class to sharpen your motorcycle riding skills, there are steps that any rider can take to make the roads a less dangerous place for themselves and avoid the injuries, financial burden, and the chance of death that come with a motorcycle accident.

With accidents on the rise, more and more people are unfortunately injured and suffer from motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles, even where the motorcyclist had no fault in the accident. The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the dangers motorcyclists face. Riders have a right to safety on the road, and those who create unsafe conditions should be held legally and financially responsible for their actions. For more information or to speak one of our qualified and compassionate Columbia personal injury attorneys, please contact us at (803) 350-9230 today.


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.


Lexington’s Rosemary Cseh Killed in House Fire

Rosemary Ann Cseh (64) was killed in a house fire on Sunday night on Darian Drive according to . When the fire department arrived, the fire was well underway, and the property damage was in excess of $4,500. The Lexington County Coroner determined that Ms. Cseh died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the scene.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, fire fighters did discover that there were not any working smoke detectors in the home.

In some instances, tragedies are unavoidable. But in those instances where injuries or even death are the result of negligence or an avoidable accident, people often find themselves needing the assistance of a lawyer in order to seek compensation for their injuries. The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm are experienced in navigating the world of insurance companies and litigation and may be able to offer you assistance in seeking compensation. Speak with an attorney of the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC today by calling (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


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.


Pedestrian struck in Charleston accident

A male pedestrian was recently struck by two vehicles while crossing a road in Charleston. According to reports, an investigation is being conducted by the Charleston Police after a pedestrian named James Alexander Moore Jr. was struck by a vehicle on December 5.

The accident reportedly happened at about 3:00 in the morning when Moore was walking on Glenn McConnell Parkway near Mary Ader Drive. After Moore was hit by the first vehicle, another vehicle in the area also struck him. The second vehicle apparently parked in the road in order to shield Moore from another possible collision.

When pedestrians go up against vehicles, serious injuries usually occur. The human body is not meant to withstand being struck by a large, speeding automobile. That’s why the attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC work to represent pedestrians who were hit by cars through no fault of their own. Our legal team will help you pursue compensation for your serious injuries. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to learn more.


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.


South Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Two Cases Involving Falls in the Workplace and Workers Compensation Benefits

On January 14, 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued two opinions regarding Workers Compensation benefits. Generally, when a worker suffers an injury on the job, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system is designed to provide an injured employee with necessary medical treatment, disability payments, and monetary settlements to compensate for any physical impairment or disability.

Previously, defense attorneys for employers have argued that accidental falls are “idiopathic falls”- –  a fall brought on by a personal condition unrelated to the employment. In these two recent cases, the supreme court determined that defense attorneys were incorrectly making this argument about idiopathic falls by interjecting fault into a no-fault system. With these two cases, the Supreme Court has issued a bright line rule- simply because a fall is an accidental on-on-the-job fall it is not automatically an idiopathic injury.

Nicholson v. South Carolina Department of Social Services (2015)

One of the cases, Nicholson v. South Carolina Department of Social Services (2015), involved an employee who was walking down a hallway to a meeting. The employee tripped as a result of friction on the carpet, and required treatment for injuries sustained to the neck and left shoulder. The Court addressed whether the injuries sustained by the fall arose out of the employee’s course of employment. The court found it was irrelevant that the injury could have happened just as easily outside of the workplace. Also, an employee injured on the job does not have to “prove the existence of a hazard or danger,” in order to be eligible for Workers Compensation benefits. In this case, the Court found that the Employee was entitled to workers compensation benefits.

Barnes v. Charter 1 Realty (2015)

In the second case addressed by the Court, the employee was an administrative assistant who was instructed to check an email before noon. The employee stumbled and fell while hurrying down the hall to check an e-mail. Originally, the Workers Compensation Comission denied the employee’s claim stating that the fall was “brought on by a purely personal condition unrelated to [] employment.” The Supreme Court held that this finding was incorrect. The Court distinguished this case from cases with “personal conditions” such as “heart attack or seizure,” which “are generally noncompensable absent evidence the workplace contributed to the severity of the injury.” These instances are the result of an internal condition that is “personal to the employee.” The Court found that simply because an employee cannot “point to a specific cause of [the] fall” does not mean that she is not eligible for compensation benefits. “Whether [the employee] tripped because she was hurrying or she tripped over her own feet, neither is an internal breakdown” that would prevent recovery of eligible benefits from injuries sustained in the fall.

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a work related accident, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. There can be many complicated factual and legal questions that injured workers may face in trying to obtain benefits that are allowed under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws.   Don’t go at it alone for your on-the-job injury, call at Robert F. Goings at (803) 350-9230. This S.C. Workers’ Compensation law firm is here to answer your questions today.


What South Carolinians Need to Know about “Chandler’s Law.”

Chandler’s Law is a law that was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly on May 11, 2011. The law establishes crucial safety requirements and regulations for children who operate all terrain vehicles, better known as “ATV’s or “4-Wheelers.” The law is named in honor of Chandler Saylor. Chandler was a young boy from South Carolina who died in a tragic ATV accident while visiting a friend’s house. Chandler was supposed to be at a “swimming” party. His parents did not know Chandler would be riding ATV’s at the party. In the wake of their son’s death, Chandler’s parents worked with the general assembly for eight years to ensure that South Carolina passed adequate ATV safety laws for children.

Here are some of the relevant provisions of Chandler’s Law that South Carolinian’s should be aware of:

  • A child must be 6 years old to ride an ATV.
  • If a child is under age 16 and does not have a driver’s license, then they are not allowed to have passengers on the ATV.
  • If a child is 15 years old or younger and will be riding an ATV on public land or on private property without a parent’s or legal guardian’s direct visual supervision, then they must take a professional ATV training course before riding an ATV.
  • All children 15 years old and younger must wear a helmet and safety goggles when riding an ATV.
  • It is unlawful for a parent or legal guardian with a child who is less than 16 years old to knowingly allow their child to operate an ATV in violation of the Age Restriction Warning Label affixed by the manufacturer of the ATV.

** Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of what is required under Chandler’s Law. For more information on the provisions of Chandler’s Law, you may want to look at these links below:

  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Chandler’s Law FAQ: Click Here
  • To read the text Chandler’s Law in its entirety: Click Here

Consult with a South Carolina ATV Accident Attorney Today!

At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we believe that children are one of the greatest joys in this world. Too many children have been injured or killed as a result of the dangers posed by ATV’s. Chandler’s law attempts to ensure greater safety for our children. Our thoughts and prayers go out Chandler’s parents, and all those like him who have suffered similar tragedies.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, either due to the negligence of others or a manufacturer’s defect, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. Our ATV accident attorneys understand the pain, suffering, and mental trauma that can be involved with the loss of a loved one. We are experienced personal injury attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina, and offer a no-obligation and free case evaluation by calling (803) 350-9230 or contacting us online.


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