Dangerous Intersections in Columbia and Richland Counties Show a Concerning Trend

Any driver will tell you that intersections are one of the most dangerous places to drive, especially during periods of heavy traffic at peak hours of the day. As people rush to get home, many drivers take more risks and drive recklessly and negligently, causing accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. This reality is no different for Columbia and Richland Counties, so accidents at some of our busiest intersections continue to worry law enforcement and concerned citizens alike. According to a recent article from The State, which reported on some of the most dangerous intersections in these counties, the intersection of Broad River Road and I-20 had the most accidents in the area last year: 142 in 2016. Of course, this intersection is not the only dangerous one in the city. Several others, including what the locals call “Malfunction Junction,” continue to cause problems as thousands of commuters travel through these areas each day.

Intersections certainly have inherent dangers, but drivers and their reckless behaviors are the main causes of these accidents. Distracted practices while driving, such as using a cellphone, following other cars too closely, and failing to stay in your lane during turns all contribute to the high accident rate in these areas. Additionally, speeding, illegal U-turns, and running red lights further contribute to accidents at intersections. Drivers should be particularly cautious at busy intersections and practice additional care when driving in periods marked by heavy traffic. Other drivers are often unpredictable, and their reckless behavior is the main factor in the occurrence of accidents. Remember to be attentive, share the road, and take steps to keep yourself and other drivers safe to avoid the resulting injuries and financial stress caused by accidents.

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With accidents on the rise, more and more people are unfortunately injured and made to suffer the consequences of accidents, even if it was not their fault. The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC drive these same dangerous intersections. As drivers, we 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.


Officer hurt in SC vehicular accident

A state officer in South Carolina recently suffered injuries after his service vehicle was involved in an accident, a January 16 article of Fox 57 reported.

Information coming from the Greenville County Sheriffs’ deputies revealed a vehicular mishap involving a patrol vehicle happened along I-85 on January 14. The patrol vehicle with one occupant was parked at the side of the northbound lane and was struck by a vehicle that veered off the road. The officer involved, whose name was withheld, received medical treatment and was later discharged, authorities said. Authorities identified the vehicle driver who caused the collision as Amber Faye Hamilton, 23. She was charged with DUI and marijuana possession the day after the incident.

The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia understand that individuals who have suffered injuries while in the line of duty often have to deal with financial issues because they need to stop working to recover. However, if you are in such a situation, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Find out how we may represent you today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Suspected drunk driving professor apprehended in SC

An associate professor in South Carolina was recently taken into custody for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, an article of The State reported on December 12.

A Kershaw County officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on a highway in Lugoff on December 8. Authorities later identified the vehicle driver as 52-year-old Ronald David Lamie, an associate professor at the Clemson Sandhills Extension facility. Lamie failed a field sobriety test after an officer detected the smell of alcohol inside his vehicle, which is owned by the state. While in custody, a breathalyzer showed Lamie’s BAC was 0.15 percent. Lamie had to sober up before he was allowed to be discharged on a bond.

Unfortunately, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal vehicular accidents in America. If you were harmed by a DUI offender, an attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Call a Columbia attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC today by calling (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


1 dead and 2 hurt in South Carolina workplace accident

Authorities in Calhoun County, South Carolina said a workplace accident in a plastic bottle manufacturing facility resulted in a fatality and two injuries, an article of Insurance Journal reported on December 7.

According to reports, the fatal workplace accident happened on December 6 inside the DAK Americas facility south of Columbia. Coroner Donnie Porth told reports that three employees contacted chemicals used in manufacturing plastic bottles. The fatality was later identified as Alton Zeigler, 63, but authorities did not release the identities of the two injured people. A site manager for the company said annual maintenance was being conducted when the accident took place, and the pipe on the pump where the crews were working should be turned off. The company reportedly has over 400 employees, making it one of the biggest employers in the county.

The Columbia wrongful death attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are mourning the death of their loved one.


1 dead and 4 injured in SC car accident

An article of News 2 revealed on December 2 that at least one person was killed and four others were injured in Berkeley County, South Carolina after a recent accident.

According to the county coroner, the victim was identified as Michael Brandon Perry II, 22. Perry was one of the passengers of the GNC service truck that had a collision with a tow truck at the Old State Road and Mudville Road intersection on December 1. The collision reportedly occurred after the GNC service truck driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection. Rescuers extracted Perry’s body, which was pinned inside the vehicle. Reports confirmed there were four people brought to the hospital due to their injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) personnel were assisting Berkeley County authorities in determining the cause of the fatal accident.

The wrongful death legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends of the victim as they mourn the recent loss of their loved one.


SC drunk driving suspect tries to conceal breath odor with body spray

A driver in Rock Hill, South Carolina was recently taken into custody due to the suspicion he was intoxicated behind the wheel, an article of wbtv.com reported on November 16.

According to reports, Patrick David Butler was stopped by police on November 14 after they spotted him driving erratically while navigating a curb in the 500 block of Heckle Boulevard. One of the officers noted Butler spraying a body spray into his mouth. Butler later told police he had consumed a significant amount of alcohol in Columbia shortly before he was stopped. He was taken into custody after he registered a 0.13 percent BAC and failed the sobriety test given to him.

Though no one suffered injuries in the recent DUI arrest, the lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand many people in Columbia have been victims of drunken driving accidents and have to deal with a great financial loss. If a drunk driver caused you harm, call us today at (803) 350-9230 to find out how we could help you obtain compensations from negligent parties.


Millions of Samsung washing machines that could malfunction recalled

A November 4 article by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that 2.8 million top-load washing machines are being recalled by Samsung due to a defect that could cause injuries to consumers.

Reports said 34 washing machine models may have some components that could suddenly detach on the upper portion and strike people near the unit. The CPSC and the recalling company received 733 complaints of malfunctioning washing machine units, some of which resulted in personal injuries. Consumers who own the recalled washing machine units may receive a free home service and warranty extension, future discounts in buying new machines, or a full refund for consumers who bought washing machines within the 30-day period before the recall was issued.

Consumers are at high risk of suffering serious injuries when the products they use malfunction. However, if you are the victim of a defective product, a Columbia attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC may be able to help you obtain the compensations you need for a fast recovery. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to begin taking your legal action against negligent companies.


Student fatally struck by alleged drunken driver in SC

A college student in South Carolina recently died after being struck by a vehicle driven by a person under the influence of intoxicants, a report of Times Union stated on October 30.

Reports said Coastal Carolina University student Ryan Bielawa, 19, was killed on October 29 after the vehicle hit him around 12:45 a.m. while he was crossing a street near his school. The driver who struck Bielawa reportedly fled the crash scene, but he drove back, where authorities apprehended him. The driver, identified as Edward Lee Washington, is currently facing charges related to the pedestrian accident. A bail worth $51,234 was set on Washington, who is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bielawa was a student athlete in his hometown of Averill Park, N.Y. and was majoring in finance.

The wrongful death attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are mourning the tragic loss of their loved one.


South Carolina pileup resulted in 6 injuries

At least six people were recently transported to a hospital in Rock Hill after they were involved in a three-vehicle accident, an article of The Blade reported on September 8.

Information coming from Rock Hill authorities revealed that on September 7, authorities were chasing a vehicle that later struck two other vehicles at an intersection. Authorities apprehended the man, whose name was withheld, after he tried to leave the crash scene on foot. Police Captain Mark Bollinger confirmed the number of hospitalized individuals. However, he did not release any further details of the crash that momentarily blocked the intersection. The severity of the injuries sustained by those involved in the crash was unknown as of reporting.

The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC advocate for Columbia individuals who were injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. If you believe this happened to you, we may be able to help you obtain the compensations you need for a fast recovery. Begin taking your legal action against negligent parties today by calling (803) 350-9230.


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.


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