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What to Do After a Car Accident- Best Advice!

What to Do After a Car Accident- Best Advice!

By: Robert F. Goings

WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT:

Here is our best advise of what to do after a car or truck accident:

Step 1 – Get Medical Attention

Call 911 right away to make sure serious injuries get prompt medical attention.  Even if you experience bruises, soreness, aches, or pains, go the the emergency room or scheduled an appointment with you primary doctor as soon as possible.

Step 2 — File A Police Report or Incident Report

File a police report, even if you’ve only been in a minor car accident. This is your best protection against inflated or false claims. Only discuss the accident with police and do NOT admit fault.
Move out of the way of traffic to protect yourself from further injury.

Step 3 – Preserve Evidence for Your Case

Take photographs and video, if possible, of the accident scene, any injuries, and any resulting damages.
Obtain the following insurance-related information from the other driver:
Name, address, birthdate, phone number, driver’s license info, and insurance info
The make, year, model, license plate number, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the other car
If the other driver doesn’t own the car, get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance info of the other car’s registered owners
The names, addresses, and phone numbers of any passengers in the other vehicle

If the accident involves a truck, take photographs of:
The tractor-trailer involved, especially photographs of any company names, Department of Transportation (DOT) numbers, and logos.
The location of the tractor-trailer at final rest.
Identify any witnesses and obtain their contact information before they leave the accident scene.
Contact your insurance company to inform them that an accident has occurred, but don’t give a recorded statement.

Step 4 – Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Before you sign any papers or give a recorded statement to the insurance company, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced car accident attorney.  An attorney can provide you the best likelihood to receive the compensation that you deserve.

Hiring an experienced car accident attorney can help you to:
Obtain the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve
Coordinate a rental car or other transportation method to replace your damaged vehicle
Avoid having your words used against you by the insurance company or the at-fault party
Focus on recovering from your injuries instead of stressing about medical bills and lost wages

If you’ve been hurt in a serious car or truck accident, it’s important to act fast.  The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can investigate your claim, preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and help build your case.

Our legal consultations are free and there’s no obligation to use our services.  The Goings Law Firm, LLC is available at 803-350-9230 to answer your questions.


South Carolina Car Accident Fatality Statistics

By: Robert F. Goings

The number of fatal car accident dropped in South Carolina by approximately 15 percent in 2013 based on statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Traffic.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol campaigned strongly for people to be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles during the year.  The number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths decreased, however, the number of motorcycle deaths increased in 2013.  The decline in fatalities on South Carolina roadways is a 41 percent decrease compared to the number of fatal car accidents in 2011.  However, several studies rank South Carolina drivers as among the worst in the nation for causing motor vehicle accidents.  South Carolina drivers received low scores on failure to obey traffic signals, drunk driving, and reckless driving.  South Carolina also has a high number of truck accidents caused by logging trucks and long haul tractor trailers operating on South Carolina highways.

To compare the number of 2013 v. 2014 South Carolina traffic related fatalities, click here.

If a family member or loved one has suffered a fatality from a car accident or truck accident in South Carolina, contact the Goings Law Firm today at (803) 350-9230 to find out about your legal rights.  We handle wrongful death lawsuits in Columbia, South Carolina and throughout the state caused by the negligence and reckless driving of others.


Is a trucking company required to give a driver a drug test?


By: Robert F. Goings

The Goings Law Firm, LLC is a Columbia, South Carolina truck accident law firm. Many trucking accident injuries happen because the driver is impaired or driving under the influence of drugs. A trucking company or motor carrier is required to perform a drug test on a driver or other employees in the certain situation to promote driver safety. Drug tests are mandated by Federal law in the following situations:

  1. Before Hiring: The driver must always be tested unless he or she has been in a federally-approved drug testing program in the past 30 days and meets other strict requirements.
  2. Randomly: All motor carriers must have random drug testing of 50% of its drivers annually.
  3. After a Collision: The driver must be tested in all instances when there has been a death and in some cases when there have been injuries or a towed vehicle.
  4. Reasonable Suspicion: All trucking and motor carriers must drug test drivers based on reasonable suspicion to violate drug regulations.
  5. Follow-up: Follow up tests must meet federal requirements.
  6. Return-to-Duty: All drivers must receive a return-to-duty drug test.

These drug tests are all mandated by Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 382, Subpart C. If a truck driver is impaired or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the trucking company may be liable for gross negligence, recklessness, and may be held responsible for based on actual and punitive damages. Punitive damages in South Carolina is designed to punish, deter, and to hold a guilty driver and trucking company responsible for wrongful conduct.


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