Charleston Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
In 2016, at least 3,450 people throughout the U.S. died in distracted driving accidents. The true number is likely much higher, as it is not always possible to prove a driver’s distraction after an accident.
If you or someone you know suffered injuries or died in a distracted driver accident in Charleston, then you might have the elements of a personal injury lawsuit. Charleston personal injury attorney, Max Sparwasser, is here to help with distracted driving claims and proof of negligence. Reach out today.
What is Distracted Driving?
A reasonable and prudent driver will keep his or her eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on the driving task at all times while operating a motor vehicle. Anything less would run the risk of a car crash since the driver could not detect or react to changing roadway conditions in time to prevent a collision.
If a driver is distracted in one or more of these ways and does cause an accident then he or she would be at fault for the crash and likely be liable for damages. Common causes of distracted driving include:
- Texting and driving
- Eating and drinking
- Chatting on the phone or with passengers
- Scrolling through social media or checking emails
- Watching videos or other online content
- Fiddling with GPS or radio
- Reading a map
- Personal grooming
Texting and driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving, as it removes all three points – the eyes, hands, and mind – from the driving task. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that reading a single text message is similar to driving across an entire football field blindfolded. It’s easy to see how a driver engaging in this act could cause an accident.
If you believe that you were injured in a car accident due to texting and driving or another one of these reasons, contact a Charleston distracted driving lawyer as soon as you can. We can help you evaluate your case and provide guidance on legal action.
Charleston Texting and Driving Laws
In South Carolina, it is against the law for all drivers to text or sends other messages while driving. Breaking this law and causing a wreck could result in negligence per se, in which the fact that the at-fault driver broke the law removes the burden of proving negligence from the plaintiff. All the plaintiff would have to prove is that the driver was texting at the time of the accident or before the crash and that the driver caused the accident.
The only time a driver can legally text and drive is if he or she is sending an emergency message, using a hands-free device, or is lawfully parked or stopped. South Carolina’s cell phone laws are primary, meaning an officer needs no other reason to pull a driver over for a cell phone use violation. Breaking this law comes with a maximum fine of $25 for a first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. Breaking this law and causing an accident, however, can result in additional civil penalties for negligence. If you’re looking to learn more about the driving laws in South Carolina, talk to a car wreck lawyer in Charleston.
Were you recently involved in a rear-end accident where the other driver was on the phone when the accident occurred? If so, you need an accomplished Charleston distracted driving accident attorney by your side.
Distracted Driving Statistics 2010-2016
Distracted driving has consistently claimed over 3,000 lives in America every year since 2010. While we saw numbers starting to decrease in 2013, they are slowly starting to rise again. There are many reasons why distracted driving deaths have started to climb again, one of which could include the rise of smartphones and social media.
Experienced Charleston Distracted Driving Attorneys
If you suspect that the other driver was distracted for any reason and that distraction caused your crash, talk to one of our Charleston attorneys. Take photographs of your accident at the scene if possible, especially noting evidence of distraction, such as fast food wrappers in the front seat. Then, give us a call.
The Max Sparwasser Law Firm, LLC has worked tirelessly to earn a reputation for excellence in South Carolina. We’ve represented thousands of personal injury clients in our time as a practice with a focus on car accidents. We understand South Carolina’s distracted driver laws and know the best methods to prove the defendant’s fault.
Let our Charleston distracted driving accident lawyers help you with your case, starting with a free evaluation. Request yours today at (843) 864-6444.