Driving is a task that requires extreme caution and care. Even though we’re desensitized to the danger and responsibility that comes with driving a heavy vehicle at high speeds, it’s important to always be vigilant and focused behind the wheel. Any collision with another car, truck, or pedestrian could be fatal. When a driver is distracted, they can easily cause a serious accident that leaves other people seriously injured, or worse.
A Columbia distracted driving accident lawyer from our firm could help you if you’ve been in an accident with a driver who wasn’t paying attention to the road. At The Solomon Law Group, we have experience with these types of cases and know to fully investigate what happened so we can prove the negligent driver was at fault. With our help, you can hold them accountable for their actions.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any task that takes your attention from the road while you’re behind the wheel. You might think you can multitask and still effectively drive, but that’s not true. Studies have shown that our brains can’t multitask effectively. We can only focus on one task at a time, which means that if you’re focusing on anything else while driving, you’re not actually pay attention to the road—which can be deadly for you and everyone else on the road with you.
If you’re not paying attention to the road, you could miss traffic stops, red lights, and not notice other drivers on the road. This can lead to car collisions where you didn’t have time to slow down, which means you hit their vehicle or body at a higher speed, making the accident deadlier for everyone involved.
Here are some of the different tasks that people do behind the wheel that are considered distractions:
- Talking on the phone
- Playing with the radio
- Reaching to grab something on the floor of the car
- Putting on makeup
- Holding and drinking from a cup
- Looking anywhere except the road
- Mentally checking out
Even though we consider hands-free devices to be better and not distracted, this isn’t completely true. You might be talking on the phone on a hands-free device so both hands are on the wheel and eyes are on the road, but your brain is most likely more focused on your conversation. Hands-free devices may be legal, but they’re still not completely safe to use while driving.
If another driver on the road was distracted when they caused your accident, then you could use our help. Our Columbia distracted driving accident attorney can help prove the other driver was being negligent when they collided with you. With our support, you will be able to recover the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
South Carolina Distracted Driving Laws
The best way to stay safe while driving is always devoting your undivided attention to the road. It’s important to know what the law describes as distracted driving though so you can avoid making illegal decisions behind the wheel that put others and yourself in danger. According to the South Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI), when you take your eyes off the road for five seconds while going 55 miles per hour, you have travelled the length of a football field without looking.
The same report states that South Carolina ranks third in the nation for worst drivers and seventh for both speeding and careless driving. Distracted driving falls under careless driving, and since it’s illegal, we should examine the different behaviors that our state prohibits and considers to be distractions while driving.
Under current South Carolina legislation, it is illegal to text and drive. However, it is currently not illegal to use the phone while driving. In 2020, legislation was introduced to make it illegal to use a cell phone in any capacity while driving, but has yet to be passed. Ideally, this would make it possible to prevent drivers from using their cell phones at all while they’re behind the wheel, and hopefully reduce the number of distracted drivers in our state.
If another driver was distracted and doing another task while driving, whether it was against the law or not, it’s likely that they’re the party responsible for your accident and subsequent injuries. A distracted driving accident lawyer from our firm can help you after a collision in Columbia left you with injuries and other damages. We’ll be able to calculate how much you’re owed and fight to recover it for you.
The Solomon Law Group Can Legally Support You
Distracted driving accidents can cause devastating injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, and more can change the course of your life. If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident that wasn’t your fault and those injuries have left you with piling medical bills, missed work, and lost wages, our lawyers will fight to recover those damages for you.
An expert Columbia distracted driving accident attorney from The Solomon Law Group will use their experience fighting for victims to determine how much you’re owed for your damages and proving that the other party’s negligence is what led to the accident. Contact our office today so we can get started right away in getting you the justice that you deserve.