Cell phones help us accomplish many tasks more easily. Checking emails, browsing the internet, and sending a simple text to communicate our thoughts are feats that smart phones have made more accessible than ever. Unfortunately, they have also produced more of a distraction in times when we need to be focused—like when we’re behind the wheel.
Using the phone behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous and can cause deadly collisions. If you’ve been injured by a driver who was using their phone, then you could use the help of a Columbia, SC texting and driving accident lawyer. With our legal help, you can feel confident that you have experienced representation that will fight to get you justice for your injuries.
Texting and Driving Statistics
Many people believe they can look at their phone while driving and not put themselves or others in danger. This is never the case. Drivers paying attention to their texts and not the road can cause serious collisions that result in life-changing injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that glancing at your phone for five seconds while driving at 55 miles per hour causes you to drive the distance of a football field essentially blindfolded. If anyone merges into the lane, stops, or if the driver is exiting their lane without realizing, they could cause a collision that injures themselves or others.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is a common occurrence. According to the FCC, nine people lose their lives each day due to distracted driving and about 1000 people are injured. The group that’s using handheld cell phones the most is drivers aged 16-24.
While the demographic of people who are more likely to use phones while driving skew to younger drivers, cell phones are a common item that nearly everyone uses. They may depend on their phone for directions through a GPS app and are spending more time looking at the phone to make sure they don’t miss their turn instead of the road ahead. Some may even be hands free, but their eyes are still on the screen.
Let’s take a look at cell phone use and driving in the state of South Carolina to know when drivers can legally access their phone.
South Carolina Texting and Driving Laws
Knowing state legislature when it comes to texting and driving can help you in an accident because it can confirm that the driver who was using their phone was in the wrong. In South Carolina, it is illegal for a driver to use a cell phone to compose, read, or send text-based communication while driving. There are some special cases when a person behind a wheel is allowed to use their phone, but it’s not often.
Drivers are only allowed to use their cell phone if they are lawfully parked or stopped, using a hands-free device, calling for emergency services, or signaling for a digital dispatch system. However, using hands-free devices aren’t as safe as some people might have originally thought.
According to a study published by the journal Cerebrum, multitasking isn’t actually possible. We think that we are able to focus on multiple tasks at once, but we actually can only focus on one task at a time. That means that if you’re driving and try to multitask by finding a song to listen to, you’re not actually multitasking. Your focus has switched to only finding a song, and you no longer are paying attention to the road. Even if your eyes maintain on the lanes in front of you, your brain isn’t focused on driving.
Because of this, and distracted driving accidents still happening as a result of cell phone use, there is a bill that lawmakers are pushing for in our state. Since there are still instances when a cell phone is allowed to be used while driving, but not texting, this legislation would ban all use of a cell phone behind the wheel. This could prevent even more accidents caused by texting, calling, and general use of a phone while driving.
Banning all cell phone use would also help the police be able to cite drivers who use their phones while driving. Currently, it’s hard to prove that a driver was texting. If the legislature instead were expanded to ban all cell phone use behind the wheel, they would be better able to issue citations for texting and driving because they wouldn’t have to prove specifically that they were texting, just using their phone while operating a vehicle.
When someone else has crashed into you because they were texting, you shouldn’t have to deal with the costs of damages on your own. A Columbia, SC texting and driving accident lawyer from our firm could help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Let’s take a look at what some of those injuries could be.
Common Injuries Caused by Texting and Driving Accidents
When someone is texting and driving and cannot tell how fast they’re going or if they’re exiting their lane, they can easily crash into another driver and cause permanent injuries or worse. If you’ve been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, then you might be dealing with one or more of these injuries:
- Broken Bones
- Internal Organ Damage or Bleeding
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
When you hire a Columbia, SC texting and driving accident attorney from our firm, you can be sure that we will compile all the evidence of your injuries so we can prove that the other party’s negligence was responsible for the damage that you suffered. Proving negligence is our number one priority so we can get you the compensation you deserve.
Whether your injuries are mild or severe, you shouldn’t have to pay for them when you weren’t the one who caused the accident. We’ll fully investigate what happened to cause the accident, compile all documentation of the crash and subsequent injuries, and consult experts to prove who was at fault.
By proving the other driver was negligent, caused your injuries, and damages resulted from those injuries, we can get you compensation for what you had to spend on medical bills, repair costs, and lost wages.
We’ll work to secure your financial future so you can move forward with your care and recovery. Our texting and driving accident lawyers in Columbia, SC will handle the legal side of your case and you can be with your family.
The Solomon Law Group Will Fight for You
After an accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to support yourself or your family. You could be struggling from medical bills, medication costs, and missing wages from not being able to work. Since the collision wasn’t your fault, you deserve compensation for the economic and noneconomic damages that you’ve suffered.
With help from a Columbia, SC texting and driving accident lawyer from The Solomon Law Group, you can feel confident that you have experienced and dedicated legal support. We know that this is a vulnerable time for you, which is why we’re here to guide you through the legal process and fight for you every step of the way. Contact our office so we can get started on your claim as soon as possible.