Distracted Driving Accident
If you look around you at almost any single red light, you will see people texting away, or using their phones in some way shape or form. This is distracted driving. It is also now illegal in South Carolina to use your phone while you are driving. Distracted driving accidents can result in potentially life-changing or even deadly consequences. You should hire a South Carolina Distracted Driving attorney to protect your rights if you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver. Protect your legal rights.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted Driving in South Carolina, isn’t just limited to texting while driving, however. It can include
- texting and driving
- talking on a cell phone
- eating and drinking
- talking to passengers
- grooming or putting on makeup
- reading books, newspapers, or even a map
- using a PDA or navigation system
- watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
- playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod
The statistics on distracted driving accidents nationwide are mind-blowing:
- 20 percent of crashes which resulted in an injury involved a report of distracted driving;
- of the deaths in distracted related driving accidents, 995 involved a report that the driver was using a cell phone;
- in 2009, 5,474 people were killed on US roadways and an estimated additional 448, 000 were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving;
- The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers involved the under 20 age group;
- Drivers who use hand held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves;
- using a cell phone while driving, whether its hand held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a BAC of .08, the legal limit!
Don’t Be Another Statistic
If you’ve been injured because of a distracted driving accident, please let a distracted driving attorney fight for your fair compensation, both in the courtroom, and defend your right to compensation for your past or even future medical bills, lost wages, future earnings, pain and suffering, or even potentially death (in the event of a car accident resulting in wrongful death).