Protecting Victims Of Distracted Driving Accidents
Driving is such a standard part of everyday life that people can forget to give it the attention and respect it deserves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving kills approximately nine people every day and even more are seriously injured. While many distracted driving behaviors are not outright illegal, the driver may be considered negligent or reckless and therefore liable for damages.
If you were hit by a distracted driver, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Call our Myrtle Beach office at 843-448-HELP (4357) to schedule a free initial consultation with Chandler Law Firm.
What Behaviors Are Considered Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can be classified as any action that takes the driver’s mind off driving, hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. This encompasses a range of risky behaviors, including:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking on the phone
- Fiddling with the radio
- Sending an email
- Cleaning up spills
- Attending to children in the back seat
- Looking at the car GPS
You may see other drivers engage in these behaviors on a regular basis. In fact, some have become so common that drivers fail to see the danger in actions such as drinking a cup of coffee or changing radio stations. However, even a few seconds of distraction can cause a serious car, motorcycle or truck accident.
South Carolina Laws On Cellphone Use
Each state has slightly different laws on how drivers may or may not use cellphones while driving. Before you visit a state for vacation or drive through on your way to a final destination, it is important to learn its legal boundaries.
In South Carolina, it is illegal for any driver to text, email or instant message while driving. However, drivers are allowed to make telephone calls with handheld or hands-free devices. While legal, talking on the phone can still dangerously distract a driver.
Contact Our Dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys
Chandler Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured South Carolina residents and vacationers. If you were injured by a distracted driver, let our firm provide the experienced car accident guidance you require. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and can work with accident reconstructionists, medical professionals or investigators to prove your claim if necessary.
Call our accomplished lawyers at 843-448-HELP (4357) to schedule a free case consultation today. You may also contact us online. You should also visit our webpage explaining what to do after an auto accident to protect your potential personal injury claim and well-being.
We address cases on a contingency basis. You do not pay us unless we recover compensation on your behalf.