April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States. This source of car accidents remains a pressing problem across the country, and South Carolina is no different. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
Although there are more types of electronic devices in 2019 to divert our attention, the sources of distracted driving remain largely the same:
As you can see, just about anything can be distracting. Anything that takes your mind, eyes and/or hands away from the task of driving can be dangerous. Although we do it every day, multiple times a day, driving requires skill and concentration. Glancing away, looking down at your phone, even looking at the road but not really “seeing” it because you are daydreaming – all of these things can create the split second it takes for a car crash to occur.
The ubiquity of smart phones means they remain a potent source of distraction. Studies indicate that using a cell phone while driving makes you four times as likely to get in a crash, and that there is not a significant difference when comparing handheld or hands-free cell phone usage (source: South Carolina Target Zero).
Consider the facts:
Texting and other distractions are a form of careless driving. If a negligent driver caused the accident that injured you, then you may be entitled to pursue full and fair compensation in a claim handled by our attorneys.
In South Carolina, it is illegal to text and drive. It’s a secondary fine, so you can be cited only if police stop you for some other reason. You’d also have to admit fault to get the ticket, such as saying “I was sending a text on my phone,” to the officer.
There is a proposed bill before our state legislature that would make it illegal to text, hold a phone, watch a video, use email or the internet while driving. It’s called the South Carolina Hands-Free Act. It remains to be seen how the bill will progress.
If someone else caused the car crash that injured you, then you may be eligible to pursue compensation in an accident claim handled by our experienced attorneys. We have offices in Myrtle Beach, Kingstree, Columbia and Marion. For a complimentary consultation, please call Whetstone Perkins & Fulda.