Living in a world where multi-tasking is encouraged, so many South Carolina drivers get behind the wheel and fail to focus fully on the one thing—driving—that should receive 100 percent of their concentration.
This is what is commonly referred to as distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3,100 people died in the U.S. in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2017.
What are examples of distracted driving?
When people think of distracted driving, they immediately think of people texting on their cellphones. However, there are so many different things that can take a driver's attention away from the road:
- Typing a destination into the GPS
- Grooming (putting on makeup, brushing your hair, etc.)
- Talking to other passengers in the car
- Chatting on your cell phone
- Texting on your cell phone, including updating Facebook or Twitter
- "Rubber-necking," or trying to catch a glimpse of scenery or an accident on the road
- Eating while driving
Distracted Driving Laws in South Carolina
In the past few years, incidents where a driver has been using a cell phone or other mobile device have received a lot of attention. Many states have begun to institute laws regarding cell phone use. In 2014, South Carolina banned texting and driving, but the penalty is just a $25 fine and officers often have a difficult time enforcing the law because drivers claim they're simply using a GPS or controlling their music. In 2019, South Carolina lawmakers attempted to pass a hands-free law but were unsuccessful. Many people are pushing for statewide distracted-driving laws; we will be monitoring developments closely.
Get Legal Help After a Distracted Driving Car Accident in South Carolina
If you were injured in an auto accident in the Columbia area due to a distracted driver—or any other reason—you should contact the Law Office of Kenneth Berger for a free consultation. A car accident lawyer can help injured people after an accident by handling the crash investigation, negotiating your insurance claims, and representing you in any lawsuits that you need to claim a full and fair recovery.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger have years of experience handling cases like yours, and would be honored to help you and your family with the legal recovery process while you focus on healing. Our offices are conveniently located in Columbia and Myrtle Beach, and we proudly serve the Sumter and Florence areas, as well as the entire state of South Carolina. Call us today at 803-790-2800 (Columbia, SC) / 843-427-2800 (Myrtle Beach, SC), or start a live chat 24/7 with a real, live person to arrange a free and confidential consultation.