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 1,060 people are injured every day in the U.S. in crashes involving a distracted driver. On average, inattentive drivers kill more than nine people daily.
What are examples of distracted driving? 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
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, but South Carolina has not yet acted on the issue. As of August 2013, there are only three states left without distracted driving laws—and South Carolina is one of them. Many people are pushing for statewide distracted-driving laws; we will be monitoring developments closely.
If you were injured in an auto accident in the Columbia area due to a distracted driver—or any other reason—contact the Law Office of Kenneth Berger at 803-790-2800 for a free consultation. If you have been harmed by the negligence of another person, you may be eligible for a financial recovery for your medical bills, long-term disability, lost income, and more.