Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

Distracted driving is becoming a plague on the nation. To be sure, distracted driving, which constitutes many activities, puts everyone on the road at risk, as the driver pays attention to one of many different things, instead of the road in front of him. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident due to a distracted driver, contact an experienced South Carolina auto accident attorney right away to help obtain the compensation you deserve.

America’s Drivers are Distracted

Thousands of car accidents occur every year on U.S. roads and highways. Unfortunately, with the introduction of technology into our daily lives, many times these accidents are caused by a completely avoidable factor – distracted driving. Various state legislatures have enacted laws that cover numerous areas relating to highway safety, including distracted driving.

Distracted driving is considered any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from focusing on the road. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) is charged with enforcing highway safety laws in the state. According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. government’s official website for distracted driving, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in 2013 in car accidents involving distracted drivers. Common types of distractions while driving include:

  • Eating
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Talking to other passengers
  • Attending to personal hygiene
  • Adjusting the radio or CD/MP3 player
  • Reading
  • Using a navigation system or map

Despite numerous efforts to combat distracted driving, including newly enacted laws, educational organizations, and government campaigns, these types of accidents are still occurring at an alarming rate. The results of a car accident involving a distracted driver could including injury to pedestrians and/or cyclists, in addition to crashes involving multiple trucks, passenger cars or motorcycles. Victims of distracted driving accidents will not only suffer physical harm – or death – but may also sustain property damage for which they may be entitled to compensation.

Not only can distracted drivers be held criminally liable, a victim of a distracted driving car accident may be able to receive punitive damages under South Carolina law. Generally, damages to which a victim may be entitled include monetary compensation to cover:

  • Lost wages/salary
  • Medical/hospital bills
  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Loss of future earnings

Charleston Auto Accident Attorneys

Every case is unique and the facts of each case will determine the damages awarded. Because these cases can be complex when it comes to determining liability or defendants, an experienced and knowledgeable attorney should be retained. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, contact the attorneys at Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson LLC today.

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