Lexington, South Carolina Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
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Dealing with a distracted driving accident in Lexington, Columbia, or another South Carolina community? Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a car accident? Not sure what to do next? Make sure you fully understand your rights and all the legal options available to you. Make sure you talk to an experienced Lexington distracted driving accident lawyer.
Our attorneys at Johnson + Johnson Attorneys at Law have extensive experience dealing with serious car accidents. We know how to determine car accident causes. We understand the law. We know what evidence to look for and what questions to ask. We know how to take all that information and turn it into a strong and compelling legal case. That’s why people trust us when it matters most.
What are common causes of distracted driving accidents?
You may be wondering, what is distracted driving? Distracted driving is a term used to describe anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. In terms of distracted driving accidents, that could be any number of activities. Distractions fall into three main categories:
- Visual: Anything that takes your eyes off the road.
- Manual: Any activity that can take your hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive: Anything that takes your mind off driving.
There are many activities that can distract drivers and put them at risk for an accident. Simply talking to your passengers, although common, can become dangerous fast. Some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents include:
- Texting while driving (visual, manual and cognitive distraction).
- Eating while driving (manual distraction)
- Talking on a phone while driving (cognitive distraction)
- Personal grooming (applying makeup, combing hair, etc.) (manual distraction)
- Looking up directions while driving (visual distraction)
- Changing the radio or climate control (manual distraction)
- Reaching for something in the passenger seat or back seat (manual distraction)
All the activities listed above are dangerous, but texting while driving is especially alarming. While most distractions fall into one category, texting and driving involves all three types of distractions. But every type of distraction is life-threatening.
Not all these activities violate specific distracted driving laws, but all are a violation of your legal duty of care to others on the road.
South Carolina distracted driving law
Distracted driving isn’t just dangerous. Some types of distracted driving are against the law in South Carolina. According to South Carolina Code Section 56-5-3890, you cannot read, send or write a text message while driving in the state. Violators who text while driving can be fined and face other penalties. And if a texting driver caused your distracted driving accident, your legal case will likely be stronger.
Other types of distracted driving, such as eating and drinking behind the wheel, are not violations of a specific law. However, the law does more broadly require drivers to operate their vehicles with care and pay attention to the road.
Why are distracted driving car accidents complicated?
Car accidents caused by distracted driving might seem straightforward. The other driver clearly wasn’t paying attention when they crashed into your car. The reality is many accidents caused by distracted drivers turn out to be far more complicated than many people suspect. Reasons why include:
- The distracted driver denies doing anything wrong.
- The other driver tries to blame you for causing collision.
- The other driver’s insurance company believes them and denies your claim.
How to prove distracted driving
Distracted drivers who deny any wrongdoing or even blame you for the accident can turn a simple case into a complicated one. The distracted driver who caused your accident may have been changing their music or using their phone instead of paying attention to the road. As dangerous as this is, it is often difficult to prove they were ever on the phone in the first place. In order to receive the true amount of compensation you need and deserve, you will need to prove the driver who hit you violated their duty of care and caused the crash.
To prove a driver was on their phone or was partaking in any other distraction, you need evidence. That’s why you need a car accident attorney with experience investigating distracted driving accidents. Your attorney will launch an investigation in order to uncover evidence that the distracted driver who hit you was negligent and caused your accident.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your distracted driving accident. Get the help you need from attorneys serious about winning. Get Johnson + Johnson for justice. We know how to investigate accidents and deal with insurance companies. If they refuse to cooperate, we will not hesitate to take them to court and file a car accident lawsuit against them on your behalf.
Can I sue a distracted driver for causing my accident?
Yes. You have the right to take legal action against the at-fault driver who caused your accident. South Carolina has an at-fault car insurance system. That means the at-fault party (and their insurance company) is responsible for paying injury victims for all their accident-related expenses.
However, filing a lawsuit against a distracted driver in South Carolina can be complicated. Often, they deny doing anything wrong. You also only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. In South Carolina, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) for filing a lawsuit is generally three years from the date of the accident.
But the sooner you contact a distracted driving accident lawyer, the better. Even though you typically have up to three years to file a car accident lawsuit, it’s always best to start building a legal case right away. That’s because the evidence you need can be lost or destroyed over time. And without strong evidence proving that the other driver was at fault, your legal case will face an uphill battle. Our South Carolina distracted driving accident lawyers know how to investigate such crashes and can work with you to build the strongest possible legal case.
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This may be your only opportunity after your accident. In many cases, you often only have one chance to obtain all the financial compensation you need for your accident-related expenses. If you agree to accept a settlement offer, you often cannot go back in the future and ask for more money – even if you truly deserve it.
Our attorneys can help figure out how much your accident is worth, then fight for the compensation you need to live your life with dignity and respect. Contact our law firm and discover what we can do for you. Schedule your free case evaluation with a Lexington distracted driving lawyer who demands justice.
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