Alcohol-Related Car Accident Deaths Underreported

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Study Shows Car Accident Deaths Caused by Alcohol Use are Underreported

underreportedA new study from the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicates that car accident deaths caused by drunk drivers are underreported on death certificates.

“Alcohol misuse is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it accounts for 89,000 deaths annually and of those, 49,500 are acute causes – they are injuries or poisonings….,” said study author Ralph Hingson, of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “The one area we’ve made enormous progress in over the last 30 years is reducing alcohol involvement in traffic deaths and alcohol-related traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. have been more than cut in half.”

The researchers compared information on death certificates to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) between 1993 and 2003. They found that, nationally, 70% of drivers in car accident death cases undergo blood alcohol testing, and those results are logged into FARS. A driver is considered drunk if their  blood alcohol level is 0.08 or above.

Although this information is logged with the NHTSA, drunk driving is not often listed as the cause of the car accident death on death certificates. The study found a variety of reasons for the discrepancy, including state laws, which may not require BAC testing for deceased drivers, or the death certificate may need to be issued before BAC results come back.

“The physicians on the other hand, who fill out death certificate, they’ll put down whether it was a heart attack, suicide, cancer, whatever, even though alcohol was a major contributor,” Hingson said.

Researchers concluded that just over 3% of death certificates issued for car accident deaths listed alcohol as a contributing cause, while FARS data revealed that 21% of car accident deaths involve alcohol in some way.

“What we hope we would do is draw attention to this issue and have states work on developing the types of medical examiner systems and policies that would create more comprehensive testing so we could get a better picture of [what the] magnitude and trends of these problems are,” Hingson said.

Higson hopes that accurate information in car accident deaths, especially those with alcohol as a factor, can help policy makers and advocate groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “What we want to do is take advantage of that knowledge and monitor more accurately where we’re doing,” he said. “Are things getting better? Are things getting worse? And what kinds of programs and policies will be most effective?”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Car Accident Death and Injury Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a car accident, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Drug Overdoses, Distracted Driving Leading Causes of Accidental Death

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Accidental Death Stats Show Overdoses, Distracted Driving are Leading Causes

distracted drivingA new report shows that poisonings from drug overdoses and distracted driving are the leading causes of accidental death among working age adults in the United States.

In half of the poisoning cases, prescription drugs led to the overdose, according to the National Safety Council.

The report also showed that in younger people, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death, especially from distracted driving related to cell phone use.

Among adults 65 years and older, falls were the leading cause of death. The number of accidental deaths due to falls in older adults rose 112% since 1999.

Injury deaths increased 3.2% from 2012, primarily related to the drug overdose and car crashes due to distracted driving. Drug overdose accident deaths began to rise in 1993 among adults ages 30 to 40. Poisoning related to drug overdoses is now also the leading cause of fall injuries among working aged adults, 25-64. In 18 states and Washington DC, poisoning is the leading cause of death in adults.

“Heroin death also appears to be increasing, and we will be tracking that as well,” said Ken Kolosh, statistics manager for the National Safety Council.

The report found that teenagers and young adults seem to suffer fewer drug overdoses, but are involved in more car crashes caused by distracted driving, from cell phones or other causes.

According to the report, 7,800 people aged 5 to 24 died in traffic accidents in 2010.

“These issues are more related to driver inexperience” than driving drunk or drugged, Kolosh said. Distracted driving led to 46% of the accidental deaths in car crashes, while “poor decisions” like driving too fast or following too closely made up 40% of the accidental deaths in car crashes.

Cell phone use accounted for 26% of the distracted driving accidental deaths, with 5% of those involving texting while driving, and another 21% involving handheld or handsfree cell phone conversations. Nearly 1,900 young drivers died in car crashes that they caused in 2012.

Accident-Related Injuries and Accidental Death Law in South Carolina

An accident can happen in a split second and leave you with lost wages, mounting medical bills, and permanent impairment.

Depending upon the severity of your accident-related injuries, you may be entitled to an award of the costs for future medical care. Damages awarded for the pain someone suffers can be for both physical and mental pain, as well as for emotional anguish in the event of the accidental death of a loved one.

Pain and suffering is the term  used for damages designed to compensate someone for his or her injuries that are physical and emotional in nature. This is contrasted with out of pocket damages like lost wages and medical bills.

Punitive damages may be awarded in cases where it is shown that a person engaged in malicious or reckless conduct. In such cases, it is sometimes argued that the accident victim was deprived of his or her statutory rights.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Accidental Death Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

SC Senate Bill Will Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones

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New Proposed Bill Will Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones in SC

work zoneA proposed bill in the South Carolina Senate will at least double fines for speeding through work zones in the state.

Elizabeth Ward, from Georgetown County, testified before the senate on March 18th, regarding the speeding-related death of her son, Kenneth Long, Jr. Long was 22 years old and working at a construction site when a drunk driver was speeding through the area, and struck and killed Long.

“The gentleman did not even slow down through the work zone area,” she said. “He had 1,500 feet to hit his brakes and try to slow down and he didn’t. He left the road and my son was running for his life when he hit and killed him.”

However, the driver’s speeding penalty was only $310, and four points on his license.

The current senate bill would double the speeding fine through a work zone from $250 to $400, if no one gets hurt. If a worker is injured, the speeding fine skyrockets to $1,000 and a jail sentence of 60 days.

After hearing the testimony, however, senators suggested they should amend the bill to $500 for speeders, if no one is injured in a work zone – if someone is injured, then thespeeding driver would have to pay $2,000 and spend a currently undetermined amount of time in jail.

Sen. Yancey McGill, D-Kingstree, said of the bill, “This is huge! I’ve been in the Senate 26 years. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Half of the fine money would also go to pay state troopers to monitor work zones for potential speeding or distracted driving.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many incidents we had,” Highway safety consultant Earl Capps told senators. “Drivers going through work zones, going through closed lanes. One of them destroyed my car going 90; blew a .15 (blood alcohol level) an hour afterwards. We had at least two dozen company vehicles hit by people in closed lanes. We had a number of fatalities.”

Billy Grayson, safety officer for Banks Construction, said, “Our guys, they’re tough highway workers, but they are still fearful of stepping foot into a work zone at night because of the things that we’ve seen on almost a daily basis. Not just night time but day time. We have near-misses with people driving in work zones hitting equipment. We’ve had people hit.”

His boss, Reid Banks, agreed that placing state troopers at work zones would make the difference in speeding and distracted driving, more than financial penalties. “We might get ’em once every couple of weeks. We need ’em on our jobs every night,” he said.

Peanut’s grandmother, Alberta Howard Bratcher, said of the proposed fine increase, “No amount of money will bring him back. But just maybe another family won’t have to suffer what we’ve suffered and will suffer the rest of our life.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Speeding and Distracted Driving Car Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a speeding or distracted driving car accident, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Leads Uber and Lyft to Better Insurance

Uber and Lyft Expand Insurance for Drivers After Wrongful Death Lawsuit

UberRide-share companies Uber and Lyft have agreed to expand insurance coverage of drivers after Uber faced a wrongful death lawsuit filed in January of this year.

The wrongful death lawsuit involved an Uber driver, Syed Muzzafar, driving while distracted by the Uber app and trying to find a fare. On New Years Day, he struck the Liu family while they crossed a crosswalk in San Francisco, and 6-year-old Sophia Liu was killed. Her mother and brother were injured in the accident.

Uber defended itself in the face of the wrongful death lawsuit by saying the company required drivers to have their own personal insurance on their vehicles, and that the company, like Lyft, was only a mobile app. As contractors, Uber and Lyft employees are responsible for their own coverage and their own car accidents.

However, because Uber and Lyft are mobile apps, they can encourage drivers to use their smart phones while driving, which creates a dangerous situation. Most states have passed legislation that prevents drivers from using mobile devices to text, check email, or use social media while driving, and the plaintiffs argued that Uber and Lyft created a situation in which drivers were encouraged to break the law for the sake of their jobs.

Now, the mobile ride share companies have announced that they will expand insurance coverage for drivers in the event that the contract employees are involved in an accident while acting as employees. If the driver is logged into the mobile app to accept fares, whether the driver is driving a fare or not, Uber says its new insurance plan will cover the driver in the event of an accident. The insurance will cover the driver after the driver’s personal insurance fails, up to $100,000 in bodily injury and $25,000 in property damage.

“Uber is taking this step to eliminate any ambiguity while the insurance industry and state governments update policies and regulations for the new world of ridesharing transportation,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We are proud to be the standard bearer on this issue as we believe that this clarity is in the public’s best interest.”

“Safety always comes first in the cities and communities we serve,” Uber says. “We make sure all ridesharing drivers undergo background checks that are among the most stringent in the industry.”

“We want legislators and regulators to know we are putting our best foot forward to make sure (our coverage is) not ambiguous,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Thursday.

While the insurance coverage does not eliminate questions about distracted driving and personal injury, it does help alleviate liability in potential future personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits as the company takes more responsibility.

The Strom Law Firm Defends Victims of Distracted Driving in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a South Carolina ATV accident or a bike accident, contact the Strom Law Firm today. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed because of an accident, whether it was caused by distracted driving or DUI, the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. The sooner you hire one of our accident lawyers, the sooner we will be able to investigate your case and the stronger your case will be. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to call us. 803.252.4800

Driver Kills 2, Injures 23, Fleeing DUI Checkpoint at SXSW

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Driver Fleeing DUI Checkpoint Kills 2 at SXSW Conference

DUI checkpointA driver fleeing a DUI checkpoint hit several pedestrians attending the SXSW conference, a film, music, and interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

The driver, whose name was not released as of Thursday, March 13th, injured 23 people and killed 2, one of whom was a Texas woman riding a moped, and the other was a Dutch man riding a bike.

Reportedly, the driver was initially asked to pull over at a DUI checkpoint outside of the conference, but sped away, breaking through a police barrier and plowed down several people who were waiting outside one of the conference buildings, and others waiting outside of a nightclub. He drove for two blocks before his car stopped and he attempted to flee on foot, but police subdued and arrested him.

Emergency workers were able to respond quickly and the suspect as well as his victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Initially, 15 of the 23 victims were hospitalized. Two people remain in critical condition with head injuries.

“This is an individual that showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed into in his attempt to get away,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said of the suspect.

“It looked like something out of a movie,” said Russ Barone, who was at the festival. “A few people lying on the street … with their friends around them trying to get them up, trying to get them back to life. Hopefully, they are.”

Acevedo said that police had dash cam video of the DUI checkpoint incident, and blood samples from the suspect.

DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

car accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.

Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI), automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.

If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, recklessness, DUI, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death.  Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.

Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with DUI Car Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a DUI car accident, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

ATV Accident Numbers Rise in Nice Weather

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With Nice Weather, More People Use ATVs, End Up in ATV Accidents

ATV accidentAccording to Maury County Fire Department District 1 Chief Richard Schatz, nice weather coincides with a rise in ATV accidents.

“When the weather gets nicer, the ATV and the motorcycle traffic picks up, Schatz said. “ … We typically run a significant number of motorcycle accidents this time of year.”

In Tennessee, a wreck involving two people occurred in the first week of March. Ragan R. McFall, 20, and Michael D. Moore, 56, of Columbia, TN, were riding their ATV when it flipped, according to the incident report. Both subjects were awake and complained about back pain – crushed spines or vertebrae are common problems associated with ATV accidents.

“On arrival I came in contact with one female (Ragan McFall) laying on her belly that was several feet from the ATV,” the officer’s narrative read. “There was a male (Michael Moore) that was laying next to the ATV with his feet under the ATV on the passenger side.”

The two accident victims were air lifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Despite ATV Accidents, Lawmakers Allow Them on the Roads

Although many people suffer serious injury in ATV accidents, more state lawmakers are allowing these recreational vehicles on roads, not just on dirt trails. Warning labels on ATVs say that they are not to be driven on roads – although they can reach highway speeds, the recreational vehicles do not have seatbelts, unlike cars or trucks.

Since 2012, 18 states have legalized driving ATVs on roads in rural counties. Local jurisdictions in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin have considered or approved such actions since the beginning of 2012.

However, few of these states have passed complementary safety measures like required helmets.

“We are moving backward on this issue,” said Rachel Weintraub, the legislative director and senior counsel for the Consumer Federation of America.

“It’s a very unfortunate trend,” said Robert Adler, acting chairman of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is studying ATV accidents and safety with the aim of possibly writing new regulations governing the design of the vehicles.

“I think there’s some very good attributes to it,” Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson said of ATV legislation, “if it’s used for animal husbandry–the farmers out using their ATVs, going from one farm to the other. On the flipside of it, I can see a lot of people that don’t have any place to ride. They’re going to be out on the dirt roads, tearing up the dirt roads, out in the mud, and just romping up and down the ditches, making washouts through that. I see a lot of possible damages and accidents from a lot of people just out there playing on the roads.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with ATV Accident Cases

If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, today for a free consultation today. 803.252.4800

Apple’s CarPlay Could Cause to Distracted Driving

Apple Announces Hands-Free Tech, But Could Cause Distracted Driving

distracted drivingIn early March, Apple announced a new device called CarPlay to allow for hands-free phone use while driving. However, studies show that any kind of technology use in the car can cause distracted driving, which can lead to serious accidents.

CarPlay is an app that plugs into a vehicle’s car navigation screen to use an iPhone while driving. Although Apple touts CarPlay as “hands-free,” the app does allow drivers to use the touch screen, which removes their eyes from the road and at least one hand from the wheel. This could lead to distracted driving.

However, drivers can use Siri’s voice commands to activate their phone as well.

A recent study from the University of Utah shows that using any kind of device, whether or not it is hands-free, can lead to distracted driving.

“Our research shows that hands-free is not risk-free,” says University of Utah psychology Professor David Strayer, lead author of the distracted drivingstudy, which he conducted for the foundation arm of the nonprofit AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association.

“These new, speech-based technologies in the car can overload the driver’s attention and impair their ability to drive safely,” says Strayer. “An unintended consequence of trying to make driving safer – by moving to speech-to-text, in-vehicle systems – may actually overload the driver and make them less safe.”

“Just because you can update Facebook while driving doesn’t mean that it is safe to do so,” he adds. “Don’t assume that if your eyes are on the road and your hands are on the wheel that you are unimpaired. If you don’t pay attention then you are a potential hazard on the roadway.”

“The idea that people want to be on their phones, and therefore let’s give them a way to do that — that’s not putting safety first, that’s putting convenience and the desire to be in touch first,” said Bruce Hamilton, manager of research and communications at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which published the University of Utah’s distracted driving study.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction.”

Distracted driving can lead to serious injury or even death. While many states are passing legislation to prevent drivers from texting, using social media, send emails, or talk while the phone is held up to their ear, most of these laws allow drivers to use hands-free devices, which can still distract the mind and lead to an accident.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

Google Lobbies Against Distracted Driving Legislation

Google Argues Against Distracted Driving Laws Aimed to Prevent Using Google Glass in Vehicles

distracted drivingGoogle has sent lobbyists to at least three states to talk to legislators about proposed distracted driving legislation that would ban drivers from using Google Glass.

At least eight states are currently considering regulations on use of Google Glass, especially while operating a vehicle. The glasses, which fall into a new category of “wearable” technology along with smart watches and health monitoring devices, feature a computer screen in one corner of the glasses that allows the wearer to access apps and the internet while simultaneously moving through the real world.

“I’m not against Google or Google Glass. It may have a place in society,” said Delaware state Rep. Joseph Miro, a Republican. “My issue is that while you are driving, you should have nothing that is going to impede the concentration of the driver.”

Law enforcement and other groups have expressed concern that drivers will check their email and social media rather than pay attention to the road. Distracted driving from talking on cell phones or texting while driving is already a huge problem and regular cause of accidents, and many states have passed, or are considering, texting and driving bans to prevent such extreme distraction. In 2012, 3,000 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving from texting, checking social media, or sending emails.

After local governments across the state have passed texting and driving legislation, South Carolina state legislators are considering a state-wide ban on texting and driving. Currently the state is one of the last southern states to adopt such legislation.

Google has sent lobbyists to Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri, to discuss distracted driving and wearable technology. Currently, the glasses sell for $1,500 a pair, and are not yet mainstream technology, unlike smart watched and fitness tech. Google’s lobbyists claim that it is too early to restrict the new technology, because no one really knows how distracting it can be.

“While Glass is currently in the hands of a small group of Explorers,” the company said, “we find that when people try it for themselves they better understand the underlying principle that it’s not meant to distract but rather connect people more with the world around them.” Google is scheduling Glass demonstrations across the country to educate the public about the technology’s operations.

It is also difficult for law enforcement to know when Google Glasses are actually in use. In San Diego last month, a woman had her traffic ticket dismissed because there was no proof that she actually had the glasses turned on at the time.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

SC Texting and Driving Ban Passes Committee

Statewide South Carolina Texting and Driving Ban Moves to Senate Floor

texting and driving banSouth Carolina is the only Southern state without a texting and driving ban, but that could soon change.

On Tuesday, February 25th, a Senate judiciary committee passed the latest attempt at a statewide texting and driving ban. The committee recommended, based on the measure, that South Carolinians should be subject to penalties and fines if caught texting and driving. The bill, S. 416, now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.

“People back home are baffled why we don’t have a law banning texting and driving,” state Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, said during the committee hearing.

Municipalities across South Carolina have passed their own texting and driving bans, including Charleston, Columbia, and the latest, Greenville. Like many of the local level bans, the statewide texting and driving ban proposes a steady increase in fines or penalties for first and over offenses: a $100 ticket for the first texting and driving offense, or the driver can take a distracted driving course to avoid the penalty; second offense is a $200 ticket; and third and subsequent offenses are $300. Three or more convictions for texting and driving could lead to two points on the offender’s license.

“We wanted to make it matter,” said state Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield. “(Texting) is “more akin to driving under the influence of alcohol than not wearing seat belts.”

The bill allows drivers to pull over and stop the car to use their phone.

The committee also approved a ban, S. 459, on driver’s with learner’s permits using a mobile phone at all while behind the wheel.

Over the past four years, attempts to pass a texting and driving ban statewide have failed. S. 416’s success probably lies in the fact that in the last year, multiple municipalities across South Carolina have taken distracted driving matters into their own hands.

“We need to pass a state law where everyone knows what the rules are,” said Senate Judiciary chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens.

One critic, Sen. Paul Thurmond (R-Charleston), said that the bill doesn’t make sense in light of lax attitudes toward other forms of distracted driving.

“We’re OK if people are using their phones to call somebody, we’re OK if they’re eating a sandwich,” he said. “How is it that dialing a phone number is not just as dangerous as texting back the response ‘yes’? You’re hitting 10 potential digits instead of three.”

Sen. Shane Massey (R-Edgefield), who sponsored the bill, defended the ban on texting and driving specifically.

“The bill is not perfect,” he said. “There are many forms of distracted driving. This is not addressing all of them. It is addressing one of the more prevalent forms of distracted driving. What we were really trying to do is trying to narrow the focus and make this as simple as possible.”

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers, Including Texting and Driving

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.