Fatal Reckless Driving Accident Leads to Prison Time

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Summerville Teen Faces 4 Years in Prison for Fatal Reckless Driving Accident

fatal reckless drivingA year after a terrible accident caused by one now 18-year-old’s fatal reckless driving in South Carolina, a conviction has been secured.

Cullen Dupree, who should be a senior in high school this year, was sentenced to 4 years in prison-practically a college career- for reckless homicide and causing a hit-and-run accident, which killed 21-year-old Amanda Carey.

There were no drugs or alcohol involved in the South Carolina reckless driving accident. Witnesses said they saw Dupree “brake checking” drivers in an attempt to run them off the road. He swerved to block the Jeep Cherokee containing Carey and her friend and driver, Taylor Watkins, as they tried to pass him on the high way, which caused the serious accident. Worse, Dupree did not stop at the scene of the accident – instead, he took two passengers in his vehicle home before returning to the scene, leading to the hit-and-run charges.

Dupree told police at the scene, when he returned, an elaborate story about how the fatal reckless driving accident occurred. At one time, Watkins was charged with a DUI when officers found an open container in the car, and he admitted to drinking earlier in the day, but a volunteer blood test showed no signs of intoxication.

Eventually, Dupree’s three passengers admitted what was going on in the car that led to the fatal reckless driving accident.

The prosecution asked for the maximum sentence for Dupree, due to his lack of remorse for his reckless driving which caused the death of another driver, which stunned the Carey family in the court room. Dupree could have faced 10 years in prison for the homicide charge, and 25 years in prison for the hit and run; however, the judge sentenced him to 8 years in prison, with 4 suspended on probation.

“It’s really a story of some teenagers fooling around on the road,” the prosecution said. “It’s just a tragedy all around.”

Reckless Driving and Other Traffic Offenses in South Carolina

Common South Carolina Traffic Offenses Include:

  • speeding,
  • following too closely,
  • driving with a suspended license, DUS
  • DUI,
  • driving without insurance,
  • careless driving, and
  • reckless driving.

In SC, if you accumulate a total of 12 points your license may be suspended.  Your license may also be suspended if you fail to pay your traffic ticket within 12 months of the day it is issued.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with 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 as a result of a South Carolina reckless driving 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

Senator Calls for End to Dangerous “Chameleon Carrier” Trucking Companies

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Senator Calls for Closing Trucking Company Loophole that Creates Chameleon Carrier Companies

Chameleon CarrierA US Senator is campaigning against “chameleon carrier” trucking companies, which use a federal loophole to avoid paying fines by dissolving and reapplying for a new trucking license.

New York Senator Charles Schumer recently sent a concerned letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration expressing his concern over the loophole, because it allowed trucking companies to avoid liability.

“It is critical that a better system be developed when it comes to screening potential ‘chameleon carriers’ and unsafe drivers who shouldn’t be on the roads,” Schumer said. “While most companies that receive violations and citations quickly take steps to improve their safety operations, some carriers are able to evade oversight by simply closing down and re-emerging with a new name.”

“Rather than pay the fine or face repercussions, some (trucking companies) dissolve and reapply for permitting under a different name,” Schumer continued. “They’re called chameleon carriers. Same owners, same employees, same vehicles, just a different name.”

Schumer says that there are at least 500 such companies in New York State alone, including one trucking company that evaded liability for a fatal accident in Ithaca earlier this year. In his letter, Schumer informed the FMCSA that a simple solution would be to just look more closely at the applications.

“They should look beyond the name and see who’s behind it,” Schumer said. “If it’s the same drivers, if it’s the same trucks, if it’s the same owners in any way, they should look carefully and could prevent them from getting a new license.”

FMCSA spokesperson Marissa Padilla said the federal trucking company safety agency agrees with Senator Schumer, and has already taken some aggressive steps to better vet carriers that apply for new licenses. The agency has also upped fines for carriers that attempt to dodge liability by changing their names. In addition, the FMCSA has passed new regulation this year that would shut down trucking companies that repeatedly violated this rule.

“We appreciate Sen. Schumer’s support of our aggressive efforts to combat chameleon carriers and Acting Administrator Darling will respond to him directly on the new rules and policies we are taking to keep these unsafe companies off the road,” the FMCSA responded.

Trucking Companies and Trucking Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury and Wrongful Death

Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles such as semi tractor trailers, flatbed or tanker trucks, buses, or construction accidents can often result in a serious injury or death.

Many times truck drivers cannot see in certain blind spots around their large 18 wheeler.  You will also find that many truck drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road.  They are pressured by deadlines and DOT regulations are often racing to get to their destination.

Tractor trailer accidents can also occur as the result of driver fatigue.  Drivers may get distracted or even fall asleep at the wheel, leaving them unable to avoid a trucking accident. Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be disabling. Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can cause:

  • traumatic brain injury,
  • paralysis,
  • severe disability, and
  • even death.

The Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you if you have been injured in a trucking accident. With careful analysis and investigation we will look at critical factors including:

  • maintenance and equipment records for the truck;
  • whether the truck load was appropriate, properly sized and within the weight limit;
  • Weather, road, and grade conditions;
  • whether the driver was operating within DOT regulations.

If you or a loved one has been such a victim, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC trucking accident lawyers. Whether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help. 803.252.4800

Uber Driver Faces Criminal Charges Tied to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Suit

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Criminal Charges Filed against Uber Driver Related to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claim

personal injury and wrongful deathIn the continuation of one wrongful death lawsuit, an Uber driver in San Francisco has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after hitting a 6-year-old girl at a crosswalk last New Years’ while checking the Uber mobile app.

Syed Muzzafar was charged with vehicular manslaughter on Monday, December 29th. On New Year’s Day this year, Muzzafar was reportedly checking the Uber mobile app to pick up a fare when he struck several members of the Liu family as they were crossing at a crosswalk. He injured two, and killed Sophia Liu, 6 years old. Uber now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family as well.  Uber maintains that Muzzafar was actually off-duty at the time of teh accident, meaning that the company denies liability for the wrongful death accident. The company also maintains that it is against employment policy for drivers to check the mobile app while driving, because that can lead to dangerous distracted driving accidents.

“The last thing I saw before the Uber driver killed my little girl, and forever changed my life, was him looking down at his phone,” Huan Kuang, the girl’s mother, is quoted as saying in a statement issued by her attorney on Tuesday. “The driver is a man who was working to feed his family and he did wrong, but Uber is the one who makes the drivers look at their phones as part of the way they do business. Uber is just as responsible as Muzzafar, but they say they are not.”

“The design and use of these mobile applications requires drivers to violate the law as they have just seconds to respond to instant messages from Uber or they will lose the fare and receive negative ratings and possible termination of their driver status,” the Liu family’s attorney said in a statement.

Uber has been accused not only of implicitly encouraging distracted driving, which can lead to personal injury and wrongful deaths, but of also failing to screen drivers according to state standards. This can also lead to serious injuries for passengers, including a case involving the rape of a 22-year-old woman.

In Chicago, an unidentified 22-year-old woman said she used the Uber mobile service to catch a ride in November, after a party with coworkers. She was picked up by driver Maxime Fohounhedo, who asked her about 20 minutes later to sit in the front seat with him as he was unfamiliar with the area. Then, he assaulted her in the vehicle and she blacked out; later, she woke up later in an unfamiliar apartment with him on top of her. Fohounhedo has been criminally charged with sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse. However, he is only the latest in a string of accusations against Uber drivers, claiming assault and rape.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal 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, you may have a personal injury or 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 Auto Accident Victim: Now What?

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South Carolina Car Accident Attorneys Fighting For Justice for Injured Victims

SC Auto Accident VictimWhether you are t-boned coming back from a USC basketball game, injured in a hit and run on I-26, or involved in a rush-hour fender bender on your way into downtown, Columbia, SC, car accidents occur every day.  Knowing what to do immediately after a Columbia, SC car accident can ensure that your rights are protected.

As an SC auto accident victim, there’s a flurry of activity immediately following an accident.  Having a checklist in mind can help ensure that you do not overlook anything.  With this in mind, our SC Car accident attorneys offer you the following 5 tips to maximize the likelihood of recovery:

1.  Report the Accident:

If there are injuries, call 911 immediately.

2.  Seek Medical Attention Immediately:

If you or anyone else is injured and sustained accident-related injuries, you should seek medical attention immediately. Do not move a victim if they have a spinal cord injury unless leaving them creates a danger. Make sure that when you meet with the doctor you report all of your symptoms and problems

3.  Document the Scene:

Take pictures of the damage at the scene: If you are safely able, make notes and take pictures of all of the important details of the scene. If anything is damaged in your car such as a computer, cell phone, etc, make sure you document the damage.

4. Get the Other Driver’s Information:

Secure contact information, including name, address, phone number and car insurance coverage for the other driver.  Identify and secure contact information for any witnesses; note the make, model, color of the other car or cars involved.

5.  Be Careful What you Say.

Do not volunteer any information regarding who is at fault.

Saying that you are sorry or admitting that you were distracted may be used against you later as an admission of fault.

6.  Don’t Talk to the Insurance Adjuster:

While you may be required to issue a statement at some point during the claims process, don’t talk to the adjuster until you have had the opportunity to speak with one of our Columbia, SC attorneys.

Our Columbia, South Carolina car accident attorneys are here to help navigate you through the claims process.

7. Follow Your Doctor’s Advice:

While the demands of everyday life will continue after a car accident, make sure that you follow any medical restrictions and your doctor’s recommended course of treatment.

8. Call a Columbia, South Carolina car accident attorney.

Take advantage of a free consultation. Centrally located in Columbia, South Carolina, our car accident lawyers are here to help.  We fight for fair compensation for SC auto accident victims. Let us deal with the insurance company while you focus on getting better.

South Carolina Auto Related Accident Fatalities Increase in 2014

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South Carolina Auto Accident Fatalities on the Rise

Accident FatalitiesIf you spent any time this past weekend on I-95 or I-26, you witnessed first hand the impact that holiday travel can have upon our roads.  Whether simply due to winter weather, holiday party traffic, or distracted driving, increased traffic on South Carolina roadways brings an the increased risk of an accident which can lead to South Carolina Auto Accident Fatalities.

During the holiday season, the likelihood for a fatal South Carolina automobile collision increases. In fact to date, the number of South Carolina auto accident fatalities increased from 2013.  Of the 545 South Carolina motor vehicle accident fatalities, approximately half, 258, were not wearing a seat belt.

During this holiday season (as with the rest of the year), it is extremely important that you drive with care for yourself, your occupants, fellow motorists, and pedestrians on the road. To minimize the chances of car accidents in South Carolina remember to:

  • designate a driver;
  • keep your vehicle well maintained;
  • follow the laws of the road;
  • avoid distractions (i.e.: texting, adjusting the radio or DVD player, bending down to pick up something that fell, eating, applying makeup, etc.).
  • always wear a seatbelt.

The Strom Law Firm can help you or a loved one if you have been in an automobile accident. Lamentably, such collisions are all too common, and even if the accident is a fender-bender, passengers can sustain injuries that can impact them for months, years, or a lifetime. A simple accident, such as the one in Sumter, can ultimately result in the death of an individual who was loved by friends and family. Please don’t wait to contact the SC Accident Attorneys at Strom Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation to discuss the facts of your case. (803) 252-4800.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed After Accident on Double-Decker Tour Bus

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Double-Decker Tour Bus Company

wrongful death lawsuitAfter a teenager died from striking his head on a freeway overpass while on a tour in an open-air double-decker tour bus, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tour bus company.

Matthew and Amy Zisette are the parents of victim Mason G. Zisette. The couple filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, January 20th, alleging that Starline Tours of Hollywood Inc., the bus driver Jose Barajas Curiel and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the manufacturer of the 2000 model bus, failed to warn passengers of potential dangers when passing under overpasses or bridges, and committed serious negligence when allowing tour bus passengers to sit on the top deck.

The incident occurred on July 10th, 2014. The 16-year-old victim reportedly attended a “Sweet 16” party with some friends, who then decided to take a 4-hour sight-seeing tour around the South Bay, focusing on Los Angeles and Hollywood. Mason was a 6 foot, 2-inch varsity tennis player about to enter his junior year at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach.

On the tour’s return trip, the driver took a freeway from Sunset Boulevard and began driving at 60 miles per hour. Mason and some friends were on the upper deck, which was open to the air, admiring the sunset around 7:25 PM when 14-foot tall bus passed under a 15-foot-and-1-inch tall Arbor Vitae Street overpass near San Diego Freeway. The clearance, according to the lawsuit, does not allow passengers on the top deck to safely pass under the overpass, and the tour bus manufacturer, driver, and tour bus company all failed to monitor the passengers, and failed to warn of such a potential danger when passengers signed up for the tour and sat on the top deck.

“This recipe for disaster resulted in the back of Mason’s head impacting the … overpass in Inglewood near LAX,” the suit states. “Mason suffered a traumatic brain injury, fell motionless on the bus floor, never to wake again.”

The teenager died 2 days later, on July 12th.

The wrongful death lawsuit states that Starline Tours has “long been on notice of the risk of instant death presented by these double-decker buses. Despite this notice, (Starline) continues to needlessly and recklessly … transport the public on these double-decker buses.”

Mason’s family seeks unspecified damages in their wrongful death lawsuit.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with A South Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience.  While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.

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

You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Low Gas Prices Lead to Highest Expected Thanksgiving Travelers Traffic

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South Carolina Hopes to Keep Traffic Deaths Low During Busy Thanksgiving Travelers Season

Thanksgiving TravelersEvery holiday season, AAA offers traffic safety and travel tips during busy road travel times, including Thanksgiving travelers. This year, AAA forecasts that the greatest number of Americans will travel on the roads since 2007 – a whopping 46.3 million people driving to and from Thanksgiving celebrations.

The huge increase in holiday traffic has been linked to gas prices being at their lowest in five years. The average national price for gasoline this year is 43 cents lower than last year – $2.85 per gallon, compared to 2013’s $3.28 per gallon.

About 89% of all Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destinations, which is a 4.3% increase over last year’s Thanksgiving traffic forecast.

About 656,000 South Carolinians in particular are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. About 591,000 of those Thanksgiving travelers will drive.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays for drivers, because many people take off work or school beginning on Wednesday, then return Sunday or Monday. Many people frequently drive either a short distance to visit family on Thanksgiving day itself, or travel a greater distance out of town just before the holiday. Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday for some, and during the celebrations, many people drink, which can lead to a South Carolina DUI charge, or even worse, a South Carolina car accident. The high number of drivers on the road at any time increases the risk of a car accident, and the added stress can make an accident even more likely.

Traffic safety seems to be improving in South Carolina, just in time for the holiday season. Statewide, there have been 692 deaths in traffic accidents this year, which is down from 707 traffic deaths last year. However, so far 5 people died in South Carlina car accidents just this past weekend alone – the weekend before the holiday – which could signal a rough holiday for South Carolina’s drivers. Last year, a total of 5 people died over the Thanksgiving weekend itself.

Consumer Reports offers driving and traffic safety tips for the Thanksgiving traffic this year:

  1. Be prepared with an emergency kit including water, first aid kit, blanket, and flashlight.
  2. Know the weight capacity of your vehicle and be careful how much you pack in your car. Extra load can put stress on the vehicle’s frame, and could cause it to buckle in the event of an accident.
  3. Be patient during times of heavy traffic.
  4. Don’t be distracted. Do not use cell phones while driving, even just to talk, because you could cause an accident. Hand your phone to someone else in the car, or pull over, if you absolutely must make a call or send a text.
  5. Make sure to wear your seat belt!

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with South Carolina Personal Injury Cases Caused by A Distracted Driving Accident

Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, distracted driving can lead to an accident, causing serious personal injury or even death. If you have been injured by an accident caused by distracted driving, 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. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.

Drive-Thru Hamburger Leads to Distracted Driving Charges

Alabama Man Faces Distracted Driving Charges for Eating Hamburger While Driving

distracted driving chargesAn Alabama resident faces distracted driving charges in Cobb County, Georgia, after a police officer pulled him over for eating a hamburger in his vehicle.

Madison Turner says he went through a McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese, which he then – as many of us do with drive-thru fast food – consumed the burger while driving. A police officer in Cobb County then pulled Turner over and ticketed him with “eating while driving,” a specific part of Cobb County’s distracted driving laws.

“The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for 2 miles,” Turner said. “He said specifically three times, you can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

“Even though I was not exceeding the speed limit or driving erratically,” Turner continued. “Maybe I was enjoying the burger too much I needed to tone it down. I was certainly willing to do so but I didn’t expect to be fined or punished.”

Distracted driving charges for eating while driving under distracted driving laws are unusual, but eating while driving is a form of distracted driving. Most states are concerned about drivers talking on their phones, or texting or using social media while driving – a practice that kills as many US citizens every year as drunk driving. However, any form of distracted driving should be a concern.

The specific Cobb County law reads, in part: “A driver shall exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state and shall not engage in any actions which shall distract such driver from the safe operation of such vehicle.” Removing one hand from the steering wheel in order to eat, or taking your eyes off the road while consuming food, is a form of distracted driving and can be dangerous.

Distracted Driving Accident Litigation in South Carolina

It is a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina and Georgia roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of a S.C. distracted driving accident can result in life altering and even deadly consequences.  If you were in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you need to hire a South Carolina distracted driving attorney to protect your legal rights.

Distracted driving includes:

  • texting and driving
  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina distracted driving 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.

Personal Injury Case Involves FitBit Data for First Time

Wearable Tech like FitBit Could Revolutionize Personal Injury Case Discovery

FitBitA law firm in Calgary, Alberta has announced that it will use information collected by the popular wearable tech device FitBit as part of the discovery process for a personal injury case involving a car accident.

Wearable technology like FitBit is used to track fitness information and location, using heart-rate monitors, calorie trackers, and GPS information. These types of fitness trackers are normally used by the population to track positive fitness changes. However, the Canadian law firm says it will use the FitBit to track a downward trend in their client’s overall health.

The McLeod law firm represents a personal injury case from a young woman who was, prior to her car accident, a personal trainer. Although her accident occurred before FitBits were widely used and affordable, attorneys at the firm believe they can, based on her profession, state that she was in better general health than the overall population. They plan to measure her current physical health with a FitBit and submit the evidence to the court in her personal injury case.

“Till now we’ve always had to rely on clinical interpretation,” Muller says from his office in Calgary. “Now we’re looking at longer periods of time though the course of a day, and we have hard data … We’re expecting the results to show that her activity level is less and compromised as a result of her injury.”

“Wearables are yet another example of how technology may be a gold mine of potentially relevant [electronically stored information] for use in litigation,” says legal expert Neda Shakoori. “Take, for example, a personal injury case where a plaintiff is claiming the injuries he sustained in an automobile accident prevent him from participating in physical activities, such as running. Suppose further that the plaintiff has worn a fitness tracking device which has been recording every one of his five-mile runs during the past three months. The data generated by the plaintiff’s wearable device may be discovered in litigation and, as a result, completely discredit plaintiff’s case for damages resulting from the accident.”

Previous court cases, both personal injury and criminal, have already laid a foundation to acquire digital information from platforms like Facebook to track a suspect or plaintiff’s whereabouts, opinions, mood, and health claims. Using wearable devices can show clearly to a court physical changes over time, and imply – though not prove – the extent of the personal injury.

“There is a huge digital footprint generated by these device,” writes Matthew Pearn on Claims Canada. “Weight loss, weight gain, heart rate, blood pressure, diet, exercise and mood can be diarized by users to help keep track of their health. Certain companies have even launched social networking sites to allow their customers to share fitness goals and their progress with friends and strangers alike.”

The Strom Law Firm Defends Victims of Car Accident Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

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 South Carolina 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

SC Texting and Driving Law In Full Force

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Warning Period of SC Texting and Driving Law is Over

SC Texting and Driving LawThis past June, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill banning texting and driving. To inform drivers that the practice is now illegal, law enforcement spent several months pulling drivers over and issuing warnings about typing on a mobile phone or tablet while driving a moving vehicle. Now, however, the grace period has ended and the SC texting and driving law is in full effect.

Reportedly, police have issued 278 warnings about SC texting and driving laws in the last 6 months.

The first time an officer catches a driver texting and driving, the fine will be $25. Subsequent offenses will lead to a $50 fine. No points will be taken off the driver’s license for texting and driving. Many safety advocates want tougher anti-texting and driving laws in the state.

“I think it’s a good first step, but everything needs to be modified. I think $25 is nothing, that’s like going to McDonald’s with your family,” said Mark Conley, the owner of Beach Driving School, LLC. Many states that ban texting and driving fine drivers $100-$200 and remove points from the driver’s license.

The Centers for Disease Control state that 9 people are killed every day in the US because of a distracted driver, and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety says that 46 people have already been killed as a result of distracted driving in 2014 in South Carolina alone. While many things can distract drivers, such as talking on the phone or changing a radio station, texting and driving is becoming one of the most common offenses, despite legislation in most states that makes the practice illegal.

Camden, SC passed one of the first SC texting and driving laws in the state. City of Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd says that the ordinance helped cut down on traffic accidents in the city.

“What we saw was a tremendous change, as far as compliance with our statute,” Floyd said. “We’ve been very happy with the effects of it.”

Distracted Driving, Including Texting and Driving, in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod
  • texting or writing emails
  • checking social media

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted driving while cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

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.