SC Auto Accident Victim: Now What?

SC Auto Accident Victim

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 a 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.  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 every day 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.

SC Paid $5 Million for Car Accidents Caused by Bad Roads

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South Carolina Spent $5 Million on Car Accidents and Personal Injury Claims Caused by Bad Roads

car accidentsLast year, a statewide survey showed that South Carolina has some of the least up-kept roads in the nation, which can result in accidents leading to South Carolina car accident and personal injury claims. Now, information obtained about the extent of the damage caused by the state’s poor road maintenance shows that South Carolina paid at least $5 million to motorists last year due to bad roads.

Records from South Carolina’s Insurance Reserve Fund showed that the state paid $5.1 million in personal injury, wrongful death, and car accident claims, along with another $2.3 million in legal fees. That was just 2014 – the preceding three years saw the state pay out $18.7 million in personal injury and car accident claims to motorists.

According to a report released on January 15th by TRIP, a Washington, DC-based national transportation organization, 46% of South Carolina’s roads are in such poor condition that they can cause vehicular damage, car accidents, traffic congestion, and personal injury or wrongful death. Deficient roads cost drivers in the state at least $1,250 per year in the form of car repairs, lost time, and fuel delays. The bad roads in the state cost motorists an estimated $3 billion every year – a financial investment that, if paid in taxes instead of personal injury or car accident costs, could go a long way to fixing the problem.

“The South Carolina Department of Transportation manages the 41,000 miles of state funded roads with the third lowest motor fuel user fee in the nation.  With an estimated additional $1.5 billion needed per year for the next 25 years to “get to good”, they are currently having to do the best they can with what they have,” said Eric Dickey, vice president of Davis & Floyd, Inc. and chairman of the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR).

“To me it’s a large chunk of money. Would we rather continue to pay out funds like this and put people in danger rather than come up with a viable solution to fix our roads and bridges?” said Rep. Chandra Dillard, a Greenville Democrat who sits on a House committee studying the state’s infrastructure needs.

Sen. Ray Cleary, a Georgetown County Republican who has spearheaded road-funding efforts in the Senate, said he was unaware that people could sue the state due to road quality-related personal injury and car accidents. “In the last five years, we’ve raised the cost of fixing the roads in South Carolina by $14 billion,” he said. “If that’s not a waste of taxpayer money, then what is? Why aren’t people like the Tea Party demanding these roads be fixed?”

“These conditions are only going to get worse if greater funding is not made available at the local, state and federal levels,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Congress can help by approving a long-term federal surface transportation program that provides adequate funding levels, based on a reliable funding source. If not, South Carolina is going to see its future federal funding threatened, resulting in fewer road and bridge repair projects, loss of jobs, and a burden on the state’s economy.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with South Carolina Car Accidents and Personal Injury Caused By Bad Roads

Our 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 the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help. 803.252.4800

Smart Phones Causing More Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving Less from Talking, More from Smart Phones

smart phonesA new survey of distracted driving in the US shows that fewer people are talking on their phones, but more people are texting and driving, writing emails, or checking social media through their smart phones.

State Farm has conducted an annual survey every year since 2009 to measure drivers’ attitudes and behaviors toward various forms of distracted driving, from texting to talking to eating. The number of drivers who report having a conversation using a cell phone has decreased, but the number of drivers who admit to texting, writing emails, taking selfies, or composing social media messages has increased.

According to the survey, 26% of drivers admit to surfing the internet while behind the wheel; 25% admit to reading emails; and 20% admitted to reading messages on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

“We’re not sure why (these behaviors) are increasing,” says Chris Mullen, State Farm’s director of technology research. “But they are just as dangerous. People have a perception of what they are able to do with the attention span they have (while driving). They believe they have available attention they can spend on something in addition to driving. They will spend that time with various behaviors.”

However, drivers seem to know that these behaviors are dangerous, and choose to engage in them anyway. The State Farm survey reported that 80% of drivers knew that sending a text was “very distracting,” while 68% responded that reading a text was “very distracting.”

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how dangerous distracted driving can be. One-third of all crashes – 36% – occur at intersections, mainly because of driver recognition and decision errors, which includes failure to see potential dangers. Driver decision errors account for 84% of all crashes in the US.

The survey showed that, although most drivers choose to engage in these distracted driving behaviors anyway, some were beginning to self-regulate. State Farm reported that 63% of motorists said they were more likely to check their phone while stopped at a traffic light, then put it down to drive.

These numbers are especially disturbing this holiday season. AAA estimates how many travelers will be driving during the holiday season, and since gas prices are their lowest in years, the automotive agency believes more people will drive to their destinations. This means there will be more stressed out drivers on the roads, trying to coordinate with friends and family, which can lead to more distracted driving accidents.

At least 44 states have, so far, passed some form of distracted driving legislation. This year, South Carolina passed a statewide ban on texting and driving, although other forms of distracted driving are legal.

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.

Tracy Morgan Fighting Traumatic Brain Injury After Car Accident

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Tracy Morgan May Not Be The Same Due to Traumatic Brain Injury Following Car Accident

traumatic brain injuryAttorney for comedian Tracy Morgan says his client is struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury after his car accident involving a tractor trailer over the summer, and he may never be the same again.

Five months after the car accident with a tractor trailer working for Walmart, star of hit comedy series “30 Rock” may not have suffered just a broken nose, leg, and ribs, but also a traumatic brain injury.

The tractor trailer accident also killed one of Morgan’s friends and fellow comedian James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.

“Mr. Morgan is a fighter,” Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s attorney, said in an interview. “He’s fighting to get better. And if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that. But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”

About 1 AM on Saturday, June 7th, Tracy Morgan’s limo van was hit by Roper’s truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed one of Morgan’s fellow comedian passengers, James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack. Reportedly, 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper had been awake for 24 consecutive hours before causing the tractor trailer accident.

After Tracy Morgan filed a personal injury lawsuit against Walmart for negligence on the part of their employee, the company stated in September that the lawsuit was unfounded.

“Upon information and belief, plaintiffs’ injuries, if any, were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device,” Walmart’s court papers said.

On Tuesday, November 18th, Morelli and attorneys for Walmart met for a scheduling conference. Morelli stated the extent of Morgan’s injuries, including signs of what could be a traumatic brain injury, which could mean the comedian would never fully recover, continue his popular career, and would need a lifetime of medical attention.

“When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” Morelli said. “So that’s where he is. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

Traumatic brain injuries occur when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic brain injury may be the result of a:

For many victims, a traumatic brain injury is not immediately noticeable. A great amount of force does not need to be applied to sustain a head injury.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, defective product, or negligence, the Strom Law Firm can help. We understand the emotional and financial impact of serious personal injuries. Our firm offers free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800.

Soulja Boy’s Girlfriend, Daughter Recovering From Car Accident

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Girlfriend, Daughter of Rapper Soulja Boy Recovering from Car Accident

recovering from car accidentAfter a car accident on Wednesday, October 8th, rapper Soulja Boy (famous for “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”) took to Instagram and asked his numerous followers to pray for his family.

“My girlfriend @niariley was in a car accident and the car flipped over and our daughter was in the car,” he wrote. “Need your prayers. Life is short and you never know what could happen I love them and don’t know what I would do if something happened to them. God first.”

Although the car accident was scary, and could have ended in tragedy, both Riley and daughter are back home with Soulja Boy and recovering from car accident.

Nia Riley is the daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Teddy Riley. She and Soulja Boy have had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school, and the couple stars in the reality TV series “Love & Hip-Hip Hollywood.” In recent episodes, the couple has debated whether they should move in together or not.

Nia Riley’s representative was contacted and issued the following statement about the car accident: “Thank you for your concern. Both Nia and Kamryn are ok and are now home with Soulja Boy.”

Car Accident Laws in South Carolina

Being involved in a car accident can be a terrifying experience, whether you are at fault as the driver or not. Everyone reacts to pressure differently, so it is important to remember some crucial steps when you are involved in a car accident.

1. If you, or anyone else, is injured, contact 911. If you are injured, you need to seek medical attention. Once your injuries are examined, make sure that you follow your doctor’s advice.

2. It is extremely important, so we’ll say it again: Call the police. If possible, obtain a copy of the police incident report.

3. If you have not been injured in the accident, you should take a moment and make notes of all of the important details of the scene. While it may seem as if time is standing still after the accident, witnesses may leave the scene, and law enforcement will want to clear the area. Move quickly to:

secure the contact information, including name, address, phone number, and car insurance coverage of the other driver, obtain the contact information for any witnesses, including their name, address, and phone number.  If possible, ask for a quick statement from the witness while the accident is fresh in their mind. Memories fade and a lawsuit may not be brought until long after the accident occurs, note the make, model, and color of the other car or cars involved.

Once you are safe and secure, make any additional notes you can about the accident, including information about the scene and how the accident happened.  If it helps, draw a picture of the scene.

4. Do not volunteer any information about who is at fault. Leave it up to law enforcement to determine who is responsible for the accident.  Remember, even something as simple as saying “I’m sorry” may be construed as an admission of guilt. If the other driver admits that he or she is at fault, make note of the conversation.

5. If you have a cell phone or a camera, take pictures.  If you don’t carry a cell phone, keep a disposable camera in your glove box.  Pictures of the accident will help with your claim, since law enforcement will work as quickly as possible to clean up the scene.

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 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

Jennifer Lopez Victim in DUI Car Accident

Jennifer Lopez and Friend Leah Remini Hit by Drunk Driver, Took Selfie After DUI Car Accident

dui car accidentOver the weekend, pop culture icon Jennifer Lopez and friend Leah Remini were enjoying a trip through Malibu in Lopez’s new car when the pair were hit by a drunk driver. They were fine after the DUI car accident, but Lopez had some choice words for her fans through Twitter.

“Sitting at a light,” she captioned the selfie she took, “Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok!!! #GRATEFUL #THANKYOUGOD #DontdrinkandDrive!!!! #cursedthatfoolout #theBronxcameout #dontmesswithmycoconuts #mamabear #leahstayedcalm #thatwasweird”

The pair took a selfie after the DUI car accident to show that they were all right, if displeased.

The two pop stars were in the car with two children when the drunk driver in a pick-up truck struck the rear of their vehicle at a red light, then drove away. Leaving the scene of a DUI car accident is also a serious crime.

Lopez told reporters and police that the drivers both got out of their vehicles to exchange insurance information, when the truck driver suddenly got back in his car and drove away. Deputies found him quickly, and arrested him on DUI charges. His name has not been released to the public.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the DUI car accident.

DUI Car Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina

A 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:

  • tractor trailer accident,
  • automobile accident, including DUI accidents,
  • burn injury,
  • brain injury,
  • motorcycle accident,
  • construction site accident,
  • defective product,
  • toys or childrens’ product,
  • medical malpractice claim,
  • nursing home neglect and abuse, or an
  • injury sustained while working on the job.

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 personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina personal injury accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Google Driverless Cars and Accident Liability

Google’s Driverless Cars Create Accident Liability Questions

driverless carsDriverless cars are, like the electric car, becoming a huge focus for car manufacturers, especially Google, which has developed a working driverless car and stated at a conference earlier in June that it would try to begin production in the next few years.

The popularity of such an idea probably stems from the massive problem the United States has with distracted drivers. While drivers have always found ways to distract themselves, usually through playing with the radio, putting on makeup, or eating while driving, the advent of cell phones and smart phones has hugely increased the percentage of distracted driving car accidents. Not only do drivers talk on their phones, they can text; read, write, and send emails; compose social media messages; listen to music; and photograph and film themselves. Distracted driving has reached complicated levels, and it is complicated to legislate.

However, in modern distracted driving accidents, the accident liability usually falls to the driver. With driverless cars, distracted driving is much less likely to be a problem, but who is at fault in a car accident?

“Car makers are already building in technology that may save lives that is designed to detect and prevent crashes. Futurists see the highways populated by fully driverless vehicles, removing human error as a factor in causing accidents. However, no one has mentioned a technological error that may cause an accident. In reality, there is no such thing as a completely safe driver or a completely safe driverless car,” says Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke.

Michelle Krebs, analyst for AutoTrader.com, understands that driverless cars “will not be driverless completely — they will be cars you have the choice to drive or not drive. There are so many legal and insurance and regulatory issues, and none of them are being resolved.”

Google’s driverless cars are an especially interesting example. The car will use Google Maps, and the driver will input their location with the car following the recommended path. Many drivers make use of Google Maps anyway – and access to that type of technology on smart phones can lead to distracted driving accidents. The driverless car, however, is programmed to obey all traffic signals, including stop signs and stop lights, and the car does not have a steering wheel, meaning that the driver cannot take over – there is, by definition, no driver.

Because of that, however, when the car does potentially run into a pedestrian or another vehicle, who is to blame?

In 2012, Google hosted talks with several business owners and car manufacturers to discuss the problem of accident liability. With no driver, manufacturers become liable in the event of an accident, as software or hardware would be the clear source of the problem. Google assured the vehicle manufacturers that the internet company would take responsibility for accidents caused by their technology, including their hardware. Representatives claimed that it would be easy to find the cause of the accident, since Google would record data related to the car’s routes. However, that simple statement does not absolve manufacturers of accident liability, and the car companies called Google on the claim.

“I just couldn’t believe my ears and was like ‘Wow you live in a bubble,'” one of the automotive representatives said. “Car makers never get to decide who is at fault. It’s the lawyers, the judge and the jury.”

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

Justin Bieber Sued for Pedestrian Accident

Justin Bieber Sued For Personal Injury After Pedestrian Accident

pedestrian accidentJustin Bieber recently managed to get out of a DUI charge in Florida, but now he faces a pedestrian accident lawsuit in California, for allegedly hitting a pedestrian in a minor car accident last year.

Walter Damon Lee filed his pedestrian accident lawsuit on Wednesday, June 25th, in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Lee claim that the teen pop idol hit him while driving his Ferrari around Laurel Avenue last June. Lee alleges that he has been unable to work as a result of the accident.

Lee alleges in his complaint that Bieber “negligently, carelessly, recklessly, wantonly and unlawfully” caused the Ferrari to hit him “thereby causing injuries and damages”. Lee’s injuries are described as “laceration and crush injury, hematoma formation, deep abrasions to the left knee and leg, fluid collection in the left knee and leg, deep venous thrombosis in the calf and ankle.” Lee also alleges a “loss of earning capacity” in addition to ongoing medical needs as he has recovered from his car accident injuries.

Lee claims personal injury and property damage in excess of $25,000 as a result of the pedestrian accident.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation from Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian 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, 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, reckless, 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.

A South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for:

  • medical bills and funeral expenses
  • loss of income
  • loss of consortium and loss of support.

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, whether from a defective product or in a car accident, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death caseContact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Could Reduce Car Crashes

Transportation Department to Announce Next Steps in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication to Prevent Car Crashes

vehicle-to-vehicleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Monday, February 3rd, that it would begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in light vehicles, to help prevent car crashes and other accidents.

“Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we’ve already seen with safety belts and air bags,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “By helping drivers avoid crashes, this technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the U.S. remains the leader in the global automotive industry.”

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology uses a certain radio frequency to allow cars to “talk” to each other and exchange some basic data such as position and speed about 10 times per second. Promoters believe that, once a critical mass of vehicles on the road have this technology installed, vehicle-to-vehicle communication could prevent as many as 80% of car crash deaths.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young adults in the U.S., with approximately 33,000 people killed and 2.3 million injured each year on America’s roads,” said Scott F. Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the nation’s largest association representing the transportation and technology communities. “While the auto industry has made great strides to reduce fatalities and injuries after a crash, the next giant leap is to enable real-time communication between vehicles and with the world around them so crashes can be avoided in the first place.”

The NHTSA’s announcement is unclear on whether the regulatory agency will simply highlight the new technology on vehicles that feature it, or if it will begin to require new cars to have vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Some automakers believe that the NHTSA will aim for the latter.

The Transportation Department completed a 12-month study in August 2013 that involved 3,000 cars linked together with vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and concluded that the technology could help prevent car crashes. Additional research suggested that safety benefits will be seen with as few as 7 to 10% of vehicles in any given area equipped with the new technology.

Once automakers begin equipping cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology, it will take about 15 years for half of the cars on the road to have this technology.

“V2V crash avoidance technology has game-changing potential to significantly reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on our nation’s roads,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. “Decades from now, it’s likely we’ll look back at this time period as one in which the historical arc of transportation safety considerably changed for the better, similar to the introduction of standards for seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control technology.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Car Crash Injury Cases

Automobile accidents, commonly called car crashes or wrecks, occur on a daily basis in South Carolina and nationwide. Even minor car crashes can lead to severe injuries and high costs of repair. As a result, automobile accident cases are not simple. The attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC, understand what it takes to protect the rights of victims injured in car crashes. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800

Don’t be a Distracted Driver

Turn on the news any given day and you will hear about a car accident or another state that has passed a “No Texting While Driving” ban.

Accidents caused by distracted driving are a common occurrence. While everyone knows that cell phones and GPS devices can cause you to be distracted while driving and potentially result in a car accident, do you recognize external distractions?

The most common form of distracted driving is distraction caused by texting, talking, or otherwise using a cell phone or media device. While you may think you are only diverting your attention away for a second and it’s no big deal, your inattention may cause an accident.

Another cause of distracted driving may be outside noise or distractions. Driving with your windows down could potentially cause an accident. The windows may cause papers to fly around or bugs to enter in the vehicle. The noise from a crowd outside a vehicle may also cause distractions.

Heated discussions can also divert your attention. It is important to recognize that when you are talking with your children or significant other you may become so focused on the heat of the moment that you lose sight of what is happening on the road.

Lastly, eating, drinking, and applying makeup are major causes of distracted driving. If you are hungry, pull over and eat. If you are putting on makeup, do it before you get behind the wheel.

A distracted driver can be due to many things. Taking your eyes off the road for even the shortest period of time can cause an accident. Avoid distracted driving at all costs.

If you or someone you know has been in a South Carolina car accident involving a distracted driver, call us at 803-252-4800.   The South Carolina Accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.