Distracted Driving

South Carolina Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Distracted drivers have long been causing accidents on the road. In recent years, though, these accidents have attracted notoriety for their association with irresponsible cell phone usage by at-fault drivers. Accidents caused by distracted driving can raise the ire of both the injured party and the public because of the usually frivolous and possibly preventable nature of the accidents. Our South Carolina Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys can advocate for you if you've been injured by another's careless and distracted driving.

Practices that lead to distracted driving

Talking or texting on a cell phone aren't the only two activities that can cause a distracted driving accident. Long before the rise of the cell phone, distracted driving accidents arose out of situations or occurrences, such as:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Texting
  • Self-grooming
  • Children free of their car seats
  • Impaired field of vision because of vehicle cargo
  • Reading while driving, e.g., having a roadmap spread across the steering wheel
  • Distracting GPS devices or usage
  • Adjusting the music or radio
  • Searching for a dropped object or for change

South Carolina Distracted Driving Laws

South Carolina has passed legislation making distracted driving a statutory offense, specifically when a driver has become distracted by texting while driving. The effect of this legislation is to recognize the act as inherently dangerous and that engaging in this inherently dangerous act is illegal as a matter of law.

What does this mean for you?

If your injury came from an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to an award of compensatory damages. Punitive damages are collected on top of any recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. Punitive awards are intended to punish and deter the conduct of the at-fault party and are allowable when the responsible party's conduct was in reckless disregard for the interests of others. When there's been a statutory offense, as in cases where the driver was distracted because of texting, this by itself can be evidence that there's been negligence to such an extent that a recovery of punitive damages is allowable.

What matters most

Regardless of the nature or cause of the accident, the fact is you shouldn't have to pay or suffer the economic burden of your injury when it was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another. STACLAW will work to see that you are compensated for your injuries, including medical costs, lost wages, and other losses.

If you've been injured by another's carelessness, call us for the careful attention your case deserves.

Contact Us

The lawyers at Speedy, Tanner, Atkinson & Cook are dedicated to helping you with your legal needs. Schedule a call or meeting with us in our Camden or Lancaster office to see how we can assist you.

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