Texting Accident Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
At any given moment, there are 100,000 people in the U.S. who are texting while driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates. When sending or reading a text message, these drivers are taking their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road and their attention away from driving safely. In many cases, they are causing accidents.
Given that so many drivers are involved in this risky activity these days, there is a possibility that texting may have contributed to a crash that has left you or a loved one injured. The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can closely examine this issue for you.
We have decades of experience with representing car accident victims and their families in Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding communities in Upstate South Carolina. Contact us today to learn what we can do to help you seek just compensation after your accident.
Why Does Texting Cause Accidents in South Carolina?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, texting while driving involves three kinds of distraction: Visual, manual and cognitive. It’s no wonder that a 2010 NHTSA study found that text messaging carried more distraction potential than many other types of activities that people engage in behind the wheel, including dialing a phone number or turning a radio.
When a driver texts behind the wheel, the driver may:
- Fail to brake on time to avoid other cars, pedestrians or objects
- Run through a red light or stop sign
- Suddenly speed up or slow down
- Drift into a lane or off the road.
Given the publicity surrounding the dangers of texting while driving, people clearly should know about these dangers. In fact, in a 2010 NHTSA survey, 90 percent of respondents said they would not feel safe in a car being driven by a texting driver. At the same, more than half of the people in that same survey said that they did not believe that engaging in such behavior made any difference in their driving performance.
Unfortunately, this is the attitude that leads to texting accidents.
Establishing Liability in a South Carolina Texting Accident
South Carolina is one of only three states in the country that places no limits at all on talking on cell phones or texting while driving. However, several communities have enacted local bans.
Starting in April 2014, Greenville banned texting while driving. As a city official said, the ban was enacted to fight the “epidemic” of distracted driving.
However, texting while driving does not have to be in violation of a state or local law to be considered negligent. If a texting driver causes you to suffer injuries in an auto accident, you can seek to hold that driver fully responsible for your losses.
Several pieces of evidence can be obtained and analyzed to reveal whether a driver was texting just before or at the time of a crash, including witness statements and the driver’s cell phone records.
At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we also work with highly qualified accident reconstruction experts. They can examine evidence such as brake or skid marks to determine whether a driver was distracted by something such as reading or sending a text message right up to the moment of impact. This can establish that not only was the driver texting but also that the texting, in fact, caused the accident.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Texting Accident Lawyers
As you can see, it is crucial to work with a firm that has the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate and litigate a texting accident case. Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., is ready to assist you. Contact us today and receive a free consultation about your case.
Sources / More Information
• Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
• Distracted Driving Research, Distraction.gov
• Greenville Drivers Prepare for Distracted Driving Ban, FOX Carolina