Compensating Victims Of Distracted Drivers
Distracted driving is defined by authorities as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger a car’s driver and passengers, as well as other drivers and pedestrians. The increase in use of cellphones and smartphones, as well as the popularity of other personal electronics, like MP3 players and navigation systems, has spurred an increase in distracted driving over the last several years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010, and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
Accidents In South Carolina
Distracted driving is a growing problem on the highways of South Carolina and across our nation. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reviewed more than 350 previous studies about distracted driving and determined that 15 to 25 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States can be blamed on distracted driving.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in its 2009 Traffic Collision Fact Book (the latest available) that distraction or inattention on the part of the driver was the primary contributing factor in 9,716 car wrecks, or nearly 10 percent of 99,322 total crashes blamed on the driver in 2009.
Distracted driving accidents killed 21 people and injured 3,723 in South Carolina in 2009.
Negligence Or Recklessness?
Distracted driving, in most cases, is an act of negligence or recklessness. If the negligence or recklessness of another Myrtle Beach driver caused your injuries, the Maguire Law Firm can help.
To discuss your potential claim with one of our Myrtle Beach distracted driving accident attorneys, call us toll free at 800-525-9900 or locally in the Myrtle Beach area at 843-361-7549. You can also fill out our online contact form. The Maguire Law Firm offers flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience.
Distracted driving includes such activity as:
- Texting while driving
- Using a cellphone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or iPod.
“But, because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction,” NHTSA says.
The distracted driving accident lawyers of the Maguire Law Firm believe that distracted driving in all of its forms amounts to a careless and reckless act committed by a driver. When careless, reckless or negligent driving leads to a car accident, the at-fault driver should be held responsible for the injuries and damage that result.
Our Myrtle Beach Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Are Ready To Help
Serving the counties of Horry, Georgetown and Marion, South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach distracted driving accident attorneys of the Maguire Law Firm help seek justice for the victims of car accidents caused by the recklessness of distracted drivers.
We Can Help You!
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a South Carolina car accident attributed to distracted driving, contact us to see how we can help you. We are dedicated to seeing that you get the justice you deserve. To reach us in the Myrtle Beach area, call 843-361-7549. The Maguire Law Firm offers flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience.