Texting and talking on the cell phone is growing to be a deadly trend on South Carolina roads.
Did you know? A recent study by The Transportation Safety Group at the National Safety Council found that distracted drivers account for nearly 80% of all car wrecks. What's even scarier is that over 80% of all motorists admit they talk on the phone or text while behind the wheel.
Daydreaming, talking on the phone, and texting has been cited in over 75% of the most dangerous driving accidents in South Carolina. Considering most Charleston and other South Carolina drivers are on the roads daily, the chances of coming into contact with a distracted and potentially deadly driver is nearly guaranteed.
What can you do? First and foremost, stop using your own cell phone while you are driving, and do not text under any cir-cumstances while driving. Forbid teenage drivers from using their cell phones while driving and encourage your friends and family to follow your example.
Cell phone records are increasinly being used in court as evidence against at-fault driver’s of automobile accidents, and the cases show the impact. In December 2007 one company agreed to pay a $5.2 million settlement to a Georgia woman who was rear-ended by one of its employees who was driving a company car and talking a cell phone when she caused the wreck. There have been many more cases where a driver has been held liable for an accident caused by using a cell phone while driving.
In our firm, we want to know if our client was involved in an accident because the at fault driver was distracted while talking or texting on a cell phone. We will use this information to help our clients win their case. But, we do not want you to be a victim or the cause of an accident by distraction. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident by a distracted driver, Shelly Leeke will be glad to discuss the aspects of the case. Call the office at 277-6061 or e-mail charleston accident Attorney Leeke privately at [email protected]
ACCIDENT Facts: The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis calcu-lated that at least 330,000 people are injured each year as a result of using cellphones while driving.