Tackling the Legal Complexities of South Carolina Road Accidents

At LEIP Law, serving the greater Columbia, SC area, we often deal with cases stemming from common traffic incidents. Based on data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there are several leading causes of road accidents in South Carolina.  We specialize in personal injury cases that arise from these common driving errors, as each presents unique legal challenges and solutions. Here’s how we handle the intricacies of various accident causes:

Driving Too Fast for the Conditions: This is the top reason for accidents in South Carolina. Speeding in poor weather, road, or traffic conditions dramatically increases the risk of accidents because it reduces the driver’s ability to react to sudden changes. Speed-related accidents require meticulous examination of road conditions and driver behavior to establish negligence.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way: This violation occurs when a driver does not allow another vehicle or pedestrian the legal right of way, often leading to crashes at intersections or pedestrian crossings. Proving fault in these incidents involves analyzing traffic signals, signage, and right-of-way laws that dictate movement at intersections.

Improper Lane Change: Accidents often result when drivers change lanes without proper signaling or checking for other vehicles in their blind spots. These cases often hinge on eyewitness accounts and video evidence to establish if proper signaling and safety checks were conducted.

Following Too Closely: Tailgating is a major cause of rear-end collisions. Maintaining a safe following distance gives you more time to react if the car in front of you suddenly stops. Establishing liability in tailgating accidents necessitates a detailed look at driving conditions and the actions of both drivers leading up to the collision.

Distracted Driving: Activities that divert attention from driving, including using mobile phones, adjusting the radio, or other forms of multitasking, are significant contributors to vehicle accidents.

Driving Under the Influence: Consuming alcohol or drugs before driving impairs judgment and reaction times, making it a dangerous and often deadly choice. These cases involve legal complexities surrounding the driver’s condition, requiring toxicology reports and expert testimony.

With our deep understanding of South Carolina’s traffic laws and extensive experience in personal injury litigation, LEIP Law is well-equipped to handle these challenging cases. If you or a loved one has been involved in a traffic accident, our team is committed to providing the expert legal representation you need to navigate these complex situations and secure the justice you deserve.